Below are some application FAQs. International students may also want to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for International Students.
Grants and scholarships form the largest part of our financial aid funds. The Grinnell Trustee Honor Scholarship is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. It is renewable (at the initial amount) for three additional years provided a cumulative GPA of 2.75 is maintained. You will automatically be considered for merit aid. No application is needed other than a complete Admission application. To learn more about applying for financial aid, see Tuition and Financial Aid and the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Yes, AP exams are accepted.
A student will be granted:
- 4 credits for a score of 5 on the English literature exam;
- 4 credits for a score of 4 or 5 on exams in:
- calculus (AB),
- computer science (A),
- English language/composition,
- environmental science,
- Spanish, and
- 4 credits for a score of 3 or higher on exams in
- calculus (BC) and
- computer science (AB).
Students receiving a 4 or a 5 on either the Calculus BC or Computer Science AB exams should consult the Mathematics and Computer Science department for course placement and could subsequently earn 4 additional credits.
First-year students are limited to 24 transfer credits.
Grinnell College does award credit for IB scores of 5 or higher on Higher Level courses only.
An evaluation of credits earned at properly accredited institutions is completed by the Registrar.
Transfer credit evaluations are done prior to enrollment for all new students who have been approved for admission and for all matriculated students who pursue coursework while on leave or during the summer.
Only official transcripts sent directly to Grinnell will be evaluated.
Interested students are welcome to submit their work for review by Grinnell faculty, however, auditions and portfolio reviews are not a requirement for admission for students planning to pursue a degree in the arts.
Supplemental forms are available on the Common Application website.
As long as your application components are postmarked by the appropriate dates, you will not be penalized for materials received after the deadline.
As you can imagine, we receive a lot of mail from applicants, especially near deadlines. We hope that calls and e-mails regarding your application status are unnecessary as we will contact you when we have received your application and entered it in our database. At that time we will send you a user name and password to access your applicant status page. The applicant status page allows students to access application status and admission decisions online.
No. Once we receive materials related to your admission application, they become part of your Grinnell College file and as a policy we do not return them or send them to other colleges or universities.
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