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Graceland at a Glance

Founded in 1895 with support from the Community of Christ, Graceland University is a private, four-year liberal arts university offering classes in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri, as well as across the country and the world through accredited online programs. Recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Midwest” from 2012 to 2022, at Graceland, we pride ourselves on providing a high-quality education to a diverse group of students who share a commitment to our values of learning, wholeness and community.

By the Numbers


Enrolled students

2021-22 Fact Book (all undergrad & grad)


Receive financial aid

2021-22 Fact Book


Academic programs

Fall 2022


Pre-professional programs


Undergraduate majors

Fall 2022


Master's degrees

Fall 2022

A few other facts:

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.

Access: Each room has internet and cable TV hookups, and each main lounge in the Residence Halls has a printer. Wireless internet is available in all campus housing and all public buildings on campus. In addition, 136 lab computers are available to students throughout the campus.

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 215,000 people annually attend SkillPath and CompuMaster seminars provided by the Graceland Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning.

Sponsored by Community of Christ.

For more facts, view the Graceland Fact Book, maintained by Graceland’s Institutional Research team.