Graceland University

Graceland University
1 University Place
Lamoni, Iowa 50140
Year Founded: 1895
President: Dr. Patricia Draves
Enrollment: 2,261
Graceland University

Graceland University is a community dedicated to exceptional higher education. We are grounded in the liberal arts and dedicated to providing the progressive academic needs of the 21st century student.

Founded in 1895, a private, four-year liberal arts university located in Lamoni, Iowa and features state-of-the-art performing arts and fitness facilities. Graceland University’s main, residential campus is located in Lamoni, Iowa, about an hour south of Des Moines, spanning 170 acres in the rolling hills of southern Iowa.

The Independence, Missouri campus was built in 1969 and offers online and residential programs in our School of Nursing, the Gleazer School of Education, the C.H. Sandage School of Business and the Community of Christ Seminary. The Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies administers these programs.

Distinctive Facts & Features
  • Nationally recognized and award winning nursing program and online master’s program.
  • State-of-the-art performing arts building.
  • The “House” System, basic unit of student life, is a unique program based on the principle of inclusion that recognizes the importance of each student attending the university and celebrates the individuality of each person.
  • Students from 30 foreign countries and 48 U.S. states attend Graceland on the Lamoni campus.
  • Sponsored by Community of Christ
Student Profile
  • Male: 46% (Fall 2017 Lamoni campus)
  • Female: 54% (Fall 2017 Lamoni campus)
  • In-State Students: 37.2% (Fall 2016 Lamoni campus)
  • Out-of-State Students: 62.8% (Fall 2016 Lamoni campus)
  • Number of Undergraduate Majors: 29          
  • Pre-professional Programs: 9 
  • Master’s Programs: 3 
  • Doctorate Programs: 1
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing 
  • Elementary Education
  • Tuition: $28,600 (Fall 2016 Lamoni campus)
  • Room & Board: $8,760 (Fall 2016 Lamoni campus)
Financial Aid Data
  • Students that received aid of any type from any source: 99% (Fall 2017 undergraduate programs)
  • Average Financial Aid Package: $29,301 (Fall 2017 undergraduate programs)
  • Percent Need Met (Need-based Aid): 79%
Class Size
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1 for all GU locations, 16 to 1 for Lamoni campus
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 65.4%
  • Fewer than 50 Students: 99.1%
  • Full-time Faculty: 63 faculty members 
  • Full-time Faculty with PhD/terminal Degree: 74%
Athletics and Intramural Activities
  • Athletic Division: NAIA, Heart of America Athletic Conference
  • Students Participating in Sports Activities: 60%
Co-curricular Activities
  • Student Clubs and Organizations: Over 40

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