Grinnell College

Grinnell College

Grinnell College, located in Grinnell, Iowa, was established in 1846. The college, which has a 120-acre campus, is ranked 14th among liberal arts colleges in the U.S., by the U.S. News and World Report. The Princeton Review has ranked Grinnell College as one of the top 10 best value private colleges in America. The college offers undergraduate courses in over 40 program areas for students to choose from.

Grinnell College also has the following academic divisions:

  • Center for the Humanities
  • Center for International Studies
  • Center for Prairie Studies

The athletics department of Grinnel College fields teams in sports such as baseball, football, soccer, golf, tennis and swimming. The college athletes are nicknamed the Pioneers. Financial aid is offered to students in the form of institutional scholarship programs such as the Grinnell Sponsored National Merit Scholarship and the Grinnell Trustee Honor Scholarship.

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Contacting Grinnell

Grinnell College
1210 Park Street
Grinnell , IA 50112-1690
General Phone: (641) 269-4000

Grinnell Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts210Chinese language, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, ...
Science75biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling29psychology
Religion and Philosophy26philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering16computer science
Art Studies15art studies
Drama and Performing Arts3drama

Number of programs and degrees for Grinnell in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree40825

Grinnell Student Body

In 2007-2008, Grinnell had a total enrollment of 1,654 students (1,676 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 47%
20-21 43%
22-24 7%
25-29 0%

Grinnell Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %

Grinnell Room and Board (2007)

Grinnell offers campus housing for 1,245 of its 1,676 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Grinnell, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Grinnell Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal610740
SAT Math620710
ACT Verbal2934
ACT Math2732
ACT Composite2832

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT53%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT47%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Grinnell Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 35,428
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 35,428
Room and board $ 8,272
Room charge $ 3,838
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,434
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Grinnell participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 186800)

Grinnell Faculty

Grinnell has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year30$114,6959$107,911
Associate professoracademic year30$85,49729$83,772
Assistant professoracademic year40$64,41128$66,304
Instructoracademic year6$60,3678$57,425
Lectureracademic year4$66,7239$49,031
All faculty totalacademic year110$83,73983$74,190

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Grinnell Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Midwest Conference
Basketball Midwest Conference
Baseball Midwest Conference
Track Midwest Conference

Grinnell Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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