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Grinnell, Iowa

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Chances of getting into Grinnell College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
19%
Admission Difficulty for Grinnell College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Grinnell and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Grinnell is 19%.  It ranks #1 in Iowa and #50 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Grinnell is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 1,566 out of 8,137 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 7 percent (SAT 1353/1538 ACT 30/34). Grinnell College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.89. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Grinnell application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Grinnell College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Grinnell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1353-1538
Applicants Submitting SAT 
48%
SAT Scores for Grinnell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 683
SAT Composite 25th 1353
SAT Scores for Grinnell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 788
SAT Composite 75th 1538
Average SAT Score 1450

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Grinnell College?

Grinnell College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1353 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1260. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. Grinnell ranks #1 in Iowa and #33 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Grinnell College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1538 and Above Good >31%
1445 to 1538 Avg + 19%-31%
1353 to 1445 Avg - 11%-19%
1261 to 1353 Reach 6%-11%
Less than 1261 Low <6%
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Grinnell ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
52%
ACT Scores for Grinnell College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Grinnell College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Grinnell?

Admission data indicates that Grinnell regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Iowa and #38 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Grinnell College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Grinnell College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >31%
32 to 34 Avg + 19%-31%
30 to 32 Avg - 11%-19%
28 to 30 Reach 6%-11%
Less than 28 Low <6%
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Grinnell GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.89*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Grinnell College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Grinnell. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Grinnell College was 3.89 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Iowa for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Grinnell is a very selective school.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.89 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

72% of Grinnell College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Grinnell College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 72%
Top 25% of class 94%
Top 50% of class 98%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Grinnell College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,203 3,934 8,137
Accepted 850 716 1,566
Acceptance Rate 20% 18% 19%
Enrolled 178 187 365
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 26% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Grinnell College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Grinnell College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Grinnell College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Grinnell College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153384 IPEDS survey data for Grinnell College.

FAQs

Does Grinnell College prefer SAT or ACT?

48% of students submit their SAT scores to Grinnell. 52% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Grinnell College?

19% of those who apply are granted admission to Grinnell. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Grinnell College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1353 and 1538. 48% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Grinnell College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. 52% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.