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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 29%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Computer Science. Graduating 87% of students, Grinnell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,800.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
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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
29%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1310-1510
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$29,492/ 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
$33,946/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

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
91%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,662Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
50
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    35%
  • Dedicated
    24%
  • Smart
    24%
  • Atypical
    6%
  • Invested
    6%
  • Nerdy
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.42 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Self-Gov
    76%
  • Great atmosphere
    18%
  • The Jewel of the Prairie
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
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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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.
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Wonderful school. All of the students here are sincere and intelligent people. I'm continuously impressed by my peers everytime I go to class. Everyone is hard-working and curious, and no one would struggle to find a like-minded intellectual here.

The professors are notable people who are well known within their respective studies, and they genuinely care about your growth and experience at the school. I used to go to a high school where I felt I learned nothing new day after day. Here, I learn both in and outside of the classroom thanks to all the amazing resources Grinnell offers.

Kids who didn't get into Harvard but got into Grinnell are lucky. This is the school that truly will define you and make you into the well-rounded and intelligent person you may wish to be.
Attending Grinnell has given me the chance to meet people that I would never have otherwise had the chance to meet. Overall, I would consider Grinnell to be fairly middle of the road when it comes to many things, but the academics are top-notch (in my opinion), and the campus is fairly diverse in terms of its student body population. There are definitely issues with the college as a whole, such as the college's handling of the student union, but overall I believe Grinnell to be a fantastic college.