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Tuition

$30,333

$30,333

not including room and board

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Moderately Selective

71%

acceptance rate

Accepted 871
Declined + 352
Total Received 1,223
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undergraduateRatios

49%

51%

male

female

1  :  9

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Management
  2. Elementary Education
  3. Biology
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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 971
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: 10,674), 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). Branch campuses 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
96%
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
17%
Top 1/4
42%
Top 1/2
80%
Bottom 1/2
20%
Bottom 1/4
3%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
8%
24-29
29%
18-23
46%
12-17
17%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
3%
24-29
37%
18-23
43%
12-17
17%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
7%
24-29
33%
18-23
55%
12-17
5%
6-11
0
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 Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

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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Moderately Selective

71%

acceptance rate

Accepted 871
Declined + 352
Total Received 1,223

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 $2,021,218
State $1,662,970
Institutional $11,701,793
Other external
Total $15,385,981

Non-need-based

Federal
State $48,651
Institutional $1,470,193
Other external $236,123
Total $1,754,967

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
Biology
Business
Business Education
Chemistry
Communication
Communication/Performance Studies
Computer Science
Computer Science/Mathematics
Corporate Communications
Criminal Justice
Distributive Major
Economics
Effective Teaching/Instructional Leadership
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Science
Exercise Science
General Science
Graphic Arts
Guidance/Counseling
History
International Business
Management Information Systems
Management/Entrepreneurship
Marketing
Mathematics
Media Studies
Music
Physical Education/Coaching
Physics
Political Science
Political Science/Public Administration
Psychology
Religion/Philosophy
Secondary Education
Social Work
Spanish
Special Education
Speech/Drama
Talented/Gifted
Teaching English as a Second Language
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Undergraduate

94%

913
students

Female
51%
469

Male
49%
444

Graduate

6%

58
students

Female
86%
50

Male
14%
8

undergraduateFull-time

98%

896
students

Female
52%
461

Male
48%
435

undergraduatePart-time

2%

17
students

Female
48%
8

Male
52%
9

Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Hispanic/Latino
77%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

51%

Transfer applicants accepted

54%

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 9
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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