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Adult Learners often have many questions as they make the decision to enroll in college.  You'll want to read our Adult Learner Magazine and also review the information below. Knowing the details will help you feel more confident about the process ... and the benefits!

What career and enrichment programs are offered?

You can take college credit or non-credit classes to achieve your professional and personal career goals. If you wish to earn a degree, an Associate in Arts in General Studies and baccalaureate degree programs are available. Majors include:

Accounting
Business Administration
Criminal Justice
Human Services
Individualized
Information and Technology Management
Liberal Arts
Nursing RN to BSN
Organizational Studies
Political Studies - Pre-Law or Public Administration
Psychology 

To explore these programs in depth, go to Academics section, where you will find details about all GV majors.

Do schedules and locations fit my lifestyle?

Classes are offered during the day, evenings and alternate Saturdays. Classes meet in accelerated eight-week sessions or during the regular semester. Accelerated session classes generally meet two evenings a week for eight weeks and evening semester classes generally meet one evening a week.

Accelerated Classes
Students taking accelerated classes can take two classes per evening during each eight-week session. This allows you to work full-time and be a full-time student. You have the option of being full-time (6 credits per session) or part-time (less then 6 credits per session), which opens up opportunities for financial assistance. There are six sessions per year, so you can earn up to 36 hours of credit in an academic year. The BSN degree completion accelerated classes, for licensed RNs, meet one afternoon or evening per week during each eight-week session.

Baccalaureate majors offered in the accelerated format include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Services
  • Individualized
  • Information and Technology Management
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing
  • Organizational Studies
  • Political Studies - Pre-Law or Public Administration
  • Psychology

Semester Classes
Evening semester classes are offered one night a week for 15 weeks. You’re considered full-time if you take 12 or more hours per semester, half-time if you take 6 to 11 hours per semester and less than half-time for 5 or fewer hours per semester.

Saturday classes meet on alternate Saturdays during the semester. Two alternate Saturday schedules are offered each semester, which would allow you to take two Saturday classes (up to 6 credit hours).

Baccalaureate majors offered in the semester format include:

  • Individualized
  • Liberal Arts
  • Psychology

Condensed Schedules for Teacher Education Endorsements
Select Teacher Education teaching endorsements, such as Reading, Instructional Strategist I, and Driver and Safety Education, are offered in condensed class schedules. The summer Teacher Endorsement Academy offers classes in two-week sessions. Accelerated weekend and evening endorsement classes are offered during the academic year. These classes are designed for licensed teachers who wish to obtain additional teaching endorsements.

Locations
Two convenient metro locations make it easy to choose the schedule and location that fit your lifestyle.

GV main campus in Des Moines
Camp Dodge campus in Johnston

Can I afford it?

At only $330 per semester credit hour (tuition beginning with Fall 2013), Grand View is very affordable. In addition, financial aid is available for those who qualify. Military personnel may be eligible for military tuition rates of $250 per credit hour. An Employer Reimbursement Plan is available for students who are reimbursed by their employer. The Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship is available once you've been here for awhile. Apply today and take advantage of the financial aid opportunities available to you! 

Why should I choose Grand View?

Here at Grand View we pride ourselves on giving you a quality education. You will be taught by experienced professors and with smaller class sizes you'll get plenty of personal attention from them. You will learn in a friendly environment and have the opportunity for hands-on learning. 

Our academic programs are challenging and we offer flexible class schedules in two convenient metro locations, main campus and our Johnston campus.

Grand View engages, equips, and empowers students to fulfill their ambitions and to serve society. Believing that each person possesses natural strengths and developing abilities which can lead to a full and satisfying life, Grand View admits and educates students who represent a wide range of ages, achievements, and expectations!

How do I apply for admission?

If you plan to earn a degree from Grand View, complete the admission application, and request official transcripts from all colleges you have attended. (The application fee is waived if you apply online.) Failure to submit all previous transcripts will be considered sufficient cause for denial or cancellation of admission. If you have fewer than 24 hours of college credit, submit an official high school transcript. Your transcripts must be sent from the issuing institution directly to Grand View.

If you want to take Grand View classes and don’t plan to earn a degree, you don’t need to apply for admission. Call the Registrar’s Office to sign up for classes. Financial aid is available only for students earning a degree or an education certificate.

If your native language is not English, you will need to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL). More information for international learners is available online or by contacting the Admissions Office.

To apply online, please click HERE.

What credit will transfer?

At Grand View, we keep our transfer process simple and our transfer policies friendly. Normally all college parallel credits from accredited institutions are accepted. We accept up to 66 semester hours of transfer credit from junior/community colleges.

Grand View also awards credit for off-campus educational programs that have been evaluated by:

The American Council on Education (ACE)
The Armed Services
The Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals (AEAP)
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
The Insurance Institute of America
The Life Management Institute (LOMA)

In addition, you may earn college credit through the successful completion of:

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests
DSST Exams
Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) tests
Grand View departmental exams
Experiential learning (life experience) portfolios

Up to 32 hours of credit by examination and/or portfolio assessment may be counted toward the Grand View baccalaureate degree.

An Associate in Arts (AA) degree satisfies all the general education core requirements for the baccalaureate degree at Grand View with the exceptions of a spiritual dimension course (unless already fulfilled) and an integrating seminar capstone course, which you will take at Grand View. A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution based in the United States fulfills all general education core requirements at Grand View. 

What services are available?
  • Evening CPAL office hours for general information and other services
  • Academic advising
  • One-stop registration for all locations
  • Textbook sales and book buy-backs
  • Grand View merchandise and supplies
  • Math Placement testing
  • Ordering of Grand View transcripts
  • Acceptance of tuition and fee payments
  • Tutoring services including math and writing labs
What is offered to military personnel?

Grand View is a military-friendly university and a Yellow Ribbon participant, here to assist our veterans and military personnel in receiving a first-class education.

We offer classes at our Johnston campus located on-site at the Iowa National Guard Camp Dodge. We also provide a tuition discount for evening and weekend classes for current military personnel. Grand View has friendly transfer policies that allows acceptance of military credit, including for the Organizational Studies major which incorporates military credit as part of the program of study.

Check out all that we have to offer in terms of military programs, benefits and policies by clicking on Military Home Page on the left.  You can also select "Military" in the Category box of the FAQ on our main site.

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