Grinnell College

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Grinnell College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Grinnell, IA, a predominately rural area. Grinnell College has an enrollment of about 1,700 students.

The majority of students accepted into this school had an SAT score in the range of 1250 - 1500, or got accepted with an ACT score between 28 - 32. We were able to estimate the Grinnell College average GPA (3.62 - 3.78) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 35% of all students that apply are admitted to Grinnell College, from which 30 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Grinnell College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Grinnell College was reported as 35.1% in Fall 2013 with over 3,980 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 28 - 32
  • Average GPA: 3.62 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into Grinnell College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Grinnell College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Grinnell College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 33.7%
  • 2010-2011: 43.2%
  • 2011-2012: 44.8%
  • 2012-2013: 32.0%
  • 2013-2014: 35.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 36.8%

How Does Grinnell College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Grinnell College is fifty-eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Central College65.8%
William Penn University57.7%
Grand View University95.4%
AIB College of Business68.9%
Simpson College88.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Grinnell College (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English26 - 32
Math28 - 34
Composite Score28 - 32
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