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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
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Buena Vista is a private, Christian university located in Storm Lake, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,522 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Buena Vista acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Elementary Education, and Psychology. Graduating 60% of students, Buena Vista alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,500.
About Buena Vista University...
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
990-1140
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Test Prep

SAT and ACT Prep Options
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Cost

Net Price
$20,016/ 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
$24,599/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
85%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.20 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.20 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,522Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
282
Undergrads Over 25
32%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    47%
  • Determined
    27%
  • Competitive
    20%
  • Diverse
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
91%
Poll
70%
of students say they don't have Greek life.27 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.36 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Inviting
    38%
  • Educatioanl opportunities
    31%
  • Educational Opportunities and Money, Money, Money
    13%
  • Home away from home
    13%
  • Money, money, money
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
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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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.