Grinnell Connect debuts mobile app

Mar. 19, 2018 — Keeping up with Grinnell College classmates, becoming a mentor, and searching for jobs is now even more convenient thanks to the Grinnell Connect app.

The Grinnell Connect app is now available on Apple and Android devices. For step-by-step instructions for downloading the app, visit The desktop version can be accessed at

Grinnell Connect began in fall 2016 as a way for alumni to reconnect with classmates and enable them to utilize the trusted Grinnell community to expand their professional network. Grinnell College alumni and students can connect with each other, sign up to be a mentor or receive mentoring, check out photo albums, look for jobs and more. More than 3,000 alumni have Grinnell Connect accounts.

The app was recently launched to provide easy access to Grinnell Connect for people using phones, tablets, and other devices. A push is underway to increase the number of student users on the site, which currently numbers about 500.

“We want to make Grinnell Connect more user friendly so it’s easier to use and access,” says Brooke Vonderheide, Grinnell College assistant director of alumni and donor relations career programs. “Having an app will lead to more consistent use. When people are checking their other social media apps, they can now also see what’s new on Grinnell Connect.”

All the functions of the desktop version are accessible on the app, including the popular alumni search function. The app has an added bonus option of mapping users’ locations. A map is displayed showing the whereabouts of other Grinnell Connect users that have the app, including those near you.

“This could be handy for a Grinnellian who is relocating or traveling and wants to connect with other alumni in that area,” Vonderheide notes.

For people that don’t already have a Grinnell Connect account, they can register right on the app. Alumni can sign up through their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, or via email. Registration can be completed on the desktop version as well.

A list of Frequently Asked Question about Grinnell Connect can be found here.

For your information:

Grinnell Connect can be your gateway to all things Grinnell. In addition to the networking aspects, find mentoring resources, create a bio, and search a comprehensive directory. Get started by visiting or downloading the app.