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International Profile


Personal, affordable excellence
Grand View University hosts 2,100 students in the heart of the vibrant city of Des Moines, Iowa, a metro area of more than half a million people that offers all the amenities of city life. This mid-sized city is often ranked at or near the top of American cities in many categories: in 2014–2015, #1 City for Young Professionals (Forbes), #1 Wealthiest City in America (Today), #1 Metro for Economic Strength (Policom), and #2 Best City for Jobs (Forbes).

Des Moines’s strength and vibrancy provide Grand View students excellent opportunities for internships and jobs. In fact, for the past two decades, nearly 100% of Grand View graduates have been placed in jobs within six months of graduation every year—and most of them stay in Des Moines because they’ve grown to love the city.

Students study in 40 undergraduate majors and four graduate programs, participate in 25 sports—including national championship teams in football and wrestling—and live in some of the newest residential facilities around. Four of Grand View’s six residential facilities have been built in the last few years, as have a new academic building and a new student center. The campus is modern and appealing yet honors tradition and history. The Humphrey Center, built in 1896, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

With an average class size of 16 and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, GV professors provide personal attention and create strong relationships with students. Grand View ranks in the top 10% for student-faculty interaction on the 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement, with faculty and students collaborating on research projects and engaging in community service. The quality of instruction is among the best, according to IDEA, a national ratings system. Seventy-one percent of Grand View classes were rated well above the IDEA national database for the excellence of the teacher and the course. Students also develop a respect and appreciation for the subjects they study, even beyond the field in which they major; they rate their positive feelings toward a field of study in courses they take as 4.1 on a five-point scale.  

Grand View welcomes students from approximately 21 countries, from Scandinavia to Mexico to China. We welcome you too.



Grand View is located in Des Moines, Iowa, a metropolitan area of 600,000 people. This vibrant and growing city is a Midwestern hub of finance, publishing, insurance, agribusiness, and technology. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft all have operations in the metropolitan area. Des Moines is often at the top of the “best of” lists, for instance, “Wealthiest City in America” in 2014.


Type of School: Private, not-for-profit

Size of Campus: 70-acre campus with six student residences, four of them new

Number of Students: 2,100

Number of Faculty: 95 full-time faculty, 119 adjunct faculty

Colleges, programs, and degrees: 40 undergraduate majors and four graduate programs; most popular majors are business, education, biological sciences, nursing, kinesiology, and art; 25 sports for men and women

Geographic Diversity: Students from 21 countries; 20% of students from diverse populations

International Student Services: International student advisors; international student orientation; international student organization

International Student Budget: 2016–2017  
Tuition    . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 24,794
Fees    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $  680
Living Expenses    . . . . . .  $      8,172
Personal Needs    . . . . . . .  $     2,770
Books and Supplies    . . . . .$        816
Health Insurance    . . . . . . .$        986
Total Cost    . . . . . . . . . . . .$    38,218

Financial Aid: Merit-based aid from $2,500–$14,000

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP scores are required if native language is not English. Required minimum score ranges for overall and subtests for TOEFL paper exams are 500–550, and Internet-based exams are 60–79. For IELTS, GV accepts minimum scores between 5.0–5.5; for iTEP, the minimum score range is 3.4–3.9.

Application Deadlines and Fees: June 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester; no fee for online application. All international students are required to pay a deposit of $1,700 before the I-20 is issued; $100 will be held as an enrollment deposit, $200 will be held as a housing deposit, and the remaining $1,400 will be applied toward the first semester tuition bill.