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Academics

Graceland University is “a small school with high morals” and a “family-oriented atmosphere” in a small Iowa town (though the School of Nursing is located in Independence, Missouri). Affiliated with the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), the school promotes “closeness, community, acceptance, and growth” in “all aspects of a college education.” Students appreciate the fact that “Graceland does not use any teacher’s assistants” and “professors take the time to get to know the students and take interest in their success.” However, some would prefer a “more challenging” curriculum. Students agree that the halls are “the school’s greatest strength”; thanks to them, “no one is left out and there are always people there if you need help.” “The one thing I enjoy the most about this school is the relationships I have with my professors,” says a sophomore. “Most create close bonds with students and really care about your welfare and success.” Graceland’s “very personable” administrators “take the time to get to know the students” as well.

Student Body

Graceland is “close knit” and “has a wonderful, welcoming community vibe”: “You can get to know everyone.” Of course, that means that “everybody knows everything about everybody,” but “you get used to that.” While “there are a lot of religious students,” there “is a high level of tolerance for those who do not fit into the mainstream.” The majority of students are “outgoing, friendly, [and] very approachable.” Graceland does have a “very diverse campus” with students from over 40 different countries. “There are so many different people from all over the world, and it’s amazing how everyone seems to get along with one another,” reports one student. “People are so nice and friendly,” agrees an international student.

Campus Life

The “very beautiful” campus “has a friendly atmosphere” and “a strong residence life program.” Greek life is nonexistent; instead, a House System promotes “an amazing sense of community” for all students. Extracurricular activities abound. “It is a small school so anyone can get involved with anything.” For diversions, Graceland “brings a lot of entertainment to campus such as comedians, dances, and hypnotists.” “Dances, the Wednesday-night movie, [and] sports” are popular social activities, and all strictly prohibit “drinking, smoking, and drugs.” “No overnight guests of the opposite sex” are allowed in halls, either. Some report that their “social life revolves around the one bar in town,” while others prefer the “less popular [but] fun alcoholand smoke-free club called Choices.” Though Lamoni is a “small town,” students skirt the blues by taking “road trips to Des Moines or Kansas City.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Chauntel Ranney
Admissions Coordinator

Address
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140

Phone
641-784-5196

Email
admissions@graceland.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Shaw Center
The Helene Center for Visual Arts
The Closson Center
Resch Science & Technology Hall
Higdon Administration Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Our historic downtown area
Coliseum Movie Theatre
Local restaurants
Choices -- Graceland's Dance Club
IA Welcome Center & Amish Country Store

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday, or as requested
8 to 5, or as requested
641-784-5196

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
as requested

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office or the coach

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@graceland.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Required Overnight Policy Agreement

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports available in Des Moines, Iowa (75 miles from Graceland) or Kansas City, Missouri (120 miles from Graceland). Jefferson Line Buses daily to Lamoni.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the South: Travel I-35 North to Exit 4 (first exit in Iowa). Turn left off of the exit onto US 69, and drive about 4 to 5 miles. Turn left on Cherry Street. Turn left onto College Avenue, and follow it to the four-way stop. Turn right and follow the road to the main parking lot. Please drive onto Circle Drive and park in a reserved space for visitors. From the North: Travel I-35 South to Exit 4 (last exit in Iowa). Turn right off of the exit onto US 69, and drive about 4 to 5 miles. Turn left on Cherry Street. Turn left onto College Avenue, and follow it to the four-way stop. Turn right and follow the road to the main parking lot. Please drive onto Circle Drive and park in a reserved space for visitors.

Local Accommodations
Area Motels Near Graceland University Lamoni: Cobblestone Inn & Suites 641-784-4000 Lamoni Inn 641-784-7500 Peppermill Bed & Breakfast (641) 289-1086 Maple Street Bed & Breakfast, 641-784-0300 or 641-840-0993

Admissions

Applicants: 2,514
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Average HS GPA: 3.36






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