Grinnell College is dedicated to educating people whose achievements show a high level of intellectual capacity, initiative, and maturity. The student who will benefit most from a Grinnell education also possesses a serious interest in learning and the emotional and social maturity needed for independent living and study.
In addition to an excellent academic record, the admission policy favors applicants who have a record of participation in extracurricular activities, including leadership roles, honors, or awards earned.
The academic year is divided into two semesters, fall beginning in late August and spring in late January. First-year or international students may apply only for fall-semester admission. Transfer applicants may choose either fall- or spring-semester entry. Please see the admission timetable for application deadlines and notification dates.