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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 1,658 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Grinnell acceptance rate is 20%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Computer Science. Graduating 86% of students, Grinnell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,200.
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
20%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1320-1530
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$30,010/ 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
    $13,774/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,160/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,563/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,776/ year
  • $110k+
    $35,726/ 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
90%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,658Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    40%
  • Dedicated
    27%
  • Smart
    20%
  • Atypical
    7%
  • Invested
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.40 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Self-Gov
    80%
  • Great atmosphere
    20%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
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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The students are bright, curious, and from a variety of different backgrounds, making Grinnell College an engaging place to live and learn. They are committed to social justice and activism, participating in their courses in a creative and intellectual way that very clearly connects their education to their passions and "real-world" lives. The faculty dedicate a huge amount of time to ensuring their students are receiving the education they need while still reserving time for their own research and writing. However, the administration needs work on the way it communicates with the student body and implements policies, and the location of the college creates a sort of "bubble" that can cause Grinnell to completely absorb the lives of students and faculty.
I came to Grinnell to be challenged academically, and that's what has happened. Inside and outside the classroom, I'm learning things on a daily basis. Grinnell has made me rethink my values, political opinions, and views of the world, while still staying true to myself.

Socially, I've encountered more diversity in the student body than I ever will. While students come from all over, identify themselves and love differently than their classmates and neighbors, as a whole, they are the caring and passionate, and work together to address local and worldwide issues.

Coming to Grinnell, I've found myself and my passions in the classes I've taken, the professors from whom I've learned, and the students I've befriended.