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 1,800 students.

The majority of students accepted into this school had an SAT score in the range of 1370 - 1530, or got accepted with an ACT score between 31 - 34. We were able to estimate the Grinnell College average GPA (3.82 - 3.96) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. The acceptance rate for this school is lower than most schools and competition is high, given that only 20 percent of students who applied are accepted to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Grinnell College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Grinnell College was reported as 23.1% in Fall 2020 with over 8,000 college 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: 31 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 3.96

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 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Grinnell College has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 20.2%
  • 2017-2018: 28.9%
  • 2018-2019: 24.4%
  • 2019-2020: 23.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 22.5%

How Does Grinnell College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Grinnell College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Central College65.1%
William Penn University58.2%
Grand View University95.9%
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary62.5%
Mercy College of Health Sciences97.8%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Grinnell College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading670 - 740
Math700 - 790
Total Score1370 - 1530
ACT®Score Range
English32 - 35
Math27 - 33
Composite Score31 - 34
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