Chances of getting into Grinnell College
How hard is it to get into Grinnell and can I get accepted? The school has a 29% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,689 out of 5,850 applicants were admitted making Grinnell a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Grinnell College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.
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Grinnell SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT34%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||670|
|SAT Math 25th||700|
|SAT Composite 25th||1370|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||760|
|SAT Math 75th||780|
|SAT Composite 75th||1540|
|Average SAT Score||1460|
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 1370 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 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1460 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 34 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1540 and Above||Good||>41%|
|1455 to 1540||Avg +||29%-41%|
|1370 to 1455||Avg -||19%-29%|
|1285 to 1370||Reach||12%-19%|
|Less than 1285||Low||<12%|
Grinnell ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT66%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||30|
|ACT Math 25th||28|
|ACT Composite 25th||30|
|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 for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 66 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Grinnell College.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>41%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||29%-41%|
|30 to 32||Avg -||19%-29%|
|28 to 30||Reach||12%-19%|
|Less than 28||Low||<12%|
Avg. High School GPA3.89*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Grinnell College. 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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Grinnell will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
62% of Grinnell College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||62%|
|Top 25% of class||88%|
|Top 50% of class||99%|
|Bottom 50% of class||1%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||24%||30%||26%|
Applications are DueJan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply89
Applicants have 89 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Grinnell before the Jan 15 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Nov 2||Nov 15|
|Dec 7||Dec 20|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 26||Nov 14|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
What are the requirements for admission to Grinnell College and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.