Graceland University

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Lamoni, IA 50140-1698

Phone: (641) 784-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#92 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Graceland University is a private institution that was founded in 1895. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,495, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 169 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Graceland University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 92. Its tuition and fees are $23,530 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Graceland University has challenged students for more than 100 years to embrace learning as a lifestyle. Students are encouraged to pursue a variety of intellectual choices through the university's firmly-based liberal arts tradition. Its rich history of diversity, acceptance and intellectual pursuit found on the original campus in Lamoni, Iowa, have been taken to the second campus in Independence, Missouri, satellite sites and programs offered on- line. Graceland attracts students from across the United States and around the world. The graduates of this diverse non-sectarian student body are prepared to meet the challenges in this increasingly complex world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1895
Religious affiliation Community of Christ
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $43,423,958


When applying to Graceland University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 47.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 47.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 20

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Graceland University is 13:1, and the school has 74.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Graceland University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 28%
Education 26%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 4%

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Student Life

Graceland University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,495, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 percent female students. At this school, 69 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 31 percent of students live off campus. Graceland University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,222
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Graceland University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Graceland University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Graceland University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Graceland University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Graceland University, 62.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,979.

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Tuition and fees $23,530 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,890 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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