Grand View University in Des Moines

Des Moines, IA

(Rating 3.8 based on 5 reviews)
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Grand View University offers 151-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 99%. The most popular test is SAT - 5% of students submitted it in comparison to 95% of students who submitted ACT. 43.5% are women, and 56.5% are men. 2% percents of international students. Grand View University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Grand View University is 18266$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $27950 and $34788 per year. 47% of full-time Grand View University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $40,200, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Grand View University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Grand View University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$15,939
$30,001 - $48,000$15,095
$48,001 - $75,000$17,482
$75,001 - $110,000$19,094

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 3966

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1839 of Grand View University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 94 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Grand View University number 20 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Iowa.

Students at Grand View University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Other alternative tuition plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Grand View University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Grand View University graduation rate is below the national average.

47% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Grand View University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

3 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Grand View University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 29%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Grand View University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 33%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Grand View University full-time retention rate is 74% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Grand View University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1120 - 1690

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 380 - 580
Math: 400 - 540
Writing: 340 - 570

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Grand View University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
18 - 23

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 17 - 23
Math: 17 - 23
Writing: 6 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Grand View University is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Grand View University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Grand View University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Iowa.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 1200 Grandview Ave address in Des Moines, Iowa.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Grand View University with 0.29% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Grand View University offers 151 programs in total: 131 are for Bachelor's degree, 10 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 9 - for Master's degree, and 1 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 92 universities in Iowa state. Grand View University is one of the few institutions in Iowa that offers a Master's degree program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Iowa state average data to help you compare.


Grand View University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1847 students with 55409 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 42 with 1016 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Grand View University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Completely my home away from home. Grand View is outstanding for adults who desire to go back to school. The professors are personable, understanding, and more than accommodating. I’ve had to bring my toddler to class with me on several occasions without so much as a second glance from instructors! My advisor is amazingly helpful and wants all of his advisees to succeed. I love the small class sizes and the professor to student ratio is spot on! Even in classes where I have struggled, I was given the extra help I needed because I feel the priority of the staff is having their students do well!I am a veteran and processing my education benefits has always been effortless.There are so many clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities, students should have no problem finding their niche and becoming comfortable.Reading the few negative reviews sounds more like a reflection of the type of student attending the institution; not the school itself!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I just finished my Freshman year at Grand View and highly recommend it. The staff is so friendly and focused on building a community feel for their students. The class sizes are small and the professors for the most part are all relational and focused on your success.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

An up-and-coming school that gives a decent education at an affordable price. There are better universities in the world but a great option for those who want to give college a try.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I intensely regret attending this college.The Game Design program I was drawn by turned out to be a swindle, cobbled together from unrelated, pre-existing courses. And those courses were little more than shallow explorations of ideas that anyone with an Iowan high school degree will have consumed and spat out long before being asked for thousands of dollars. In those instances where I did learn something new, it would (with alarming regularity) come in the form of a link to a YouTube video I could have readily found on my own.Many professors are regularly unprofessional, rude, menacing and/or flatly combative (though my experience with this sort of behavior was limited to the faculty in the English department).And the courses you pay for may not be the ones you end up with. In one instance, I was given an A for a class and told not to continue to come, when the professor decided that some of us should simply be moved to a different, internet based, turn-key course. In another instance, the class was informed that the course's name and subject matter were due for a change in the coming year, and that the course we were attending would instead teach to that new (and unrelated) material.The library is stocked with ancient, irrelevant books. The staff aren't required to use the school's provided grading and assignment system.I advise anyone reading this to turn away. Consider the near 100% acceptance rate as the warning I should have heeded- and that you still have time to do. If my experience is any indication, Grand View should only be mentioned in the same breath as Trump University, and in no other instance.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Stellar institution that beyond their achievements in offering a very high quality and respected education to its students, also has added some beautiful architecture to the city of Des Moines that was very much lacking in that area. The skywalk going across Highway 69/SE 14th Street is particularly impressive and meshes extremely well with Des Moines long history and many extant examples of connecting building via skywalk.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1200 Grandview Ave


Religious affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +5152632800

Institution is active in current year: 1

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