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Coordinates: 41°37′14″N 93°36′15″W / 41.620546°N 93.604279°W / 41.620546; -93.604279

Grand View University Grand View University.png
Established 1896
Type Private University
Endowment $11.8 million[1]
President Kent Henning
Provost Mary Elizabeth Stivers
Faculty 90
Students 2,000
Location Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Red and White
Nickname Vikings
Mascot Viktor the Viking
Affiliations Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Humphrey Center is the oldest building at Grand View and houses the university's administration.

Grand View University is a four-year, liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Founded in 1896, the college is located in Des Moines, Iowa and hosts 2,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, seven certificate programs, two post-baccalaureate certificates, five pre-professional preparation programs, and three master's programs.

On November 6, 2008, Grand View changed its name from Grand View College to Grand View University in order to better reflect the institution's "key strategic initiatives," and as an effort to shed the perception that Grand View is still a two-year college.[2]


Mission statement

Grand View engages, equips, and empowers students to fulfill their ambitions and to serve society. Believing that each person possesses natural strengths and developing abilities which can lead to a full and satisfying life, Grand View admits and educates students who represent a wide range of ages, achievements, and expectations. Committed to the development of the whole person – mind, body and spirit – and to preparing students for responsible citizenship in their communities and in a diverse and changing world, Grand View:

  • Believes that learning is a collaborative process where friendly interaction is the norm.
  • Offers quality programs which expect intellectual growth of students.
  • Integrates liberal arts education with career preparation in an urban learning environment.
  • Affirms Christian faith and ethics as a vision for life, a vision that enhances the respect that its graduates have for the diversity and dignity of all people, for relating to others and for continuing the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Informed by its Danish Lutheran heritage, Grand View is a School for Life.

Degrees and certifications

Grand View grants the Bachelor of Arts degree and offers 37 majors in accounting, art education, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, business administration, church music, computer science, criminal justice, digital media production elementary education, English, graphic design, graphic journalism, health promotion, history, human services, information and technology management, journalism, liberal arts, management information systems, mass communication, math, music, music education, organizational studies, paralegal, political studies, psychology, religion, secondary education, service management, sociology – liberal arts, Spanish for careers and professionals, theatre arts, and visual arts. Grand View offers a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, as well as a RN to BSN program. The University also offers a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with concentrations in nursing, education, or business. In addition, Grand View offers certificate programs in art therapy, entrepreneurship, human resource management, in house communication, real estate, Spanish, and sport management as well as post-baccalaureate certificates in accounting and management in accounting.

College for Professional and Adult Learning

Grand View University's College for Professional and Adult Learning (CPAL) is targeted towards working adults who wish to earn a degree, taking course work to enhance their personal or professional lives or for corporations to provide training for employees. Eleven degrees are offered. Classes are offered at the main campus in Des Moines, or at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, a western suburb of Des Moines.

CPAL classes are offered during the day, evenings, or alternate Saturdays, and are often accelerated classes, using half the number of weeks to cover the same amount of material than a typical Grand View class.


Grand View Vikings logo

Grand View is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference and competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, plays in the Mid-States Football Association, fielding 17 varsity teams in 11 sports. Grand View joined the NAIA after it moved from junior college status in 1979.

The Vikings often find success in conference and national tournaments. In 2006, the men's soccer team made its fourth consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Men's Soccer Tournament and appeared in the semifinal round, only to lose to in-state rival and eventual national champions Graceland University. In 2006, the women's softball team made it to the national tournament. The baseball and basketball teams have also qualified for their respective national tournaments in the past.

Clubs and organizations

  • Grand View Choir
  • Grand View Instrumental Ensemble
  • Grand View Kantorei
  • Grand View Council on International Relations (GCIR)
  • Grand View Student Ambassadors
  • The Grand Views (campus newspaper)
  • History Club
  • Intramurals
  • KDPS/KGVC-LP Radio
  • Math and Computer Science Club
  • Nursing Student Association
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Political Science Club

Campus traditions


"Bud the Bird"

Bud Jr. is unveiled by staff at the dedication ceremony of Bud's Place on October 1, 2005.

Since the 1930s Grand View students have participated in a campus tradition using "Bud the Bird," a large eagle statue, as the object of desire in the school's own version of "capture the flag."

A large, iron bird statue that stood at the entrance of a local White Eagle gas station was stolen by students, early in the college's history. "Bud the Bird," as the students affectionately called him, was passed from group to group on campus and with each new group, a new finding a new hiding place was to keep the statue. Verbal rules stated that the group in possession of Bud had to bring him to campus events, making it possible for him to be stolen again.

