Graceland University: Narrative Description

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Lamoni, IA 50140
Tel: (641)784-5000; (866)GRACELAND
Admissions: (641)784-5118
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Independent Community of Christ, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1895. Setting: 169-acre small town campus with easy access to Des Moines. Endowment: $55.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7003 per student. Total enrollment: 2,351. Faculty: 114 (93 full-time, 21 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,170 applied, 55% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 18% from top quarter, 67% from top half. Full-time: 1,398 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 547 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 34 other countries, 63% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 4% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Indian Hills Community College, North Central Missouri College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, minimum SAT score of 960 or ACT score of 21, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 1/31 for early decision. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $21,550 includes full-time tuition ($16,000), mandatory fees ($150), and college room and board ($5400). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $500 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 72 open to all. Most popular organizations: student political organizations, Black Student Union (BSU), Habitat for Humanity, International Club, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). Major annual events: New Year's in November, Final Fling, Renaissance Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 789 college housing spaces available; 660 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Frederick Madison Smith Library with 193,109 books, 125,773 microform titles, 503 serials, 3,556 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $649,956. 106 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lamoni (population 2,700), a picturesque town in the rolling hills of south central Iowa, is within easy driving distance of Des Moines, Omaha, Council Bluffs, and Kansas City. Bus transportation is available to these urban centers. The city has an excellent library and shopping area including several antique malls. Churches play an important part in the life of the community and a county hospital is located in nearby Leon. Citizens enjoy world-renowned artists in concert and theater productions at the college fine arts center, movies, sports, clubs, and lodges. Nine Eagles State Park (12 miles southeast), Central Park, and Foreman Park provide facilities for recreation.

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