Grinnell College

Academic Highlights

  • Students can choose from 28 majors, 17 concentrations, and the opportunity to be an "independent" major. View full list here.

  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the average class size is 17 students. Small classes at Grinnell mean students are never just a number.

  • First-year students enroll in a First-Year Tutorial, where students receive mentoring from their tutorial professor until they declare a major field of study and pick a new advisor from the chosen major field.

  • More than 40% of students complete a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), where students work closely with a faculty member on scholarly research or a creative project.

  • Pre-professional advising is available for students in the following areas: Architecture, Business, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Librarianship, Religious vocations, Social Work, and Education. Career mentoring begins first-semester of first-year with an exploratory career advisor assigned to each First-Year Tutorial

  • Approximately 55% of students participate in some form of off-campus study both abroad and elsewhere in the United States.

  • QuestBridge Scholars are integral to the vibrant Grinnell College community. All take advantage of opportunities to travel, do academic research, and annually take on leadership positions in and out of the classroom. You can learn more about Grinnell QuestBridge Scholars, and about applying to Grinnell through QuestBridge, here.