Application Requirements

Students who thrive at Grand View have a passion for learning, are engaged in their community, and have hope for their future. We are excited you are considering applying to Grand View University! We are here to help you through the admission process and we look forward to meeting you and reading your application!

Grand View University has a *conditional test-optional admissions process. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Consideration may be given to: quality of high school curriculum completed; class rank, co-curricular achievement; and maturity and seriousness of purpose as displayed through church, community, school, work, and family activities. Some student athletes and non-student athletes may need to submit a test score. For details please see below.

*Conditional test-optional policy - Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher on a 4.0 scale may be admitted without submitting an ACT or SAT test score. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.84 or lower on a 4.0 scale will need to submit an ACT or SAT test score for admissions review. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Admissions at (515) 263-2810 or (800) 444-6083.

*Athletes - If you are interested in participating in NAIA athletics at Grand View University you will need to meet the NAIA eligibility criteria to be eligible to compete. All first-time NAIA student athletes will need to register and receive an eligible determination through the NAIA Eligibility Center. Student athletes must meet two of the three criteria standards in order to be deemed eligible for participation in NAIA sports. A student athlete must achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and or top 50% class rank and or an 18 ACT or higher/860 SAT or higher.

A student that does not have a satisfactory test score can satisfy freshman eligibility standards and become eligible by having at least a 2.000 final high school GPA. The student will receive an eligible determination from the eligibility center. However, any student using this exception will be required to earn at least a 2.000 cumulative collegiate GPA after the student’s second semester or third quarter term of attendance in order to maintain eligibility and compete in that following season.

All 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 entering freshmen can still become eligible by satisfying two out of the three requirements, as normal. Any freshmen gaining eligibility this way will not be required to meet a collegiate 2.00 GPA in order to be certified and compete the following season of competition. Please contact our Athletic Success Coordinator, Michelle Prange at mprange @ grandview.edu or (515) 263-6196 if you have any questions regarding athletic eligibility.

In response to COVID-19, temporary academic credit policies can be found here.

First-Year Student Checklist

  1. Complete a free application for admission.
  2. Request that official high school transcripts be sent to the Admissions Office:

    Undergraduate Admissions
    1200 Grandview Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50316

    *An official General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate may be used in the absence of a high school diploma.
  3. *Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.84 or less and student athletes who need to submit your ACT or SAT scores for NAIA eligibility may do so at the time of the test. Request that a record of your scores be sent to Grand View University. Our ACT code is 1316; our SAT code is 6251.

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