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Grace College

Winona Lake, Indiana

Grace College is an evangelical Christian institution in Winona Lake, Indiana. Grace prepares students by providing them a strong foundation in the liberal arts as well as the biblical values that promote service, compassion, and integrity.


Affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Grace College was founded in 1948.


Today, Grace offers more than 70 undergraduate degrees in both traditional four-year and accelerated three-year degree formats. Grace also offers on-campus and online graduate degrees, associate degrees, and a bachelor’s degree completion program.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,614 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
37% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
46 full-time faculty
69 part-time faculty
22 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
90% of first year students live on campus
67% of all students live on campus

School Location

Grace College is located in the historic lakeside town of Winona Lake, Indiana, where students can spend weekends boating, skiing, or wakeboarding on the lake; running, or biking over 10 miles of five-star single track trails; or venture out for shows, shopping, and great, unique restaurants. Take a virtual tour of the Village at Winona and explore all that the community has to offer ( Grace is also centrally located between Chicago, Detroit, and Indianapolis, making it easy for students to gain new, unforgettable experiences.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses  
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


61% of students graduated in 6 years


84% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 6%
White 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%

Academic Programs

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: Design Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Management, History, Political Science, Social Studies Education and History, Communication, Creative Writing, English, French, French Education, Journalism, Spanish, Spanish Education, Sport Media, World Languages, Nursing (associates), Nursing (RN to BSN), Actuarial Science, Applied Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, General Science, Health Science, Life Science Education, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computing, Math Education, Art, Illustration, Media Arts, Photography, Visual Communication Design, Web Design and Development, Worship Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES: Counseling, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Psychology SCHOOL OF BUSINESS: Accounting, Agri-Business, Business Education, Entrepreneurial Management, Facility and Event Management, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, Marketing, Sport Business, Sport Management, Sport Marketing SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: Business Education, Elementary Education, English Education, French Education, Life Science Education, Mathematics Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies Education and History, Spanish Education SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDIES: Bible, Bible Translation, Biblical Studies, Educational Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Sport Ministry, Urban Ministry Studies, Youth Ministry


At the heart of a Grace education are academically challenging courses that are specifically designed to foster a thirst for character, competence, and service. Every student at Grace completes a series of general education courses, the Grace Core, and thus enjoys a common experience that stretches across all the disciplines.

The Grace Core is driven by the mission of the institution and designed around the values of worshiping Christ, connecting with others, engaging His world, and following His calling.


Go Encounter trips are a unique part of Grace’s general education core. Students spend this class developing a biblical lens for seeing the world and discussing ways to become more effective in cross-cultural interactions. By the end of the course, they get the chance to live out what they’ve learned on a 7- to 10-day experiential trip. This is just one of the exciting, immersive ways students can fulfill their “cross-cultural field experience” for the Grace Core’s Global Perspectives requirement.

In the past, students have gone to places including Brazil, Fiji, the Bahamas, France, England, Austria, Germany, Japan, Romania, South Korea, Cambodia, Uganda, Ireland, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Taiwan, and Thailand.


Grace’s Study Abroad program opens students’ eyes to the world beyond campus. It’s part of a complete education that allows students to experience and understand other cultures, so they are better prepared to work and serve, no matter where they are.

Several majors and minors, including international business, intercultural studies, and languages, require study abroad as a way to immerse students in the target culture and language. Students in other majors can also explore the possibility of studying abroad.


The Grace College Environmental Science program seeks to train young environmental professionals who will approach creation care with a firmly grounded stewardship and service mindset. In following God’s command for stewardship, students serve the environment by conducting field research, founding wildlife preservation and clean-water initiatives, and even lobbying Congress. Whatever the realm, and whatever the passion, every student finds a place to develop their visions and hone their abilities through personalized training, instruction, and mentoring from caring and passionate environmental faculty.

Courses include a variety of field-based experiences, so students can expect to burn prairies, get muddy in marshes, taste tree bark, splash around in streams, avoid poison ivy, retrieve water samples, discuss current environmental issues, and develop a biblical stewardship ethic in relation to God’s wonderful creation. The limits are as vast as the great outdoors.

activities offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X


The First-Year Experience at Grace is designed around keys to success for first-year students. These keys include a steady transition into their new academic and social environments, embracing their personal and spiritual growth, and forming strong relationships with their peers and professors. With such a strong foundation, students are more than able to persist through their first year of college.


