Graduate Outcomes


First Destinations

  • 60% Employment
  • 23% Graduate School
  • 5% Post-Graduate Service
  • 5% Fellowships
  • 2% Continuing Education
  • 5% Other

Top Locations

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  • Ames, IA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN
  • Washington, DC


Positions Related to Career Goals

  • 29% Completely
  • 65% Moderately
  • 4% Slightly
  • 2% Not at All

Graduate Schools


Graduate Schools Data

Institution Degree Field of Study Location
Carnegie Mellon University MS computational biology Pittsburgh, PA
Cornell University PhD microbiology Ithaca, NY
Duke University PhD earth & ocean sciences Durham, NC
Emory University MPH epidemiology Atlanta, GA
Harvard University MS environmental health Cambridge, MA
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai PhD neuroscience New York, NY
Iowa State University DVM veterinary medicine Ames, IA
Johns Hopkins University MS education Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University MS environmental health Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University PhD biology Baltimore, MD
Loyola University MA medical sciences Chicago, IL
Northwestern University MS biotechnology Evanston, IL
Northwestern University PhD biomedical sciences Chicago, IL
Oregon Health & Science University PhD neuroscience Portland, OR
Princeton University PhD molecular biology Princeton, NJ
Rutgers University MA evolutionary anthropology New Brunswick, NJ
University of Arizona PhD entomology and insect science Tucson, AZ
University of California MEng electrical engineering & computer science Berkeley, CA
University of Colorado PhD environmental studies Boulder, CO
University of Houston MS environmental science Houston, TX
University of Illinois MS biomedical visualization Chicago, IL
University of Iowa MA geography Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa MPH community & behavioral health Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa MS epidemiology Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa PhD neuroscience Iowa City, IA
University of Kansas PhD ecology & evolutionary biology Lawrence, KS
University of Massachusetts MS biology Boston, MA
University of Michigan PhD pathology Ann Arbor, MI
Vanderbilt University PhD structural biology Nashville, TN
Washington University in St. Louis PhD microbiology St. Louis, MO
86% of students are accepted to their first or second choice graduate institution and program



  • Delaware State Parks
  • Green Iowa AmeriCorps
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
  • Peace Corps

Service Data

Organization Location
Delaware State Parks Newark, DE
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Ames, IA
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota St. Paul, MN
Peace Corps Pedasi, Panama
Peace Corps Apia, Samoa
Peace Corps Dodoma, Tanzania



  • Grinnell College Global Learning Program
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institutes of Health
  • The Fulbright Program

Fellowships Data

Organization Location
Grinnell College Global Learning Program Mexico, Turks and Caicos, USA
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Durham, NC
National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD
National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD
National Institutes of Health Rockville, MD
The Fulbright Program Borgholzhausen, Germany
The Fulbright Program Lomza, Poland

