Grinnell College

Grinnell College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Grinnell College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 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 157 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biochemistry.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Grinnell as #103 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Grinnell is also ranked #1 out of 45 schools in Iowa.

See all of the rankings for Grinnell College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Grinnell?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Grinnell since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 29%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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 )

Learn more about Grinnell College admissions.

Grinnell College Faculty

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 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Grinnell College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Grinnell College has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. 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  94 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Grinnell College.

Grinnell College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,733 undergraduates at Grinnell with 1,700 being full-time and 33 being part-time.

How Much Does Grinnell College Cost?

The overall average net price of Grinnell is $22,486. 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 +
$11,945 $14,818 $12,486 $22,085 $35,934

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 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,229 a year. That adds up to $20,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Grinnell is 2.6%. 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.

Get more details about paying for Grinnell College.

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

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

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 62 NA
Political Science & Government 49 $26,400
Economics 47 $39,900
General Biology 41 $34,500
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 38 NA
Mathematics 34 NA
General English Literature 29 $21,600
Child Development & Psychology 24 NA
Sociology 23 NA
Romance Languages 21 $16,400

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

Learn more about online learning at Grinnell College.

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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