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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Graceland is a private university located in Lamoni, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,023 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Graceland acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Elementary Education. Graduating 46% of students, Graceland alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,400.
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
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Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Heart of America Athletic Conference

Graceland University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

GU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
920-1120
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,952/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,488/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.14 responses
94%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
94%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
3
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    10%
  • On Campus
    82%
  • Online
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,023Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
158
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
53%
Varsity Athletes
49%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
  • Busy
    38%
  • Athletic or artist
    31%
  • Bored
    23%
  • Stressed
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
42%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
  • Committed to excellence, supportive of students
    46%
  • Professor that care
    23%
  • Extremely Liberal
    8%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • Strict
    8%
  • Terrible
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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Graceland University Reviews

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I LOVE GRACELAND!
Being an International student, my decision in which college I chose was crucial as it would be my home for the next 4 years. As I am so far away from home (UK), I needed somewhere with a small community that treated me like they were family and that is exactly what Graceland does. Not only are the academics amazing, with small classes and personal relationships with professors, but I know that I am in safe hands. If there is ever a problem or I need help, I know exactly who to contact and have complete faith that whatever I am looking for or need will be found and resolved.

Graceland ensures that each student has a comfortable and fun life when enrolled as a student. As Lamoni is a small town, people often think that there will be nothing to do but Graceland ensures that that is not the case.
I have met the most amazing people here and it has changed my life forever. If I was to go through the recruitment/enrollment process again, I would pick Graceland again.
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Graceland is an excellent school where students have incredible opportunities to be involved outside of the classroom. Those opportunities are what helped me get my job today! The culture is so community focused and everyone there wants to help students succeed and exceed their potential. The academics are excellent as well. Many of the faculty are extraordinary in their accomplishments and dedication to students. The experience Graceland offers is unlike anything else, from excellent academic programs, athletic opportunities, honors program, Enactus, student government, and beyond. As long as you are willing to go out and get involved you will have a rich and engaging student experience!
Graceland University has a main campus in Lamoni, IA and then a sister campus in Independence, MO. I am in the BSN-RN program which takes place in the Independence campus. The faculty in both locations are absolutely wonderful to work with. They care about your success and making sure that you always have what you need to be successful! I would not choose a different place to receive my BSN-RN anywhere else! The ratings that I gave are in reference to the sister campus in Independence, Mo