Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH)

For Counselors

You may have a Grinnellian in your midst.

You may already have students in mind. Ones who are curious about practically everything. Ones who are passionate about making a difference. Ones who seize opportunities.

As a counselor for a high school or a college advisor for a community-based organization (CBO), you are among our most important partners in identifying students who will thrive at Grinnell. And the individually advised learning they undertake here will equip them to thrive in an increasingly complex world.

Let us support you — request materials from us for your classroom and students.

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    Best-Fit Students

    Who Are Grinnellians?

    We recently surveyed several thousand prospective and current students, faculty, and alumni to get a sense of what it means to be a Grinnellian. Some of the words they chose to describe Grinnellians:

    • Purposeful
    • Inquisitive
    • Genuine
    • Creative
    • Influential
    • Accepting

    Why Grinnell

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    Identifying Strong Applicants

    What type of student should you recommend to Grinnell?

    Generally, competitive candidates will have completed:

    • Four to five academic subjects for each term in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades
    • Four years of English
    • Four years of natural science, two of which should be lab science
    • Three years of a foreign language
    • Two years of social science (three recommended)
    • Four years of mathematics (including calculus for students interested in STEM field majors)

    Class of 2025 Profile

    • SAT ERW – 670-750 (mid-50 percent range)
    • SAT Math – 700-780 (mid-50 percent range)
    • ACT – 30-34 (mid-50 percent score range)
    • 27% domestic students of color
    • 20% international students
    • 11% first-generation students

    Overview of Application Process

    Application Requirements

    International Student FAQs

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    Affording Grinnell

    Financial Aid

    Grinnell is proud to practice need-blind admission for domestic students and meet 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students, regardless of citizenship. We also offer merit-based scholarships that range from $12,000-$25,000 per year.

    Scholarships and Grants

    Apply for Aid for Prospective Students

    Financial Aid FAQs

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    Working Together


    Our diverse community is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from many socioeconomic, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds, and we work hard to keep it that way. One way we do this is by partnering with community–based organizations (CBOs) to help create college-going cultures in underserved communities. We are proud to work with many organizations, including but not limited to:

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    For Your Students

    Visiting Campus

    See close relationships between faculty and students. Participate in class discussions that challenges assumptions. Envision making an impact in our community.

    The best way for students to get a sense of the academic and social atmosphere at Grinnell is to visit while classes are in session. Visits can include student-led campus tours, information sessions, interviews, class visits, faculty or coach appointments, and overnight stays.

    Individual Visits
    Prospective students can schedule information sessions, take a campus tour, experience a class, eat in the dining hall, and more.

    Large-scale Programs
    Every fall, we offer students the opportunity to visit campus during one of our Discover Grinnell fall preview programs.

    Diversity Travel Opportunity
    Students from diverse backgrounds can apply to visit campus for free during one of our Discover Grinnell fall preview programs.

    Virtual Presentations For Your Students
    Request a virtual presentation on Grinnell for your students.

    Group Visits
    We welcome groups of students from high schools and community-based organizations.

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    Counselor Visits

    We think Grinnell is a pretty special place, and we love it when counselors want to see it for themselves. We are happy to host you on campus for a tour, information session and, when school is in session, lunch in the dining hall.

    Contact your Admission Representative

    Our admission officers host a variety of events throughout the world every fall and spring. These public events may include presentations from admission & financial aid staff, faculty, current students, and alumni. We also partner with other colleges and universities to host events that allow prospective students to learn about similarities and differences among a variety of institutions.

    Events Near You

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