The Admissions Office invites prospective students, their parents and friends to visit Graceland's Lamoni campus for an individual visit or one of several campus preview programs offered throughout the year.  Please call 866-GRACELAND (866-472-2352) or visit us online at to make arrangements for your personalized visit.

Graceland University does not discriminate against any student or prospective student on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.  We are a caring community dedicated to the physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being of each individual.  Gracelanders join together to create an atmosphere of openness, mutual respect and diversity.

Graceland does reserve the right to deny admission to a student who is deemed unable to adjust successfully to the Graceland environment.


High School Students

A student seeking admission to Graceland from high school must submit an application (, a high school transcript with at least six semesters of work, and ACT or SAT results. Documents should be sent to the Admissions Office, Graceland University, 1 University Place, Lamoni, Iowa 50140.

To best prepare for your Graceland academic experience, we recommend the following high school curriculum:

  • Four years of English (speech or journalism could be included)
  • Three years of mathematics (including algebra and advanced algebra)
  • Three years of social science
  • Two years of natural science
  • One year of study in a second language

In order to be considered for acceptance to Graceland, an applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED high school equivalency certificate/diploma and qualify in two of the following three criteria:

  1. Rank in upper 50% of the class.
  2. Have a grade point average of 2.50 or above based on a 4.00 system.
  3. Have either a minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum combined SAT score of 1060.

Meeting two of the three criteria does not guarantee admission to Graceland University and applicants may be asked to provide additional information to support their application for admission.

General Educational Development (GED) and other state or nationally recognized test scores may be used as high school equivalency.

  • A student accepted with an ACT English score of 15 or below, or SAT English score of 480 or below, will be required to take Basics of English (DEVL1250)
    • Exception: student completed two high school English courses, one of which must be or prominently require composition (not creative writing), and have scored a "C" or better in both.
  • A student accepted with an ACT Math score of 16 or below, or SAT Math score of 420 or below, will be required to take both Beginning Algebra (DEVL0900) and Intermediate Algebra (DEVL1200).
    • Exception: student completed 2 years of high school math, one of which was Algebra, receiving a grade of “C” or better.

Developmental courses are designed to ensure students have a good foundation for academic success. Students taking Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Basics of English as a condition of their acceptance are required to achieve a minimum grade of “C”.  If a student fails to achieve the minimum grade in any of these courses, that course must be repeated until the minimum grade is achieved.

Acceptance of a student will be on a conditional basis until Graceland receives the final official high school transcript. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the school and have the official school seal affixed, or transmitted electronically through any certified vendor.

For athletic eligibility, the ACT/SAT test results must come from official test centers on the national testing dates. To ensure Graceland University receives your results in a timely manner be sure to enter our school code (ACT = 1314 / SAT = 6249).

A Placement Test will be required to determine proper placement in English and Math if ACT or SAT scores are not submitted.

Home School Policy

Graceland welcomes applications from homeschooled students. We acknowledge the important contributions that homeschoolers make, both in the classroom and as part of student life. Graceland makes a deliberate effort to accommodate the special circumstances of homeschooled students during the admissions process.

To maintain a universal standard of achievement among applicants, while also allowing flexibility, Graceland requires two of the following three criteria:

  • Have either a minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum combined SAT score of 1060. For athletic eligibility, the test results must come from official test centers on the national testing dates.
  • A portfolio demonstrating the breadth and depth of learning by the applicant. The portfolio may express the unique learning of the homeschooler during the years of high school or the last four years of learning. Admissions will assess the quality of the portfolio to determine whether it reflects sufficient preparation for success during college.
  • A homeschool transcript prepared by the teachers/parents, an independent or supervising teacher, or an organization with whom the student is registered or affiliated. The cumulative grade point average must be 2.50 or above based on a 4.00 system.

A further description of the portfolio and transcript is available from the Admissions Office.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be considered individually. If accepted, they may be required to take developmental courses as specified in policies for admission of high school students.

A homeschooled student who has 24 or more college credits will need to comply with Graceland's transfer student policies.

Placement Test may be required - see High School Students section of Catalog.

International Students

Applicants from countries outside the United States are considered by the Admissions Office on an individual basis. In order to gain entrance, an applicant must show academic proficiency, financial support, and competency in the English language. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based) is required for applicants whose primary language is not English. If applying for financial aid, an International Financial Aid Application is required. Advising and support services are provided by the Intercultural Office and the academic advisor. All forms are available through the Admissions Office or online.

Transfer Students

A student seeking admission to Graceland after enrollment at another college must submit to Admissions an application form, a high school transcript, and transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the school and have the official school seal affixed, or transmitted electronically through any certified vendor.  Withholding information concerning previous schools attended could result in termination of enrollment.

