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Tuition & Fees

$31,291

$31,291

not including room and board

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Moderately Selective

69%

acceptance rate

Accepted 980
Declined + 429
Total Received 1,409
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undergraduateRatios

49%

51%

male

female

1  :  9

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Biology
  2. Elementary Education
  3. Criminology/criminal Justice
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School Facts

Buena Vista, founded in 1891, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. Its 60-acre campus is located in Storm Lake, IA, 60 miles east of Sioux City.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 995
Established in 1891
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Accredited by •  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NCACS (North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

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Codes

SAT 6047
ACT 1278

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Storm Lake, IA

60-acre campus in Storm Lake (population: 10,775), 60 miles from Sioux City. Served by bus; major airport serves Omaha (120 miles); smaller airport serves Sioux City; train serves Council Bluffs (120 miles). Degree-completion sites in Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Denison, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Le Mars, Marshalltown, Mason City, Newton, Ottumwa, Sheldon, Spencer, and Spirit Lake.

Buena Vista University
610 West Fourth Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
87%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
97%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
14%
Top 1/4
42%
Top 1/2
74%
Bottom 1/2
26%
Bottom 1/4
4%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
7%
24-29
25%
18-23
47%
12-17
20%
6-11
1%
Below 6
0
30-36
5%
24-29
34%
18-23
44%
12-17
17%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
4%
24-29
31%
18-23
54%
12-17
10%
6-11
1%
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Reasoning only Considered if submitted
SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required
ACT only Recommended

Moderately Selective

69%

acceptance rate

Accepted 980
Declined + 429
Total Received 1,409

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Bridget Kurkowski
Director of Admissions
P: 800 383-9600
F: 712 749-2035
admissions@bvu.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,946,680
State $1,823,598
Institutional $12,394,039
Other external
Total $16,164,317

Non-need-based

Federal
State $43,277
Institutional $1,506,553
Other external $286,676
Total $1,836,506

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Division III)
Mascot
Beavers
School colors
navy blue and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Art
Arts Management
Athletic Training
Banking/Finance
Biochemistry
Biology
Business
Business Education
Chemistry
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Corporate Communications
Criminal Justice
Digital Media
Distributive Major
Economics
Effective Teaching/Instructional Leadership
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Science
Exercise Science
General Science
Guidance/Counseling
History
International Business
Management/Entrepreneurship
Marketing
Mathematics
Music
Music Production/Technology
Physical Education/Coaching
Physics
Political Science
Political Science/Public Administration
Psychology
Religion/Philosophy
Secondary Education
Social Work
Spanish
Talented/Gifted
Teaching English as a Second Language
Theatre
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Undergraduate

92%

920
students

Female
51%
473

Male
49%
447

Graduate

8%

75
students

Female
85%
64

Male
15%
11

undergraduateFull-time

97%

899
students

Female
53%
470

Male
47%
429

undergraduatePart-time

3%

21
students

Female
15%
3

Male
85%
18

Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
74%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

52%

Transfer applicants accepted

67%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Recommended of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of Some
Standardized test scores Recommended of Some
Essay or personal statement Recommended of Some

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

98

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 11
Countries most often represented Ghana
Japan
Nepal
Rwanda
South Korea
Taiwan
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Carol Williams
Director of International Student Services
712 749-2073
williamsc@bvu.edu

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