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On the opening day of New Student Orientation, all the first-year students gather in Darby Gym for the welcome ceremony. During speeches and words of wisdom, the new Grinnellians learn one especially noteworthy statistic: 60 percent of Grinnellians marry other Grinnellians.
Remember, they tell us, this does include alumni who met after their tenure at Grinnell. But the excited whisperings that go around the room pay no heed.
For most people, however, this statistic also forces consideration of that one unanswered question: what does this mean about the dating culture at Grinnell? For starters, crossdisciplinary dating is the norm.
We have pairings of math and history, computer science and religious studies, and English and physics, to name a few. In fact, finding a couple dating within the same field is rare at Grinnell.
Similarly, cross-cultural dating is not uncommon either. From holding hands to holding your ground in a debate Female smoking buddy wanted the merits and demerits of globalization, the Grinnell dating scene embodies the diversity of the student body.
As far as the practical aspects of dating go, there are plenty of places to meet interesting people who share your interests. Most relationships blossom out of good friendships, and many relationships end up being long-term.