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Partners Since 2010

We are proud of our partnership with QuestBridge, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting high-achieving, under-served high school students with educational opportunities at some of the best colleges and universities in the U.S. Every year, QuestBridge provides low-income high school students across the U.S. with these opportunities through its College Prep Scholarship program and National College Match program. We’re also honored to participate in QuestBridge’s three National College Admissions Conferences every year.

In their own words

Makaila Hootman ’25

Makaila Hootman ’25

Alexis, Illinois | Classics and political science double major

“The greatest tool I have gained as a Grinnell student is the support from my professors and peers. The environment at Grinnell is more caring than I could have ever dreamed. My professors provide guidance for me inside and outside of the classroom and are helping me build a future based on my goals and values. My peers push me to think past my own perspectives while still valuing my contributions. There is really something special about being a part of such a unique community.”

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David Hudson ’23

Brooklyn, New York | Psychology major

“Grinnell has been nothing short of a support system for me to explore, re-explore, and express myself. I came to college to find who I am and who I want to be, and I've grown more in my time here than at any other stage in my life. Everyone welcomed me here and was super friendly, it felt safe for me to be here, and I cannot thank Grinnell College enough for guiding me through this process of discovery."

Linnet Adams ’21

Linnet Adams ’21

New Orleans, Louisiana | History and German studies double major

“My writing skills and ability to communicate stand out at my law firm, thanks to the intensive writing courses and guidance I experienced at Grinnell. I have been complimented on my writing skills and ability to communicate in my role and in my paralegal program! In my second year, I took a course from one of the writing mentors, and he introduced me to the PIE method: Point, Illustration, Explanation. Every time I have a writing assignment at work, I think back to him and the acronym to get my point across."

  • Cinthia Romo (video still)

    The Opportunities are Endless

    “I would say if you decide to come to Grinnell, the opportunities are endless.” Cinthia Romo ’21, a sociology/French double major with a peace and conflict studies concentration, tells us about her interests and the different organizations she is involved with at Grinnell College, including serving on the board of QuestBridge. “I could have never imagined the doors that Grinnell would open for me, or the passions it would ignite in me. Being a Grinnellian has been an extremely personally fulfilling and liberating experience that has made me a much more confident and independent individual excited for the future.”

  • Fabio Montilla ’24 (he/him)

    2023–24 Grinnell QuestBridge Liaison:

    Meet Fabio Montilla ’24 (he/him), QuestBridge Liaison

    Hometown: Miami, Florida (Originally from Venezuela!)
    Major(s)/Concentration(s): Political science
    Off-Campus Study: Grinnell-in-London program during Spring 2023
    Extracurriculars: I currently serve as the President of the 2023-2024 Grinnell’s Questbridge Scholars network, the Vice President for the Fashion Psychology Org, and a Community Advisor (CA) in the East Cluster on campus. I also enjoy hanging out and assisting the events happening at the Stonewall Resource Center! I always do my best to try something new and be able to help the communities on campus that have shaped my undergraduate experience.
    Why I love Grinnell: As a low-income, first-generation queer Latino, Grinnell College has given me the opportunity to strive for academic excellence while creating a diverse environment I can feel comfortable being myself in. Despite not everything being ‘sunshine and rainbows’, the student body, faculty, and friends I’ve met are one of the most passionate and inspiring group of people who work hard to improve and create an inclusive community on campus. I’ve learned from them that in order to achieve my dreams of helping others, I have to embody the change I want to bring to others. The network and resources that I’ve built upon every semester has led me to become a more well-rounded individual, and I’m less uncertain about what my future post-grad will look like.
    If you have any questions about my experiences here at Grinnell College, feel free to reach out!

Frequently Asked Questions

Don't see your question below? Contact and we will be happy to help.

​​​​​Grinnell College does not charge anyone an application fee.

