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GRINNELL COLLEGE, GRINNELL, IOWA

Grinnell, IowaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1846Established Year
  1712Enrollment

Grinnell College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Grinnell University, in Grinnell, Iowa, is a private liberal arts university founded in 1846. The college is known for its academic rigor, creative pedagogy and its contribution to social justice. 

Grinnell College has the sixth-highest endowment-to-student ratio among the colleges in the USA offering liberal arts and science programs. This allows admissions for the blinds and substantial academic merit scholarships to boost socioeconomic diversity. Students receive funding for summer internships and professional development (including international conferences and professional attire) unpaid or underpaid.

Nearly 20% of Grinnellians who are enrolled come from over 45 countries around the world. There are 14 Rhodes Scholars, 119 Fulbright Scholars (since 2005), 79 Watson Fellows, 13 Goldwater Scholars and one Nobel laureate among Grinnell's alumni.

More than half of the Grinnell College graduates go to some of the great graduate schools such as Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, etc. According to reports, 25% of the class of 2017 went into government or public service work joining companies such as Google, Microsoft, Teach for America, Wetland Habitat Restoration, Schiff Hardin LLP, etc. 

Rankings

  • According to US News and World Reports, Grinnell College ranks
    • #14 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
    • #3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
    • #10 in Best Value Schools
    • #11 in Most Innovative Schools
  • According to Forbes, Grinnell College ranks #80 in Top Colleges 2019 and #61 in Private Colleges. 

Highlights

Year of Establishment1846
LocationGrinnell, Iowa
College TypePrivate
Campus SettingRural
Total Enrollment1,716
International Student %20%
Endowment1.992 billion USD
Acceptance rate24%
Scores acceptedSAT/ACT
Student-Faculty Ratio19:1
Official Websitegrinnell.edu

Programs offered at Grinnell College 

Grinnell College offers only undergraduate programs in 42+ areas of study. Students can tailor-make a curriculum for their future and if stuck somewhere they always have a mentor to guide them through the process. 

Popular majors at Grinnell College include psychology, chemistry, biology, linguistics, theatre, economics, applied science, technology, French, Spanish, Russian, political science, policy studies, Neuroscience, peace and conflict studies and many more. 

Grinnell College Campus

Grinnell College is situated about halfway between Des Moines and Iowa City in the town of Grinnell, Iowa. The main campus is guarded by 6th Avenue on the south while the north is 10th Avenue, East Street is on the east and Park Street is on the west. 

The 120-acre campus has around 63 buildings like Gothic Collegiate. Goodnow Hall and Mears Cottage, which are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The North Grinnell Historic District, which consists of more than 200 National Register of Historic Places. 

There is an environmental research area known as the Conard Environmental Research Area which covers an area of 365-acre. Other places of interest include Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center and the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. The athletic center, as well as the center of Arts, was built by world-famous architect César Pelli.

Housing facilities/Residence

The college offers residency features that are divided into three areas i.e. North Campus, East Campus, and South Campus. The dormitories of the north and south campus are influenced by the Oxford and Cambridge residential colleges. The four dormitories on the East Campus were created by William Rawn Associates.

The North Campus has a co-ed residential facility while the South Campus comprises all-female residence halls. The East Campus includes the four newest residence halls of Grinnell College. 

Facilities include:

  • kitchens equipped with stoves, ovens, microwaves, and fridges
  • spacious lounges with televisions, cable service, and DVD players
  • wireless internet connection
  • rooms with a dresser, desk, and chair, and a closet or wardrobe for each student
  • custodial services in bathrooms and common areas (lounges, bathrooms, and kitchens)
  • maintenance services
  • security-enabled entry doors that open with student IDs; student rooms are equipped with key entry locks

Grinnell College Admissions

Where to Apply: For admissions at Grinnell College, students can complete the Common Application.

Application Fee: Grinnell College does not charge any application fee.

Application Deadline: 

ApplicationDeadline
Early Decision INovember 15
Early Decision IIJanuary 1
Regular DecisionJanuary 15

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Academic transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Scores from standardized exams to study in the USA – SAT/ ACT 
  • School Report Form
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Academic Recommendations
  • English proficiency scores – TOEFL, IELTS, etc.
  • Financial Aid Application or Certification of Finances
  • Coy of Passport

Students may opt for a Preliminary Application. This is an optional part that allows the student to receive more information about happenings like timelines, scholarships, events, etc.

