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Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

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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 TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,721
   Women930 (54.0%)
   Men791 (46.0%)
Graduate StudentsNot reported


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate35% of 3,979 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math630-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading620-730 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite28-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$59,317
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$42,392
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-59 students: 0% of classes


Grinnell Population9,049
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing100% of freshmen, 88% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.3% Asian
6.5% Black/African-American
9.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.1% White
5.9% Unknown
International Students12.2% from 54 countries
First-Year Students Returning93.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.70 4.15 630 688 659 30
Low 2.80 3.29 480 480 480 25
High 4.00 4.80 700 800 790 35
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