Grace professors have a mission to help students discover more of themselves: their character, their competence, and their heart for service. They embrace a very simple truth—that students were brought into this world by a loving Creator for a specific purpose, and that college is an excellent time to learn more about it.

Every professor goes about this embrace a little differently. Some teach through simple conversation, giving so much warmth and care that students don’t even realize they’re learning. Some coach and push students to stretch their capabilities further than they thought possible. Some have a contagious sense of humor that keeps students engaged. And most are just so excited about their subject matters and have such an ongoing love of learning that they are at once both capable professors and lifelong students.


Since the world population is expected to be around 9 billion by the year 2050, farmers must be ready to produce over 70% more food than they do now. This will take an educated workforce that is willing to use modern technology and methods. Grace’s Agribusiness program is designed to provide students with strong foundations in science and traditional business while emphasizing specialized agribusiness courses. Internships are designed to provide students with hands-on experience for an entire ag-cycle from planting to harvest. They are even tailored to the agricultural interest of each student.


Grace’s Worship Arts program is designed to equip students to follow God’s call for their lives in the areas of worship and musical leadership, audio and visual technology, and theatre arts. Students acquire the skills for diverse musical styles and expressions used in a variety of modern worship settings. They explore the ways in which audio/visual technology is used in today’s churches, recording studios, and schools. Along with worship theology, music theory, and instrumental and vocal training, they acquire an understanding of the relational dynamics of a team, along with necessary leadership skills. Students in the Worship Arts program use the latest gear to prepare for worship ministry in a rapidly changing technological culture.


The Learning Center offers tutoring services for over 95 percent of the classes offered at Grace College. Grace’s learning center provides quality learning assistance such as tutoring, writing help, disability services, and student accountability.


  • 55% of the book collection is in eBook format
  • The Library is visited 1,842 times every week
  • 149,243 articles and books have been downloaded from the database
  • Group study rooms are reserved 3,188 times throughout the school year
  • 51% of the freshmen surveyed come to the library at least once in a typical week
  • Seniors have reported their satisfaction with the library as a place to study (4.35/5.00) and as a group study space (4.45/5.00)
  • 10% of on-campus students use tutoring services
  • There have been 346 appointments made with Writing Lab tutors


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X*
History X
Humanities X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Religion, Global Perspectives

* BA only
† BS only 


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 78 103 121 30 28 18 0 378


Chapel reflects the heart of God and the heart of campus—a community of faith, grace, and worship. At Grace, students examine their lives to see how God has wired them as well as how to uncover their passions, dreams, and shortcomings. Grace’s chapel is frequently visited by authors, musicians, and leading voices for such global concerns as poverty, hunger, clean water, human trafficking, pornography, and modern-day slavery. Chapel services are planned and led by Grace College students and directed by the Dean of the Chapel and Community Life.


At Grace, the college experience starts in the classroom, but there’s a whole lot to experience outside of the classroom, too. Grace’s student organizations promote learning, spiritual growth, and social responsibility by bringing students together for specific activities, causes, or interests.

Grace’s student organizations include Student Senate, Student Publications, Intramurals, Service teams, Student Activities Board, Mosaic, Chapel Committee, and many more.


Grace’s Health and Counseling Center is dedicated to promoting, maintaining, and restoring students’ physical and emotional health. All the services offered are founded upon biblical principles, incorporating medical knowledge, psychological acuity, and research. Physical and mental health services are available to every Grace College undergraduate student.


