For Fall 2019 admissions at Grinnell College, the acceptance rate was 23% with 8004 applicants. Therefore, the admission process is very selective with strict eligibility criteria. Candidates are selected based on merit and extracurricular achievements. The retention rate for freshmen is 92%.
Grinnell College offers degrees in 27 major fields with 16 concentrations.
International Applicants looking to apply for admission for Fall 2021 can submit their final high school transcripts after consultation with the Office of Admission. First-year applicants do not need to present SAT/ACT scores. The college may revise this policy for spring admission. Students can keep track of any changes through the college website.
|Application Portal||Common Application|
|Average SAT score||650-720 (SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing)|
760-800 (SAT Math)
|Average ACT score||32-35 (ACT Composite)|
32-35 (ACT English)
28-33 (ACT Math)
|Intake Seasons||Fall and Spring|
|Academic Calendar||Semester -based|
|English Proficiency Tests||TOEFL/IELTS|
|Financial Aid||Scholarships and Grants, Campus Employment|
Theapplication deadlines for international students are different from domestic applicants. Students are advised to apply early, preferably by mid or late December. The important dates and deadlines are tabulated below.
|Application||Deadline||Decision Release||Reapplying Dates|
|Early Decision I||Nov. 15||Mid-Dec.||Mid-Jan.|
|Early Decision II||Jan. 1||Late-Jan.||Mid-Feb.|
|Regular Decision||Nov. 15||Late-March||May 1|
International Applicants need to consider the following when applying for admissions at Grinnell College.
The “super score” set by Grinnell College is done by taking the highest subscores earned by the applicant in each official score report sent to the College in the likelihood of creating a higher ACT composite score/combines SAT Evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) and Math score than one appearing on an official score report.
Application Portal: Common Application; Preliminary Application/Questbridge Application
Application Fee: Not charged
Grinnell College, 1227 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112, USA
Note: Preliminary Application is the optional part of the application process, for applying as a First-Year for Fall 2021. The office will keep the Applicant apprised of the timelines, college search process, and scholarships
The scores for English Language Proficiency Tests for admitted International Students for August 2019 is presented in the form of a table.
|TOEFL - Mid-50% range||104-111|
|SAT I (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW)) - Mid-50% range||650-720|
|SAT I (Math) - Mid-50% range||760-800|
|ACT - Mid-50% range||32-35|
International students can apply for financial aid to meet theexpenses of studying in the U.S. The following table mentions the deadlines to apply for financial aids.
|Early Decision I||Nov. 15|
|Early Decision II||Jan. 1|
|Regular Decision||Nov. 15|
Also, applicants have to consider the following guidelines:
International students require anF-1 visa for studying in the US. The application fee for an F-1 visa is USD 160.
For further information regarding information, applicants can refer to the US Visa application website.
Grinnell College encourages International Students to get in touch with the Office of International Student Affairs which is a part of the International Student Organization (ISO) to facilitate a quality educational experience. Admitted students will be notified via email about receiving financial aid/notification of eligibility for scholarships.
Admission is selective into Grinnell College, and it is recommended to applying candidates to ensure that their program for secondary school is equivalent to:
Grinnell College selects an applicant after considering secondary school grades, test scores, and recommendations, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills.
Ques. Are A-level exams required, despite having taken O-levels?
Ans. Yes. For admission at Grinnell College, A-levels are required. Candidates who are A-level are to produce Advanced Subsidiary or equivalent results, and A-level predictions which are indicated in the Secondary School Report/Letter of Recommendation by the Headmaster or Counselor. This is applicable to all international students with similar education paths. Example: India (ISSCE followed by the ISSE or ICSE followed by the ISC).
Ques. Is it compulsory to submit all application documents at the same time?
Ans. No. Documents can be submitted as and when available. However, each of the documents must contain the applicant’s full name and DoB for assigning them correctly to their application file.
Ques. When is the notification of admission or financial aid is given and how?
Ans. The decision made on Applicant’s admission and financial aid is showcased on their Grinnell Application Portal aka the applicant status page. Regular Decision Applicants get notified no later than April 1 and admitted students will receive their letters for admission and or financial aid (if applied) via FedEx. As for the waitlist and students denied admission, they will get their decision letters via application portal only, and not get letters via postal mail.