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Grand View Overview

Grand View is a not-for-profit liberal arts university offering bachelor's and master's degrees.  It is a private institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Founded more than 100 years ago, Grand View offers a high-quality education to a diverse student body in a career-oriented, liberal arts–grounded curriculum at two campus locations in greater Des Moines. Grand View welcomes traditional students and adult learners representing a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds.

At Grand View, students find a winning combination of high-quality programs, experienced professors, and caring individuals. With 2,200 students (more than 1,700 full time), an average class size of 17, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, students get to know their professors and other students well. They learn independence and seek responsibility in Grand View's educational environment. Learning is an interactive process at Grand View—students engage in lively discussions, work on real-world projects, and participate in career-related work experiences. Grand View welcomes and supports students from all walks of life, geographies, religions and ethnicities.  The university's non-Caucasian enrollment is around 16%, and there are approximately 30 states and 11 countries represented on campus. About 80% of students are from Iowa. In the fall of 2011, approximately 800 students live on campus.

Lutheran Connections
Grand View is a university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Because of our Lutheran heritage and ties to the Church, we help prepare students for vocation and service in their careers and in their communities. They learn to think critically, informed by both faith and reason, learning about God and themselves through a variety of ways of knowing. Collectively we embrace our common humanity and live out our calling in community with others.

Our campus ministry is open and inclusive, acknowledging and affirming a diversity of religious traditions, values and expressions. Campus pastors and our student Campus Ministries Coordinators support a variety of faith-based activities. All are welcome.

The Center for Renewal, a cooperative ministry of Grand View and the Southeastern  Iowa Synod of the ELCA, supports congregational renewal, fostering education, dialog, and support for individuals and congregations who wish to pursue renewal.  You'll find the Center for Renewal web pages under the Visitors menu.
Business Partnerships
Grand View stands out from other institutions because of its partnerships with leading businesses and organizations in Des Moines, which has led to challenging internships and, for more than a decade and a half, nearly 100 percent of students finding jobs right after graduation or continuing their education. Grand View is known for its ability to connect students with exciting and challenging career opportunities.

Leadership Development
Students are encouraged to develop leadership and team skills through involvement in campus organizations, which include intercollegiate and intramural athletics, speech and theater groups, major department clubs, student government, and the Grand View Choir. Active honorary societies include Alpha Chi, Alpha Mu Gamma, Alpha Psi Omega, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Beta Beta, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Theta Tau, Sigma Tau Delta and Theta Alpha Kappa. Grand View's student leadership program provides opportunities for students without leadership experience to seek and develop critical thinking, interpersonal, and networking skills.

Student athletes compete in men's baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling, and women's basketball, bowling, cheer, competitive dance, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Grand View participates in the Midwest Collegiate Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Athletic scholarships are available for qualified athletes.

Adult Programs
Grand View's College for Professional and Adult Learning serves students in central Iowa with 16 evening  majors, most offered in an accelerated format to allow students to work full-time while they complete a degree. Schedules are flexible and classes are offered evenings and weekends at both Grand View's main campus and the Johnston location. For more information, click on the Evening/Part-Time Students menu on the home page.

Two locations offer Grand View students convenient scheduling options for their program of study. Weekend and evening classes are offered at the main campus in Des Moines and at Grand View's Camp Dodge Campus in Johnston, Iowa.

Grand View is located in Des Moines, with a metropolitan area exceeding half a million people in central Iowa. Des Moines is the state capital and serves as the communications hub for Iowa. Nationally recognized organizations that have their corporate offices in Des Moines include Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.; the Principal Financial Group; Meredith Corporation; and The Des Moines Register.

Grand View's campus is in the heart of Des Moines—and as part of the Grand View community -  students are not limited by the confines of a small school or small town. On a given day, students can catch an Iowa Cubs professional baseball doubleheader, head down to the Court Avenue district for great food and nightlife, or take in a concert at the Civic Center.

A thriving arts program in Des Moines features the Des Moines Metro Opera, Ballet Iowa, the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Art Center, annual Des Moines Art Festival and the Des Moines Playhouse.

