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Grinnell College - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Grinnell Main Hall

Grinnell Main Hall

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Grinnell Alumni Recitation Hall

Grinnell Alumni Recitation Hall

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Grinnell Steiner Hall

Grinnell Steiner Hall

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Grinnell College Description:

Don’t be fooled by Grinnell’s rural location in Iowa. The school has a talented and diverse faculty and student body, and a rich history of social progressiveness. With an endowment over $1.5 billion and an 9:1 student/faculty ratio, Grinnell holds its own against the most elite schools in the Northeast, and it often ranks among the top liberal arts colleges. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Grinnell was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Students can choose from 26 majors, and the college relies on individualized planning and advising instead of core requirements. In athletics, the Grinnell Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,674
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $43,656
  • Books: $900
  • Room and Board: $9,998
  • Other Expenses: $1,800
  • Total Cost: $56,354

Grinnell Financial Aid (2012 - 13):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87%
    • Loans: 42%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,984
    • Loans: $5,041

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Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Economics, English, History, Math, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 81%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Grinnell and the Common Application

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Admissions Information for Other Top Liberal Arts Colleges:

Amherst | Bowdoin | Carleton | Claremont McKenna | Davidson | Grinnell | Haverford | Middlebury | Pomona | Reed | Swarthmore | Vassar | Washington and Lee | Wellesley | Wesleyan | Williams

Grinnell College Mission Statement:

When Grinnell College framed its charter in the Iowa Territory of the United States in 1846, it set forth a mission to educate its students "for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life." The College pursues that mission by educating young men and women in the liberal arts through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas. As a teaching and learning community, the College holds that knowledge is a good to be pursued both for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large. The College exists to provide a lively academic community of students and teachers of high scholarly qualifications from diverse social and cultural circumstances. The College aims to graduate women and men who can think clearly, who can speak and write persuasively and even eloquently, who can evaluate critically both their own and others' ideas, who can acquire new knowledge, and who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.

from http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/president/missionstatement/

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