DMACC Preview Program

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Applying and Getting In

Why should a DMACC student consider transferring to Grinnell College?

Grinnell offers an exceptional academic experience, a lively and diverse community, and a college experience that is personal in scale and international in scope. You will be challenged here, in the best of ways. Professors will expect thorough research, thoughtful analysis, and creative thinking. You, with your adviser, will be responsible for co-creating your own personalized curriculum, and you will graduate well-prepared for advanced study or the career of your choice. Grinnell alumni are international leaders in science, music, public service, law, medicine, business, engineering, and more. And, Grinnell ranks in the top 10 of all U.S. institutions for the proportion of its graduates who earn Ph.D.s.

What kind of student does Grinnell look for?

Grinnell draws students from across the country and more than 80 countries. We are committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the United States, including students from varied ethnic, racial, religious, and socio-economic experiences. What Grinnell students share is a passion for life, intellectual curiosity, and a lively interest in the world and each other. If you're interested in joining this energetic and close-knit community, Grinnell is for you.

What are the minimum requirements to successfully transfer to Grinnell from DMACC?

In composing an entering class, Grinnell College seeks a mix of students who together will gain the most from, and contribute the most to, the Grinnell College experience. Grinnell College is a highly selective institution and most successful candidates for admission will have attained the following minimum requirements:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • No grade below a B-
  • High grades in most recent courses
  • Study in mathematics through Calculus 1
  • English 105 and English 106
  • In addition, we look favorably on active community involvement, employment, and/or college-based activities outside the classroom

Are all qualified DMACC students eligible to apply for transfer to Grinnell?

Yes, students from any DMACC campus or learning center are eligible to apply for transfer. However, space is limited and not all those who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed admission. Generally speaking, the stronger a candidate's academic record, the greater the likelihood of admission.

Will my classes from DMACC be accepted for credit at Grinnell, or will I need to repeat some classes?

The majority of credit earned at DMACC with a grade of C or higher (C- does not count) will be applied toward the total number of credit hours required for graduation from Grinnell College. However, certain of Grinnell's majors and concentrations have additional specific course requirements and may not permit DMACC classes to satisfy these requirements. If you have specific questions regarding DMACC credit transfer, please contact Cheryl Chase, Grinnell College Registrar chaseche[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3450.

If I transfer before I've completed my degree at DMACC, can I transfer the credits I earn at Grinnell College back to DMACC to receive my associate degree after I've left DMACC?

Yes. Per DMACC procedure, up to the last 10 credits can be waived by applying for an exception with the registrar. DMACC will grant credit for select Grinnell College courses, enabling transfer students to graduate with both a Grinnell bachelor's degree and a DMACC associate degree. Please contact DMACC credentials staff, credentials[at]dmacc[dot]edu, 515-964-6647, for more information.

 

The Grinnell College/DMACC Preview Program

Do I have to wait until I've completed two years at DMACC to apply and see if I'm accepted?

No! Due to a special agreement between DMACC and Grinnell College, any DMACC student in good standing can chart a path to transferring to Grinnell College. Through participation in the Grinnell College/DMACC Preview Program you will have ample time to see if Grinnell is a good fit for you. This way, you'll know well ahead of time whether Grinnell is in your future and can engage in an appropriate course of study to lay the groundwork.

What are the benefits of being in the Grinnell College/DMACC Preview Program?

The Grinnell College/ DMACC Preview Program gives participants up-close and personal interaction with Grinnell College during their years at DMACC, such as:

  • Personal meetings with Grinnell College staff including:
    • Grinnell College Registrar Cheryl Chase to discuss course selection, transfer credits, and a potential major
    • Dean for Student Success and Academic Advising Joyce Stern to discuss academic support and student life at Grinnell
    • Assistant Director of Admission and Transfer Liaison Will Cummins to help you navigate the transfer application process
    • A Grinnell financial aid counselor to help you see how a Grinnell education is affordable
  • A peer mentor, who is often also a Grinnell College transfer student
  • Special invitations to select campus events
  • A Grinnell College ID card allowing you access to a variety of activities and facilities on campus, including Burling Library, the Bear Recreation and Athletic Center, the Harris Center, and theatrical and musical presentations.

