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 W 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
68%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
830-995
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Buena Vista University

Cost

Net Price
$20,431/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,105/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,804/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,278/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,093/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,598/ year

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
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,714Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
32%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    50%
  • Determined
    33%
  • Competitive
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Inviting
    46%
  • Educatioanl opportunities
    31%
  • Educational Opportunities and Money, Money, Money
    15%
  • Money, money, money
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
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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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.
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Buena Vista is a great option for those non-traditional students such as myself. You can take courses online at your own pace and convenience. Every advisor I have spoken with is very knowledgeable and helpful. If they don't know an answer, they will definitely go above and beyond to find it for you.
Buena Vista University is very student oriented, they truly have the students interests as top priority.