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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
Buena Vista University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Presbyterian
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
610 WEst 4th ST
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Website

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
64%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
840-1000
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$21,476/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,041/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,621/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,543/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,593/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,285/ year
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  • Simple, straightforward student loans with an easy application
  • Flexible repayment options, and strong borrower protections

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.18 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.18 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,594Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
33%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    46%
  • Determined
    31%
  • Competitive
    15%
  • Diverse
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
68%
of students say they don't have Greek life.25 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Inviting
    43%
  • Educatioanl opportunities
    29%
  • Educational Opportunities and Money, Money, Money
    14%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Money, money, money
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
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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So far I've had a wonderful experience with this school. They have made it a very easy transition from my AA to getting into my Bachelors. I can personally talk to someone on my campus in my little town 5 days a week and they have classes online or in person, which is great for a single, working mom of two. I am excited to graduate and see where my life goes!
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Most of the professors are great! They offer advice and information to enhance your education. I am able to complete multiple field experiences so I get my foot in the door different places. But when they say this is a school for working adults that is not accurate, many weeks I have 20+ assignments due each week. Also the academic adviser I was assigned dose not respond well to emails and does not tell me about things in advance. Better notification from the adviser, questions answered quicker, and a realistic view of what this college is would be better. The classes are very good, the professors a great, but having so many assignments in one week makes working and going to school very difficult.
In my time at Buena Vista, I have really enjoyed in. There is a great atmosphere on campus, and it is very enjoyable for students. They always have activities, whether it be midnight movies or intramural activities, that are suited for every type of student. As an athlete on campus myself, I have enjoyed all of the sports here on campus, and we have great fan attendance at all of our home games. I feel like the teachers are very good on campus and make sure we get a quality education. Another thing that is nice, is that it is the cheapest division 3 school in the conference, so it is reasonably affordable to attend. Overall, Buena Vista is a great school that I would recommend to others.