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Grinnell College Overview

Located in Grinnell, Iowa, Grinnell College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding location of Grinnell is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Grinnell College Known For?

524 Undergraduate Awards
$40,716 Avg Cost After Aid
29% Acceptance Rate
  • Grinnell has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Grinnell is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at Grinnell.
  • In 2017-2018, 80% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Grinnell with a bachelor's degree make about $49,100 a year. That's 20% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Grinnell to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Grinnell College Rankings

Grinnell landed the #266 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 31 colleges in Iowa, it is ranked at #7.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Grinnell.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#91 Most Popular Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#108 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#153 Most Popular Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#171 Most Popular Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Grinnell has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#48 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#54 Highest Paid General Biology Graduates College Factual
#57 Highest Paid Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduates College Factual
#79 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Grinnell College?

Location of Grinnell College

Contact details for Grinnell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1121 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690
Phone: 641-269-4000
Website: www.grinnell.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/grinnellcollege
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/grinnellcollege

How Do I Get Into Grinnell?

You can apply to Grinnell online at: www.grinnell.edu/admission/apply

Admission Requirements for Grinnell

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Grinnell?

29% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
34% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Grinnell, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 29%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 26%, and the acceptance rate for women is 31%.

Average Test Scores

About 34% of students accepted to Grinnell submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 740. Math scores were between 670 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Grinnell College  ( 640 to 740 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Grinnell College  ( 670 to 770 )
200
800
Grinnell received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 30 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 33. Composite scores were between 30 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Grinnell College  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Grinnell College  ( 28 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Grinnell College  ( 30 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford Grinnell College?

$40,716 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Grinnell is $40,716. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Grinnell, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,229 a year. That adds up to $20,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Grinnell is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Grinnell College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,700 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,733 undergraduate students at Grinnell, with 1,700 being full-time and 33 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Grinnell

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,700 full-time undergraduates at Grinnell, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Grinnell

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Grinnell College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Grinnell Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 129
Black or African American 78
Hispanic or Latino 134
White 861
International Students 346
Other Races/Ethnicities 152

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Grinnell College. At this time, 37 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 50 countries are represented at Grinnell. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Grinnell College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 56 56
General Biology 46 46
Political Science & Government 41 41
Child Development & Psychology 37 37
Mathematics 35 35
Economics 33 33
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 29 29
History 27 27
General English Literature 26 26
Romance Languages 26 26
Chemistry 24 24
Sociology 24 24
Physics 17 17
Philosophy 16 16
Anthropology 15 15
Fine & Studio Arts 14 14
Ethnic Studies 11 11
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 9 9
Religious Studies 9 9
Drama & Theater Arts 8 8
Music 7 7
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 6 6
Classical Languages & Literature 5 5
East Asian Languages 2 2
Germanic Languages 1 1
TOTAL 524 524

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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