Commencement stage in fall

Grinnell at a Glance

Here’s the quick version.

We were founded in 1846. We’re a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college in Grinnell, Iowa. Around 9,000 people live in our town. About 1,600 students attend the College. We call ourselves Grinnellians. We’re committed to contributing to the common good, and we’re consistently ranked among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges.

  • A class taking in some fresh air and meeting by the sundial outside of Noyce.

    Our Academics

    We provide individually advised learning for the intellectually motivated. A place where freedom and academic rigor coexist and complement each other. And our curriculum has only one class that is required for all students. The rest is up to you.

    • 9:1 student-faculty ratio
    • 500+ course offerings every year
    • Most classes have fewer than 20 students
    • Degrees in 27 major fields with 13 concentrations
    • 3,000 internship opportunities in the United States and abroad
    • 40% of students complete a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP)
  • Students sit in Spencer Grille

    Our Community

    Social responsibility, cultural awareness, and mutual respect are big for us. This is place where diverse perspectives collide and differences are celebrated. As thoughtful citizens, we take ownership of the well-being of our community.

    • 500+ free events, lectures, performances, and symposia each year
    • 150+ student groups
    • 0 fraternities and sororities
    • 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports
    • $1.8 billion endowment supporting academic programs and student life
  • North Campus in summer

    Our Campus

    120 acres in total, halfway between Des Moines and Iowa City.

    • 63 buildings ranging in style from Collegiate Gothic to Bauhaus
    • 1 million books and documents in Burling Library
    • 365-acre Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) down the road from campus
    • 10 distinct ecosystems observed at CERA, with 113 recorded bird species
  • Students eating and talking in the dining hall

    Our Students

    18% identify as international. 26% identify as people of color. In total, we represent 37 states and 39 countries. More than half of students will study off campus. Our top 10 home states are:

    • Illinois
    • California
    • Iowa
    • Minnesota
    • New York
    • Wisconsin
    • Massachusetts
    • Missouri
    • Maryland
    • Colorado

Before They Got Here

640–750
SAT Critical Reading (mid-50 percent score range, pre-March 2016 test)
680–780
SAT Math (mid-50 percent score range, pre-March 2016 test)
30–33
ACT (mid-50 percent score range)

Once They Got Here

52%
of students complete at least one independent study course
2/3
of students participate in community service projects
1/3
of students play varsity athletics

Our Graduates

Our alumni do important and fulfilling work in industries, graduate programs, and communities of all kinds. Many Grinnellians are awarded prestigious fellowships, travel the world, and conduct research under the aegis of the Fulbright Program, the Watson Foundation, and more.

Go on to some great graduate schools.

51% of Grinnellians hold an advanced degree ten years after graduation. Here are a few places the class of 2016 enrolled:

  • Brown University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Iowa State University
  • Universität Heidelberg
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Utah
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University
  • Yale University

Go on to work at pretty extraordinary places.

25% of the class of 2017 went into government or public service work. Grinnellians also went on to work at places like:

  • Amazon
  • Board of Directors of Federal Reserve
  • Center for Italian Modern Art
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Department of Energy
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Epic Systems
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • IBM
  • National Alliance on Mental Health
  • Northwest Film Forum
  • TIAA
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • University of Minnesota Press
  • U.S. Geological Survey