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Admissions Team

In Admissions, we know that the college selection and acceptance process can be a little confusing and sometimes intimidating.  That’s why we’re here to help make your process as smooth as possible.

Our counselors will work with you from when you inquire through your enrollment, assisting you with everything from your application to your financial aid quest and your deposits.  After a while, you’ll feel like you have a friend – and you will! 

In the meantime, be sure to schedule your campus visit if you haven’t already visited.  And don’t forget that you can APPLY ONLINE.  It’s fast, easy, and free.

We’re looking forward to working with you.
Click the video icon  to watch a presentation on admissions and financial aid with our Director of Admissions, Diane Schaefer Johnson, an admissions counselor and a student!

Grand View Admissions
1200 Grandview Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50316

Meet the Team

Diane Schaefer Johnson, Director of Admissions

Hi! This is the best job ever – giving students a chance to attain their dream of a college education. I love Grand View! I’ve worked here 32 years doing an assortment of about every job you could think of. I grew up behind the Student Center and have lived in this neighborhood all of my life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at GV while working here full-time and raising a family, so I know how dedicated students need to be to reach their goals! In all of my 27 years, this is the most exciting time ever to be here! So many new and exciting things are happening and more are on the drawing board. Grand View gives you a solid, liberal arts education with the benefits of a small college atmosphere in the big city, academically sound degrees of study, and great professors who care about YOU. Come check us out!

Luanne Knudsen, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions

Hi!  I am the assistant director of transfer admissions and I'm a Viking through and through!  My folks met at Grand View, my brother and sister are both GV grads, and I'm GV class of '86.  I received a bachelor's in English.  I live in the country in a house built in 1878 and I have two collies.  I love my Grand View family!

Katie Heither, Freshman Admissions Counselor

Welcome to Grand View! I'm a freshman admissions counselor, working with students from Southeast Polk High School, Northeast Iowa and Jasper County. This will be my 12th year at GV and I can honestly say I LOVE IT HERE! I am originally from a small town (Iowa Falls) and from the very beginning Grand View felt like a place I could call home.  I love working in Admissions because I get to help students, like yourself, with one the most important decisions you’ll ever make. I take my role very seriously, and I hope I can help you with any questions you may have about Grand View! I can tell you one thing for need to come check us out and see what it means to “Do the View!”

Tina Miranda, Assistant Director of Admissions

I work with incoming freshman from Southwest Iowa, local Des Moines area schools (Ankeny, Lincoln, Hoover, Woodward, Johnston, and Grandview Park Baptist), as well as the rest of the U.S. I started working at Grand View in July 2007 and I love it here. It is very rewarding to meet with prospective students and help them through the college search process.  I love seeing students come to campus and take full advantage of what Grand View has to offer both in and out of the classroom.  The people at Grand View are truly interested and invested in the success of each individual student on campus.  I hope you have the opportunity to visit us soon and experience what it means to “Do the View”! - GO VIKINGS!

Jaime Miller, Freshman Admissions Counselor

I am a freshman admissions counselor at Grand View. I work with students in Southeast Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and a few Des Moines area schools (North, Roosevelt, Urbandale, Norwalk, Van Meter, Waukee, Des Moines Christian, Perry and Martensdale-St. Marys). I attended Marshalltown High School and graduated from Iowa State University in 2010. I started working at Grand View University in November of 2011. I quickly felt like a member of the Grand View family—the faculty, staff and students are so kind and welcoming. Grand View has so much to offer and continues to grow—it’s truly an exciting time to be a Viking!

Autumn Luce, Transfer Admissions Counselor

I am a 2004 graduate of Grand View, where I received degrees in Broadcasting and Mass Communication. While in college, I worked in the admissions office and developed a passion for working in higher education. I loved every minute of college while I was studying at Grand View, and knew early on that I'd love to work here and help others have a similar experience.  Plus it's a very rewarding job; I get to help people achieve their goals of getting a college education. Go Vikings!

Jen Rathje, Freshman Admissions Counselor
I’m an admissions counselor and work with incoming freshman from Northwest Iowa, Texas, and a handful of Des Moines area high schools (Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Dallas Center-Grimes, Dowling Catholic, East, Valley, Indianola, Indianola Learning Center, Iowa Christian Academy, North Polk, Saydel and Urbandale).  I love, love, love working in admissions and helping students make the transition from high school to college! Come and experience Grand View yourself and see what we have to offer. You are going to LOVE IT!  Go VIKINGS!!!

Kris Johnson, Database Manager

Hi! I've been at Grand View over three and a half years and I absolutely love it! Right away there's a family feel to the campus that draws you in - it did me! I am very lucky to work with a great Admissions team! So many exciting things going on here that it makes you excited to come to work every day. I am proud to tell people I work at Grand View! Come visit us and see why!

Peggy Henn, Admissions Assistant

Hello!  I am the admissions assistant at Grand View. I really enjoy working here and I especially enjoy meeting prospective students and their families. It is so much fun to help students get started on one of the most exciting journeys ever. I look forward to helping you set up a campus visit and hope you will come see us soon. Welcome to Grand View!


Sandy Quick, Database Specialist

I live in Pleasant Hill with my husband Mike and have two children.  Besides being a fan of my children's activities, my family and I enjoy camping, biking riding, sports and working in the yard. Mike and I enjoy Jimmy Buffett concerts, Ragbrai and playing pitch with good friends. I have worked for Grand View since May of 2007. I love the Admissions Office and all the people. In my search for a new job, I was looking for a fun and rewarding office and the Admissions Office is definitely the place. Admissions Rocks!