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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C
Grinnell is a highly rated private college located in Grinnell, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,662 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Grinnell acceptance rate is 24%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer Science, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 84% of students, Grinnell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,800.
1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference

Grinnell College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
24%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1370-1530
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$30,808/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$35,006/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
89%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
40%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,662Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
50
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    30%
  • Liberal
    30%
  • Smart
    20%
  • Atypical
    10%
  • Invested
    5%
  • Quirky
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.25 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.46 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Self-Gov
    62%
  • Great atmosphere
    14%
  • Fast-paced
    5%
  • Liberated
    5%
  • Overrated
    5%
  • The Jewel of the Prairie
    5%
  • Underrated
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses
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If you're ready to put aside four years of your life attending amazing classes, learning from some of the best professors in their fields, and meeting brilliant students from everywhere around the country and world in a god forsaken, cold and depressing small mid-western town, you've come to the right place!
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Grinnell is great! There's a very collaborative attitude among the students. The academics are top quality and there are outstanding resources and opportunities. If you're thinking about Grinnell, visit! People here are kind, helpful, and happy, even with the pressure that comes with challenging academics.
I just finished my first semester, and I can confidently say that at Grinnell, the opportunities are endless, and the campus culture is positive and collaborative and justice-oriented. Professors are at the top of their fields, and student dorms/dining is great (Norris needs improvement). There's a very diverse and incredibly talented student population to inspire you and most of the courses are very well-taught.