Admission

Spring Transfer

U.S. Students

Priority Deadline November 1

Attention: the steps below are required to apply for Grinnell College funded financial aid. If you wish to only apply for federally funded financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-study, and the Federal Direct Student Loan, you only need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Common Application for Admission

Meet admission counselors on the road!

Grinnell College’s Office of Admission is staffed with a team of road warriors — admission counselors who crisscross the nation (and the world!) in the fall. We want to meet you, whether at your high school, a college fair, or when we conduct off-campus interviews.  The glamour of room service cheeseburgers, missed flights, and broken-down rental cars aside, meeting prospective students is something we love to do. A conversation is also one of the best ways for you to learn about Grinnell.

Writing the college essay

We’re sure that there are some students who love and look forward to writing the college essay, and a massive “HOORAY!” to all of you. That said, we imagine that for many of you, it’s a process that involves at least a little agony and procrastination. It’s hard. It’s hard to write a brief, concise essay that says a bit about who you are and what is important to you. We can’t make it easier to sit down and do the work, but we can tell you this:

Application Options

Early Decision I or II

If Grinnell is clearly your first choice, you may want to apply Early Decision. This option is available only to first-year students. We will consider your application and inform you of our decision before the regular deadline. Applying Early Decision means you commit to enrolling at Grinnell if we offer you admission.

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