Our mission is to help students become successful, serious and self-aware individuals who graduate from Graceland and move on for advanced study and/or productive careers that help them live rewarding lives. The atmosphere in student services is a friendly, accepting and personal one where students feel welcomed and accepted for who they are. Each student is challenged and supported to grow as an individual. Information of a personal nature is kept strictly confidential.
The Career Services Coordinator guides students through the process of self-assessment, exploring possible career fields and the job search process. Students are assisted in locating resources for securing internships and summer jobs. Guidance with resume and cover letter development, LinkedIn profile writing, personal statements for graduate school and provide mock interviews.
Graceland uses a dual academic advising model.
Academic advisors are available in Career Services to help students develop a schedule of classes, and talk with them about their career goals. Once a student has formally decided their major, a faculty advisor will finish helping them with their academic plan. Advisors are always happy to spend time with students discussing majors at Graceland, and what graduation requirements are connected to each major.
Professional Personal Counseling
If a student has questions, problems or concerns, they are not alone. The Professional Personal Counselor provides confidential mental health counseling and education to help you maintain mental wellness throughout the college experience.
The Professional Personal Counselor helps all students with problems such as depression, anxiety and other behavioral and emotional concerns that interfere with their academic and social life on campus through individual or couples counseling and crisis intervention, as needed. Through the counseling process, students may explore their interpersonal relationships and their college experience. The Professional Personal Counselor is also available for presentations on topics such as sexual assault awareness, how to recognize and treat depression, setting boundaries for good relationships, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and other mental health issues. The Professional Personal Counselor may refer students to other professional services when necessary.
Office Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. by appointment
Location: Memorial Student Center (MSC), Room 26
Graceland University is blessed with a very diverse campus community that is supported through many organizations and offices. The Intercultural Office primarily assists international students in successfully accomplishing their academic, social and professional objectives by:
- Providing sessions for orientation and ongoing needs throughout their university career
- Creating bridge building activities and opportunities across campus and in the community
- Supporting students in navigating US government regulations
Graceland University's Lamoni campus is fortunate to sponsor a TRIO grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, called Student Support Services (SSS).
Eligibility: to assist low income students raised by parents without four year degrees, or low income students who have a documented disability. You must be a U.S. citizen or have an alien registration number to qualify. Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Goal: to increase the retention and graduation rates of those traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education.
The program provides intentional interventions proven to boost academic, social, and personal readiness for the attainment of a bachelor's degree. Some of the services provided are:
- developmental courses in math, English, and study skills
- one-on-one or small group tutoring
- academic advising
- financial literacy development
- peer mentoring
- help navigating the university environment
- assistance connecting to outside services
Nationally, students in the SSS TRIO program are more than twice as likely to remain in college as students from similar background who do not participate in the program.