You’re ready to take the next step in becoming a Grinnellian.
We’re here to tell you what you need to know, connect you to resources, and answer any questions you have.
Admission to Grinnell is highly selective, which simply means we get more applicants than we have room for in our classes. We have room to enroll only a limited number of new students each year.
We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of scholars from a variety of backgrounds and with different worldviews. We believe that interacting with others of differing viewpoints can introduce you to new perspectives and expand your thinking — plus, it makes life more interesting!
While no single factor guarantees admission to Grinnell, there are some characteristics that are undeniably Grinnellian and can help you stand out from the rest. For example, showing that you’ve taken a challenging, balanced high school curriculum. That you’re ready to explore the world and contribute to the greater good. And that you’re eager to find your place in a supportive, inspiring community.
If that sounds like you, we encourage you to demonstrate your interest in Grinnell by requesting information to learn about application timelines, scholarships, and the college search process. Consider doing an admission interview and applying Early Decision (or as we say, ED), especially if Grinnell is your first choice. And, if you’re a high school junior or senior and you want to start your admission application today, submit the Preliminary Application, which is an optional part of the application process that demonstrates interest to Grinnell. The Pre-App allows you to receive more information about timelines, scholarships, events in your area, and the college search process.