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.
NCAA Division III (with football)
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
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Early Decision/Early Action
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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.20 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.20 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities113 Graduates
Elementary Education80 Graduates
Human Resources37 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies31 Graduates
Banking and Finance24 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science23 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.27 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.36 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
Buena Vista University Reviews
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!
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.