Graceland University

United States


Graceland University is a higher education establishment in Iowa, just south of Des Moines and north of Kansas City. The university specialises in arts degrees, and over 40 courses are available from undergraduate to doctorate levels. Today, you can study various fields including health, business, psychology and performing arts.

Founded in 1895, Graceland has grown from a small community university to an established facility. Today, over 1,000 students attend the university.

Graceland’s growing reputation has been recognised by the Princeton Review recently. Between 2012 and 2020, the publication named Graceland as the best university in the midwest.

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Accommodation at Graceland is on campus, with five different halls available. Each hall of residence is separated into 17 houses. Each house has around 45 students, and they support students with integrating into community life.

Also, there are different types of accommodation and different levels of service available. Some rooms are shared, others semi-private, and others are completely private. Graceland also requires all full-time undergraduate students to live in on-campus accommodations.

As an arts-based university, Graceland has lots of academic research facilities available. The university has two libraries that students can access, which contain books, films, computers and government documents. Furthermore, the Grabske Library has health and medicine-specific resources to support students.

In addition, the campus has a sports centre with an Olympics standard athletics track and a newly renovated student union.

At Graceland’s Lamoni campus, new students join a community of over 1,000 peers. Each student integrates into the university community by joining one of the 17 houses. Students then remain a member of this house for the duration of their course. Students can also join one of the 22 athletics varsity teams or 37 clubs and organisations located at the Lamoni campus.

 Graceland has many services on campus for students. However, the local town of Lamoni offers alternative entertainment. Here, students can find coffee houses, a movie theatre, bike trails, several parks, and recreation facilities.

The closest city to Graceland is Des Moines, about an hour's drive from the campus. Also, Kansas City is just under two hours to the south, while Omaha, St Louis and Chicago are reachable but slightly further away.

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Whilst studying at Graceland University, students can apply for internships and work experience opportunities. The university offers help through employment schemes like Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training. To secure these experiences, work must be related to the student’s field of study. After graduation, students can access SkillPath resources, including seminars and employment support to find employment.


Students can apply for several scholarships and financial support schemes at Graceland. In addition, options are available from undergraduate up to PhD level. Currently, the institution has various scholarships for different student criteria. These include scholarships based on merit, faith and performance.