Grinnell College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Grinnell, IA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
32 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Amazing and caring professors
  • Block Party
  • Bob's Underground CafĂ©
  • Harris Center parties

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Geographical isolation
  • The heavy workload
  • Immature drunks on weekends
  • Long, cold winters

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

A vast majority of students loves Grinnell. They love the challenge they get from their academics and their peers, and they love the amount of freedom that the administration gives them (mostly through self-governance). Some students would say that they learn more from discussions amongst peers than classes. Grinnell students are free to learn and grow into responsible, conscientious adults, and the students are thankful that the school they’ve chosen gives them the opportunity to thrive. Some students can’t even imagine what it would be like if they’d ended up somewhere else.

Yeah, Grinnell students complain sometimes about the things that aren’t available to them that would be at their disposal at a larger, city school. They gripe about excess construction, bogus administration policies, and the things that fellow Grinnellians do that just plain bug everyone. Overall, though, most of the students are happy with the decisions they’ve made and the direction they’re going in their lives. A lot of students have the Grinnell faculty, students, and townspeople to thank for that. Although living in rural Iowa does take some getting used to (especially if you’re from out of state), most students don’t mind making Grinnell their home for four years. Despite the schizophrenic weather, lackluster athletic program, and the immature townies, many students have taken comfort in the fact that it’s “just us” amongst the cornstalks. When a Grinnell graduate thinks back upon his or her Grinnell experience and all the fond memories that come along with it, everything else seems like small potatoes.

Grinnell Student Reviews

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: School is not very strict--self gov.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a huge problem here. There are hospitalizations every year. I believe it is a result of the stressful workload and lack of healthy social events. People work really hard during the week and only get Saturday night off so people let loose.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It's a liberal arts college so all the majors are pretty broad. You can create your own major if you're unsatisfied but it's fairly uncommon.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: BioChem is a lot of work but Grinnell provides ample support so that anyone can succeed if they apply themselves.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is pretty good for a school in the middle of Iowa.


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