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- Party SceneB+
- Campus FoodB
- Student LifeB
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.
Buena Vista Admissions
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
Most Popular Majors
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.37 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
Buena Vista University Reviews
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!
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.