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					 Main telephone: 641 269-4000, FAX: 641 269-4800                               Grinnell College
 Web site:
 President: Russell K. Osgood, J.D.
 Dean of Admission and Financial Aid: Christopher S. Allen
 Admissions telephone: 641 269-3600, 800 247-0113
 Admissions FAX: 641 269-4800
 Admissions e-mail:
 Director of Student Financial Aid: Arnold Woods
 Financial aid telephone: 641 269-3250, FAX: 641 269-4937                      Grinnell, Iowa 50112-1690
 Financial aid e-mail:                                     Private college established in 1846 as a coed institution.
 Director of International Student Services: Janet Alexander                   Full-time undergraduates: 716 Men, 840 Women.
 International student contact telephone: 641 269-3703                         Part-time undergraduates: 12 Men, 21 Women.
 Athletic Director: Diane E. Fairchild                                         Total campus enrollment: 1,589.
 Director of Women’s Athletics: Heather Benning                                FICE #1868, FAFSA #001868, SAT/PROFILE #6252, ACT #1318.

                           ADMISSIONS                                          Secondary school class rank of freshmen (fall 2006):
Requirements                                                                         Top tenth          64%
Graduation from secondary school required; GED accepted. General col-                Top quarter        90%
lege-preparatory program recommended. 4 units of English, 4 units of                 Top half          100%
mathematics, 4 units of science including 3 units of lab, 3 units of foreign   66% of freshmen submitted class rank.
language, and 4 units of social studies recommended. SAT Reasoning or          55% of accepted applicants submitted SAT Reasoning; 45% submitted
ACT required. TOEFL required of international applicants. Campus visit         ACT.
recommended. Admissions interview recommended. Off-campus inter-               SAT Reasoning scores of freshmen (fall 2006):
view may be arranged with an admissions or alumni representative. Ad-                            Verbal % Math %
mission may be deferred. Application fee $30 (may be waived in cases of              700-800       47           39
financial need), nonrefundable.                                                      600-699       34           42
                                                                                     500-599       13           12
Basis for Candidate Selection
                                                                                     400-499         6           6
Academic:          Secondary school record, class rank, recommendations,             300-399         0           1
                  and standardized test scores very important. Essay im-                          100%         100%
                  portant.                                                     Range of SAT Reasoning scores for middle 50% of freshmen (fall 2006):
Nonacademic: Extracurricular activities and particular talent/ability                          Verbal: 630-740            Math: 620-720
                  very important. Interview and minority affiliation impor-    ACT scores of freshmen (fall 2006):
                  tant. Character/personal qualities, alumni/ae relation-                      English %        Math %           Composite %
                  ship, geographical residence, state residence, volunteer           30-36         70             48                67
                  work, and work experience considered.                              24-29         27             47                31
Admissions Procedure                                                                 18-23           3             5                 2
Normal sequence: Standardized test scores must be received by January                             100%           100%             100%
20. Visit for interview by January 20. Application deadline is January 20.     Range of ACT scores for middle 50% of freshmen (fall 2006):
Common application form accepted; supplemental forms required. Noti-                 English: 29-34        Math: 27-33
fication of admission is sent by April 1. $200 tuition deposit, nonrefund-     Student Body Characteristics
able. Freshmen may enter only in fall term. Admissions process is need-        86% are from out of state. Average age of full-time undergraduates is 20.
blind.                                                                         98% of undergraduates are degree-seeking.
Special programs: Early decision program. For fall 2006, 129 of 158 early      Composition of student body (fall 2006):
decision applicants were accepted. Early decision deadline is November                                    Undergraduate          Freshman
20. Early admission program.                                                         International            10.1                   7.7
                                                                                     Black                     4.9                   5.2
Transfers: Transfer students are accepted. In fall 2006, 108 transfer ap-            American Indian           0.5                   0.5
plications were received, 42 were accepted. Minimum 12 credit required               Asian-American            6.5                   7.7
to apply as a transfer. Secondary school transcript, college transcript,             Hispanic                  4.8                   5.5
essay or personal statement, standardized test scores, and statement of              White                    67.5                  67.2
good standing from prior institutions required; interview recommended.               Unreported                5.7                   6.2
Minimum 3.0 college GPA required. Lowest course grade accepted is                                            100.0%               100.0%
“C.” Maximum number of transferable semester hours is 62. At least 62
semester hours must be completed at the school to earn a bachelor’s de-                                    FINANCIAL
gree.                                                                          Expenses
International Students: 157 degree-seeking undergraduate students en-          Tuition (2007): $33,910 per year. The first-year annual expense informa-
rolled, 49 countries represented. Minimum 550 TOEFL (220 computer-             tion (above) applies to first-year students entering the College during the
based) score required. Application deadline is January 20 for fall.            2007-08 academic year. Tuition, mandatory fees, room, and board for re-
                                                                               turning and transfer students will total $38,222 for the 2007-08 academic
Learning Disabled Students: Essay required; personal interview recom-          year. The per credit charge for returning and transfer students will be
mended. Support services available. Untimed standardized tests accepted.       $928. Room: $3,726. Board: $4,304. Required fees: $482.Books/misc.
Lighter course load and additional time to complete degree permitted.          expenses (school’s estimate): $2,050.
Program/services serve 29 identified students.
                                                                               Financial Aid
Placement Options: Credit and placement may be granted through CEEB            FAFSA: Deadline is February 1. School’s own aid form and Divorced
Advanced Placement exams for scores of 4 or higher; acceptable scores          Parent’s statement: Priority filing date is February 1. In 2007, the average
vary depending on test. Credit and placement may be granted for Interna-       aid package of full-time undergraduates with financial need was $25,972;
tional Baccalaureate.                                                          $26,136 for full-time freshmen. 27% of students receiving financial aid
Freshman Class Profile                                                         participated in Federal Work-Study Program. 57% of 2007 graduates in-
For fall 2006, 45% of 3,104 applicants were offered admission. 29% of          curred an average debt of $17,975. Of full-time undergraduates receiving
those accepted matriculated. 800 applicants were put on a waiting list.        need-based financial aid, an average of 100% of need was met.

