Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Questions and Answers

Lily G.
3 months ago
Do most Grinnell College students find the experimental structure beneficial?
Grinnell College
As a Grinnell alum, I found the individually advised curriculum to be highly beneficial. At Grinnell, you don't have to declare a major until April of your second year and generally a major only consists of about 25% of all the classes you'll take at Grinnell. So, there's a lot of time to explore and specialize. Since students deliberately choose each class they take, each class at Grinnell is a vibrant, intentional learning community full of students excited to learn that subject.
Lily G.
3 months ago
Where can I find more information about your academic structure and graduation requirements?
Grinnell College
Our website has lots of great information about Grinnell's academic structure and graduation requirements. Information about the academic experience at Grinnell more generally is available here - You can also click around this page to learn about the graduation requirements of specific majors -
Isabelle M.
6 months ago
What hands on learning does Grinnell College offer to support the political science program?
Grinnell College
Regardless of your major, research and hands-on learning is thoroughly embedded into Grinnell's curriculum. Over half of our students complete a Mentored Advanced Project - a capstone research or creative project done under the close advising of a professor. One cool program specifically related to political science is the Grinnell Poll, a national poll investigating the health of American democracy. More information about that is available here

Academic details

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

Diversity statistics

51% White
8% Asian
7% Hispanic
5% Black
5% Multiracial
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Common Careers

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Senior Research Scientist (Unspecified Type)120k
Data Scientist105k
Software Engineer95k
Business Development Manager80k
Product Manager, Software70k
Instructional Designer62k
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization43k
Based on 1,764 student responses
54.4kAvg. Early Career Pay
103.5kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
49%in High-Meaning careers
41%in STEM careers

Financial Snapshot

Average Financial Breakdown
Average grant for incoming freshmen
Average Pell Grant
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Average Institutional Grant
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Published tuition and fees (Out of state)
$54,354 / year
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