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Student Support Services – TRIO Program

The Student Support Services – TRIO program is sponsored by Graceland University and funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. TRIO provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic university requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of TRIO Student Support Services is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its selected participants. Program eligibility is based on Department of Education income guidelines and first generation status (meaning whoever raised the student did not have a four year Bachelor’s degree} or documented disability. The TRIO Program provides tutoring, academic advising, STEPS courses, financial literacy training, assistance applying for and understanding financial aid, peer mentoring, and advocacy. Eligibility does not insure program selection. Students can find an online application to TRIO in My Graceland once enrolled at Graceland University.

Student Disability Services

Graceland University is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As part of the implementation of this law, the university will continue to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities so that they can participate fully in the university’s educational programs and activities. Although Graceland is not required by law to change the fundamental nature or essential curricular components of its programs, the university will provide reasonable academic accommodations for qualifying individuals.

Students who qualify for accommodations are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services before classes start or as early as possible. The office will work with the course instructor and the student to arrange for reasonable accommodations. Students are required at their own expense to provide documentation verifying disability. All information for accommodations can be found here.

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Graceland University Writing and Tutoring Support

A college education can be strenuous, and many students need academic assistance. We offer a variety of programs on the Lamoni Campus including writing and tutoring assistance.

Writing Center: The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where all Graceland students can work together with a trained tutor on improving their writing and/or speaking knowledge and skills. The Writing Center assists students in all majors and at any stage of the writing and speaking process to become better, more confident writers and speakers. The Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for students on the Lamoni campus) and online tutoring (for all Graceland Students). To schedule an appointment, please follow us on Instagram at graceland_tutoring, visit our My Graceland page at: or emailing the Writing Center at Lamoni students are also welcome to visit our main on-campus location in room 119 of the FMS Library for a drop-in appointment. Tutoring locations will be held in a variety of locations on campus that are convenient for students. If no tutoring times work you, please email, and if possible, other tutoring arrangements will be made

Tutoring Support: We offer a variety of tutoring services for other subjects and specific courses offered at Graceland University. These sessions are often in a group setting and offer a supplement to the courses including study skills/tips, and important review of course concepts and materials. Tutors are hired and trained by the Director of Writing and Tutoring. These tutoring sessions are held online or in person. If you can’t find a group tutoring time that works for you, or you feel that you may need extra support, please email and if possible, other tutoring arrangements will be made.

You can see the tutoring schedule by following this link: If you need tutoring for a class that does not appear on this schedule, please contact the Director of Writing and Tutoring at and if possible, other tutoring will be provided.

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TRIO Educational Talent Search

Since 1973, Graceland University Educational Talent Search (ETS) has served students ages 11-27 from northern Missouri and southern Iowa. The ETS program, which is funded by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, selects 778 participants each academic year. The Talent Search program is designed to offer support services to low income, first generation students who have potential for postsecondary education, to encourage rigorous high school curriculum, to graduate from secondary school and enroll in postsecondary education as well as encourage dropouts to return to school. The ETS staff members provide educational services, and field trip opportunities in the areas of study skills, learning styles, careers, team building, tutoring, mentoring, college and job shadowing, ACT Test preparation, scholarship searches, financial literacy, FAFSA assistance, campus visits and in completing college entrance requirements and applications. The objective of the program is to encourage and assist all student participants to enroll, enter and successfully complete a college degree.

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Frederick Madison Smith Library

The Frederick Madison Smith Library provides access to services, tools, and materials necessary for academic success as well as offering items and an environment for leisurely enrichment at no additional fee.

Students, Faculty, and Staff may check out library items such as books, audiovisual materials, government documents, and more using their Graceland-issued ID cards.

Certain course materials such as textbooks, films, or other readings may be available on closed reserves at the library.

The library provides access to a number of scholarly research databases serving a variety of programs of study and areas of research.

The Frederick Madison Smith library provides Interlibrary Loan opportunities that enable us to acquire anything users may need from another library at no additional cost.

