Graceland University

Graceland University
1 University Place
Lamoni, Iowa 50140
Year Founded: 1895
President: Dr. Patricia Draves
Enrollment: 1,992
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 established in 1998 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 20 foreign countries and 40 U.S. states attend Graceland on the Lamoni campus.
  • Sponsored by Community of Christ
Student Profile
  • Male: 51%
  • Female: 49%
  • In-State Students: 27%
  • Out-of-State Students: 73%
  • Number of Undergraduate Majors: 31                   
  • Pre-professional Programs: 9 
  • Master’s Programs: 3 
  • Doctorate Programs: 1
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing 
  • Elementary Education
  • Tuition: $30,420      
  • Room & Board: $9,100        
Financial Aid Data
  • Residential students that received aid of any type from any source: 99%
  • Average Financial Aid Package: $27,405 (Full-time Freshman)
  • Percent Need Met (Need-based Aid): 81% (Full-time Freshman)        
Class Size
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1 for all GU undergraduate programs, 14 to 1 for Lamoni campus    
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 62.9%
  • Fewer than 50 Students: 98.2%
  • Full-time Faculty: 54 faculty members (Lamoni Campus)        
  • Full-time Faculty with PhD/terminal Degree: 83% (Lamoni Campus)
Athletics and Intramural Activities
  • Athletic Division: NAIA, Heart of America Athletic Conference
  • Students Participating in Sports Activities: 66% (All student athletes, student coaches, and student managers)
Co-curricular Activities
  • Student Clubs and Organizations: 44

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