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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.75% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
7,370 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
97.6% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
356 Graduates

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The median tuition at Grinnell College is $48,322, which is $16,112 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,010.

In 2016, 90% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 42% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Grinnell College received 7,370 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 14.9% annual growth. Out of those 7,370 applicants, 1,488 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 20.2% acceptance rate.

There were 1,699 students enrolled at Grinnell College in 2016, and 39% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grinnell College has an overall enrollment yield of 27.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Grinnell College has a total enrollment of 1,699 students. The full-time enrollment at Grinnell College is 1,658 students and the part-time enrollment is 41. This means that 97.6% of students enrolled at Grinnell College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Grinnell College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51.6% White, 7.65% Asian, 7.47% Hispanic or Latino, 5.77% Black or African American, 4.53% Two or More Races, 0.06% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 17.9% Non-resident Alien.

Students enrolled at Grinnell College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (27.9%), followed by White Male (22.8%) and Asian Female (4.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A N/A (N/A), followed by N/A N/A (N/A) and N/A N/A (N/A).

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In 2016, 71 more women than men graduated from Grinnell College. The majority of students graduating from Grinnell College are White. These 311 graduates mean that there were 7.97 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 39 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Grinnell College is General Economics with 47 graduates, followed by General Biological Sciences with 41 graduates and Computer Science with 37 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Grinnell College, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Language & Linguistics, with 54 graduates, followed by Cultural & Gender Studies with 17 graduates and Philosophy and Religious Studies with 16 graduates.


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Grinnell College has an endowment valued at nearly $1.79B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $8.62M (0.48%), compared to the 1.02% average return ($343,877 on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Grinnell College had a total expenditure of $116M. Of that $116M, they spent $44M on salaries and $18.7M on benefits.

Grinnell College employs 67 Associate professors, 67 Assistant professors, and 47 Professors. Most academics at Grinnell College are Male Associate professors (42), Male Assistant professors (35), and Female Assistant professors (32).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grinnell College are: Service, with 113 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 86 employees, and Management with 62 employees.



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