26% Enrollment Increase, 3rd Largest Freshman Class at Grand View
September 9, 2016
Grand View University announced a 26% increase in their freshman class over fall 2015, the 3rd largest incoming class in history. Full-time enrollment is also up this year – to 1,550 students. The total number of students is now 1,970.
According to Grand View president Kent Henning, “We’ve worked hard over recent years to demonstrate that Grand View is an affordable option for a high quality education. I’d like to believe this year’s class recognized that value.”
Grand View is also an increasingly residential campus with a record-breaking number of students living on campus. All campus housing facilities are nearly full, with 839 students living on campus, a 2.6% increase over last year.
Debbie Barger, Vice President for Enrollment Management, discusses reasons for the increase, “New students and their families selecting Grand View as their college choice see a vibrant, exciting campus environment with state of the art facilities and excellent academic programs. Through our GV Complete program, we are also assisting them in finding it an affordable choice and helping them plan for all four years while controlling their student debt.”
With the GV Complete program, Grand View has replaced charging per semester hour—a system used by most colleges and universities—with a four-year pricing guarantee offered to incoming freshmen, along with a breakdown of how much they will need to borrow and what their payments are likely to be following graduation. Coaching and financial literacy education are also provided.
New facilities, including a new Student Center last fall, new academic and athletic programs, a general positive interest, and increased awareness have also contributed to Grand View’s growth.