Can I get into Grinnell? The school has a 29% acceptance rate. 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.
|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|
|Estimated Average SAT||1460|
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. 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%|
|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|
|Estimated Average ACT||32|
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. 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%|
Grinnell College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.
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%|
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2019.
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.