Grinnell College


Enrollment: 1,630.

Student Body: 53% female, 47% male, 86% out-of-state, 11% international (54 countries represented). Asian 8%, African American 6%, Caucasian 59%, Hispanic 7%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 95% freshmen return for sophomore year. 78% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 33% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 25% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 3% grads pursue law degrees. 1% grads pursue business degrees. 3% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 9:1.157 full-time faculty, 97% hold PhDs, 16% are members of minority groups, 41% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/ discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Economics; political science and government; psychology.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, double major, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program; study abroad available in 32 countries, including Grinnell-in-London, Grinnell-in-Washington program, 3-2 programs available in engineering, architecture, and law. Combined degree programs: Architecture With Washington Univ, St. Louis Law Col. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: Support 12+ funded internships each summer.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, cooperative housing, wellness housing, theme housing. 67% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Art galleries, language lab, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, electron microscope, 24-inch reflecting telescope, 365-acre environmental research area.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 100% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Village.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization, Model UN.

Organizations: 240 registered organizations, 2 honor societies, 12 religious organizations.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Women: Basketball, cross-country, diving, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Two building on campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Mears Cottage and Goodnow Hall, Faulconer Gallery, Burling Library, Joe Rosenfield 25 Center, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Robert N. Noyce ’49 Science Center; Athletic Center. Environmental Initiatives: All new buildings are LEED-certified. Once our new Athletics Facility is complete, 33% of the college s building square footage will be LEED-certified. The college has committed to building a wind farm near campus which will provide 50% of the campus’ electricity. The college has dedicated one of its student houses as an Ecohouse and will use that house to demonstrate green technologies, energy conservation, water conservation, and local foods to the Grinnell community.


Freshman Academic Profile: 65% in top 10% of high school class, 93% in top 25% of high school class, 98% in top 50% of high school class. 62% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 620-730. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 600-730. ACT middle 50% range 28-32. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 220. Minimum web-based TOEFL 80.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Class rank, academic GPA, recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, talent/ability. Important factors considered include: Application essay, interview, racial/ethnic status. Other factors considered include: Alumni/ae relation, character/personal qualities, first generation, geographical residence, level of applicant s interest, state residency, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 4 mathematics, 4 science, (3 science labs), 4 foreign language, 4 social studies.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 2,845 applied, 43% admitted, 34% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, standardized test scores, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $30. Early decision application deadline 11/15. Regular application deadline 1/2. Regular notification 4/1. Nonfall registration not accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $36,948. Room and board $8,880. Required fees $534. Average book expense $900.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institutions own financial aid form, noncustodial PROFILE. Financial aid filing deadline 2/1. Priority financial aid filing date 2/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 4/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/university loans from institutional funds.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $2,500. Off-campus job opportunities are excellent.

Financial Aid Statistics: 71% freshmen, 63% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 8% freshmen, 6% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 61% freshmen, 55% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 84% freshmen, 85% undergrads receive any aid. 54% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $19,540.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics.

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