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?
- 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.
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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Grinnell has earned from around the web.
|#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?
Contact details for Grinnell are given below.
|Address:||1121 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690|
How Do I Get Into Grinnell?
You can apply to Grinnell online at: www.grinnell.edu/admission/apply
Admission Requirements for Grinnell
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Grinnell?
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.
Can I Afford Grinnell College?
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
Of the 1,700 full-time undergraduates at Grinnell, 47% are male and 53% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Grinnell College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||78|
|Hispanic or Latino||134|
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.
|Political Science & Government||41||41|
|Child Development & Psychology||37||37|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology||29||29|
|General English Literature||26||26|
|Fine & Studio Arts||14||14|
|Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages||9||9|
|Drama & Theater Arts||8||8|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||6||6|
|Classical Languages & Literature||5||5|
|East Asian Languages||2||2|
*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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