Acceptance is based on college/university work rather than high school if a student has attended college/university full time and has accumulated at least 24 semester hours of college-level credit (excluding college preparatory courses). Students with less than 24 hours will be required to meet freshmen requirements and submit official transcripts documenting all college coursework attempted, an official high school transcript, which includes class rank (if available), and ACT/SAT scores. A minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all transfer credit is required for admission to Graceland University.

Applicants who do not meet the required 2.00 cumulative GPA will be considered individually and if accepted will enter Graceland on academic probation.

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 C- or better. However, coursework in which the student has earned a passing grade of less than a C- (D+, D or D-) will be accepted for transfer if the work was included as part of an earned Associates or Bachelor’s Degree.

Credit or waiver through 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.

A detailed statement on transfer policies is available in the Registrar’s Office or you may click here.


Articulation Agreements

Graceland’s articulation agreements facilitate credit transfer. To view equivalency listings go to the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) or for a detailed listing of the following articulation agreements contact the Registrar's Office:

Cottey College, Nevada, MO
Des Moines Area Community College
Eastern Iowa Community College District

  • Clinton, Muscatine, Scott

Indian Hills Community College
Iowa Central Community College
Iowa Valley Community College District

  • Ellsworth, Marshalltown, Grinnell

Iowa Western Community College
Johnson County Community College
Kirkwood Community College
Metropolitan Community College-Omaha, NE
Metropolitan Community College District - Kansas City, MO

  • Blue River, Longview, Maple Wood, Penn Valley

North Central Missouri College, Trenton, MO
North Iowa Area Community College
Northeast Iowa Community College
Northwest Iowa Community College
Southwestern Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Part-time Study

Applicants desiring part-time study for personal interest or to pursue a degree program must meet the same criteria as required for full-time study. As long as study continues every semester, a new application is not necessary.

The Accelerated College Education Program (ACE) is designed for high school student who wish to accelerate their college program. Students may enter the program during their 11th and 12th grade years in high school as provided in the Post Secondary Enrollment Option Act. High School students planning to participate in (ACE) must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be 16 years of age,
  • Student should have a 3.0 grade point average.

Student must also submit the following information to the Admissions Office at Graceland University, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140:

  • An Application (,
  • An official copy of their high school transcript,
  • Two letters of recommendation from their high school guidance counselor, their high school principal, or from a high school English, math, science or history teacher.

For Iowa residents, the cost of tuition and textbooks is paid by the local school district as provided in the PSEO Act. Students receive both high school and college credit for the courses they successfully complete. ACE participants may also take college courses during summer sessions, but they are responsible for paying regular tuition costs and may receive high school credit for these summer courses. Courses are available on campus and via the internet.

Applicants participating in the Tuition Waiver Program for Retired Persons, if pursuing a degree program, must meet the criteria for full-time admission to the university. Retired persons who are interested only in taking courses for personal interest and improvement do not need to file academic credentials. A $50.00 administration fee is assessed each term.

Applicants pursuing a degree program through regular academic credit in the Continuing Education Program must meet the criteria established for full-time admission. Applications for part-time study in the Continuing Education Program for college credit are made course by course.

Employees of the university, if pursuing a degree program, must meet criteria for full-time admission to the university. All employees taking classes must fill out and submit the Application for Tuition Benefit Form and the Application for Admission for Part-Time Study, which must be signed by their supervisors and submitted to the Director of Human Resources. Employees must also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If employees are Iowa residents their FAFSA must be received by the processor by July 1.


Professional Nursing

An opportunity is provided for registered nurse graduates of state approved diploma or associate degree nursing programs to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Advanced placement may be granted to registered nurses through the Iowa Articulation Program.

Admission Requirements for undergraduate nursing programs can be found at

Admission Requirements for graduate nursing programs can be found at

In addition to Graceland’s residential B.S.N. and online R.N. to B.S.N. completion programs in Nursing, the university offers a M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner Degree, Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Degree and Post-MSN FNP, Post-NE, and Post-AGACNP programs.

For details, contact the School of Nursing, 1401 West Truman Road, Independence, Missouri 64050-3434 or telephone 1-800-833-0524.


Military Service

Educational programs on the Graceland University campuses are approved for current service members, veterans, and veterans’ dependents, who are eligible for benefits under existing laws. Graceland University is a Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding signatory member and supports the Principles of Excellence. Students eligible for veterans’ benefits should contact the Registrar in Patroness Hall on the Lamoni, IA, campus prior to enrollment at the university.

Graceland University:

  • Recognizes the GED high school equivalency certificate/diploma;
  • Recognizes learning gained from specialized training and experience in the military services;
  • Establishes competency by nationally recognized means, such as standardized tests;
  • Maintains a flexible transfer of credits policy for the mobile, active-duty service members;
  • Publicizes alternative admissions procedures available to service members and waives formal admission procedures for those seeking enrollment in course work for transfer to another institution;
  • Conducts a timely evaluation of the educational records and relevant experiences of service members; and
  • Completes a degree completion plan for all degree-seeking service members.

College credit for active military service may be requested by any veteran by making application to the Registrar.