Grinnell College: Narrative Description

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1121 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690
Tel: (641)269-4000
Free: 800-247-0113
Admissions: (641)269-3600
Fax: (641)269-3408
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1846. Setting: 120-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.3 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $974,405. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,415 per student. Total enrollment: 1,556. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 2,970 applied, 51% were admitted. 67% from top 10% of their high school class, 94% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 50 National Merit Scholars, 38 valedictorians, 97 student government officers. Full-time: 1,529 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 27 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 59 other countries, 75% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 11% international, 0% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; foreign language/literature. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/20, 11/20 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/20 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $32,690 includes full-time tuition ($25,200), mandatory fees ($620), and college room and board ($6870). College room only: $3204. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $787 per credit hour. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 168 open to all. Most popular organizations: Dagorhir, International Student Organization, Alternative Happy Hour, Campus Democrats, Davi's Buddies. Major annual events: Winter Waltz, Spring Waltz, Disco Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,252 college housing spaces available; 1,235 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Burling Library plus 2 others with 1.1 million books, 392,573 microform titles, 5,147 serials, 29,452 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3 million. 188 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Grinnell, population 9,500, is located 1 hour east of Des Moines and 1 hour west of Iowa City, on Interstate 80 and is within a five-hour drive from Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis.

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