International Applicants

In addition to the application requirements for all first-year applicants, the following information pertains to our international applicants.

Who is an “International Student”?

It's not about where you live. It's about your citizenship or permanent residency. So if you hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (green card), you must apply as a domestic student. Alternatively, if you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, you must apply as an international student.

Not sure about your legal citizenship? Check your status with your parents or legal counsel. Either deliberate or unintended misrepresentation of your citizenship status may be cause for withdrawal of your application.

If your permanent residency status is still "pending," apply as an international student. Then, once your permanent residency is approved, you should notify us immediately. A photocopy of this paperwork will be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

If your native language is not English and/or your primary language of instruction in high school was not English, you will need to demonstrate your English proficiency. Do this by submitting an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report.

Financial Aid Policy for International Students

Like the majority of highly selective, private liberal arts colleges in the United States, Grinnell employs a need-aware admission policy for international students. This means that your financial information is considered along with the other components of your application during the admission evaluation.

Grinnell is committed to meeting 100% of institutionally determined need for admitted international students within our financial aid budget. This need-aware model allows us to best distribute our resources to enroll a high-achieving, multi-talented, and geographically diverse class.

Be sure to read some more detailed information about international student financial aid and scholarships.

IMPORTANT: Your application for admission will not be considered complete until the appropriate financial forms have been submitted.

General Tips for International Applicants