Grinnell Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Grinnell College
|Applicant Competition||Very High|
How hard is it to get into Grinnell and can I get accepted? The school has a 24% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,792 out of 7,349 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 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 SAT48%
|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||780|
|SAT Composite 75th||1530|
|Average SAT Score||1450|
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 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. 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|
|1530 and Above||Good||>35%|
|1450 to 1530||Avg +||24%-35%|
|1370 to 1450||Avg -||16%-24%|
|1290 to 1370||Reach||10%-16%|
|Less than 1290||Low||<10%|
Grinnell ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT52%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||32|
|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. 52 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Grinnell College.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>35%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||24%-35%|
|30 to 32||Avg -||16%-24%|
|28 to 30||Reach||10%-16%|
|Less than 28||Low||<10%|
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. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Grinnell is a very selective school.
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)||26%||25%||26%|
Applications were DueJan 15, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
48% of students submit their SAT scores to Grinnell. 52% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
24% 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.