The library participates in the Federal Repository Library Program, and has staff dedicated to providing access and information on Government Documents. Anyone from anywhere may access government information from our physical collection or online using the Digital Federal Document Library, FDsys.

Technology available in the library: 13 laptops and 6 graphing calculators are available for check-out on a first-come, first-served basis. 8 Chromebox Pcs (main floor), 20 Windows Desktops (PCLab 2), 4 Meta Quest VR headsets, 1 multi-function black and white printer/scanner/copier (main floor), 1 multi-function color printer/scanner/copier (ground floor), 1 Microfilm/Microfiche scanner.

All Graceland Libraries offer drop-in remote research help twice daily via zoom. Sessions for remote assistance are from 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm. Follow the links at or during those times.

Check the libraries social media page (  or for more information about upcoming events and sessions.

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The Dr. Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library and Learning Resource Center – Independence Campus

The Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library and Learning Resource Center is open 40 hours per week with evening hours available many times each month. It is staffed by a faculty member with available librarian assistance. Check the libraries social media page or for more information about upcoming events and sessions.

Grabske’s holdings focus primarily on medicine, science, and allied health, although nursing is its core collection. Grabske holdings include professional journals and periodicals, ready reference titles as well as monographs. Its electronic collection includes over 3,000 electronic journals in the health sciences with UpToDate, CINAHL plus with full text, the Cochrane Library, and Ovid Nursing Essentials. These databases facilitate the research of Graceland’s School of Nursing. Grabske also houses the historical archive of the nursing program.

Grabske Library is a full member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Interlibrary loan is available to all students and faculty. Usually, it is free of charge. Most articles are electronically delivered throughout the network. A courier service also serves the entire Kansas City Health Sciences Library network, facilitating timely delivery of all print materials.

Multiple computers are available to students in the library and learning resource area. A computer lab is across the hall. Six individual study rooms are available for testing and group/individual study.

Public and Agency Libraries – Mid-Continent Public Library serves the metropolitan Kansas City area with 30 branch locations across three counties. The needs of students and faculty for general research are well-served by this large system with access to their extensive collection. Mid-Continent is an award-winning library system and one of the largest in the country.

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Information Technology Services

Graceland’s Information Technology Services department provides services to Graceland University in many different forms. Those provided directly to all students include:

  • Wi-Fi internet access in classrooms, residence halls, many public indoor spaces, and some outdoor locations
  • An Office 365 account including student email, OneDrive storage, and free downloads of Microsoft Office roducts durings a student’s time at Graceland.
  • Both black and white and color printing services, including a $25 print credit each semester or trimester, with an online self-service payment option to increase print account.
  • Network logon for access to university systems including Brightspace, My Graceland, and online library services.
  • Access to public computer labs located in the F.M. Smith Library, The Helene Center for the Visual Arts, Resch Science & Technology Hall and on the Independence Campus.
  • Student check-out laptops for short-term use available in the F.M. Smith Library and on the Independence Campus.
  • Security measures including cameras located in residence halls and card access locks.
  • Projectors and sound systems in classrooms.
  • Support of Graceland-provided software including Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Brightspace, and more.
  • Live tech support Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm on non-holidays:
    • In-person, drop-in support available at the Lamoni ITS offices.
    • A routinely monitored inbox (
    • A routinely monitored Tech Support phone line (641-784-5400).
    • Option to schedule Tech Support appointments (in-person and virtual).

In addition, students staying in residence halls and apartments receive the following service:

  • Data network connection for personal computers and other devices, which includes access to the Internet.

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Testing Program

Graceland University participates in both the ACT and SAT testing programs. The ACT or SAT must be taken at an approved test center during a student’s junior or senior year in high school. In extreme circumstances, a student may be able to take the ACT on the Graceland campus during new student orientation.

The Academic Policies and Procedures section provides information about credit by examination accepted at Graceland.

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