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Submitting Recommendations and Portfolios


At Grinnell, we prefer that you use the Common Application recommendations forms:

  • 2 teacher recommendations 
  • Secondary/high school counselor recommendation. Home-school applicants may have a parent complete this form.

Portfolios for Art and Music

Grinnell does not require auditions or portfolio reviews for students planning to pursue a degree in the arts. However, you are welcome to submit your work for review by the admission staff.

If you wish to submit supplemental materials, including writing samples, you may do so only after you have submitted your Common Application. To submit supplemental materials, please use the "Edit Portfolio" link on your applicant status page.

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