Tuition & Fees

$34,004

$34,004

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
5%
24-29
22%
18-23
44%
12-17
26%
6-11
3%
30-36
4%
24-29
30%
18-23
47%
12-17
19%
30-36
6%
24-29
26%
18-23
55%
12-17
13%
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undergraduateRatios

51%

male

49%

female

1

teacher

9

students

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Moderately Selective

63%

acceptance rate

Accepted 943
Declined + 534
Total Received 1,477
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Private (nonprofit)

786

undergraduate students

178

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Biology
  2. Elementary Education
  3. Business
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Codes

SAT 6047
ACT 1278

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Location

School Facts

Buena Vista University, 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 964
Established in 1891
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Accredited by •  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  HLC Higher Learning Commission

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Storm Lake, IA

60-acre campus in Storm Lake (population: 10,773), 75 miles from Sioux City. Served by bus; major airport serves Omaha (125 miles); smaller airport serves Sioux City; train serves Council Bluffs (120 miles).

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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
90%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
95%
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
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
14%
Top 1/4
38%
Top 1/2
77%
Bottom 1/2
23%
Bottom 1/4
3%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

30-36
5%
24-29
22%
18-23
44%
12-17
26%
6-11
3%
30-36
4%
24-29
30%
18-23
47%
12-17
19%
30-36
6%
24-29
26%
18-23
55%
12-17
13%

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

Moderately Selective

63%

acceptance rate

Accepted 943
Declined + 534
Total Received 1,477

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Essay
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

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

Financial Aid

84%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$28,121

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $34,004
Room $4,774
Board $4,764
Books & supplies $999
Total $44,541
Average Financial Aid - $28,121
Total with Avg. Aid $16,420
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Institution's own financial aid form

Financial Aid Office

P: 800 383-2821
F: 712 749-1451

Financial Aid Officer

Leanne Valentine
Director of Financial Assistance
valentinel@bvu.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Basketball, Bean Bags, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Futsal, Racquetball, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball (indoor/sand)

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Athletic Directors

Jack Denholm (men's)
Director Of Athletics

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Mascot
Beavers
School colors
navy blue and gold

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Animation
Art
Art Education
Arts Management
Athletic Training
Biochemistry
Biology
Biomedical Science
Business
Business Education
Chemistry
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Data Science/Analytics
Digital Media
Educational Studies
Effective Teaching/Instructional Leadership
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Science
Exceptional Student Service/Instruction
Exercise Science
Graphic Design
Guidance/Counseling
History
Interdisciplinary
Mathematics
Music
Music Production/Technology
Physical Education/Coaching
Physics
Political Science
Pre-Professional Art Therapy
Psychology
Scientific Illustration/Pre-Medical Illustration
Social Work
Spanish
Special Education
Strategic Public Relations
Talented/Gifted
Teaching English as a Second Language
Theatre
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Biology
  2. Elementary Education
  3. Business

Programs Offered

  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-theology
  • Pre-veterinary science

964

total students

74%

in-state

26%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

82%

786
students

Female
49%
386

Male
51%
400

18%

178
students

Female
89%
159

Male
11%
19

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

766
students

Female
50%
377

Male
50%
389

3%

20
students

Female
45%
9

Male
55%
11

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Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Hispanic/Latino
71%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

60%

Transfer applicants accepted

51%

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

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
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 12
Countries most often represented China
Mexico
Rwanda
South Korea
Sudan
Zambia
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Michael Fox
Director of Admissions
712 749-2821
foxm@bvu.edu

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