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We’re looking for applicants who have sought challenge and excelled academically, done well on standardized tests, and demonstrated commitment to activities beyond the classroom. We use the Common Application with a Grinnell Supplement, and strongly encourage you to apply online — we’ll waive the application fee if you do. We encourage you to apply early, and please contact us if you have questions about the application process.


At Grinnell, we love to learn. We value thoughtfulness, creativity, and fun. Our students design their own academic program in close consultation with a faculty adviser, and our self-governing residential community encourages students to take responsibility for the collaborative and supportive community in which they live. We engage fully with our community and the wider world … and we would love for you to join us!

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Our students have many different interests, just like you. Do you want to talk to a current student with interests similar to your own? If so, fill out this form and we'll find someone to talk with you. Please note: We offer this service for students who have already been admitted. To reduce the stress on our students, we ask you to sign up for our mailing list if you aren't an admitted student.