Over time, Bud has been replaced by clones. The first Bud was a casualty of the World War II effort when college president Alfred C. Nielsen donated the bird to the war effort for scrap metal in the early 1940s. The first Bud was replaced by Bud Jr., a 33-inch 200-pound replica. Sometime in the late 1940s, Bud Jr. was buried on the west end of campus, not to be unearthed again until over 50 years later in 1994 when maintenance crews were digging for fiber optic cables. Bud Jr. is now permanently perched in "Bud's Place," a recently-renovated recreation space in the basement of the residence hall Nielsen Hall.

While Bud Jr. was hidden, students created new Buds in the 1950s and 1960s. In this time period, as many as ten replicas are believed to have been made. These replicas were made out of wood, metal, or glass, but all of the replicas carried on the trait of being large and heavy. In the 1950s, it also became a tradition to give Bud a funeral ceremony, including a casket and pallbearers. The students would carry the "deceased" to Birdland Marina, a small, city-owned marina located near campus that dumps into the Des Moines River. Students would pretend to throw the casket over a bridge and into the water below.

The competition over Bud became so intense in the 1960s, a brawl broke out between nursing students, on-campus residents, and commuter students.

Over the course of the 1970s and 1980s Bud the Bird's legacy was nearly forgotten. Bud's popularity returned with the discovery of the buried Bud Jr. in 1994 and the addition of the "Bud's Place" recreation room in the basement of the Nielsen dormitory. "Bud's Place" houses a permanent display of Bud's history.

Interesting places Bud has been hidden:

  • Former president Alfred Nielsen’s closet
  • Underneath coal in the basement of Old Main (now Humphrey Center)
  • Above a basketball hoop in the old gymnasium
  • On stage for a theater production
  • In a water drainage sewer
  • In the trunk of a professor’s car

"The Rock"

“The Rock,” located in front of the Humphrey Center is one of the most prominent traditions of Grand View. When re-sodding the lawn of what was then Old Main (now Humphrey Center), students in the 1900s placed the rock on the lawn directly in front of Old Main's entrance. The only significant change made to the landmark was in 1915 when it was moved to make room for a new sidewalk to the entrance.

Students traditionally paint the rock in the darkness of the night whenever students feel the urge to express themselves. "In times of celebration, sorrow, or protest, The Rock is deemed a medium of the students," the Grand View student handbook states.

The rock is sometimes used to announce campus events, and on at least one occasion, has been used to propose marriage.

Costs and financial aid

For 2008-09, the estimated cost for freshmen on campus is $24,768, which includes tuition, an activity fee, a technology fee, and room and board. Health services and Internet access were also included in the comprehensive fee.

For the 2007-2008 academic year more than 98% of full-time day students received financial assistance totaling nearly $23 million. The average financial assistance package for new first year students exceeded $21,000 with nearly $11,000 in grants and scholarships and the remainder in loans and workstudy.


Residence halls

  • Apartments - The student apartments opened in the fall of 2003, housing 111 students in four, five or six-person apartments. The apartments house sophomore, junior and senior students. Students have the privacy of their own space but share a common living area which includes a kitchen and two bathrooms. Students can choose to cook in the apartment or take advantage of the nearby cafeteria. A common lounge is equipped with a big screen television and a kitchen while a huge outdoor gas grill has been added to a beautiful patio. There are two resident hall directors for the building who are trained to assist residents with their living experience.
  • Jensen Hall - Houses up to 26 upper-class students in super single rooms. This hall provides an atmosphere that allows students to become more independent as they continue their academic career at Grand View. Jensen Hall is located in close proximity to our academic buildings and has a cafeteria in the lower level. When the weather is nice residents enjoy eating on the patio and relaxing in the recently created peace garden. There is a resident hall director living in Jensen Hall who is trained to assist residents with their campus living experiences.
  • Knudsen Hall - Houses up to 136 freshman and sophomore residents. It was renovated in 2004 and boasts new modular furniture that can be arranged in 25 configurations. This vibrant hall provides a great living environment for residents to begin their GV career. It is connected to the Wellness Center, giving students convenient access to our modern athletic facilities. Double and single rooms are available, some with baths. The cafeteria is located in the basement of Knudsen Hall. A resident assistant lives on each floor of the building and is trained to assist residents with their living experience.
  • Nielsen Hall - Nielsen is named after former college president Ernest Nielsen and his wife, Frances. Houses up to 118 freshman and sophomore residents. The fun and safe environment of Nielsen Hall is epitomized by Bud’s Place, which is located in the lower level. Bud’s Place is a great hang out for playing ping pong, pool or shuffleboard, watching TV and movies, relaxing, or studying. The large, recently renovated lobby attracts students as a place to relax and hang out. This hall also offers both single and double rooms, some with baths. Modular furniture can be arranged into 25 configurations. A resident assistant lives on each floor of the building that is trained to assist students with their living experience.
  • Suites - Located northeast of the Student Center, the suites house 180 sophomore and freshmen students. Each suite has two bedrooms, equipped to house five students (configurations vary), as well as a living area and bathroom. All residents have access to a second floor laundry room. The suites do not have kitchens, so students living there will have an on-campus meal plan.
  • Viking Villas - House up to 107 junior and senior students. With the buiding's grand opening in the fall 2007, this extended campus housing option is new, clean, and secure. Approximately ten minutes (south of Ankeny) from campus, the Viking Villas are a great option and transition for upper class students nearing their degree completion and preparing for life after graduation. The Villas are designed as single and double occupancy spaces, equipped with double beds, high speed internet, private bathrooms and showers, and kitchenettes. All rooms are card access, with video cameras, 24-hour staff, and swipe-card exterior entrances. There is a resident hall director living in the Viking Villas who is trained to assist residents with their living experiences.

