For Counselors

You may have a Grinnellian in your midst.

You may already have students in mind. Ones who are curious about practically everything. Ones who are passionate about making a difference. Ones who seize opportunities. These are just a few qualities that describe what it means to be "Grinnellian."

As a counselor for a high school or a college counselor for a Community-Based Organization (CBO), you are among our most important partners in identifying and admitting students who will thrive at Grinnell.

Best-Fit Students

Who are Grinnellians?

We recently surveyed several thousand prospective and current students, faculty, and alumni to get a sense of what it means to be a Grinnellian. Some of the words they chose to describe Grinnellians:

  • Purposeful
  • Inquisitive
  • Genuine
  • Creative
  • Influential
  • Accepting

Why Grinnell

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Identifying Strong Applicants

What type of student should you recommend to Grinnell?

Generally, competitive candidates will have completed:

  • Four to five academic subjects for each term in 10th, 11th and 12th grades
  • Four years of English
  • Four years of natural science, two of which should be lab science
  • Three years of a foreign language
  • Two years of social science (three recommended)
  • Four years of mathematics (including calculus for students interested in STEM field majors)

Class of 2021 Profile

  • SAT Critical Reading 640-750 (mid-50 percent score range, pre-March 2016 test)
  • SAT Math 680-780 (mid-50 percent score range, pre-March 2016 test)
  • ACT 30-33 (mid-50 percent score range)
  • Represent 37 states and 39 countries

Overview of Application Process


Application Requirements


International Students FAQs

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Financial Aid

Grinnell is proud to practice need-blind admission for domestic students and meet 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students, regardless of citizenship. We also offer merit-based scholarships that range from $12,000-$25,000 per year.

Scholarships and Grants

Apply for Aid for Prospective Students

Financial Aid FAQs

CBO partnerships

Our diverse community is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from many socioeconomic, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds, and we work hard to keep it that way. One way we do this is by partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) to help create college-going cultures in underserved communities. We are proud to work with many organizations, including but not limited to:

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For Your Students

Visiting Campus

The best way for students to get a sense of the academic and social atmosphere at Grinnell is to visit while classes are in session. Visits can include student-led campus tours, information sessions, interviews, class visits, faculty or coach appointments, and overnight stays.

Individual Visits

Large-scale Programs


Every fall, we offer students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to visit campus for free during one of our Discover Grinnell fall preview programs.

Diversity Travel Opportunity


We welcome groups of students from high schools and community-based organizations.

Group Visits

Counselor Visits

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We think Grinnell is a pretty special place, and we love it when counselors want to see it for themselves. We are happy to host you on campus for a tour, information session and, when school is in session, lunch in the dining hall. And you are welcome to attend any of our public events.

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Our admission officers host a variety of events all over the world every fall and spring. These public events may include presentations from admission & financial aid staff, faculty, current students, and alumni. We also partner with other colleges and universities to host events that allow prospective students to learn about similarities and differences among a variety of institutions.