Grinnell, IA 50112-1690 641-269-3600
About Grinnell College
  • Year of Foundation 1846
  • Size of Campus 120 Acre
  • Type of Instituition Private institution
  • Religious Orientation None
  • Degrees Bachelor
  • Calendar Type Semester
  • Undergraduate Population 1,577
  • Women % / Men % / Out of state 53%, 47%, 86%
  • App. Deadlines FAFSA
  • Tuition Costs In / Out - State $36,948
  • Room and Board $8,880
  • Nonfall Registration Not Accepted
  • Selectivity of the Intuition Most selective
  • Application Fee $30
  • Enrollment No. 1,630
Shortly after the territory of Iowa was organized in 1838, idealistic young missionaries from Andover and Yale Seminaries came west to found churches and a college. In 1846, the year Iowa became a state, some of them formed the Board of Trustees of Iowa College (later Grinnell College). Two years later a one-room school opened in Davenport to preparatory classes. College classes began in 1850, and in 1854 William and John Windsor received B.A. degrees, having completed 50 required courses, 28 in Greek, Latin, and mathematics. The College’s antislavery and antisaloon sentiments aggravated the Davenport city council, which twice cut streets through College grounds, forcing the College further west with little more than its ideals to J.B. Grinnell’s new prairie colony. Classes began here in 1861, but most of the young men went off to the Civil War. Women in a “ladies course”-which gave diplomas but not degrees-carried on during the war years and graduated in 1865 when the College’s first president, George Magoun, was inaugurated.
Social Life And Activities
  • Other general policies class attendance policies set by individual instructors
  • Number of frat chapter houses 0
  • Popular Event and Social Activities on Campus Winter Waltz, Spring Waltz, Disco, Titular Head Student Film Festival
  • Number of students in fraternities 0
  • Percent students who are frat members N/A
  • Number of honor societies Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board
  • Setting Rural
  • Number of sororities 0
  • On-campus religious organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Chalutzim, Unitarian Universalists, Christian Science, Quakers, Pagan Discussion Circle, Catholic Student Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Muslin Prayer Group, Buddadharma Gr
  • Other on-campus organizations N/A
  • Percent students who are frat sororities N/A
  • Number of on-campus international organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Concerned Black Students, Student Organization of Latino/as, Asian Students in Alliance, International Student Organization, Chalutzim, Native American Students in Alliance, Grinnell Multicultural Alliance, MidEastern-Solid
  • Alcohol Policies Yes
  • Number of frats 0
  • Distance to nearest train Ottumwa (65)
  • Distance to nearest bus Newton (20)
  • Public Transportation to the University No
  • Car Permitted On Campus Yes
  • Distance to nearest airport Des Moines (65), Cedar Rapids (65)
Student Housing
  • On and Off campus housing offered Yes
  • College housing safety - Sprinkler system 100%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are singles 50%
  • Off and remote campus housing assistance available N/A
  • Type of housing provided for students coed dorms (87%), cooperative housing (13%)
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are undefined N/A
  • Number of housing and appartment units owned by the university 28
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are doubles 45%
  • High speed or wireless internet in college housing 100%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are apartments N/A
  • College housing safety - Fire alarms 100%
  • Number of students using college housing 87%
  • College campus housing availability Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are triples 5%
Campus Services
  • Number Of Microforms 400,078
  • Campus Safety 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
  • Counseling Services minority student, career, personal, veteran student, academic, psychological, birth control, religious
  • Museums The Faulconer Gallery, Grant O. Gale Observatory
  • Estimated Capacity Of Wireless Network 300
  • Number Of Subscriptions 16,039
  • Online Course Registration Available Yes
  • Computer Courses No
  • Library Facilities Windsor Science Library
  • Wireless Network - Student wi-fi Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Classrooms 44
  • OS of Wifi Network Microsoft
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Library 22
  • Student Computer Availability Yes
  • Library On Campus Yes
  • Number of e-books 7,767
  • Tutoring and Remedial Help N/A
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Other Locations 202
  • Location Of Available Computers computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • Internet Access Yes
  • Number Of Books in Library 1,091,023
  • Student Allowed To Post A Web Page Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Campus Labs(est) 132
  • Basic Services Provided nonremedial tutoring, health service, health insurance
  • Student Email Accounts Yes
  • Number of Audiovisuals-cds,videos,dvds 30,278
  • Location Of Area With Wireless Support in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
Student Employment and Career
  • Employed Students after 6 Months 5%
  • Student Employment Fedral Work Study Program Available
  • Army ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Employed Students after 1 year 20%
  • Airforce ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Does the school discourage student employment No
  • Employed Students after 2 years N/A
  • Top Companies Selecting Students For Jobs N/A
  • Navy ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • The average earnings of employed undergrads 1,800
  • Number of undergraduates (only) with employment 60%
  • Career placment and training on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training
Loan, Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant Page Details
  • Specific Locations/Universities Village