Grand View sits in the heart of the Des Moines metropolitan community in a quiet residential neighborhood. Des Moines, Iowa’s capital city with a metro population nearing half a million, is home to thousands of growing businesses that support Grand View and its programs, among them Principal Financial, Wells Fargo, Meredith Corporation, Iowa Health Systems, Kemin Industries, Amerus Group and Briggs Corporation. Grand View students take full advantage of the city and its businesses for entertainment, community service and internship opportunities.
History and Traditions
Founded in 1896 by Danish immigrants and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Grand View has more than a century of focus on lifelong learning and emphasis on the “whole person,” a perspective that dates from the principles of the Danish Folk School. Some of the Danish traditions begun around the turn of the century persist today, such as Studenterfest, an annual spring reunion and festival for alumni, parents and students. There is often a core of Grand View students whose family ties date back to the early days of the school, some for as many as four generations. In 2004 Grand View enrolled its first fifth-generation student, the great-great-great niece of one of the founding faculty.
Grand View is home to approximately 2,000 students. About 1,600 of them are full-time day undergraduates, with the rest enrolled in Grand View’s College for Professional and Adult Learning and in Graduate Studies. About 800 full-time students live on campus in two traditional residences halls, two suite-style buildings, and two apartment complexes. While the majority of students are from Iowa, Grand View typically hosts students from 30 states and 16 countries. Around 20 percent of the full-time student body is multicultural.
The campus is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, which is also home to many Grand View faculty and staff.
Grand View offers 40 undergraduate majors and several master's programs. The student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and the average class size is 16. Grand View graduates routinely go on for futher education. In a recent survey, 30 percent of alumni reported having advanced degrees.
Students experience close relationships with faculty, are involved in research projects, and avail themselves of Des Moines for a variety of challenging internships. Honors programs, study abroad, and leadership opportunities are available.
Safety and Values
The school is committed to the safety of its students – physically, emotionally and spiritually. The campus neighborhood, also home to many Grand View faculty and staff, is largely residential. To ensure physical safety, a security staff is readily available to students; residence halls feature electronic key-card entry and identification systems. To view crime statistics, click here.
While Grand View is an ELCA college, we serve students of virtually every religion – and none – through voluntary programs that help students clarify their values, address emotional and spiritual concerns, and worship if they choose. Grand View employs a campus pastor and a ministry associate who are available to all students and lead an active campus ministry. An on-campus clinic is available for students’ physical and emotional health needs.
Grand View Grads and Jobs
For two decades, nearly 100% of Grand View graduates were “placed” within six months of graduation. We consider our graduates “placed” if they are employed in their major field (or another that they’ve specifically chosen), are enrolled in graduate school or have purposely chosen not to enter the workforce, perhaps to raise children. Ninety percent of graduates stay in Iowa.
How do we know? We call them – ALL of them. For more information about the most recent graduating class surveyed, click HERE.
The campus abounds with opportunities for involvement and leadership of all kinds – from clubs to athletics and service organizations. Grand View is large enough to offer an array of sports, clubs and other options, yet small enough for every student to be involved in a personal way and to take a leadership role if the student wants to. To browse our athletic program, click on ATHLETICS under Quick Links.
Students also have access to a complete student support system to ensure their academic success and emotional well being: academic advising, career services, counseling services, disability services and more. Comprehensive New Student Programs help those new to GV get acquainted, learn the ropes and feel at home from the very first week.