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Colleges / Grinnell College

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate11%

About Grinnell College

Grinnell College is a private, nonprofit college in the town of Grinnell, Iowa. Grinnell College was founded in 1846. The college enrolls around 1,759 students a year, including 1,761 undergraduates.

Grinnell College Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Grinnell College. The acceptance rate at Grinnell College is 11%. Out of 9,997 applications received in 2022, 1,076 students were offered admission.

Grinnell College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 11%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 53%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28%

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Grinnell College is located in Grinnell, Iowa,.

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College Info

1227 Park Street, 1st Floor Grinnell, IA 50112-1690

Campus Setting: Small Town

Grinnell College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Grinnell College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Grinnell College is Mar 1.

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Grinnell College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1520


Math SAT Range

700 - 780


Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1520 and Above


1410 to 1520


1410 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Grinnell College students is 1460. Applicants with SAT scores of 1520 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Grinnell College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1410 to 1520 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1410 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Grinnell College.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Grinnell College is like? There are approximately 1,759 students enrolled at Grinnell College, including 1,761 undergraduate students and -2 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 9% percent are from IA and 91% percent of students are from other states.


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