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Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College, founded in 1846, is a private, liberal arts college. It may at first appear indistinguishable from other acclaimed liberal arts colleges, but like the students it attracts, Grinnell is marked by an unusual blend of academic rigor, individualism, innovation, informality and social justice. Free from core requirements, students design their academic programs in engaged consultation with faculty advisors. Grinnellians feel empowered in and out of the classroom. Furthermore, residential life is largely self-governed. Student opinions are not only heard, but valued. Students from 50 states and 47 countries make Grinnell a cosmopolitan haven in America's heartland. Its 95-acre campus is located in Grinnell, 55 miles east of Des Moines.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,699
   Women 929 (54.7%)
   Men 770 (45.3%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 20% of 7,370 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 640-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 30-33 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $63,438
  Tuition and Fees $48,758
  Room and Board $11,980
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $46,431
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Not required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 171
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
Grinnell Population 9,049
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 88% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.3% Asian
7.1% Black/African-American
9.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.7% White
6.2% Unknown
International Students 17.9% from 47 countries
First-Year Students Returning 93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 81.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 24%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 35.0%