Grace’s Gordon Student Recreation Center (GRC) offers the Grace community a full range of services to promote wellness, physical fitness, and physical activity. Grace’s state-of-the-art facility includes:

  • A 4,000 square-foot fitness center equipped with a 17-piece line of Cybex Eagle strength equipment as well as a full range of free-weight equipment. The cardio center offers six Life Fitness treadmills, three Life Fitness ellipticals, three ARC Trainers, stationary bikes, rowing machines, and four plasma TV screens.
  • A 32,000 square-foot enclosed field-house, which includes four basketball courts; an 80-yard, six-lane straight track; a 1/10-mile, four-lane indoor oval track; volleyball nets; and two batting cages.
  • A 2,800 square-foot aerobics room with wood flooring and wall-mounted ballet bars.
  • A 1,300 square-foot Athletic Performance room with Hammer Strength combo racks, a full set of DB free weights, a Vertimax trainer, and plenty of agility equipment located on a turf flooring.
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms with individual shower stalls and lockers for daily use or rental.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


At Grace, students complete 12 “field” credits of Applied Learning. These include: job shadowing, internships, study abroad, cross-cultural experiences, student teaching, student leadership positions, and more. This serves as an opportunity for students to get their hands dirty and let the world at large become their classroom. These experiences are crucial to helping students see the spectrum of jobs available within their best-fit career options. They also prepare students for service and generate career-ready graduates.


In the latest statistical release, Grace College’s accounting program ranked 2nd highest (surpassed only by Notre Dame) for first-time pass rate on the Certified Public Accountant exams across all Indiana colleges and universities.


Modern educators are in a perpetual cycle of learning and recertification, requiring teachers to be committed to excellence and hard, yet rewarding, work. Grace’s examination pass rate of 95% on all professional testing demonstrates the caliber of preparation and promise that is embodied by the School of Education’s graduates.


Grace has a host of notable alumni. To highlight a few:

  • Stephen Copeland, ‘11, is a writer for The Core Media Group, a book publishing company based in Charlotte, N.C., and a staff writer and columnist at Sports Spectrum Magazine, a national faith-based sports publication. Copeland co-authored “The Jersey Effect” with former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith and “Finally Free” with New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick.
  • Janine Zeltwanger, ‘85, is a senior financial advisor and principal in Ronald Blue & Co.’s Indianapolis office, where she advises clients on financial, estate, and tax planning, manages their investments, and develops philanthropic strategies. As a former Grace athlete, Zeltwanger attends as many Grace athletic events as her schedule will allow and finds ways to invest in and support current student-athletes. At the beginning of the women’s volleyball and basketball seasons, Zeltwanger asks the players to fill out 3×5 cards with prayer requests, and she prays through the cards during the year.
  • Greg Dosmann, ‘85, joined Edward Jones in 1987, and within 10 years he attended the Managing Partners’ Conference, an honor reserved for the top 350 of the firm’s more than 13,000 financial advisors. In 1997, Dosmann was named a principal and moved to the firm’s headquarters to serve as the area leader for the western United States and British Columbia. In January 2004, he assumed responsibility for marketing individual retirement plans and education savings plans in the retirement plan marketing department.
  • Phyllis Marwah, ‘69, after discovering the high pregnancy termination rate among young women in Hong Kong, helped found Mother’s Choice, a nonprofit that provides care for children and single girls facing crisis pregnancies. Over the years, Mother’s Choice has helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies, and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases. What began in Hong Kong has since inspired similar organizations in several countries, including China, India, and Cambodia.



4,093 Total Applicants
3,219 Total Admissions
400 Total Freshmen Enrollment

78.65% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Nov 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Religious affiliation/commitment

Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities

Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Racial/ethnic status
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 590
SAT Math 460 580
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

3-year Bachelor's Degree and 4-year Master's Degree Options

The accelerated degree model at Grace offers highly motivated students a 3-year degree option that reduces the cost of a college education by 25%, placing them in their careers a year sooner. The best part: such a degree plan can be made within any of Grace’s 70+ majors. Grace also offers a wide range of master’s programs. Students who choose the 3-year bachelor’s option can add a master’s and graduate with both degrees in just a total of four years, keeping their financial aid throughout the entire program.




Tuition $23,930
Room and Board (on campus) $8,782
Estimated Total On Campus $32,712


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 final

$17,759 First year students
$5,285 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 final

83% on average, the percentage of need that was met
12% of financial need students that had need fully met

$5,285 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,588 Average need-based loan

A Measure of Grace

Grace’s promise to students is that they will never pay more in tuition than that of their first year. In addition, every textbook rental for every class is absolutely free. That’s an estimated savings of $4,800 for a typical undergraduate.