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Transfer Students

Welcome! We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about Graceland University. Searching for a college that will best fit your needs is an exciting process. We are pleased that you're including Graceland in your search. As you explore our website, you'll learn about coming to Graceland as a transfer or non-traditional college student and the unique services we provide to ease your transition to Graceland University.

We hope the information below answers the majority of your questions. If you have other questions or need additional information, please contact Admissions. We are happy to assist you.

Detailed Transfer Steps to Graceland University

Thank you for your interest in transferring to Graceland University. These are the steps to transfer to Graceland:

  1. Please apply online (no application fee).
  2. Arrange for official final transcripts to be sent from all colleges attended and your high school to:

Admissions Office
Graceland University
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140

  1. Communicate to Admissions what major you plan to pursue. The Registrar's Office will evaluate your transcripts for college credit and process a degree audit based on your major to determine what courses will be required at Graceland.
  2. Get FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) results sent from the Dept. of Education to Student Financial Services, Graceland University. Graceland's federal code is 001866. The results of the FAFSA determine your need level for financial aid.
  • If you have already completed a FAFSA for the school year you wish to begin at Graceland but did not supply the Graceland code, you can submit a revised FAFSA adding the Graceland code, or you can supply your DRN# from your Student Aid Report (SAR) to Admissions or Student Financial Services who can download your FAFSA from the web. Student Financial Services' toll-free number is 866.GRACELAND.
  • If you have not completed a FAFSA, please do so immediately. The quickest way is to do so via the web: Supply code 001866 for Graceland University.
  • If selected, complete financial aid verification. This requires that you supply documentation to verify the information received from the FAFSA. Please comply with the requests as soon as possible. You will then receive an official financial aid package.
  1. Please submit a $200 institutional deposit (which goes into an account to be drawn on if needed, and the balance is refunded whenever you leave Graceland). This must be done before you will receive a room assignment or register for classes. You may mail a check to Admissions at the address above or simply call 866.GRACELAND and provide credit card information over the phone.
  2. Call Residence Life (641.784.5107) if you have any room requests for campus housing, and complete the housing request form. You will receive your room assignment from them.

Requirements - Transfer Students

Acceptance is based on college work rather than high school.

To be considered for acceptance at Graceland University as a transfer student, you must qualify with the following criteria.

  • at least two semesters and/or has accumulated 24 semester hours of credit
  • A 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all transfer credit is required for admission to Graceland University.

Submit the following items

  • an online application
  • official high school transcripts (this is used for financial purposes, not for acceptance)
  • official transcripts from all colleges previously attended

Steps for applying

  1. Apply on-line at
  2. Arrange for submission of official final transcripts to be sent from all colleges you have attended, having accumulated at least 24 semester hours. Students with less than 24 hours will be required to meet freshmen requirements and submit official transcripts documenting all college coursework attempted along with an official high school transcript, which includes class rank (if available) and ACT/SAT scores. 
  3. After all your materials are in, you will be evaluated for acceptance.
  4. Upon acceptance, you must submit your deposit of $200. The deposit will hold your place in the incoming class, reserve your financial aid package and allow you to register for classes for the semester you plan to enroll. The full deposit is refundable when you leave Graceland provided no charges have been assessed against your account.

How Will My Courses Transfer?

Whether you're transferring from another college or applying to Graceland University after a lengthy absence from school, the following information will give you the basic information you need to make an easy transition to Graceland.

View hundreds of accredited colleges* and how their courses will transfer to Graceland.

Note that a course will only have a Graceland equivalent if an official evaluation has been completed by the university. If your course has no equivalent, please contact Admissions to request a review.

  1. Classification -
    0 - 23 Freshman
    24 - 55 Sophomore
    56 - 87 Junior
    88 - over Senior

    ** Example: If you have earned 56 transferable semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 based on a 4.00 point system, you will enter Graceland at junior standing.

  2. Transferable hours - there is no maximum number of hours acceptable for transfer from two-year schools.
  3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - credit for or waiver of courses through CLEP will be determined by Graceland upon receipt of scores from the College Board.
  4. General Education - if you are transferring from a regionally accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in transferable coursework, refer to Graceland's catalog to see the general education alternative for you.
  5. Degree audit - to complete a degree audit, students must submit official final transcripts from all colleges attended. Official transcripts must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and mailed to Graceland. Upon receiving all transcripts, students will be emailed a username and password for My Graceland ( where the degree audit can be accessed and viewed. It is helpful if a major is declared.

* Note: The information within the evaluation system is provided as a guide only. We provide no guarantee that a particular course from your current or former institution will be accepted for transfer credit. An official evaluation of transfer credit will be done upon acceptance to Graceland University. Our evaluation system is subject to frequent revisions, and equivalents may change. We will be adding schools and additional courses to the list on a regular basis.

Admissions & Advising Partnerships

The Graceland University Admissions and Advising Partnership programs (AAP) help students from Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) smoothly transfer to Graceland. Students benefit from academic advising and a shared experience with the university prior to transferring. Graceland assists each student in planning their academic program at IHCC/SWCC and Graceland to attain a BA, BS or BSN degree in a timely manner.

Eligibility Criteria for the AAP

  • Students must be admitted at IHCC or SWCC.
  • Students who have completed community college coursework
    must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Transfer Guides

Southwestern Community College

Indian Hills Community College

Financial Aid and Scholarships

If you need financial assistance to attend Graceland, we'll work with you to develop the best package possible. We administer federal, state and institutional aid. There are steps you need to complete to receive financial assistance:

  1. In order to receive federal or state financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Include Graceland's federal code of 001866 on your FAFSA.
  2. If you have already submitted a FAFSA for the school year but did not include Graceland's code, there are two ways for Graceland to receive your information:
    1. The quickest way to get the information to Graceland is to go to, and update your FAFSA to include Graceland's code of 001866. You may want to check with Student Financial Services to insure your results have been received.
    2. Provide the DRN# that appears on your Student Aid Report to Admissions or Student Financial Services. (866.GRACELAND)
  3. Verification - if you have applied for federal aid, you may be identified for financial aid verification. Don't be concerned. The federal government selects students at every college and university with the purpose of verifying the information that has been provided on the FAFSA. It is important that you comply immediately with the request for information from Student Financial Services.
  4. Iowa Tuition Grant (ITG) - if you are a resident of Iowa and attending an Iowa private college, you may qualify for the ITG ranging up to $4,000. To determine if you are eligible, you must file a FAFSA by the ITG deadline date.
  5. Graceland administers a program of academic scholarships and grants. Academic transfer scholarships are based on cumulative grade point of college work attempted. Grants are awarded to full-time students in the areas of athletics and the performing arts. There are also grants available for students in the Honors Program who have a grade point average of 3.75-4.00, membership in Phi Theta Kappa, are participants in the Community of Christ Leadership Program, congregational matches and for academic areas such as computer science. Financial need is not a qualification for these awards.

Additional information on grants and loans