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Graceland University

  • Lamoni, IA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Rural
    setting
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 1,559
    total students
  • $24,570 | $24,570
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 50%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 477
    sat math
  • 462
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 21
    act composite

Overview

With a Strong Belief in Educating the Whole Person, Graceland University is Shaping the Next Generation

Graceland University, rooted in the liberal arts tradition, provides challenging academic programs with strong emphases on career preparation. A tradition of academic excellence has been maintained by Graceland since 1895. The University is based on the Christian view of wholeness, worth and dignity for every person. Its 2011-12 class hailed from more than 40 states and 40 countries: 12 percent of the approximately 1,000 students on the Lamoni, Iowa, campus are international students.

Students' experience at Graceland will include a personalized education, combined with an ongoing adventure, that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Graceland graduates go on to careers in the sciences, arts, nursing, education, business, athletics and humanitarian service. Alumni report that the "Graceland Experience" helped focus their careers and shaped their future.

A Home Away from Home: Inclusive Campus Housing Provides an Instant Support Network and Sense of Belonging

Graceland University's main campus is in Lamoni located in the rolling hills of south-central Iowa on Interstate 35, halfway between Des Moines and Kansas City. Shops, restaurants and a scenic bike trail are all within walking or biking distance in a safe, friendly, small-town community where students always feel welcome. The University also has a stunning urban campus, home to a wide variety of online programs and the University's award-winning School of Nursing, located in Independence, Missouri. Interested students can take a look at the Graceland website to learn more about its students, alumni, The University and community.

Graceland University's unique "House" residential system makes students feel instantly at home. Residence halls are divided into floors, known as "Houses," where students live with friends from day one through graduation. Every House has its own traditions, and students contribute to the creation of the traditions of tomorrow. Members of each House elect a council to plan social, intramural, religious and academic activities.

Student Leadership is a Core Piece of Graceland's Curriculum

Leadership is defined in many ways at Graceland. Hands-on experiences allow students to cultivate skills and prepare for future leadership positions. Students hold 200 leadership posts on campus, which adds an invaluable advantage in their future job search.

Graceland University was named a 2014 Best College in the Midwestern Region by The Princeton Review and a 1st-tier university by U.S. News & World Report, offering clear evidence of Graceland's leadership in higher education today.

Graceland Offers More Than 50 Academic Majors and Programs

GU offers more than 50 academic majors and programs. The university features a 15:1 student-faculty ratio that guarantees professors' personal attention to every student. Students may participate in internships in their fields of study and travel abroad during Winter Term to places like Zambia, Nicaragua, China, Hungary and Italy.

GU awards a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Concentrations in the Liberal Arts include accounting, agricultural business, athletic training, business administration, communications, criminal justice, economics, elementary education, English, health, history, human services, liberal studies, mathematics, music, religion and philosophy, physical education, psychology, recreation, sociology, sport management, visual art and film, theatre, and performance studies.

Bachelor of Science programs and majors include biology, chemistry, computer science, and pre-professional programs. General education requirements are based on 10 core competencies satisfied by course selections, internships, portfolios, proficiency exams, work experience, independent studies, performance and achievement.

GU also offers a Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Education, and Master of Science in Nursing. A Doctor of Nursing Practice program was introduced in 2011.

Graceland Offers Beautiful State of the Art Facilities on a Gorgeous Campus

The Resch Science and Technology Hall was completed in 2009. The $15 million project provides best-in-the-Midwest science, math and technology opportunities to Graceland students, as well as superb infrastructure and industry standard equipment.

The Helene Center for the Visual Arts includes 29,000 square feet of classrooms, galleries and studios with large north-facing windows for optimum light for artists.

The Shaw Center has undergone a $16 million renovation/expansion that made it the premier venue for the performing arts and other activities and events. A new state-of-the-art recital hall, black box theatre and outdoor amphitheater were completed in fall of 2012.

A beautiful new fitness and wellness center is a welcome addition to campus. A complex of stunning new student apartments was completed in fall of 2011.

The Eugene E. and Julia Travis Closson Physical Education Center complex includes an indoor pool, indoor track, weight and training room, and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

The Bruce Jenner Sports Complex boasts an outdoor track, a new $1 million artificial-turf football field and three beautiful soccer fields. The campus borders a 9-hole golf course and boasts a highly-regarded disc golf course.

Over 98% of Graceland Students Receive Financial Assistance

Full-time tuition for 2014-15 is $24,570. Graceland students receive academic and athletic scholarships, performance grants, work-study, federal and state grants and government loans. Grants are available for achievement in athletics and performing arts, and for international students. The university also offers significant scholarships to members of its sponsoring church, Community of Christ.

Admission Requirements

Each high school graduate must meet two of the three criteria to qualify for admission: rank in the upper 50 percent of his or her class; have a minimum 2.5 GPA; or have either a minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum SAT combined score of 960. Students can request additional admissions information or apply now.


Location & Contact

Graceland University

1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
USA

Mr.Kirk Bjorland

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Phone: 866-GRACELAND 
Fax: 641-784-5480
Email: admissions@graceland.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Publishing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Specific Subject Areas) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater/Theater Arts Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

50% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,981
    • Accepted994
    • Acceptance Rate50%
    • Enrolled1,559
    • Female Applicants857
    • Females Accepted427
    • Female Acceptance Rate49%
    • Male Applicants1,124
    • Males Accepted567
    • Male Acceptance Rate50%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
      Students who do not meet 2 out of the following 3 requirements to be considered for admission: rank in top half of class; score a minimum of 21 on ACT or 960 on the SAT; have a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) will be considered for admission on an individual basis.
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
      Interview
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.19
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 462 390 520
    • SAT Math 477 373 530
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 21 18 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$24,570
    • Out-of-state tuition *$24,570
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$350.00
    • Room and board *$8,060.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,559
    • Male Student Percentage43%
    • Female Student Percentage57%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.74%
    • Black or African American8.66%
    • White or Caucasian65.81%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.51%
    • Asian1.03%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander1.03%
    • Two or more races3.59%
    • Unknown6.41%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.22% representing 32 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students75% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 68%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations International Club, Student Athletic Trainers, Outreach International, Art Student Society, Students in Free Enterprise (ENACTUS)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division X Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division X Yes
    • Bowling No Division X Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Football Yes Division X Yes
    • Golf Yes Division X Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division X Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis No Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division X Yes
    • Wrestling No Division X Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division X Yes
    • Bowling No Division X Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division X Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division X Yes
    • Softball Yes Division X Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis No Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division X Yes
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty202
    • Full-time Percentage44%
    • Part-time Percentage56%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 1,397 students to 95 faculty


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