Graceland University is a community dedicated to exceptional higher education.

We are grounded in the liberal arts and dedicated to providing the progressive academic needs of the 21st century student.

Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. The active Graceland alumni network reaches far beyond a student’s time on campus.

University mission and values statement.


Lamoni Campus: the main, residential campus is located in Lamoni, Iowa about an hour south of Des Moines. It is a beautiful, welcoming campus that spans 170 acres in the rolling hills of southern Iowa. Our sports complex boasts an artificial field-turf football field, a Olympics quality outdoor track and a best-in-the-conference soccer complex. The Helene Center for the Visual Arts is the envy of other schools, and the Resch Science and Technology Hall offers superb facilities and industry-standard equipment. Our regional performing arts hub, the Shaw Center features a 500-seat auditorium, a 100-seat recital hall, a fully customizable black box theatre, a beautiful new lobby and atrium, and a stunning outdoor amphitheater. Forty-eight student apartments opened in the fall of 2011 on the edge of campus and the newly renovated and expanded Newcom Student Union features a dedicated game room, computer lab and extensive student meeting space.

Independence Campus: Our Independence Campus (IC) is located in Independence, Missouri and is home to Graceland’s School of Nursing and Community of Christ Seminary. Graceland’s online programs are operated on the IC, which was opened in 1969. The student-friendly, 55,000-square-foot facility is equipped with cutting-edge learning tools and resources including a comprehensive wireless network, nursing skills lab fitted with cameras to record and play back demonstrations, and an award winning nursing library. The IC also offers teacher education and business programs.

Online Programs: Graceland has been a pioneer in distance learning with decades of experience providing exceptional education in the comfort of students’ homes. In 2000, Graceland moved to a purely online delivery method for several programs: a Master of Science in Nursing, an RN to BSN, an RN to MSN ‘bridge’ and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.