College Guide/Grinnell College

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Grinnell is a highly competitive liberal-arts college in Iowa.


  • 41% Acceptance rate (class of 2011)
  • Early Decision November 20 (I) and January 1 (II)
  • Regular admission - January 20
  • Middle 50% of SAT scores:
    • Critical Reading: 630 - 740
    • Math: 620 - 720
    • Writing: N/A
  • Average High School GPA: N/A

Admission Factors[edit]

Very important:

  • Secondary school record
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Talent/ability




  • Enrollment: 1654
  • M/F ratio: 45/55

Cost and Financial Aid[edit]

  • Tuition: $34,392
  • Room and Board: $8,030


55 miles from Des Moines.


NCAA Division III

Campus Life[edit]

No fraternities or sororities.

Should You Go?[edit]

Grinnell's lax course distribution requirements allow students to take charge of their own education, which can be a double-edged sword. Grinnell is one of few colleges that are need-blind in admissions, which when added to its generous financial aid, make it a good value.



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