Grinnell College recognizes the global implications of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and we understand that it is a quickly evolving situation. Our highest priority is for the health and well-being of everyone affected by COVID-19.
If you are a deposited student and your school has closed temporarily or has moved to distance learning in response to the coronavirus outbreak, we understand that you may have difficulty submitting your final high school transcript at the end of the school year. The Office of Admission is glad to work with you and will be flexible with your submission of this document.
If you have questions, please contact us.
So you are interested in applying to Grinnell.
As a Common Application and Questbridge School with no fee to apply and no required supplement, the application process for Grinnell is incredibly streamlined. We do have some required materials, as well as optional ones, too.
- Official ACT or SAT scores
- 2 teacher evaluations (we prefer the Common Application Teacher Recommendation forms)
- Secondary/high school counselor recommendation (we prefer the Common Application Counselor Recommendation form). Home-school applicants may have a parent complete this form.
- Common Application Secondary School Report. Home-school applicants may have a parent complete this form.
- Official copy of your secondary/high school transcript with original stamp, signature, or seal
Want to get a jump start on your application? Start your application early by submitting the Preliminary Application. The Preliminary Application is an optional part of the application process and allows you to receive more information about timelines, scholarships, events in your area, and the college search process.
This application goes live during the summer of your senior year, and is available for submission through November of the same year.
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.
|Early Decision I||Early Decision II||Regular Decision|
|Admission Notification Deadline||mid-late December||early February||late March/early April|
|Deposit Due||January 9||February 15||May 1|
All first year students are considered for merit scholarships. There is no separate application, but priority consideration is given to students who submit their application for admission by December 1.
For international students, a complete application to Grinnell College requires all of the standard application requirements as well as:
- International applicants are also required to demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for all international applicants whose native languages are not English and/or whose primary languages of high school instruction have not been English. The mid-50% range for TOEFL (iBT) scores for international students admitted in the fall of 2019 is 104–111, and the preferred IELTS minimum score is 6.5. Grinnell’s institution code for ordering TOEFL score reports is 6252. Please review our International Students FAQs for further details on test submission and waivers.
- Your application for admission will not be considered complete until the appropriate financial forms have been submitted.
We require all applicants to submit either their ACT (institution code 1318) or SAT (institution code 6252) scores. We consider your best superscored ACT composite scores and your best superscored SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) scores. The essay component of both the ACT and the SAT is optional. We do not have minimum score requirements for admission. We will count as official testing submitted in any of the following ways:
- An official score report sent directly from the College Board (SAT) and/or the ACT
- A verified SAT and/or ACT test scores that appear on your official high school transcript
- A verified SAT and/or ACT score report sent via email from your high school counselor
International applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for all international applicants whose native languages are not English and/or whose primary languages of high school instruction have not been English.
Grinnell does not require the SAT II (subject test) scores of any applicant, but students may still choose to submit SAT II scores. While these scores may provide the admission counselor reviewing the application file with additional information about a student's academic talents, please note that SAT II scores are not taken into consideration when making the final admission decision.
For information about Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit, please review our current policy in the 2019–20 course catalog.
If you were home-schooled, you will have the same application requirements as all other first-year applicants. We welcome additional materials if you feel they will help us to better understand your academic preparation. These materials may include SAT Subject Tests, reading lists, a copy of your home-school curriculum, or additional letters of recommendation.