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Rank: 237

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IAwww.grinnell.edu
Grinnell College is small -- about 1,700 students -- with a well-defined character and an excited, activist student body known for its liberal bent. Students take their culture of openness and acceptance seriously: There's a strong LGBTQ community and pride in the college's ethnic and racial diversity. Activism extends beyond social issues to Grinnell's self-governance policy, which allows students to shape campus life. Instead of adhering to lots of administrative rules, students resolve their own issues. Thanks to its combination of motivated students and attentive faculty, the school sets an intellectual yet amicable tone, with challenging academics. There's no Greek life, but the social scene offers hundreds of student groups, dozens of which focus on political advocacy and cultural identity. Students' main complaint is Grinnell's location in rural Iowa, the nearest cities being about an hour away.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$67,800
% of students who get any grants
90%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,200
Average price for low-income students
$13,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
20%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1430/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,765
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
18%
Average merit grant
$17,026
student success
Graduation rate
86%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$13,200
Average salary within 3 years
$48,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
41%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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