125 Years of Grand View

In 1896, Grand View College was founded by members of the Danish Evangelical Luther Church in America. In 2008, Grand View College added graduate programs and adopted it's new name - Grand View University. From the origins of long-standing traditions, expansions of programs and facilities and visits from notable historical figures, Grand View's history is rich. Read here for a complete campus history and list of past presidents.

Student Center Mural

125th Anniversary Mural

Grand View unveiled an inspiring 78 x 10-foot mural to kick-off its yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of the university. Ben Schuh ’04 and Denny Kaven, retired Grand View art faculty, collaborated on the project, titled “Linear Construction.” The artwork is meant to depict a timeline of important events in Grand View's history.


Grand Brew | Firetrucker Brewery

Grand Brew

We’ve partnered with Firetrucker Brewery to create “Grand Brew” - a limited-edition beer celebrating Grand View’s 125th anniversary. Grand Brew was released as part of the Homecoming 2021 festivities.


Get Involved With the Celebration!

There are lots of ways to get involved with the rich history of Grand View, including:

  • Attend an event on campus or around the community
  • Order a commemorative 125th-anniversary pint glass here
  • Show your Grand View pride by wearing GV red on Wednesday
  • Submit your Grand View Love Story
  • Purchase Grand View license plates
  • Shop at the Grand View bookstore using coupon code BudBird1896 to save 15%
  • Keep up with the latest news:

Grand View Danish Archives

The Grand View Danish Immigrant Archives houses a wide variety of information sources related to the Danish immigrant influence on the United States, including personal histories, photographs, writings, and a large collection of Danish-American newspapers and magazines. The majority of the collection is focused around three main areas:

  • The founding of Grand View and its early history
  • The Danish American immigrant experience
  • N.F.S. Grundtvig

The mission of the Danish Immigrant Archives is to preserve, protect, and provide access to materials relating to the Danish heritage in the United States, primarily Iowa.