Academic buildings

  • Cowles Communication Center - Located at 1331 Grandview Avenue, Cowles houses classrooms, faculty offices, two computer labs, a photography studio, a television studio, and radio broadcasting booths. The award-winning campus newspaper, The Grand Views, is headquartered here, as well as the campus TV station, GVTV, and radio stations KGVC-LP 94.1 and KDPS-FM 88.1.
  • Elings Science Hall - Located at the corner of East Ninth Street and Grandview Avenue, Elings Hall is a two-story classroom building containing general purpose classrooms, science laboratories, faculty offices, a greenhouse, and two of the three large lecture halls on campus. One part of the building was completed in 1957 and an addition was connected to the first wing in 1968. A renovation of the 1968 wing was made possible in 2005 from a donation from alumnus Virgil Elings.
Old Main (now the Humphrey Center) circa 1900.
  • Humphrey Center - Formerly Old Main, the Humphrey Center is the oldest building on campus, built in 1896. The offices of Admissions, Business, Financial Aid, Registrar, President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Vice President for Advancement are all located here. Humphrey is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was built in three different phases (1895, 1898, 1904). The facility underwent a complete renovation in 1998 and was named in recognition of alumnus Alice (Olson) Humphrey. The college's maintenance division is based out of a garage directly north of the building.
  • Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center - Located at 1500 Morton Avenue, opened in 2002. The 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) facility houses the division of nursing, health and physical education department, recreational and athletic facilities, a community clinic, classrooms and faculty offices. The women's volleyball team plays home games in the fieldhouse, and the men's and women's basketball teams play home games in Sisam Arena. The fieldhouse contains weight lifting equipment, a 1/10th mile track, and a double basketball court. Sisam Arena was renovated in 2002, while the wellness center was being constructed, and put in new bleachers, backboards, wall padding and a small media platform. The lobby of the arena showcases trophy cases featuring the Grand View Athletic Hall of Fame. Sisam Arena was named after David Sisam, longtime coach and athletic director. In 2008, a new two-level addition was added on the southeast corner bringing a new weight room, wrestling room and athletics staff offices.
  • Krumm Business Center - Located at 1309 Grandview Avenue, and named after college benefactor and former Maytag CEO Daniel J. Krumm, this academic building houses general-purpose classrooms, a large lecture hall, computer lab, and faculty/staff offices. The college's information technology department is based out of Krumm.
  • Library - Located at the corner of Grandview Avenue and East 14th Street (U.S. Route 69), the two-story library was completed in 1968 with an addition added in 1992. The first floor contains a teaching classroom/computer lab, the reference collection, current periodicals and journals, the children’s and young adult collection, private study rooms, study tables, DVD and video viewing rooms, the information desk, and the bank of research computers. Holy Grounds, the campus coffee shop, is here as well. The Library’s collection of books and journals as well as study tables are located on the second floor, along with the Danish Immigrant Archives.
  • Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions - The groundbreaking for the newest academic campus building was April 27, 2007. The 42,851-square-foot (3,981.0 m2), $8.5 million building is located at the corner of Grandview Avenue and East 14th Street (U.S. Route 69), north of the library. The building opened in fall 2008 and houses the departments of art, education, history, criminal justice, political studies, psychology and sociology, as well as general-purpose SMART classrooms, art studios, computer labs, a writing center, faculty offices, and various student amenities. The building is named after Jim and Sandra Rasmussen, longtime supporters of Grand View who contributed $3 million to the building campaign.
  • Student Center - Located at the corner of Grandview Avenue and East 14th Street (U.S. Route 69), the Student Center was completed in 1981, with an addition added in 1986. The building contains academic and career success centers, a recreation area, deli, bookstore, the Viking Theatre, student services, and music classrooms.

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