Grinnell College

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Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa, U.S. known for its strong tradition of social activism and rigorous academic environment.[3][4] It was founded in 1846, when a group of pioneer New England Congregationalists established the Trustees of Iowa College.

Grinnell, currently ranked 18th among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report,[5][6] in 2004 received the "Best All-Around" college rating from Newsweek.[7]

Until recently, Grinnell's endowment was the highest among liberal arts colleges; as of 2007 it had the third-largest endowment among them.[8]



In 1843 eleven Congregational ministers, all of whom trained at Andover Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, set out to proselytize on the frontier. Each man pledged to gather a church and together the group or band would seek to establish a college. When the group arrived in Iowa later that year, each selected a different town in which to establish a congregation. In 1846 they collectively established Iowa College in Davenport. A few months later, Iowa joined the Union.

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