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Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

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Grinnell College overview
Location Grinnell, Iowa
Online grinnell.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Grinnell College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college located in the small town of Grinnell, Iowa, approximately an hour east of Des Moines. Founded in 1846, it is noted for its rigorous academic programs and a strong tradition in the social sciences and humanities. Grinnell's open curriculum encourages students to chart their own educational path, and it particularly stands out for its programs in Political Science, Economics, and Biology. The campus is characterized by its extensive library system and the distinctive architecture of the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center, with residential life underscored by a commitment to providing on-campus housing for all four years. Grinnell maintains a highly selective admissions process. Despite its small-town setting, Grinnell College is known for fostering a global perspective, with numerous students studying abroad during their tenure.

In the most recent statistical year 9,997 prospective students applied, and 1,076 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 437 enrolled in the school.  1,706 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 53 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,988 plus fees of $492. Grinnell is ranked 55 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Grinnell is rated within the top 13% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1380/1530
ACT 31/34
Estimated GPA 3.89

Applications Accepted

Grinnell College overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Grinnell College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$492
Room and Board $15,048
Budget for Other Expenses$2,200
Total One Year Cost$79,628

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$59,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

88% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Grinnell College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 27%
Foreign Languages 12%
Biology 11%
History 8%
Physical Sciences 8%

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