Grand View University

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1200 Grandview Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50316

Phone: (515) 263-2800
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#55 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Grand View University is a private institution that was founded in 1896. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,195, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 25 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Grand View University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 55. Its tuition and fees are $22,708 (2013-14).

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

Grand View University engages, equips, and empowers students to fulfill their ambitions and to serve society. Believing that each person possesses natural strengths and developing abilities which can lead to a full and satisfying life, the University admits and educates students who represent a wide range of ages, achievements, and expectations. Integrating a liberal arts education with career preparation in an urban learning environment, Grand View focuses on the development of the whole person "mind, body and spirit" and on preparing students for responsible citizenship in their communities and in a diverse and changing world. The University's underlying Lutheran perspective weaves faith, spirituality and questioning through the entire fabric of a Grand View education, encouraging students to go beyond simple answers and easy dreams. Students from all walks of life and all faith traditions discover not just their career paths but themselves, and graduates enjoy success in both career and life. Grand View stands out from other colleges partly because of its strong and active partnerships with leading businesses and organizations in central Iowa, which has led to challenging internships and to nearly 100 percent of students finding jobs right after graduation or continuing their education, every year for the past fifteen years. Grand View is known for its ability to connect students with exciting and challenging career opportunities. Employers see graduates who are well educated for their chosen careers, graduates who contribute from the very first day, graduates who can articulate and demonstrate leadership, critical thinking and a broad perspective.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1896
Religious affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $16,434,208


When applying to Grand View University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 92.3 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 92.3%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Grand View University is 14:1, and the school has 65.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Grand View University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Education; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 17%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Education 5%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4%

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Student Life

Grand View University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,195, with a gender distribution of 40.9 percent male students and 59.1 percent female students. At this school, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus. Grand View University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,232
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

Grand View University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Grand View 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). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Grand View University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Grand View University, 84 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,983.

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Tuition and fees $22,708 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,264 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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