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?
- 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.
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.
Where Is Buena Vista University?
Contact details for BVU are given below.
|Address:||610 W 4Th St, Storm Lake, IA 50588|
How Do I Get Into BVU?
You can apply to BVU online at: https://www.bvu.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for BVU
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into BVU?
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.
Can I Afford Buena Vista University?
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
There are also 337 graduate students at the school.
Of the 1,257 full-time undergraduates at BVU, 38% are male and 62% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Buena Vista University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||35|
|Hispanic or Latino||100|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at BVU has changed over the last few years.
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%|
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|
|Finance & Financial Management||#31|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||#47|
|Human Resource Management||#65|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||#100|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#194|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||#214|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||#214|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#221|
|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.
*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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