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
1,750
Undergraduates
835
Men - 47.7%
919
Women - 52.5%
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
11% of 10,513 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
740 average
700-780 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
710 average
670-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$79,228
Tuition and Fees
$61,480
Room and Board
$15,048
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$55,722
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
179
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
25%
10-19
44%
20-29
28%
30-39
3%
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Grinnell Population
9,096
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
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.
Asian
9.6%
Black/African-American
5.3%
Hispanic/Latino
9.6%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
6.3%
White
64.7%
Unknown
4.4%
International Students
19.5% from 51 countries
First-Year Students Returning
93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
59.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
53%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
26.8%
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