Chances of getting into Grinnell College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Grinnell College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

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. 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Grinnell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1370
SAT Scores for Grinnell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1540
Average SAT Score 1460

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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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Grinnell College admission chances by SAT score
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%
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Grinnell ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
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 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Grinnell College admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

High School Class Rank

62% 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 62%
Top 25% of class 88%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Grinnell College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,077 2,773 5,850
Accepted 968 721 1,689
Acceptance Rate 31% 26% 29%
Enrolled 232 215 447
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 30% 26%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were 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 IPEDS survey data for Grinnell College.