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Grand View University

Des Moines, IA


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Grand View University


Community and Engagement

At Grand View University, students are immersed in a way of growing, discovering, and learning that is called the Viking Experience. 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. 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, Corteva Agriscience, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Principal Financial. In fact, Des Moines has been ranked #4 Best Mid-Sized City for Making a Living and also ranked in the Top 10 Hippest Mid-Sized Cities in America, among many other accolades. 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, graduate with significant experience and are prepared for successful careers. For almost two decades, nearly 100 percent of Grand View graduates -- each year -- have secured jobs or gone on to graduate school within six months of graduation.

A Wide Range of Academics for a Diverse Student Body

With Grand View's 40 undergraduate majors and nine 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, biology, kinesiology 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 degree programs: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Master of Education, Master of Science in Athletic Training and Master of Science in Sport Management, as well as online and accelerated evening majors for nontraditional students.

Vibrant Student Life and Championship Athletics

Grand View is a member of the Heart of America Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Twenty-five 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. GV wrestling has won eight NAIA national championships and men’s golf, men’s volleyball, football and shooting sports have also won national championships in recent years.

Student life is an important part of any college experience. Grand View University has more than 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 and wind ensemble, academic clubs, an Esports team, honor societies, 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, 82 percent of 2018 full-time, residential GV first-year students paid tuition, fees, and room & board that were comparable to or less than the published in-state prices at Iowa's public universities. GV COMPLETE, in which all incoming first-year students are enrolled, allows students to develop a four-year financial plan and a four-year academic plan before they even start classes. Students who stay on their plans will reduce costs because increases in tuition, room and board are capped, they minimize borrowing and graduate in four years.

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

Address 1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50316-1599
United States
Contact Mr. Ryan Thompson
Director of Admissions
Phone: 515-263-2810
Fax: 515-263-2974

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 15th September 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 15th September 15th Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 440 560
SAT Math 450 590
ACT Composite 21 18 23

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 4.47%
Black or African American 7.44%
White or Caucasian 63.48%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.22%
Asian 3.24%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.28%
Two or more races 7.16%
Other 7.44%


Male (45.81%)
Female (57.48%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 55%

Student Activities

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Most popular organizations:
Nursing Student Association, Art Club, Science Club, Education Club and Business Club

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Men's Sports

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Women's Sports

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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 89
Part-time - 133
Male - 95
Female - 127