- Applying to college can be tough for low-income students faced with application fees and other requirements like multiple essays. (Grinnell has a fee waiver and no supplemental essay requirements.)
- Peony Teo ’21 explains what else appealed to her about Grinnell—including the diverse student body. She had classes with students from Uzbekistan and Poland and was teammates with an Olympian from Uganda.
Fun, Challenging, and Diverse
When I was looking at colleges, Grinnell was the only one that was in the Midwest, and it was liberal arts and I didn't even know these schools existed. But my guidance counselor from high school told me about it because I had a fee waiver. And because I'm low income, it was really hard to apply to schools and let alone a school of Grinnell, you know, level. And I didn't have that many essays, which was super great when you're applying to 12 other schools and got so much to do. For college, I wanted a school that would be challenging, but still fun, and we get to meet people from all over the world. I never thought I would have teammates from different countries like Uganda, an Olympian as a teammate, and then having classes with people from Uzbekistan and like Poland, and just meeting people from everywhere, and anywhere.
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