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Congratulations, Grinnellian

Congratulations on being admitted to the Grinnell College Class of 2023! You were chosen from a large group of talented applicants, and we are so excited to welcome you to our driven and inclusive community.

Last year’s first-year class comprised 18% international students, 29% domestic students of color, 15% first-generation college students, and represented 45 states and 20 countries around the globe. We haven’t met you all yet, but we have every confidence that you will enrich—and be enriched by—our intentional community of fearless learners, thoughtful leaders, kind human beings, and responsible citizens of the world.

Ready to connect with your prospective classmates? Join GC 2023 on Facebook, and sign up for an admitted student program in the admission portal.

Why we're here.

We chose you. Why should you choose us?
In their own words, hear why current students picked Grinnell—and why they would do so again today:

Sara Castro

Sara Castro '21

Los Angeles, California | History Major

"To me, being a Grinnellian is being part of a unique and powerful community of passionate people. It’s a college where students aren’t just excited about academics, but about life learning: growing in ways you didn’t know were possible. It’s a really incredible place to grow up and become an adult."

Seth Bartusek

Seth Bartusek '21

Chicago, Illinois | Biology Major, Environmental Studies Concentration

"I just really like the people I’ve met here. Every single one of them is interesting and genuinely curious about the world around them. Also, Iowa is incredibly underrated. If you’re looking for a sense of place, you’ll find it here. For me, it’s truly a home away from home."

Giang Khuat

Giang Khuat '21

Hanoi, Vietnam | Mathematics and Economics Double Major

"I’m so grateful that Grinnell is a school where you can be yourself. If you come here, no matter who you are, we’ll have a place or group for you.”

Photo of a sunset over center campus at Grinnell

A Sense of Place

Dates to Remember

Student studies under tree

On-Campus Opportunities

  • Admitted Student Weekends- spend one night and two days and experience what it's like to be a Grinnellian.
    • Sunday, April 7 - Monday, April 8, or
    • Sunday, April 28 - Monday, April 29
  • Admitted Student Days - can't attend one of the Admitted Student Programs? Spend a half-day on campus instead, learning what sets Grinnell apart.
    • Friday, March 29, or
    • Monday, April 15


students relaxing on center campus

Off-Campus and Online

  • The national deposit deadline is May 1st, 2019. Already decided on Grinnell?
  • Facebook Live Panels with current students will be hosted through the GC2023 Facebook page. Bring your questions!
    • Wednesday, March 27
    • Wednesday, April 10
  • Grinnellians are everywhere! Find your local Admitted Student Reception and meet alumni and other incoming members of the Class of 2023. 


We know you have a lot of questions about Grinnell, and we have answers. Don't see your question below? Send us an email at and one of our Admission staff will be happy to help.

As a college that enrolls 93% of its student body from out-of-state, we are quite familiar with this question. Grinnell is located in a welcoming small-town community of just over 9,000 people, but the majority of student life happens on campus. With over 100 student groups and 500+ events on campus each year, it is quite common for Grinnellians to feel like they have too many activities to choose from!

That being said, the best way to get a sense for fit is to spend time on campus. Whether or not you have already visited, we encourage you to come to one of our Admitted Student Programs or events.

Refer above to find registration links for on-campus programs, individual visits, and alumni events in your area. Additionally, you should always feel free to reach out to your regional admission counselor or our team of senior interviewers.

If you have questions or concerns about your need-based financial award, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (641) 269-3250 or Our financial aid counselors are an excellent resource for students and families to discuss payment plans and, where possible, reconsideration for need-based awards.

Out of fairness to other applicants, merit awards are not eligible for revision after decisions have been released. This in no way means that applicants who do not receive a merit scholarship are not exciting and highly qualified candidates—there is simply a limited amount of aid to go around.

Yes! All students who receive a work-study award are guaranteed a campus job in the dining hall. Once you arrive on campus, you may seek out a wide variety of other positions, too— from fundraising for Phonathon to working as a writing mentor or earning Service Learning Work Study dollars by volunteering with a charitable organization of your choice.

Congratulations! We require that your high school guidance or college counselor send us your final transcript via email or Naviance by July 15.

Starting mid-May, new students will begin receiving their GrinnellShare network credentials. We will send you an email message to let you know when your Grinnell inbox and storage accounts have been created, along with your username and password.  These credentials will allow you to access New Student Orientation checklists, and you will receive communications from a variety of offices around campus, including Residence Life.

Additionally, you can visit this page anytime to view our incoming student checklist; find information about the move-in process, housing, and advising at Grinnell; and learn about New Student Orientation in August.

International students (most hold F-1 visa status) make up 20% of Grinnell’s student body. The Office of International Student Affairs is dedicated to international student success – and so is everyone else at the College! We will support your unique needs – from your initial visa application to your arrival and transition to life in the U.S., as well as curricular and co-curricular initiatives throughout your enrollment. OISA also organizes various programs that will help you get into the Grinnell community, from our host-family program, Friends of International Students (FIS), to the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP).

Faculty understand that students come from diverse cultural backgrounds and education systems, so inclusive teaching and advising is a priority here. The Center for Careers Life and Service supports exploration inside the U.S. with friendly Practical Training policies, and outside the U.S. through access to internship grants. The office of Residence Life allows international students to remain in College housing over fall, winter, and spring break without extra fees. The Institute for Global Engagement invites all students (including F-1 visa holders) to participate in international programs (and most financial aid still applies, even for international students!). 

Lastly, our International Student Organization is one of the largest groups on campus. ISO hosts events, showcases, food bazaars, and more—not just for international students, but for the entire Grinnell community to share and enjoy.

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Tor Erickson ’01 and Isabella Kugel ’20 stand in front of wood slabs that were made into a desk that now greets visitors in the new Admission and Student Financial Services center.

No Room for Error

From flowering crabapples to sycamores, birches, and firs, the trees dotting Grinnell’s campus have served as familiar landmarks — as well as beloved spots to climb, make art, and meet for class — for generations of Grinnell students.
Max Hill ’20 (left) and Stefanie Ochoa ’20 (right)

Gilman Scholarships Enable Two Students to Study Abroad

Stefanie Ochoa ’20 will study in Shanghai, China, and Max Hill ’20 will explore how cities work on four continents, thanks to the Gilman Scholarships they received to study abroad.
Exterior of Admission and Student Financial Services

New Admission and Student Financial Services Building Opens

A new Admission and Student Financial Services (ASFS) building designed to meet the needs of prospective and current students and their families is open at the southwest…

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