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A pretty much unofficial Grinnell Applicant thread


Replies to: A pretty much unofficial Grinnell Applicant thread

  • JanoBanoJanoBano Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Ookie.. so I decided to apply to Grinnell pretty much at the last minute. I like it, but I have to admit it's the fin aid that's the main attraction for me.

    But anyway what are the chances of me getting in: SAT = 2070, international student - sri lankan, applying for aid, um ECs = yearbook, Interact club, badminton, school prefect, photography society, music and dance society, worked at brit council edu fair, community service via interact club.. + a couple of others. AS results = 4 As, OLevel = 4As 4A*s

    also, is it not worth to attend grinnell if i do not intend to pursue a postgrad degree immediately?? (A lot of reviews on **************.com were realllllyy discouraging)
  • JanoBanoJanoBano Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    why is that censored?
  • casualcasual Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    You can't post links to competitors' websites.
  • JanoBanoJanoBano Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    oh right.. anyway. could someone pleeeeassee chance me?!
  • JanoBanoJanoBano Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    come on.... please someone!!! lol
  • baseball24baseball24 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Grinnell ed1: Who got in and did not? Please detail your information.
  • casualcasual Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    baseball, if you look back in this thread, you'll find such information.
  • TBateTBate Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I'm a Jr. at Grinnell and remembering the stress of this time of year I decided to check out CC after reading an NYT article.

    First, Grinnell is an amazing school and one of the best educational experiences available in U.S. I consider myself extremely lucky to be there.

    That being said, don't apply ED. ED is essentially a way for colleges to guarantee that you'll pay without needing to give you merit aid. Make them compete for you and sweeten the deal by offering a scholarship. If you think you won't get a scholarship, go for broke and apply ED but if you're an exceptional candidate you should wait.

    BioFreek, you probably got deferred because your grades are low. It's well established that the demographic most likely to wash out of college is kids with high test scores and low grades. You still have some chance, though. Your grades aren't abysmal and I know people whose stats are worse than yours who have gotten in and done well.

    Also, Grinnell massively over enrolled last year so this year they're almost certainly trying to be more cautious about how many people they admit.
  • M's MomM's Mom Registered User Posts: 4,562 Senior Member
    Agree with TBate that Grinnell is an amazing school BUT disagree with his/her pt about applying ED. S applied ED to Grinnell and got exceptionally generous merit aid. He did not qualify for other financial assistance. We actually spoke to admissions about whether applying ED would impact his eligibility for merit and were told that they did not want kids to forgo ED just to improve their chance of getting merit aid so they would provide the same merit aid irrespective of whether he applied ED or RD. Of course, if he applied RD and had multiple merit/financial aid offers, he might have been in a position to negotiate-but it wasn't worth the additional anxiety and additional
    effort to apply to places he really didn't want to go to when they had already indicated that his eligibility for merit wasn't a function of ED vs. RD.
  • bethievtbethievt Registered User Posts: 6,759 Senior Member

    I don't understand your question about graduate school. I don't know the percentages, but I'm sure many, many Grinnell graduates do not go directly to grad school. I know, for example, that a high percentage spend a year in the Peace Corps or similar job and I'm sure many students just get regular jobs. A high percentage do go back eventually for a graduate degree or even 2.

    It's really hard to even guess about chances for admission and I thinks it's even harder this year. If you really want to find out, apply and see what happens.
  • _Silence_Silence Registered User Posts: 699 Member
    Has any one of you not received an acknowledgement about Grinnell receiving your application as well? I applied pretty late, but still, I'm getting kinda worried, although this probably means nothing.
  • Mary13Mary13 Registered User Posts: 3,857 Senior Member
    _Silence, I suggest you call or e-mail the admissions office. Last year, my daughter applied to Grinnell and did not receive any acknowledgement that her materials had been received. It turned into something of a disaster when she discovered at a very late date that the admissions office did not have her school transcript or counselor rec. At the time, Grinnell told her that they no longer send out confirmations notifying an applicant that their file is complete, and that the office relies on the student to be sure that everything is in order.
  • _Silence_Silence Registered User Posts: 699 Member
    Okay will do. Haven't even thought about transcripts etc. because they didn't even confirm getting my part of the application. It would kinda suck though, if I weren't even considered for admission because my file was incomplete. Thanks.
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