Grinnell College

1115 8th Ave, Grinnell, United States
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Overview of Grinnell College

About this school

Grinnell College, founded in 1846, is a private, liberal arts college. It may at first appear indistinguishable from other acclaimed liberal arts colleges, but like the students it attracts, Grinnell is marked by an unusual blend of academic rigor, individualism, innovation, informality and social justice. Free from core requirements, students design their academic programs in engaged consultation with faculty advisors. Grinnellians feel empowered in and out of the classroom. Furthermore, residential life is largely self-governed. Student opinions are not only heard, but valued. Students from 50 states and 47 countries make Grinnell a cosmopolitan haven in America's heartland. Its 95-acre campus is located in Grinnell, 55 miles east of Des Moines.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:1,712
    • Men:802 (46.8%)
    • Women:910 (53.2%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Grinnell College is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
4
Science
-
3
Foreign Language
-
3
Social Studies
-
3
History
-
3
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
January 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1103 Park Street
City, State, Zip
Grinnell, IA  50112-1690
Phone
(641) 269-3600
Fax
(641) 269-3408
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 1
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
29% of 5,850 applicants were admitted
Women
31% of 3,077 applicants were admitted
Men
26% of 2,773 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
450 (27%) of 1,689 admitted students enrolled
Women
234 (24%) of 968 admitted students enrolled
Men
216 (30%) of 721 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
Not reported
375 And Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
670-770 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
64%
• Score 600 - 700
30%
• Score 500 - 600
6%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
640-740 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
50%
• Score 600 - 700
44%
• Score 500 - 600
6%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
30-34 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
84%
• Score 24 - 29
16%
• Score 18 - 23
0%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $52,392 (76.93166133153211%)
  • Room & Board: - $12,810 (18.810020263722063%)
  • Other Expences: - $900 (1.3215470911280138%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,000 (2.9367713136178084%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Grinnell College accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001868
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
363 (81.2%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
290 (79.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
290 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
290 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,058
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 290 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $41,902
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 251 (86.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,155
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 39 (13.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
93 (20.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,075

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,198 (72.1%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,078 (90.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,078 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,078 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,561
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,078 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $41,344
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 952 (88.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,217
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 126 (11.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
339 (20.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,444

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
55%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$19,392
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, National Merit Scholarships, Dollars for Scholars Matching Funds
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,928

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Not offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Not required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Not required

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


177

Part-Time Faculty


32

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


84%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 25% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 44% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 28% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 3% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 29% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 57% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 14% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
981,074

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
200
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Grinnell College provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


96.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


83.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


86.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


87.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (26)


  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Physical sciences

Online Degrees


Engineering, architecture with Washington University in St. Louis, law at Columbia University

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


9,049

Nearest Metropolitan Area


120 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
10.7 average low in January, 82.2 average high in September
Rain
108 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
60 mile(s) from campus in Des Moines
Nearest Bus Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Grinnell
Nearest Train Station
56 mile(s) from campus in Ottumwa

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


88% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


12%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
-
School Colors
Scarlet and black

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Grinnell College offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, concerned black students, international student organization, student organization of latinas/latinos, campus democrats, ultimate frisbee

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,662

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
1,712
Women
910
Men
802

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 9.3% Asian
  • 7.2% Black/African-American
  • 8.6% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 62.8% White
  • 6.7% Unknown

International Students


19.0% from 51 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


Not reported

Student Resources

Study resources