|Applicant Competition||Very High|
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How hard is it to get into Grinnell and can I get accepted? The school has a 23% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,847 out of 8,004 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. Grinnell College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. Grinnell College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|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||740|
|SAT Math 75th||790|
|SAT Composite 75th||1530|
|Average SAT Score||1450|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Grinnell College?
Grinnell College typically prefers 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 1290. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 48 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1530 and Above||Good||>34%|
|1450 to 1530||Avg +||23%-34%|
|1370 to 1450||Avg -||15%-23%|
|1290 to 1370||Reach||9%-15%|
|Less than 1290||Low||<9%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||32|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||33|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|Average ACT Score||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 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 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. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Grinnell College.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>38%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||23%-38%|
|31 to 32||Avg -||17%-23%|
|30 to 31||Reach||13%-17%|
|Less than 30||Low||<13%|
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.
*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.
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)||23%||27%||25%|
Applicants have 45 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Grinnell College is $0.
What are the requirements for admission to Grinnell College and what student information is used for 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.
48% of students submit their SAT scores to Grinnell. 52% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
23% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1370 and 1530. 48% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 52% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.