Grand View’s First Year Class is 4th Largest with Record Diversity

September 12, 2023

Grand View University is excited to welcome the 4th largest incoming first-year class in the history of the University. Grand View is attracting students from 43 states, 44 countries, as well as adding a record number of diverse students to its student body. 37% of the fall class is from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Additionally, Grand View is up 10% in graduate student enrollment and saw almost a 5% increase in current student retention.

Debbie Barger, Vice President for Enrollment Management, says “Grand View’s commitment to providing access and an engaging learning environment has contributed to enrolling the most diverse and 4th largest first-year class in history.  Our partnerships with high schools, community colleges and employers strengthen our academic offerings while serving the employment needs of the Des Moines metro area.”

Grand View’s degree programs continue to respond to the needs of Iowa’s workforce in health care, education and other in-demand areas. Academic and athletic offerings, adding graduate programs that undergrads can move into, and new initiatives that have energized the university have contributed to the increase in students.

“We are thrilled by these numbers and are excited for the future of Grand View” said President Dr. Rachelle Keck. “These outcomes are the result of strategic work and excellent execution. Deep gratitude goes out to our enrollment team, our coaches, our faculty, and our student success support staff for working together to bring in this incredible class.”