Experiential Learning


Internships Data

Organization Field Location
Algalita research/science Long Beach, CA
Animal Arts Design Studios sales/marketing Boulder, CO
App-Ark Education Consulting sales/marketing Shanghai, China
ARS, USDA research/science Albany, CA
Atrium Kosher Home healthcare Silver Spring, MD
Carver College of Medicine healthcare Iowa City, IA
CERA research/science Grinnell, IA
Charles River Community Health healthcare Boston, MA
Cheree Berry Paper creative/performing arts St. Louis, MO
Chippewa National Forest education Deer River, MN
Coeur Group healthcare Omaha, NE
Colectivo Sin Fronteras social services Santiago, Chile
Conard Environmental Research Area research/science Kellogg, IA
Creighton University education Omaha, NE
Desert Regional Medical Center healthcare Palm Springs, CA
DuPont Pioneer research/science Johnston, IA
DuPont Pioneer research/science Johnston, IA
Edlio, LLC sales/marketing Los Angeles, CA
Environmental Protection Agency research/science Washington, DC
Faulconer Gallery creative/performing arts Grinnell, IA
Florida State University Immokalee Health Education Site healthcare Immokalee, FL
Food and Water Watch government/public policy Portland, ME
Forest Restoration & Research Unit research/science Chiang Mai, Thailand
Grinnell Area Local Food Alliance social services Grinnell, IA
Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance sales/marketing Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College healthcare Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College Office of Development & Alumni Relations education Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College Office of Development & Alumni Relations business administration/management Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College Office of Development & Alumni Relations communications/media Grinnell, IA
Grinnell Heritage Farm agriculture Grinnell, IA
Grinnell Regional Medical Center healthcare Grinnell, IA
Hollister Inc. healthcare Libertyville, IL
International Trade Education Programs education Carson, CA
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation research/science Des Moines, IA
Lake Forest Open Lands Association research/science Lake Forest, IL
Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District government/public policy Newark, OH
Locavore Roar sales/marketing Madison, WI
Lurie Children's Hospital healthcare Chicago, IL
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing research/science Cologne, Germany
MCHC RISE UP Scholar Center for Pediatric and Community Research, Avera Health Systems healthcare Sioux Falls, SD
Mid River Vet Clinic healthcare Chamberlain, SD
Mori Hospital healthcare Kyoto, Japan
Mote Marine Laboratory education Sarasota, FL
mumoActive sales/marketing London, UK
Mustard Seed Community Farm agriculture Ames, IA
National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy research/science Beijing, China
Nicaraguan Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources research/science Chacocente, Nicaragua
Northwestern Department of Preventive Medicine healthcare Chicago, IL
Northwestern Memorial Hospital healthcare Chicago, IL
Northwestern University research/science Chicago, IL
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine healthcare Evanston, IL
Novartis research/science Cambridge, MA
NYU Langone Health research/science New York, NY
Oceana research/science Washington, DC
Omaha Public Library education Omaha, NE
OMSI research/science Portland, OR
OneAvenue sales/marketing San Francisco, CA
Oregon Health & Science University healthcare Portland, OR
Oregon Health and Science University research/science Portland, OR
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry education Portland, OR
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy research/science Palos Verdes, CA
Patient Innovation Center healthcare Chicago, IL
Rainbow Summer Program education Kansas City, KS
Reed Asset Management Co., Inc. finance Shanghai, China
Regional Plan Association research/science New York, NY
Roche research/science Shanghai, China
Rocky Mountain National Park communications/media Estes Park, CO
Rotteck Gymnasium education Freiburg, Germany
Saint Louis Zoo research/science St. Louis, MO
Saint Louis Zoo research/science St. Louis, MO
Sanders Environmental research/science Bellefonte, PA
SASA Interiors sales/marketing Gaborone, Botswana
Seeder Clean Energy government/public policy Shanghai, China
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History research/science Washington, DC
Smithsonian National Zoological Park communications/media Washington, DC
Sophie Sachs Butterfly House research/science St. Louis, MO
Starwin Fintech healthcare Shanghai, China
Studio71, LP creative/performing arts Los Angeles, CA
Summer Institute for the Gifted education Stamford, CT
Swedish Cancer Institute healthcare Seattle, WA
Terracon communications Des Moines, IA
TEU education Hartford, CT
The Good Food Institute communications/media San Francisco, CA
The Nature Conservancy research/science Des Moines, IA
Thrivent Financial computing/technology Minneapolis, MN
TrustRadius sales/marketing Austin, TX
Tullow Oil business administration/management Accra, Ghana
UCSF research/science San Francisco, CA
Unification Media Group sales/marketing Seoul, Republic of Korea
UniversalGiving social services San Francisco, CA
University of Chicago research/science Chicago, IL
University of Iowa research/science Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine research/science Iowa City, IA
University of the Witwatersrand research/science Skukuza, South Africa
USDA government/public policy Grinnell, IA
USDA Plant Genome Lab research/science Albany, CA
Venice Family Clinic social services Los Angeles, CA
Wildlife in Need Center healthcare Oconomowoc, WI
Wisconsin Public Radio communications Madison, WI
YMCA of the USA education St. Louis, MO

