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  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
    A-
  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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,185/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,913/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,504/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,482/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,619/ year
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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
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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Grinnell College is a place that has allowed me to find who I am as a person, while simultaneously bettering myself through both academics and social interactions. The academics are fantastic, with the professors all being extremly helpful, kind, and encouraging during your time with them. I love the personability that comes with smaller classes, and the sense of community that joins Grinnellians together.
Grinnell offers a great breadth of academic courses, thus allowing students to explore different majors that they may be contemplating. The campus is stunningly beautiful. Student life is improved by creating bonds with the advisers, deans, and peers. Interest groups also keep one inspired while attaining academic goals. Lastly, dorm life, in general, is good including gym, laundry facilities, etc.