Grinnell College

1121 Park Street, Grinnell, IA

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Questions and Answers about Grinnell College

Julieta L.
1 year ago
Are SAT and/or SAT test scores considered for an admissions decision?
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Grinnell is test-optional, meaning students are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores. If a student chooses to submit official test scores, they will be considered. This could be to a student's benefit or detriment, so I only recommend submitting a test score if it strengthens your application.
Mary D.
1 year ago
How does the Grinnell College administration support student activism?
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Grinnell College values the voices of students, so students sit on every committee on campus. Recently, President Anne Harris supported the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers to cover all hourly student workers. On a more symbolic level, the name of Steve Biko, an anti-apartheid activist who founded an important student activism group, is inscribed in our new Humanities and Social Sciences Center to emphasize the importance of student-led activism.
Colton B.
1 year ago
What is the average amount of financial aid students receive at Grinnell College?
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Grinnell is committed to meeting 100% of each student's demonstrated need without any loans. 86% of our students receive some kind of financial aid from Grinnell (whether need-based or merit-based). To get a sense of what your family might pay, you can use the net price calculator on our website:
Amelia D.
1 year ago
Is Grinnell's campus open during summer for international students who can't return home?
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Both domestic and international students who are doing research, an internship, or 30 hours a week of work at the College can live on campus over the summer. While certain spaces, like the Dining Hall, close down, many others like the library remain open. Students may also live off-campus in the town of Grinnell over the summer. As an international student, be sure to work with the Office of International Student Affairs to ensure you're meeting your visa requirements regarding summer work.
Rebecca M.
1 year ago
As a Grinnell student, what opportunities are there to participate in community-based activities serving a local church or shelters?
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The Center for Careers, Life, and Service can help students identify various community-based activities that align with a students skills, availability, and values. Through the Service Leadership Work Study Program, for instance, students can earn their work study through supporting local non-profit organizations. Or, through AltBreak, students can spend their Spring Break on a service trip.
Leah A.
1 year ago
Are there any extra steps for homeschooled students to complete in the Grinnell application process?
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No. All students are required to submit a secondary school report, which may look a little different for homeschooled students, but otherwise the requirements are the same. If you have more questions about applying to Grinnell as a homeschooled student, you can contact your admission counselor, Emma O'Polka Armah at
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Majors offered at Grinnell College

Biggest majors
Computer Science
Political Science and Government

Academics at Grinnell College

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
9 to 1
Selective (24% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution