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Grinnell College
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  • 4 Year
  • GRINNELL, IA

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Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade A+
  4. Campus
    grade B minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade B
  10. Campus Food
    grade B+
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

1227 PARK STREET
GRINNELL, IA 50112
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
From Grinnell College

Pursue your passions with purpose.

Here, you're in charge of how your studies take shape and where you want them to take you. The First-Year Tutorial is the only required class outside your major. The rest is up to you, and with more than 500 courses from which to choose, you have freedom to explore, along with focused guidance and mentorship.

With our rich global learning opportunities, you’ll use your academic interests to thrive in settings all over the world. In fact, every Grinnellian has access to study, work, and experiences in more than 30 countries.

Grinnell’s community – with students from 48 states and 44 countries – isn’t just a welcoming place to spend four years. It’s an essential part of your education.

From your first day on campus, advisers from the Center for Careers, Life, and Service will help you find service opportunities, internships, and externships that allow you to make a real difference now – and go forth from Grinnell with confidence.

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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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
23%
SAT Range
1370-1530
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$29,404 / 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
$38,498 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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. 37 responses
39%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 36 responses

Majors

Individually Advised Curriculum

At Grinnell, we call our curriculum an "individually advised curriculum." We have no distribution requirements, and the only two required courses for all students are components of the First-Year Experience. The rest of your four-year class schedule is up to you and your academic adviser to craft based on your interests and aspirations, so you can uncover and explore what you truly care about.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,700 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
33
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
  • Dedicated
    27%
  • Liberal
    27%
  • Smart
    23%
  • Atypical
    9%
  • Invested
    5%
  • Nerdy
    5%
  • Quirky
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 26 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 47 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
  • Self-Gov
    59%
  • Great atmosphere
    14%
  • The Jewel of the Prairie
    9%
  • Fast-paced
    5%
  • Liberated
    5%
  • Overrated
    5%
  • Underrated
    5%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,100 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
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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