How do I apply to the Grinnell College/DMACC Preview Program?

To apply to the preview program, simply 1) fill out the Grinnell DMACC Preview Program Self Nomination form describing your current studies, thoughts about your future and any questions you may have about Grinnell; 2) have a current DMACC faculty member submit the Grinnell DMACC Preview Program Faculty Nomination form on your behalf; and 3) submit to Brad Spielman, TRiO/SSS academic adviser/adjunct instructor and Grinnell transfer liaison (515-697-7803, blspielman[at]dmacc[dot]edu, Urban Campus UC01-210A).

 

Cost and Financial Aid

Can I afford to attend Grinnell College?

Grinnell College is dedicated to making a Grinnell education affordable for all admitted students. Grinnell graduates are now graduating with the lowest educational debt of any accredited public or private college or university in Iowa, and the lowest among many peer liberal arts colleges nationwide. See up-to-date information about tuition and fees.

Is there financial aid available?

Grinnell College is proud of its need-blind/need-based admission and financial aid policies. That is, we are one of the few schools in the country that does not consider ability to pay when we evaluate your credentials for admission (need-blind admission). And, we base financial aid packages on financial need (need-based financial aid). Grinnell College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted domestic students, making enrollment affordable for students regardless of their financial resources. If you receive financial aid from Grinnell, you may apply that aid, including grant aid, toward approved off-campus study programs, including our more than 70 study-abroad programs.

What about loans?

Most students find that Grinnell's financial aid policy is generous enough that they do not need extensive loans. In fact, since 2008, Grinnell College began limiting the amount of loans required to pay for a Grinnell education. As a result, Grinnellians graduate with less educational debt than students from any other accredited public or private college or university in Iowa.

 

Campus Living

Where is Grinnell College? Can I commute from Des Moines?

Grinnell is located approximately 50 minutes east of Des Moines, directly off of I-80 (exit 182). At Grinnell College, learning happens both in and out of the classroom and much of the intellectual life of the College happens outside the classroom environment. Because we believe that our students have a much richer experience living on or near campus, we expect students to live on campus unless granted an individual waiver. Students are also expected to attend full time once they are accepted (part-time enrollment is not permitted).

What kind of support is available in Grinnell if I'm married or have a family?

Grinnell's residential system incorporates a range of housing options. If you are accepted to Grinnell as a nontraditional student and need housing other than what is offered on campus, we will work with you to find suitable arrangements near campus so you can still engage fully in the life of the College. The community of Grinnell is also fortunate to have excellent child care available at the Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, a full-service community-supported facility offering preschool and child care with programs for infants through fourth grade. Other community resources, including housing, healthcare, schools, and recreation, can be found at Grinnell College Community Enhancement & Engagement.

 

Transition Support for Transfer Students

Since most students begin as first-year students, do you have any special support for those who transfer in later?

At Grinnell College, the student/faculty ratio is 9:1, allowing all students to develop close relationships with professors. Like other students, you will have a faculty adviser who will work with you throughout your time at Grinnell to plan a program of study -- helping you balance the cultivation of existing interests with the discovery of new ones. However, Grinnell also recognizes that transfer students often have different questions, at different times, than students who matriculate as first-year students. For this reason, Grinnell College offers a special orientation to transfer students as well as support throughout the year as needed.

 

More Information

How do I learn more?

On both the DMACC and Grinnell College campuses, there are people on staff who can answer questions about this exciting partnership. At DMACC, please direct any questions to Brad Spielman, academic adviser (515-697-7803, blspielman[at]dmacc[dot]edu). At Grinnell College, please contact Cheryl Chase, registrar (641-269-3450, chaseche[at]grinnell[dot]edu), with any questions you may have.