Elevate Summer Program

Grand View’s ELEVATE Summer Program will help you be successful in college! It is a FREE three-week program for students starting their first year of college. You will participate in a college-level course that will give you tools to succeed at Grand View. The program will also help you get familiar with the campus and the Des Moines area, so you are ready to go in the fall.

Submit Interest Form Here

The Elevate participants will:

  • Earn three credits toward your college degree (choose from Fundamentals of Information Systems or Lifetime Fitness and Wellness)
  • Participate in weekly fun activities
  • Receive individualized help and support
  • Explore the Des Moines area
  • Build connections with other students, staff, and faculty
  • Learn about resources available at Grand View University
  • Receive free housing and meals during the program
  • Be paired with a peer mentor who will provide support for you through the summer program and fall semester

Program Schedule:

Dates: August 2 - 21, 2024
Move-In Day: Friday, August 2
Course Schedule: Monday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 21

Weekly Schedule Example:






Breakfast 8:15a - 8:45a 8:15a - 8:45a 8:15a - 8:45a 8:15a - 8:45a 8:15a - 8:45a
Class 9:00a - 11:30a 9:00a - 11:30a 9:00a - 11:30a 9:00a - 11:30a 9:00a - 11:30a
Break 11:30a - 12:30p 11:30a - 12:30p 11:30a - 12:30p 11:30a - 12:30p 11:30a - 12:30p
Study Hall / Academic Success Strategies 1:00p - 3:00p   1:00p - 3:00p   Adventure Trips
Fun and Community Activities   1:00p - 5:00p   1:00p - 5:00p  
Free Time / Residence Hall Activities 6:00p & Beyond 6:00p & Beyond 6:00p & Beyond 6:00p & Beyond 6:00p & Beyond
 The Summer program will also include weekend activities!

What is Peer Mentoring?

Peer mentoring is a process where two people of similar ages and experiences help each other grow. It’s an informal, but structured relationship that will give you someone to lean on and trust as you begin college. Your mentor will help guide and encourage you and will be a new Grand View friend.

Why should I participate?

  • Develop study and time management skills
  • Increase your academic and social confidence
  • Learn positive decision-making skills
  • Get involved in campus activities
  • Learn how to deal with academic and personal matters
  • Learn how to set and meet personal goals
  • Get to know people on campus (faculty, staff and students)
  • Set yourself up for success!

What is expected of me?

  • Be open and willing to new experiences
  • Be prepared and professional
  • Be on time and receptive to feedback
  • Complete programs requirements such as connecting with your mentor, exploring campus resources and meeting with your academic advisor

ELEVATE Scholarships

Students who are a part of Project ELEVATE will also receive a $500 ELEVATE scholarship. The scholarship will help you pay for books and supplies so you are ready for class on the first day of the semester.

Interested? Reach out for more info.

Steven Kellogg
Steven Kellogg
Title: Director of Inclusive and Supportive Programming
Dept.: Title III Grant
Office: Rasmussen 215
Phone: 515-263-2931