In addition to other financial aid options, competitive scholarships can help you afford college. 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.  Note: transfer applicants are not eligible for scholarships.

Transfer Applicants

U.S. Transfer Students

To complete your transfer application, submit the following by the fall or spring transfer deadline:

  • The Common Application: All forms, including the Registrar's Report are available at Common Application.  

If you graduated from high school more than one year ago, you do not need to submit the Secondary School Report form.

International Applicants

Apply as an international student only if you are not a U.S. citizen and do not hold U.S. permanent residency (a green card). If you are a U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency (green card), apply as a domestic student, regardless of where you physically reside.  

We use the Common Application. We encourage you to apply early, and please contact us if you have questions about the application process.

You will need the items listed below to complete your application.

Admitted Student Visits

You’ve applied and been accepted. Congratulations! We invite you to experience Grinnell’s endless possibilities for yourself at one of our admitted student programs, designed specifically for you.

The admitted student programs give you a chance to meet:

  • Fellow admitted students.
  • Current students.
  • Professors.
  • Student life staff.

You’ll also have a chance to:


The Office of Admission is the hub for your application needs. You can learn about Grinnell, grab an application, and schedule a campus visit, including a tour, information session, and meal in the dining hall. You can also visit classes, stay overnight with a student, and interview with admissions.


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