                                                              - Grinnell College (IA) -
Scholarships and Grants                                                        has a robust network of interconnected workstations, servers, and periph-
Need-based Federal Pell, SEOG, state, college/university, and private          eral devices, connected to the Internet via a redundant, fractional T3 net-
scholarships/grants. Non-need-based academic merit scholarships/               work. Wireless technology extends across campus. Web services include
grants. In 2007, $16,448,044 in need-based scholarships/grants and             digital images, instructional music clips, library resources, and public
$6,763,736 in non-need-based scholarships/grants was awarded.                  events information. Grinnell has a course management system based on
Loans                                                                          Blackboard. A Creative Computing Lab supports media-intensive com-
FFEL subsidized Stafford, FFEL unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS,               puting, creative projects, and research. Library of 1,117,669 titles, 20,186
Perkins, and college/university loans. AMS. Grinnell College Cost              current serials, 408,790 microforms, 31,183 audiovisuals. Burling Li-
Stabilization Plan In 2007, $4,188,993 in need-based self-help aid was         brary, Kistle Science Library School is a member of library consortium.
awarded, including $3,259,660 in student loans.                                The Faulconer Gallery, Grant O. Gale Observatory
Student Employment                                                             Academic Experience
65% of full-time undergraduates work on campus during school year. In-         92% of freshmen return for their sophomore year. Average GPA of fresh-
stitutional employment. Students may expect to earn an average of $2,000       men after first year is 3.26 on a 4.0 scale. 90% of freshmen graduate within
during school year. Off-campus part-time employment opportunities              six years. The most popular majors among 2006 graduates were biology,
rated “fair.”                                                                  economics, and English. 35% of graduates pursue further study within
                                                                               one year. 55% of graduates are employed in major field within one year.
                            ACADEMIC                                           Guidance Facilities/Student Services
Accreditation                                                                  Nonremedial tutoring. Health service. Health insurance. Career, counsel-
Accredited by NCACS.                                                           ing, international, LD and handicapped student services. 80% of campus
Instructional Faculty                                                          is accessible to the physically handicapped.
Full-time: 87 men, 76 women; part-time: 20 men, 18 women.
      Doctorates/Terminal        96%             Masters      4%                         EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
FTE Student-Faculty ratio: 8 to 1.                                             Athletics
100% of full-time faculty serve as academic advisors.                          Intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer,
Degree Offerings                                                               swimming, tennis, track and field (indoor/outdoor) for men. Intercolle-
Baccalaureate: B.A.                                                            giate basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis,
Majors Leading to Bachelor’s Degree                                            track and field (indoor/outdoor), volleyball for women. 45% of students
Anthropology, Art, Biological Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese,          participate in intercollegiate sports. Member of Midwest Conference (Di-
Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English, French, General Sci-           vision III).
ence, German, History, Independent Major, Mathematics/Statistics, Mu-          Student Activities and Organizations
sic, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Stud-       Student government, newspaper (The Scarlet and Black), literary maga-
ies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre/Dance.                               zine, yearbook, radio station. Two honor societies. Many religious, mi-
Academic Requirements                                                          nority, and international student groups. Music, theatre, political, service,
Freshmen must maintain minimum 1.8 GPA; sophomores, juniors, se-               and special-interest groups. A total of 178 registered organizations. No
niors, 2.0 GPA.                                                                social fraternities or sororities.
Academic Programs
Minors offered in American studies, East Asian studies, environmental
studies, gender and women’s studies, global development studies, Latin
                                                                               All freshmen and sophomores must live on campus unless living with
American studies, linguistics, neuroscience, Russian/Central/East Euro-
                                                                               family. Coed dormitories. language houses and project houses 88% of all
pean studies, technology studies, and Western European studies. Self-de-
                                                                               undergraduates (99% of all freshmen) live in school-owned/-operated/-
signed majors. Double majors. Independent study. Accelerated study. Phi
                                                                               affiliated housing.
Beta Kappa. Pass/fail grading option. Internships. Cooperative education
programs in engineering, architecture and law. Teacher certification in        Regulations and Policies
middle/junior high and secondary education and in 18 specific subject          Alcohol permitted on campus for students of legal age; additional restric-
areas. Associated Colleges of the Midwest Oak Ridge Science Semester           tions apply. Class attendance policies set by individual instructors. All
(Tennessee). Newberry Library Program (Illinois). Study abroad in Ar-          students may have cars on campus; 21% of students have cars.
gentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Chile, China, Costa Rica,      Environment/Transportation
Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary,              109-acre campus in Grinnell (population: 9,105), 55 miles from Des
India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Senegal,      Moines; branch campuses in Washington, D.C., and abroad in London,
South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, and United           England. Served by bus; airports serve Des Moines and Cedar Rapids (63
Kingdom.                                                                       miles); train serves Ottumwa (56 miles). School operates transportation to
Facilities                                                                     Des Moines at beginning and end of each semester.
205 microcomputers available to all students. Internet access. E-mail ser-     Calendar
vices/accounts. Computer equipment/network access provided in resi-            Semester system; classes begin in late August and mid-January. Orienta-
dence halls, library, computer center/labs, student center. Grinnell College   tion for new students held in late August.


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