Research Data

Organization Field Location
Ames National Lab neural regeneration Ames, IA
Bradley University biology Peoria, IL
Bradley University stem cell treatment for pancreatic cancer Peoria, IL
Cornell University microbiology/molecular genetics Ithaca, NY
Des Moines University microbiology Des Moines, IA
Discovery Biomed drug screening Birmingham, AL
DuPont Pioneer CRISPR Cas9 Johnston, IA
DuPont Pioneer genome editing Johnston, IA
Emory University impact of PTSD on cardiac health Atlanta, GA
Emory University stress neuroscience Atlanta, GA
Georgetown University influence of host plant on lepidopteran life cycle Washington, DC
Georgetown University tobacco use in young adults Washington, DC
Harvard University use of the EEOC Cambridge, MA
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai cancer immunotherapy New York, NY
Institute for Physiochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science soil microbiology of permafrost Pushchino, Russia
Iowa State University biochemical engineering Ames, IA
Iowa State University genome modification in crops Ames, IA
Louisiana State University phylogenetics and systematics Baton Rouge, LA
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago clinical Chicago, IL
Marquette University gecko sex chromosomes Milwaukee, WI
Mayo Clinic biomedicine Rochester, MN
Michigan State University chemical ecology and behavior Hickory Corners, MI
Michigan State University ecology Hickory Corners, MI
Northwestern University stroke neurology research Chicago, IL
Novartis antibiotic discovery Cambridge, MA
Ohio State University population genetics Columbus, OH
Oregon Health & Science University cancer cell biology Portland, OR
Oregon Health & Science University neuroscience Portland, OR
Oregon Health & Science University sex differences in pulmonary embolism Portland, OR
Osaka University genomics of mammalian infertility Osaka, Japan
Rutgers University neuron morphology in mouse models of schizophrenia and autism Piscataway, NJ
Rutgers University reproductive & developmental toxicology of nanomaterials New Brunswick, NJ
School for Field Studies marine biology & sustainability South Caicos, Turks and Caicos
Sea Education Association marine biology Woods Hole, MA
SFS Tanzania forest foods in Buger Community Forest Karatu District, Tanzania
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center biogeochemistry/ecology Edgewater, MD
Smithsonian Institution Environmental Research Center biodiversity & climate change Edgewater, MD
State University of New York food choice & alcohol/nicotine addiction Buffalo, NY
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory aquatic toxicology to gulf coast oil spills Ocean Springs, MS
The School for Field Studies forest fire ecology Paro Town, Bhutan
Thomas Jefferson University translational medicine Philadelphia, PA
United States Department of Agriculture agricultural research Ames, IA
United States Department of Agriculture biology Ames, IA
University of Botswana vaccine development Gaborone, Botswana
University of California neuropathology San Francisco, CA
University of Chicago cell polarization Chicago, IL
University of Colorado plant sciences Boulder, CO
University of Florida agriculture & entomology Immokalee, FL
University of Iowa biological chemistry Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa developmental neuroscience Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa free radicals in chemotherapy Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa genetics of oral/facial clefting Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa microbiology/biochemistry Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa neurobiology Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa public health Iowa City, IA
University of Michigan appetite regulation Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan effects of bariatric surgery on hormones Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan nutrient limitation of algal blooms Pellston, MI
University of Minnesota Ewing Sarcoma in pluripotent stem cells Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota genetic insertion & cellular cloning Minneapolis, MN
University of Nebraska mitophagy Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska Medical Center free radical biology Omaha, NE
University of Ottawa tissue engineering Ottawa, Canada
University of Pennsylvania ant social behavior Philadelphia, PA
University of South Dakota prenatal substance use Sioux Falls, SD
University of Washington biology Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin cortical thickness in Alzheimer's disease Madison, WI
US Department of Agriculture heat stress, antibiotic resistance & alternatives, animal health & welfare Ames, IA
Vrije University multiple sclerosis Amsterdam, Netherlands
Washington University in St. Louis autism models St. Louis, MO
Washington University in St. Louis cancer immunology St. Louis, MO
Weill Cornell Medical College seizure incidence related to artery morphology New York, NY
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