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Grand View University

  • Des Moines, IA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 58%42%
    student ratio
  • 2,096
    total students
  • $22,986 | $22,986
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 15
    fall application deadline
  • 95%
    acceptance rate
  • Minimally Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 21
    act composite

Overview

Community and Engagement

At Grand View University, students are immersed in a way of growing, discovering, and learning that is called the Viking EDGE. It's not so much a program as it is a way of life that unites students with the campus community and prepares them for their lives ahead. It's a web of people, services, and opportunities that characterize the unique college experience students have at Grand View. With challenging academics, encouraging professors, championship athletics, and experiential opportunities, students establish their interests, reach their goals, and carve their niches in the world.

Grand View appreciates and respects the dignity and worth of each individual, honoring a community of open interaction, personal integrity, active intellectual engagement, and academic honesty among students, faculty members, and staff members. As a university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Grand View embraces students from all backgrounds and traditions.

Des Moines: Opportunities for Internships and Experience

With a metro population of well over half a million, Des Moines offers opportunities and activities for everyone. The city's many cultural attractions, sporting events, and downtown nightlife -- in addition to an array of campus activities -- provides students with a well-rounded life outside of the classroom.

The opportunities in Des Moines go beyond mere diversions. As the capital city of Iowa, Des Moines is a center of government, business, research, and finance. Many nationally recognized companies call Des Moines home, including Meredith Publishing, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, and Principal Financial. In fact, for three years running, from 2010 to 2013, "Forbes Magazine" rated Des Moines as the top city in the nation for business and careers and as the best city in the U.S. for young professional in 2011. The city provides students with a great place for internships and job opportunities!

The result is that the majority of Grand View University students have challenging internships and graduate with significant experience in their chosen fields, leading to successful careers. For more than a decade and a half, nearly 100 percent of Grand View graduates -- each year -- have secured jobs or gone on to graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

A Wide Range of Academics for a Diverse Student Body

With Grand View's 40 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 7 certificates, and 5 pre-professional programs, students find the majors that are right for them. For more than a century, Grand View's strength has been its faculty -- their commitment to academic challenge supported by the close relationships they establish with students. This faculty commitment, combined with a rigorous curriculum and practical experience, creates a quality academic grounding that serves Grand View alumni well.

Although the largest concentrations are in business administration, nursing, and education, the smaller programs have outstanding reputations as well. For example, Grand View?s graphic design graduates win awards across the Midwest, and pre-professional students consistently gain acceptance to graduate and professional schools. Grand View University also offers four master?s degrees in business, education, nursing, and sport management, as well as 16 accelerated evening majors for nontraditional students.

Vibrant Student Life and Championship Athletics

Grand View is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Midwest League of the Mid-States Football Association. Twenty-four men's and women's varsity sports teams compete at the national level, with athletic scholarships available to qualified student athletes. Viking teams consistently excel in their conferences and nationally, winning not only championships but also All-American Scholar-Athlete honors. The wrestlers have won two NAIA national championships, and Viking football took that NAIA national crown in 2013!

Student life is an important part of any college experience. Grand View University has over 40 clubs and student organizations that help students connect outside of the classroom. Among the opportunities available are an active student government, leadership program, campus ministries, choir, academic clubs, honor societies, and Diversity Alliance, as well as opportunities to study abroad.

An Unparalleled Value

With affordable tuition and generous financial aid, Grand View University is one of the best educational values in the Midwest. Many students find that the cost of Grand View is comparable to a state university. After grants and scholarships, seventy-five percent of 2013 full-time, residential GV freshmen paid tuition, fees, and room & board that were comparable to or less than the published in-state prices at Iowa?s public universities.

Year over year, Grand View outscores its peers on the National Survey of Student Engagement for presenting an academic challenge and outscores similar institutions nationwide in measures of effective teaching. A challenging curriculum coupled with first-class teaching leads to the high-level skills that land jobs for Grand View grads.


Location & Contact

Grand View University

1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316-1599
USA

Ms.Diane Schaefer

Director of Admissions

Phone: 515-263-2810
Fax: 515-263-2974
Email: admissions@grandview.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agricultural Business and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sports Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Graphic Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts 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.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      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.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biotechnology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      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 sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • 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.
    • Business/Corporate Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Real Estate
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

95% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied805
    • Accepted770
    • Acceptance Rate95%
    • Enrolled2,096
    • Female Applicants402
    • Females Accepted384
    • Female Acceptance Rate95%
    • Male Applicants403
    • Males Accepted386
    • Male Acceptance Rate95%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.20
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 15th September 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th September 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 380 450
    • SAT Math 400 480
    • SAT Writing 360 440
    • ACT Composite 21 19 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$22,986
    • Out-of-state tuition *$22,986
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$530.00
    • Room and board *$7,554.00
    • 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 tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,096
    • Male Student Percentage42%
    • Female Student Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.72%
    • Black or African American7.54%
    • White or Caucasian73.33%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.48%
    • Asian3.15%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races3.34%
    • Unknown7.63%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.67% representing 16 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students13% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 35%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • 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 Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Nursing Student Association, Art Club, Science Club, Education Club, Business Club
  • 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 night security patrols

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 No No
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Football Yes Division X Yes
    • Golf No Division X Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division X Yes
    • Softball No 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 No Division X Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division X Yes
    • Softball No Division X Yes
    • 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 Faculty232
    • Full-time Percentage41%
    • Part-time Percentage59%
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 1,850 students to 141 faculty


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