Grand View University

Overview of Grand View University

Grand View is located in Des Moines, IA (a medium-sized city). The school is a Evangelical Lutheran Church school. Grand View is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by the school is the Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

Grand View has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size.

Grand View Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 380. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 390 and 510.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Body

Grand View had 1,748 enrolled students in 2007-2008.

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Grand View offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-States Football Association, Midwest Classic Conference, Midwest Classic Conference, Midwest Classic Conference. Grand View offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

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Grand View University
1200 Grandview Ave
Des Moines , IA 50316
General Phone: (515) 263-2800

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Grand View Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine114registered nursing
Business and Management84business, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, marketing
Education and Teaching56special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Liberal Arts55Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, political science, history
Media29mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations, graphic communications
Design23graphic design
Family and Social Work21human services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Security and Law Enforcement14criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling13psychology, art therapy
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science, computer and media applications, computer services management
Real Estate and Construction Management4real estate
Fine Arts4fine arts studies
Photography and Commercial Art2photography
Agricultural Science and Management2agricultural management
Mathematics2applied mathematics
Law1legal assistant
Drama and Performing Arts1directing

Number of programs and degrees for Grand View in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree41138
Postbaccalaureate certificate309
Award of less than 1 academic year256
Associate's degree11

Grand View Student Body

In 2007-2008, Grand View had a total enrollment of 1,748 students (1,552 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 18%
20-21 27%
22-24 20%
25-29 13%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 1%

Grand View Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 50 %

Grand View Room and Board (2007)

Grand View offers campus housing for 590 of its 1,552 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Des Moines, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Grand View Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal380500
SAT Math390510
SAT Writing330460
ACT Verbal1722
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT10%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Grand View Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,554
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,554
Room and board $ 6,164
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,750

Financial Aid:
Grand View participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 186700)

Grand View Faculty

Grand View has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1010
Non-tenured and not on tenure track622

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year15$66,90715$70,388
Associate professoracademic year10$59,90113$59,424
Assistant professoracademic year8$52,99326$53,445
All faculty totalacademic year33$61,41154$59,591

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Grand View Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-States Football Association
Basketball Midwest Classic Conference
Baseball Midwest Classic Conference
Track Midwest Classic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports346599

Grand View Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics

Broadcast Journalism
Graphic Communications, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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Grand View Highlights

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What Sets Grand View Apart:

% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Grand View % students on athletic fin. aid
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Grand View Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Grand View Dorm rooms per full-time student
Female % of student body
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%Grand View Female % of student body
Number of students
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Grand View Number of students

checked Evangelical Lutheran Church affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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