Des Moines features four distinct and beautiful seasons. Except for a few months of bundle-up, see-your-breath weather, the climate is ideal for outdoor activities. Grand View students can take advantage of terrific recreational opportunities, including several golf courses, Saylorville Lake, and many city parks and state forests. Easily accessible from Interstates 35 and 80, Grand View is 4 hours from Minneapolis, 6 hours from Chicago, and 3 hours from Kansas City.

Majors and Degrees
Grand View offers 40 undergraduate majors, nine certificate programs, two post-baccalaureate certificates and five pre-professional preparation programs.  There are eight undergraduate majors that offer more than one area of emphasis.  Grand View's School of Graduate Studies offers the MS in Innovative Leadership, with tracks in business, education and nursing. 

Academic Programs
Grand View operates on a 4-4-1 academic calendar. The first semester runs from August to December. The second semester begins in early January and ends in April. Three 1-month summer sessions are offered in May, June, and July, as well as a summer trimester evening program.

Grand View has adopted a competency-based General Education Core. Requirements for the core are defined in student learning goals. Completion of the educational core enables students to achieve a measurable level of competency in key skill and knowledge areas, such as writing, critical analysis, oral communication, and computer proficiency. 

We have two honors programs: Logos and ALT Magazine. Logos is an alternative learning program by invitation only to select students whose high school accomplishments make them candidates for this fast-paced and challenging curriculum. ALT Magazine is a joint effort by the Communication and Art departments.  It is a student-run magazine published once a year, is by invitation only, and generally for juniors and seniors. 

The Grand View academic mission is to serve a diverse student body by providing a variety of learning environments and teaching techniques. In order to meet this commitment, Grand View provides academic support programs and services designed to enable students to master skills essential for success in college-level courses. Grand View’s academic success programs were lauded as a “national model” by the examining team from the North Central Association during re-accreditation in 2005, when Grand View received complete ten-year accreditation with no follow-up required.

Undergraduate Costs
For 2011-12, the estimated cost for freshmen on campus is $28,144, which includes tuition, an activity fee, a technology fee, a parking fee, and room and board. Health services and Internet access are also included in the comprehensive fee. Because Grand View is a private institution, tuition and fees are the same for out-of-state and in-state students.

Undergraduate Financial Aid
For the 2010-2011 academic year more than 99% of our full time day undergraduate students received financial assistance totaling more than $32 million. The average financial assistance package for new first year students exceeds $21,198 with $13,069 in grants and scholarships and the remainder in loans and workstudy. The amount of aid is determined through a combination of merit and analysis of need as determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The priority deadline for financial aid is June 30. Students receive notification of financial aid packages following acceptance of admission to the University and receipt of their financial aid analysis of need.

Grand View has 90 full-time faculty members and 100 part-time faculty members; seventy-three percent hold terminal degrees. All classes are taught by professors; no graduate or teaching assistants instruct Grand View classes.

Grand View and its programs are accredited or licensed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Consortium for Collegiate Nursing Education; the Iowa State Board of Nursing. The Grand View teacher education program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. 

Student Government
Students participate in university governance. The Student Activities Council and Viking Council plan student activities that promote educational, social, cultural, and recreational aspects of student life. Students serve as representatives on faculty and staff search committees, programming committees, and student life committees.

Admission Requirements
Undergraduate applicants' files are reviewed to determine their preparedness for a Grand View education. Official high school transcripts and submission of ACT or SAT I scores are required for applicants with less than 24 semester hours of college credit. Applicants transferring from another institution are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges/universitys previously attended.  Admission to the School of Graduate Studies is specific to the degree pursued.  

Application and Information
For more information about Grand View, prospective undergraduate students should contact:

Admissions Office
Grand View University
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50316-1599
United States

Telephone: 515-263-2810
800-444-6083, Ext. 2810 (toll-free)
Fax: 515-263-2974
E-mail: admissions@grandview.edu

For graduate admissions, please contact the School of Graduate Studies at 515-263-2830 or email gradadmissions@grandview.edu.