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Grinnell College Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Grinnell College? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Grinnell offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Grinnell College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Grinnell College was awarded 42 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Grinnell is ranked #100 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Grinnell is also ranked #1 out of 31 schools in Iowa.

See all of the rankings for Grinnell College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Grinnell?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 29%, Grinnell is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 34% 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 640 and 740. Math scores were between 670 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Grinnell College  ( 640 to 740 )

SAT Math Scores for Grinnell College  ( 670 to 770 )
Grinnell received ACT scores from 66% 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

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Grinnell, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Grinnell College is 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Grinnell College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Grinnell College has a freshmen retention rate of 96%. 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  96 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 79%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  79 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Grinnell

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,712 undergraduates at Grinnell with 1,662 being full-time and 50 being part-time.

Grinnell Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 98.55 out of 100, Grinnell is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.55 out of 100
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How Much Does Grinnell College Cost?

The overall average net price of Grinnell is $25,358. 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 +
$14,836 $11,413 $20,712 $24,241 $37,443

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Grinnell, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $4,606 a year. That adds up to $18,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Grinnell is 1.0%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Grinnell make around $49,100 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Grinnell students since it is 23% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Grinnell College make the most money.

Location of Grinnell College

Located in Grinnell, Iowa, Grinnell College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Grinnell is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Location of Grinnell College

Contact details for Grinnell are given below.

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

Grinnell College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 56 NA
General Biology 46 $34,500
Political Science & Government 41 $26,400
Child Development & Psychology 37 NA
Mathematics 35 NA
Economics 33 $39,900
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 29 NA
History 27 NA
Romance Languages 26 $16,400
General English Literature 26 $21,600

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

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