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Grinnell Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Grinnell? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 1,598 out of 6,414 applicants or 25% were admitted making Grinnell a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 3,405 3,009 6,414
Accepted 867 731 1,598
Acceptance Rate 25% 24% 25%
Enrolled 240 202 442
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 28% 28%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Grinnell College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Grinnell regularly accepts students with ACTs of 30 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 62 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Grinnell College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1270. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. 38 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1360 1540
SAT Reading 670 760
SAT Math 690 780
ACT Composite 30 33
ACT English 30 34
ACT Math 27 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >40%
31 to 33 Avg + 25%-40%
30 to 31 Avg - 19%-25%
29 to 30 Reach 14%-19%
Less than 29 Low <14%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1540 and Above Good >36%
1450 to 1540 Avg + 25%-36%
1360 to 1450 Avg - 16%-25%
1270 to 1360 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1270 Low <10%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Grinnell College has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Grinnell College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153384 IPEDS survey data for Grinnell College.



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