In addition to the application requirements for all first-year applicants, the following information pertains to international applicants.

Definition of “International Applicant”

If you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, you must apply to Grinnell as an international student. If you do hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (green card) you must apply as a domestic student, regardless of where you physically reside.

If you are unclear about your legal citizenship, clarify your status with your parents/legal counsel. Deliberate or unintended misrepresentation of your citizenship status may be cause for withdrawal of your application. If your permanent residency status is still "pending," you must apply as an international student. Then, once your permanent residency is approved, you should notify us immediately. A photocopy of this paperwork will be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

International applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for all international applicants whose native languages are not English and/or whose primary languages of high school instruction have not been English.

Financial Aid Policy for International Students

Like the majority of highly selective, private liberal arts colleges in the United States, Grinnell employs a need-aware admission policy for international students. This means that your financial information is considered along with the other components of your application during the admission evaluation. Grinnell is committed to meeting 100% of institutionally determined need for admitted international students within our financial aid budget. This need-aware model allows us to best distribute our resources to enroll a high-achieving, multi-talented, and geographically diverse class.

Be sure to read some more detailed information about international student financial aid and scholarships.

IMPORTANT: Your application for admission will not be considered complete until the appropriate financial forms have been submitted.

General Tips

  • We encourage international students to complete their applications early — by mid- or late December, if possible.
  • We also encourage you to learn more about our Office of International Student Affairs
  • For further help and general information about applying to U.S. colleges and universities, you can connect with your local EducationUSA advisors.
  • If you have further questions, please check our International Student FAQs or email us.