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About Buena Vista University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private



4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.


Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Presbyterian Church (USA)

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


The Buena Vista University (BVU) is a four or more year private not-for-profit university. The university is located in proximity to the scenic natural beauty of Storm lake at Stormlake, Los Angeles.

The university aims to prepare students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional, and co-curricular programs. The university was founded by the Presbyterian Church as Buena Vista College in 1891. In 1995, after receiving accreditation in a graduate program of Education major, it initiated the transition from college to the university. The university still carries a religious affiliation from the Presbyterian Church.

The student-faculty ratio at the university is 8:1  The student-faculty ratio ensures seamless learning for the students as they get the individual attention from the faculty. With over 50 bachelor’s degrees and 20 major’s degrees and endorsements, the university promises to deliver a customized ideal Academic experience.The institute offers online, on-campus as well as hybrid programs.

  • The institution is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  • The BVU acceptance rate is 57%.

  • The total student population is 1846.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 8:1 which allows great individual attention towards each student in the classroom.

Online Education at BVU

You can discover a wide range of degree options which you can access in the online format. Accessing online courses and resources are simple with the online platform provided by the university. The classes start six times per year by providing the 8-week classes which will perfectly fit in your schedule.

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Some of the student’s reviews are given below.

  • The campus is filled with culturally diverse students. The workload is heavy but the classes are most enjoyable.

  • The atmosphere of the school and helping mentality of professors can make wonders in your life. There are internship opportunities provided to the students to get exposure to the work environment.

Location & Contact


610 W 4th St


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Phone: 7127492400
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Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

920 - 1140

ACT Range

19 - 24

Application Fee




High School GPA


Accept Common App


The admission to Buena Vista University is easy and the students can make the most out of it. Buena Vista University has 3 admission thresholds. The students are required to submit a fee along with the admission form, in order to be considered for admission at Buena Vista University. It is a non-refundable amount. The SAT score in the range of 930-1110 would boost a student's chances of securing admission. Notably, students securing ACT score less than 19 might also given admission but the average ACT score at Buena Vista University is 22. The candidates can apply for the courses online. However, in case they need information or want to feel the vibes, they visit the school's office at 610 W 4th St, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588. They can also call them at (712) 749-2400.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to BVU. The annual full-time cost of attendance comes out to be approximately $48,896. This cost consists of the average annual tuition cost ($35,194), books and supplies ($999), room and boarding ($9,872), and budget for other expenses ($4,280). For students seeking financial assistance, the university offers a number of options.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar

Four-one-four plan

Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

112 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

80 Graduates

Psychology, General

78 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

67 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

42 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

40 Graduates

Human Resources Management and Serv...

37 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

32 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

31 Graduates


28 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

24 Graduates

Biology, General

21 Graduates

Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

14 Graduates

Education, General

12 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

11 Graduates

Business/Commerce, General

8 Graduates

Social Work

8 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

6 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

6 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

6 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

6 Graduates

Communication, Journalism, and Rela...

5 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

5 Graduates

Public Administration

5 Graduates


4 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

4 Graduates


4 Graduates

Non-Professional General Legal Stud...

3 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

3 Graduates

Computer Systems Analysis

2 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

2 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

2 Graduates


2 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

2 Graduates


2 Graduates

Philosophy and Religious Studies, O...

2 Graduates

Political Science and Government

2 Graduates

Arts, Entertainment,and Media Manag...

1 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

1 Graduates


1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




73% White

13% Unknown

4% Black

5% Hispanic

2% Two or more races

1% Non Resident alien

1% Asian

1% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$51,580 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 91% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


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Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


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Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,764/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

navy blue and gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $9,872 per year. Buena Vista University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at BVU costs around $4,764 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At BVU, campus safety and security features include campus emergency phones and 24-hr escort safety rides. The university has enrolled around 36% male and 64% female students.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$201 - 306

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


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Students Receiving State Aid


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Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


In case the students at Buena Vista University face any financial issues concerning the fees and cost of living, and find the same to be high, they can seek help from the financial aid department of the varsity. It focuses on settling the issues that students face, and candidates can be assisted with scholarships, grants, and student loans. At the university, the average federal grant comes to be around $5,493, whereas the financial aid is $22,474. The university provides financial assistance in the form of state-level aid worth $6,195 and institutional aid worth $22,474. The non-need-based scholarships awarded to students admitted to Buena Vista University amount to $2,618,243 per annum.

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