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Find a Program That Fits

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 are pleased that you’re including Graceland in your search. As you explore our website, you’ll learn about coming to Graceland as a transfer or non-traditional 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 Admissions. We are happy to assist you.

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Transfer Admissions Requirements

To apply as a transfer student to Graceland you must have:

  • attended college full-time for at least two semesters;
  • and/or accumulated 24 semester hours or more of credit with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

You will also need to submit the following items:

  • an online application;
  • official high school transcripts (if college work totals less than 24 semester hours);
  • official transcripts from all colleges previously attended.

Transfer students, including community and junior college transfers, who have earned 56 transferable semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 based on a 4.00 point system, if accepted, will enter Graceland at junior standing.

Courses accepted for transfer will be accepted as credit only and will not carry grade points. Credit will be accepted for courses in which the student earned a grade of D- or better.

Credit or waiver through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) will be determined by Graceland upon receipt of the scores from the College Board and will not necessarily correspond with what the previous school may have awarded.

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Transforming Tuition

Simplifying the Cost of College

Understanding the cost of college can be challenging. Graceland is much more affordable than most people think, and we want to ensure our tuition price is closer to what people actually pay. So we are transforming our base tuition price on the Lamoni campus from $32,500 to $19,950 beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.

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Tuition and Fees

Transfer student tuition and fees depends primarily on which program you’re applying for and whether or not you’ll be receiving any financial aid or scholarships. Learn more about our costs and use our tuition calculator for a better estimate.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

We work hard to keep Gracleand affordable for everyone. No matter where you studied before, we encourage you to learn about and apply for our many scholarships, grants and financial aid options.

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Ready to get started on transferring to Graceland? Here’s what you need to do.

  • Steps to Make the Switch
    1. Apply online
    2. Send your official final transcripts from high school and all previous colleges attended to:
      Admissions Office
      Graceland University
      1 University Place
      Lamoni, IA 50140
    3. Speak to Graceland’s admissions office and let them know which major you plan to pursue. The Registrar’s Office will evaluate your transcripts for college credit and process a degree audit based on your major to determine what courses will be required at Graceland.
    4. Get FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) results sent from the Dept. of Education to Student Financial Services, Graceland University. Graceland’s federal code is 001866. The results of the FAFSA determine your need level for financial aid.
      1. If you have already completed a FAFSA for the school year you wish to begin at Graceland but did not supply the Graceland code, you can submit a revised FAFSA adding the Graceland code, or you can supply your DRN# from your Student Aid Report (SAR) to Admissions or Student Financial Services who can download your FAFSA from the web. Student Financial Services’ toll-free number is 866.GRACELAND.
      2. If you have not completed a FAFSA, please do so immediately. The quickest way is to do so via the web: Supply code 001866 for Graceland University.
      3. If selected, complete financial aid verification. This requires that you supply documentation to verify the information received from the FAFSA. Please comply with the requests as soon as possible. You will then receive an official financial aid package.
    5. Submit your $200 institutional deposit (which goes into an account to be drawn on if needed, and the balance is refunded whenever you leave Graceland). This must be done before you will receive a room assignment or register for classes. You may mail a check to Admissions at the address above or simply call 866.GRACELAND and provide credit card information over the phone.
    6. Call Residence Life (641.784.5107) if you have any room requests for campus housing, and complete the housing request form. You will receive your room assignment from them.
  • How Courses Transfer

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

    Note that a course will only have a Graceland equivalent if an official evaluation has been completed by the university. If your course has no equivalent, please contact Admissions to request a review.

    Example: 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.

    1. Transferable hours: there is no maximum number of hours acceptable for transfer from two-year schools.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Degree audit: to complete a degree audit, students must submit official final transcripts from all colleges attended. Official transcripts must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and mailed to Graceland. Upon receiving all transcripts, students will be emailed a username and password for My Graceland where the degree audit can be accessed and viewed. It is helpful if a major is declared.

    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.

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  • Admissions & Advising Partnerships

    The Graceland University Admissions and Advising Partnership programs (AAP) help students from Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) smoothly transfer to Graceland. Students benefit from academic advising and a shared experience with the university prior to transferring. Graceland assists each student in planning their academic program at IHCC/SWCC and Graceland to attain a BA, BS or BSN degree in a timely manner.
    Eligibility Criteria for the AAP

    • Students must be admitted at IHCC or SWCC.
    • Students who have completed community college coursework.
    • Students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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    Indian Hills Community College

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Ask an Admissions Counselor

There’s a lot that goes into transferring schools and we want to make your process as seamless as possible. Get in touch with an admissions counselor for any questions you may have.