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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Buena Vista is an above-average private, Christian university located in Storm Lake, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,394 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Buena Vista acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 54% of students, Buena Vista alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,500.
610 WEst 4th ST
Storm Lake, IA 50588
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
American Rivers Conference

Buena Vista University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Buena Vista Admissions

Acceptance Rate
57%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
920-1140
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$20,580/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,772/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
13
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
13
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    5%
  • On Campus
    48%
  • Online
    46%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,394Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
225
Undergrads Over 25
32%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    47%
  • Competitive
    27%
  • Determined
    27%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Inviting
    35%
  • Educatioanl opportunities
    29%
  • Educational Opportunities and Money, Money, Money
    12%
  • Home away from home
    12%
  • Money, money, money
    6%
  • Underrated
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
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Buena Vista University Reviews

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My first semester as a first year student at Buena Vista University has been great so far! The faculty and all the staff members are all very welcoming and kind. There are all sorts of resources to help out students and the staff members are always more than willing to help out a student with any question that they may have. The diversity of sports and clubs have helped really me branch out of my comfort zone and allowed me to meet many new people that I would not have met otherwise. I am grateful for this great experience!
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As a current student at BV I feel let down, when visiting the college I was promised scholarships to help pay off the expensive tuition, but now i'm paying 50% of tuition which is more than what was told to me. There are only select few or professors who do care about the students' academics but all the others just seem to care about their paychecks. The workers in the kitchen are some of the nicest people on campus, the worst are the workers in the business office who seem to throw their hatred for work onto the students. The university also seems to care about their athletics but to the rest of the students they could care less. Living on campus, everyone gets irritated with everyone because we aren't allowed to live off campus our first year, this makes it hard to those who live in storm lake or for those who want to live in an apartment. Over all Buena Vista has let down a large portion of their students, as well as some professors.
I take classes online and Buena Vista University and I love the setup. The professors are knowledgable in technology, so classes move smoothly. The course material is interesting and informative.