We use the Common Application exclusively (and have no application fee). Regular Decision is available to all students completing secondary schooling, and Early Decision is a great choice for students for whom Grinnell is a clear first choice.

In addition to the application requirements of the Common Application, you must also submit either your SAT or ACT  score. We’d love for you to meet us – or one of our many enthusiastic alumni interviewers – so we recommend (but don’t require) an interview

Admission to Grinnell is highly selective, and while there is no single factor that guarantees admission, it helps to have taken a challenging, balanced high school curriculum. Our recommended secondary school program is:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of mathematics (at least through pre-calculus)
  • 3 years of social studies
  • 3 years of lab science
  • 3 years of a foreign language

Once we receive your application, we will send you a user name and instructions on how to check your application status.