Grinnell, IowaLOCATION
Estd 1846Established Year

Grinnell College Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Grinnell College offers undergraduate degrees in 27 fields. The college has a total enrollment of 1600 students. Admissions can be made as Early Decision and Regular Decision. The overall acceptance rate is 26.5%.

  • International applicants are advised to apply early - by mid or late December.
  • The applicants can submit supplement application material such as writing samples, essays, letters of recommendation to strengthen the application.
  • Applicants have to fill up a Common Application.
  • ACT/SAT scores are needed for admission.
  • International students need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL score for English Proficiency Requirement.


Application PortalCommon Application 
Application FeeNo application fee is charged
Overall Acceptance Rate26.5%
SAT critical reading mid 50% score range640 - 750
ACT mid 50% score range30 - 33
SAT (math) mid 50% score range680 - 780
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Admission TypeRegular Decision,
Early Decision I and II
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS/TOEFL
Institutional codeSAT/TOEFL - 6252
ACT - 1318
International Admission

Grinnell College Admission Deadlines

Applicants can apply for Regular Decision and Early Decision. Candidates have to choose the option during the Common Application process. According to the institute, the acceptance rate for Early Decision is higher.

Early Decision I and II admission notices are released in the middle of December and early February respectively, while Regular Decisions are released in late March. Applications along with relevant documents should be submitted within the deadlines.

Admission TypeDeadlines
Early Decision INov 15
Early Decision IIJan 1
Regular Decision (both domestic and international)Jan 15

Grinnell College International Admissions

Admission process for first-year applicants is the same for both domestic and international candidates. International candidates will have to meet additional criteria to be eligible for admission. Applicants have to submit a Common Application.

Admission Requirements:

  • Valid SAT/ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts – both original and translated in English.
    • Transcripts should be directly sent by the testing agency. It can be also be submitted through Common Application or through postal mail/email/fax.
  • English Language Proficiency – valid IELTS/TOEFL scores.
  • Financial forms or Certification of Finances (needed for issuing Form I-20)
  • Letters of recommendations, achievements, writing samples and essays can also be submitted, though, not mandatory.

English Language Requirement for International Candidates

The college has no minimum test score requirements. However, the middle 50% scores of class 2018 given below -

TOEFL iBT106-111 (mid 50% range)

Visa requirements for international students

After the student is selected for admission, the Grinnell college will email the Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa (Form I-20 A/B). Once received, all the details should be checked carefully.

  • Completed non-immigration visa application form (DS-156) with passport size photo.
  • A valid passport.
  • Receipt of visa application fee.
  • Evidence of SEVIS fee payment (I-901 receipt)

Grinnell College Undergraduate Admission

Grinnell College offers undergraduate courses in about 27 fields and on 13 concentrations. The basic admission criteria and admission process are almost the same for all first-year applicants. The application can be made through Questbridge School apart from the Common Application. Application to Grinnell College is free of charge.

How to Appy: Common Application

Admission Requirements

  • Valid ACT or SAT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • Secondary school reports for Common Application.
  • 2 teacher evaluations for Common Application.
  • Essay and extracurricular activities.
  • Portfolios for art and music (optional).
  • Secondary or high school counselor recommendation for Common Application.
SAT (Evident Based Reading and Writing)640-710
SAT (Maths)755-800

Note - For SAT or ACT, the best-super scored ACT or SAT composite scores will be considered. There is no minimum score requirement for the tests. Also, essay components of both the tests are not taken into consideration for admission requirements. SAT II test is not mandatory but can be submitted by the candidates.

Grinnell College has a very selective review process for applications. To have an edge during admission, students are advised to have at least 4 years of English and Mathematics respectively, 3 years of Social Studies, Lab Science and Foreign Language respectively, in their high-school curriculum.

The applicant can check the application status on

The admission decision letter and financial aid award (if applicable) will be posted to the Grinnell application portal (also referred to as the “applicant status page.”). The college will post decisions no later than April 1 for Regular Decision applicant

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