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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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
1,733
Undergraduates
870
Men - 50.2%
976
Women - 56.3%
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
23% of 8,004 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
745 average
700-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
705 average
670-740 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
33 average
31-34 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$73,244
Tuition and Fees
$56,680
Room and Board
$13,864
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$51,770
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$20,093
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
175
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
25%
10-19
44%
20-29
28%
30-39
3%
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Des Moines,IA Population
9,049
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Des Moines,IA
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
88% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
Asian
10.1%
Black/African-American
0.6%
Hispanic/Latino
10.5%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
5.9%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0%
White
67%
Unknown
5.9%
International Students
21.3% from 45 countries
First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
58%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
22.1%
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