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Grand View University

Grand View University is a not-for-profit liberal arts university that is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The university welcomes students from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, as well as adult learners, who can attend flexible, accelerated courses on weekdays or evenings. Students are encouraged to share differing opinions in a strong community of learners. The liberal arts curriculum fosters skills that prepare students to achieve career goals.


The small classroom settings give students a real opportunity to get to know their professors in a highly supportive environment. Approximately 2,300 attend Grand View, where they engage in lively discussions and solve real-world challenges in preparation for future work experiences. Grand View seeks to develop the entire person—mind, body, and spirit—preparing them for the complex, global world.


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Grand View offers 40 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, nine certificate programs, two post-baccalaureate certificates, and five pre-professional preparation programs. Semesters at Grand View d View operates on a 4-4-1 academic calendar. (August to December, early January to April, three summer sessions, as well as an evening program in the summer).


Located in Des Moines, Grand View is close to major employers the likes of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.; the Principal Financial Group; Meredith Corporation; and The Des Moines Register. There are many area activities to choose from, whether it’s watching a baseball game, taking in a nearby concert, or participating in clubs focused on any number of interest, from art to campus TV. Many Grand View students compete in team sports, such as men's baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling, and women's basketball, bowling, cheer, competitive dance, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Athletic scholarships are available for qualified athletes.