International students and undocumented or DACAmented students are eligible to apply to Grinnell College through QuestBridge for the National Match, Early Decision, or Regular Decision as long as they meet other eligibility criteria set/determined by QuestBridge.

Students applying for first-year admission for fall 2024 are not required to submit ACT and/or SAT test scores. Learn more about test-optional admission policy and for advice on whether or not to submit your score report, please see Requirements and Deadlines.

Your intention regarding submission of test scores must be indicated to us through your response on our “Test Optional Choice Form.” You can find this form in your personal application status page. We cannot review your application until you submit this form. If you decide to submit test scores for review with your application, you may use unofficial scores for purposes of the application. You can upload your score reports through your student portal, or indicate them on your application. If you are admitted through the National Match and submitted unofficial scores we will require the scores from an official source prior to your enrollment at the College (ie: sent to us by your counseling office, or from the testing agency, or appear we will accept as official scores that are on your official transcript). The same is true if you are admitted through Early Decision 2 or Regular Decision and you applied using a test score. If you have any questions, please contact Patty Amador-Lacson,

Note: If a student submits several unofficial or “official” score reports for an exam (i.e.: a score report for each time a student sat for a test), Grinnell will superscore the results to create a new composite score.

​​​​​Grinnell College will create a brand new score by taking the highest subscores earned by a student in each official score report sent to Grinnell. This will likely create a higher ACT composite score or combined SAT evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) + math score than one that appears on an official score report.

Grinnell College will count as official score reports received from the following sources:

  • a score report received directly from the testing agencies (i.e.: ACT or the College Board)
  • a test score on an “official” high school transcript —
    • Transcript must be sent to Grinnell College by a high school counselor or registrar (cannot come from the student directly), and
    • Transcript must show the date each test was taken and all subscores for each test sitting.
  • a complete score report sent directly to Grinnell by a guidance counselor or registrar.

Official transcripts showing test scores can be sent to us by guidance counselor or registrar using these methods:

  • via fax 641-269-4800
  • as an attachment to an email to
  • by mail to the Office of Admission — Grinnell College, 1227 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112

​​​​​Yes, you may apply Early Decision II (binding). If you did not match and would like to be considered for Early Decision II, please send an email to us letting us know you’d like to apply in that admission round. The ED II application deadline is January 1.

Note: Early Decision Agreement Form required. Because our Early Decision rounds are binding, to complete an Early Decision application you must have QuestBridge forward all your materials and also submit the Early Decision agreement form. You can access this agreement via the Common Application website or you can send a note to us to request a blank PDF.

​​​​​​Yes. If you apply to Grinnell College Early Decision II you are making a promise to the College that you will attend if you are admitted and withdraw all other applications for admission you may have submitted to other institutions.

Yes, you may use your QuestBridge application to apply in the Regular Decision round. Grinnell College will automatically move all applicants who tried to match with Grinnell, but who did not match into our Regular Decision round unless we hear otherwise from the student.

  • We would accept your QuestBridge application for Regular Decision even if you did not apply to Grinnell College for the match.

​​​​​Yes, you can use your QuestBridge application to apply to Grinnell College in Early Decision II or Regular Decision even if you were not named a QuestBridge finalist.

​​​Yes, you can use your QuestBridge application to apply to Grinnell College in Early Decision II or Regular Decision even if you were not named a QuestBridge finalist.

​​​​​This is optional. You may submit a Common Application to Grinnell College if you wish, but this is not required to complete the application.

Our primary application source is the Common Application. If you submit both the QuestBridge and Common Application, it is our policy to read the Common Application. Related materials may come from both sources, and we review each file thoroughly and holistically. If you have questions about your application documents, please send your questions to Patty Amador-Lacson.

If you submit both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile at the same time, or shortly after submitting applications for admission to Grinnell College, then we will provide you a tentative financial aid package with an offer of admission. See application deadlines.

Grinnell College meets 100% of all students’ demonstrated need. Please consult our financial aid page for more information. 

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