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Grinnell Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

20.2%
Admission Difficulty for Grinnell College
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into Grinnell? The school has a 20% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,488 out of 7,370 applicants were admitted making Grinnell a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1380-1550
Applicants Submitting SAT
39%
SAT Scores for Grinnell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 710
SAT Composite 25th 1380
SAT Scores for Grinnell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1550
SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Grinnell College typically requires applicants to be in the top 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1380 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 1295. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1465 out of 1600. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Grinnell College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >30%
1465 to 1550 Avg + 20%-30%
1380 to 1465 Avg - 13%-20%
1295 to 1380 Reach 8%-13%
Less than 1295 Low <8%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
30-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
61%
ACT Scores for Grinnell College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 28
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 33
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 33 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 61 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Grinnell College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Grinnell College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >34%
31 to 33 Avg + 20%-34%
30 to 31 Avg - 15%-20%
29 to 30 Reach 11%-15%
Less than 29 Low <11%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Grinnell College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Grinnell College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,946 3,406 7,370
Accepted 789 699 1,488
Acceptance Rate 20% 21% 20%
Enrolled 217 197 414
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 28% 28%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
29

Applicants have 29 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Grinnell College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Grinnell College Admission 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.