Graceland creates learning communities where students develop their potential for meaningful and productive lives.

- That's been our mission since 1895.

Quick Facts 2019-20

**For more information please refer to the GU Fact Book.


Graceland University, founded in 1895, is a private, four-year liberal arts university.

Recognized by The Princeton Review as a "Best in the Midwest" (2012-2020).

Academic Programs: More than 35 academic programs, including nine pre-professional programs, 31 undergraduate majors, three master's degrees and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Online Programs: Graceland offers online degree programs to over 750 students in education, nursing, business and religion.

Student to faculty ratio: 12:1 for all undergraduate locations; 13:1 for Lamoni Campus

Faculty: All Graceland Locations: 61 full-time undergraduate faculty, 77 percent with a PhD or other terminal degree.

Students: All Graceland locations: 1,419 FTE (IPEDS calculation for Full-Time Equivalent)

  • Lamoni Undergraduate: 838 (full time and part time)
  • Lamoni Undergraduate: 757 (full time)
  • High School (ACE): 64 (full time and part time)
  • Online: 760 (full time and part time)
  • Independence: 140 (full time and part time)

Housing: Students are members of 16 "Houses"

Student Clubs and Organizations: over 35

Lamoni: Nearly 800 students, representing 37 states and 25 countries

Independence/Online: Undergraduate representing 22 and graduate representing 41 states and six countries

Student Profile

(Entering Class Fall 2019 - Lamoni Campus):

  • Enrollment: 251 (193 first-time freshmen, 53 transfers and 5 previous year)
  • Average ACT: 21
  • Average GPA: 3.36
  • 49 percent male, 50 percent female

Financial Aid: 99 percent of residential students receive aid of any type from any source.

Graceland has several Notable Alumni who have made a remarkable impact on their communities. Check out a list here.

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Radio Station: KBUZ (Listen Here)

Athletics: Member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Graceland's men and women athletes compete in 20 varsity teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HEART). Added Rodeo in Fall 2020 as part of National Intercollegiate Rodeo Assocation (NIRA) in the Great Plains Region.

SkillPath: More than 215000 people annually attend SkillPath and CompuMaster seminars provided by the Graceland Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning.

Sponsored by Community of Christ.