Cost of Attendance

The estimated cost of attendance for a student enrolled at Grinnell College is tabulated below:

ExpensesFee (in USD)
Tuition53,872
Activity Fee482
Room6,278
Board7,014
Health Insurance (Mandatory)1,774
Books900
Personal1,100
Travel700- 1,100

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Around 86% of the students enrolled at Grinnell College receive some kind of financial aid to finance their education at the college. Students can apply for various scholarships, grants, education loans and student employment options to finance their studies. 

Grinnell College offers a number of scholarships to students with satisfactory academic performance and also those who are in need of financial support. Average grant/scholarship award of $46,609 is given to 65 percent of Grinnell graduates.

  • Merit Scholarships- All first-year students are applicable for Merit Scholarships. Though no separate application is required, students who apply their application for admission by December 1 are offered priority consideration for scholarships. The scholarship amount ranges from 10,000 USD to 25,000 USD per year.
  • National Merit Scholarship- An amount equal to 2,000 USD per year for eligible students is provided. The scholarship is renewable for 3 years as long as the NMSC’s eligibility requirements are met. 
  • Grinnell College Harry Hopkins 1912 Grant- The eligibility for the grant is determined by Grinnell College and based on CSS Profile application data. Award amounts are based on either need or calculated annually
  • Grinnell Grant- Eligibility determined by Grinnell College and based on CSS Profile application data. Eligibility calculated annually (limit of eight semesters of eligibility)
  • Outside Scholarships: International students can also look for outside international scholarships awarded by various private agencies or the government.

Alumni Network

Grinnell College also has a rich set of alumni. Some big names include:

  • Sen Katayama, 1892, co-founder of the Japanese Communist Party in 1922, 
  • Hallie Flanagan, 1911, pioneer of experimental theatre and director, Works Progress Administration's Federal Theatre Project; first woman to receive a Guggenheim.
  • Harry Hopkins, 1912, senior advisor to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, principal architect of New Deal, WPA administrator.
  • Joseph Welch, 1914, head attorney for the United States Army during Army-McCarthy Hearings.
  • Gary Cooper, 1922, Academy Award-winning actor, best known for High Noon.
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Grinnell College Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population1765
FAFSA Code001868
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$53,872 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score141013101510 34%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing690640740-
Mathematics720670770-
ACTCheck Detailed Score323034 66%
English333035-
Mathematics312833-

Grinnell College Acceptance Rate

28.9%

Acceptance Rate

5850

Total Applicants

1765

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

45.4%

Male

54.6%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program28.9%
Total Applicants6114
Total Enrolled1765

Grinnell College Enrollment

Enrollment
Grinnell College Enrollment1765
Undergraduate Enrollment1765
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate86.9%

Attendance Cost

$53,872

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$53,872 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$900 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$12,400 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,200 / Year

Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
38013112689-
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    RANKED  #80

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    Restaurant

    Jimmy John's0.54 Km
    Pagliai's Grinnell0.63 Km
    A & M Cafe0.63 Km
    Subway0.65 Km
    Chuong Garden0.68 Km
    1854 Deli0.68 Km
    Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar0.7 Km
    Kum & Go0.7 Km
    Hardee's0.75 Km
    Frontier Cafe0.83 Km
    The Peppertree | Depot Crossing0.86 Km
    McDonald's1.07 Km
    West Side Family Restaurant1.59 Km
    Casey's1.64 Km
    Los Girasoles1.94 Km
    Pizza Ranch3.02 Km
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    Book Store

    Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore0.66 Km
    Pioneer Bookshop0.71 Km

    Airport

    Hospital Heliport1.42 Km
    Grinnell Rgnl Medical Center2.93 Km
    Grinnell NDB GGI 2484.49 Km
    Billy Robinson Field4.58 Km

    Shopping Mall

    Southview Plaza II2.34 Km
    Jewel of the Prairie Strip Mall3.14 Km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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