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Grinnell College

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Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1846
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,589
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $1,471,804,000
Admissions Address

Grinnell, IA 50112-1690



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 20
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: N/A
Admissions office telephone: (800) 247-0113
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 20
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 20
Decision sent by: December 20
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $30
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
http://www.grinnell.edu/admission/applying/ Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 4
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 4
History N/A 0
Academic electives N/A 0
Total academic units N/A 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 20
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 20
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Important
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 45%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 82%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 43%
Total applicants: 3,104
Total acceptances: 1,401
Total freshman enrollment: 405
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 29%
Male applicants: 1,435
Male acceptances: 614
Male freshman enrollment: 199
Female applicants: 1,669
Female acceptances: 787
Female freshman enrollment: 206
Out-of-state freshmen: 86%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 800
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 349
Students enrolled from waiting list: 25

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 64%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 90%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 66%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 55%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 630 – 740
Math: 620 – 720
Combined: 1250 – 1460

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 46.6% 39.4%
600-699 34.4% 41.6%
500-599 13.1% 12.2%
400-499 5.9% 6.3%
300-399 N/A 0.5%
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 45%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 27 – 33
Math: 29 – 34
Composite: 29 – 32

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 67.2% 70.0% 48.3%
24-29 30.6% 27.2% 47.2%
18-23 2.2% 2.8% 4.5%
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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