If you are considering submitting an applicationto Grinnell College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee is $0. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.
Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Grinnell College by March 31.
Grinnell College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.
The early decision acceptance rate at Grinnell College is 65%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 19%. In 2021, Grinnell College admitted 250 of the 384 students who applied early decison.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Grinnell College is avery difficult school to get into. Grinnell College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Grinnell College **accepted 19% of students, around 1,566 of the 8,137 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Grinnell College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, Grinnell College waitlisted 1,779 students. Of those, 847 eventually got off the waitlist.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Important|
To apply, all applicants to Grinnell College must submit the following items. Double check with Grinnell College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||3|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Grinnell College 72% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Grinnell College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
Grinnell College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 49% of Grinnell College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 51% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Grinnell College students scored 788 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Grinnell College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Grinnell College, you should strive to earn between 30 and 34 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Grinnell College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.
A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Grinnell College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.
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For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Grinnell College.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 31.
Transfer students can enroll in Grinnell College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Grinnell College?
Students who are admitted to Grinnell College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..
Does Grinnell College accept transfer credits?
Grinnell College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Grinnell College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Grinnell College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Grinnell College?
Grinnell College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
How hard is it to get into Grinnell College? Grinnell College is a very selective institution. The Grinnell College acceptance rate is 19%. This means that the institution accepts 19 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
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.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Grinnell College is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Grinnell College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
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