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Grinnell College Data & Information Overview

65 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
11% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Grinnell College Ranked?

#103 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in IA
Economics Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Grinnell College was awarded 65 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is economics.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Grinnell is ranked #103 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Grinnell held the #114 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 40 colleges in Iowa, Grinnell is ranked at #3.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Grinnell?

11% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
29% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Grinnell College has a very low acceptance rate of 11%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Grinnell just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 29% of students accepted to Grinnell submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 670 and 750. Math scores were between 700 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Grinnell College  ( 670 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Grinnell College  ( 700 to 780 )
Grinnell received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Grinnell College  ( 30 to 34 )

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Grinnell College Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
83% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Grinnell it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Grinnell College is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Grinnell College

93% Freshmen Retention
85% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Grinnell College has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Grinnell for first-time, full-time students is 85%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

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Grinnell College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,459 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,493 undergraduates at Grinnell with 1,459 being full-time and 34 being part-time.

How Much Does Grinnell College Cost?

$25,182 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
$20,072 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Grinnell is $25,182. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Grinnell

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,835 $13,671 $16,112 $23,454 $38,039

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Grinnell, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Grinnell, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $5,018 a year. That adds up to $20,072 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Grinnell is 0.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Grinnell Graduates Make?

$59,488 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Grinnell make around $59,488 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Grinnell students since it is 40% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Grinnell College

Iowa State
1,459 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Grinnell College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Grinnell, Iowa. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Grinnell draws many to the area.

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Contact details for Grinnell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1121 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690
Phone: 641-269-4000

Grinnell College Majors

25 Majors With Completions
492 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 54 $70,658
Economics 41 $56,661
Romance Languages 39 $23,718
General Biology 38 $24,880
Political Science & Government 32 $31,893
Sociology 30 $27,517
Child Development & Psychology 30 NA
History 29 NA
General English Literature 27 $20,499
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 27 $26,468

Learn more about the majors offered at Grinnell College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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