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Buena Vista University Overview

Buena Vista University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Storm Lake, Iowa. Storm Lake is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Buena Vista University Known For?

643 Undergraduate Awards
$36,234 Avg Cost After Aid
64% Acceptance Rate
  • BVU has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at BVU.
  • In 2017-2018, 37% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from BVU to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Buena Vista University Rankings

BVU is ranked #444 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at BVU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#114 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#179 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Buena Vista University?

Location of Buena Vista University

Contact details for BVU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 610 W 4Th St, Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone: 712-749-2400
Website: https://www.bvu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/buenavistauniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/buenavistauniv

How Do I Get Into BVU?

You can apply to BVU online at: https://www.bvu.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for BVU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into BVU?

64% Acceptance Rate
40% Of Accepted Are Women
12% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at BVU is 64%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 60% of accepted students are men and 40% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 65%.

Average Test Scores

About 12% of students accepted to BVU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 498 and 573. Math scores were between 488 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Buena Vista University  ( 498 to 573 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Buena Vista University  ( 488 to 570 )
200
800
BVU received ACT scores from 88% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Buena Vista University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Buena Vista University  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Buena Vista University  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Buena Vista University?

$36,234 Net Price
85% Take Out Loans
5.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of BVU is $36,234. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At BVU, approximately 85% of students took out student loans averaging $7,942 a year. That adds up to $31,768 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BVU is 5.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Buena Vista University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,257 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,478 undergraduate students at BVU, with 1,257 being full-time and 221 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  BVU

There are also 337 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,257 full-time undergraduates at BVU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  BVU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Buena Vista University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of BVU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 35
Hispanic or Latino 100
White 889
International Students 23
Other Races/Ethnicities 201

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Buena Vista University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 18 countries are represented at BVU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Rwanda, South Korea, and Burundi.

Online Learning at Buena Vista University

902 Took All Classes Online
987 Took At Least One Class Online
10.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at BVU. In 2017-2018, 987 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at BVU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 12th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of BVU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Buena Vista University was 10.9%. This is the #1,275 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at BVU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of BVU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 0%
Finance & Financial Management 45%
General Business/Commerce 64%
Special Education 38%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at BVU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at BVU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teaching English or French #28
Entrepreneurial Studies #29
Finance & Financial Management #31
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #47
Marketing #60
Human Resource Management #65
General Psychology #81
General Business/Commerce #82
Special Education #92
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #100
Psychology #112
Accounting #119
Criminal Justice & Corrections #194
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #214
Liberal Arts General Studies #214
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #221
Education #344
Business Administration & Management #418

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Buena Vista University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 100 0 100
Business Administration & Management 62 22 84
General Psychology 70 0 70
Teacher Education Grade Specific 58 0 58
Accounting 44 0 44
Human Resource Management 39 0 39
Finance & Financial Management 38 0 38
Marketing 25 0 25
Student Counseling 0 25 25
Criminal Justice & Corrections 23 0 23
Teacher Education Subject Specific 22 0 22
General Biology 19 0 19
General Education 19 0 19
Entrepreneurial Studies 17 0 17
Health & Physical Education 17 0 17
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 15 15
Special Education 6 7 13
General Business/Commerce 11 0 11
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 0 8
Romance Languages 6 0 6
History 6 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 6 0 6
Social Work 6 0 6
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 5 0 5
General English Literature 5 0 5
Computer Systems Analysis 4 0 4
Curriculum & Instruction 0 4 4
Design & Applied Arts 4 0 4
Communication & Journalism (Other) 3 0 3
Computer Information Systems 3 0 3
Music 3 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2 0 2
Public Relations & Advertising 2 0 2
Allied Health Professions 2 0 2
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 2 0 2
Graphic Communications 1 0 1
Teaching English or French 0 1 1
Political Science & Government 1 0 1
Public Administration 1 0 1
Arts & Media Management 1 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 1 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 1 0 1
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0
Mathematics 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0
Sociology 0 0 0
TOTAL 643 74 717

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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