Conrad Grebel University College was named after Conrad Grebel (c. 1498–1526), a co-founder of the Swiss Brethren movement who is called the "Father of Anabaptists". An Act respecting Conrad Grebel University College was assented to June 24, 2004.
Grebel (pronounced "Grey-bull") is located next to the University of Waterloo and offers residence and classes for students. The facility has residences for 142 students, as well as apartments for an additional 32 students.
Conrad Grebel University College runs courses in Arts, English, Fine Arts, History, Mennonite Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Grebel also runs the Graduate Theological Studies program with the University of Waterloo. Conrad Grebel University College is affiliated with the Toronto School of Theology.
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. Conrad Grebel University College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Sundance Aboriginal Student Award 
Conrad Grebel University College runs the Conrad Grebel Review
Relationship with the University of Waterloo
All students at Conrad Grebel, and all of the other university colleges surrounding the central university, are registered at, take classes at, and graduate from the University of Waterloo. Specialized classes are available from Conrad Grebel, which has an academic focus on Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, and Mennonite Studies. Courses from Grebel may be taken by any University of Waterloo student, and are taught by Grebel professors at the Grebel college, but count as credit at the University of Waterloo.
Conrad Grebel University college places a strong emphasis on community. This is both a reflection of founding Mennonite values and of the small size of the college. Because of Grebel's small size (at most 142 residence students, 32 Apartment residents per term in addition to a number of associates) and emphasis on providing room for upper year students, most of the students know most of the other students in residence. Relationships with others are encouraged through Snack Nights, regular chapel services, and a weekly Community Supper at which the entire residence community, as well as some associate students and faculty and staff gather for a more formal dinner. Conrad Grebel University College is also affiliated with the Inter-Mennonite Children's Choir.