Transfer Students

Welcome, we are delighted that you are interested in learning more about Graceland University. Searching for a college that will best fit your needs is an exciting process. We're pleased that you're including Graceland in that search. As you explore our website, you will learn about coming to Graceland as a transfer or non-traditionally aged college student and the unique services we provide to ease your transition to Graceland University.

We hope the information below answers the majority of your questions. If you have other questions or need additional information, please contact the Admissions Office. We will be happy to assist you.

How Do My Courses Transfer?

Whether you're transferring from another college or applying to Graceland University after a lengthy absence from school, the following information will give you the basic information you need to make an easy transition to Graceland.

An important question that many transfer students ask is "How will my courses transfer?" We have your answers. This link* will show how your courses will transfer to GU.

* Note: The information within the evaluation system is provided as a guide only. We provide no guarantee that a particular course from your current or former institution will be accepted for transfer credit. An official evaluation of transfer credit will be done upon acceptance to Graceland University. Our evaluation system is subject to frequent revisions, and equivalents may change. We will be adding schools and additional courses to the list on a regular basis. A course not listed in the database does not signify that the course will not be accepted, it simply means that it has not yet been reviewed and is not in our database.

Steps for applying

  1. Apply on-line at
  2. Arrange for submission of official final transcripts to be sent from all colleges you have attended, having accumulated at least 24 semester hours. Students with less than 24 hours will be required to meet freshmen requirements and submit official transcripts documenting all college coursework attempted, along with an official high school transcript, which includes class rank (if available), and ACT/SAT scores. 
  3. After all your materials are in, you will be evaluated for acceptance.
  4. Upon acceptance, you must submit your deposit of $200. The deposit will hold your place in the incoming class, reserve your financial aid package, and allow you to register for classes for the semester you plan to enroll. The full deposit is refundable when you leave Graceland provided no charges have been assessed against your account.

Criteria for acceptance (Click here for more detailed criteria)

  1. Acceptance is based on your college work rather than high school if you have attended college full time for at least one semester and/or accumulated 24 semester hours of credit.
  2. A 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all transfer credit is required. (Exceptions will be considered individually.)

** Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can submit a letter, along with their application materials, describing how they can be successful at Graceland University.  Please share relevant career experience and other qualifications that will enable future success as a Graceland student.

Transfer information (Click here for detailed transfer steps)

  1. Classification - If you have earned 56 transferable semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 based on a 4.00 point system, you will enter Graceland at junior standing.
  2. Transferable hours - There is no maximum number of hours acceptable for transfer from two-year schools.
  3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - Credit for or waiver of courses through CLEP will be determined by Graceland upon receipt of scores from the College Board.
  4. General Education - If you are transferring from a regionally accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in transferable coursework, refer to Graceland's catalog to see the general education alternative for you.
  5. Degree audit - When final college transcripts have been received from all colleges you have attended, you have been accepted to Graceland, Admissions has been notified of your intended major, and you have paid your deposit of $200, a degree audit can be processed to determine what courses will be required for graduation from Graceland. This can be done by making the request to the registrar or, after you have received your user name and password, you can do your own audit through My Graceland. You should receive your user name and password soon after you pay your deposit.

Financial Aid

If you need financial assistance to attend Graceland, we'll work with you to develop the best package possible. We administer federal, state and institutional aid. The following are steps you need to complete to receive financial assistance:

  1. In order to receive federal or state financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Include Graceland's federal code of 001866 on your FAFSA.
  2. If you have already submitted a FAFSA for the school year but did not include Graceland's code, there are two ways for Graceland to receive your information:
    1. The quickest way to get the information to Graceland is to go to and update your FAFSA to include Graceland's code of 001866. You may want to check with the Financial Aid Department to insure your results have been received.
    2. Provide the DRN# that appears on your Student Aid Report to the Admissions Office or to Financial Aid Services. (866.GRACELAND)
  3. Verification - If you have applied for federal aid, you may be identified for financial aid verification. Don't be concerned. The federal government selects students at every college and university with the purpose of verifying the information that has been provided on the FAFSA. It is important that you comply immediately with the request for information from Financial Aid Services.
  4. Iowa Tuition Grant (ITG) - If you are a resident of Iowa and attending an Iowa private college, you may qualify for the ITG ranging up to $4,000. To determine if you are eligible, you must file a FAFSA by the ITG deadline date.
  5. Graceland administers a program of academic scholarships and grants. Academic transfer scholarships are based on cumulative grade point of college work attempted. Grants are awarded to full-time students in the areas of athletics and the performing arts. There are also grants available for students in the Honors Program who have a grade point average of 3.75-4.00; members of Phi Theta Kappa; Community of Christ Leadership Program; congregational matches; and for academic areas such as computer science. Financial need is not a qualification for these awards.

Registering for classes

  1. Watch for Graceland's Early Orientation dates. If you can attend, you will be able to register for classes while you are here.
  2. If you are unable to attend Early Orientation, you can register for classes by calling the CAP Center (Career, Advising and Personal Counseling), 888.229.9234. CAP personnel will help you initiate the process.


  1. Living on campus is required of all students. Exceptions to this policy are students living with their parents or legal guardians, married students, and students 23 years of age and older. Housing requests can be completed online after you have been accepted or by calling 866.GRACELAND, ext. 5107.

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is designed to help residential campus students estimate financial aid options for Graceland University. Please be sure to complete the entire process to ensure the best possible results.