#12 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

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Buena Vista University overview
Location Storm Lake, Iowa
Online bvu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Buena Vista University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Buena Vista University (BVU), established in 1891, is a private institution located in Storm Lake, Iowa, a small city environment situated within the Northwestern region of the state. The university?s lakeside campus is characterized by its blend of historic and contemporary architectural styles, offering a visually cohesive academic setting. BVU provides undergraduate, graduate, and online programs, with a diverse academic profile featuring strong programs in education, business, and science. Housing is available on campus, and the majority of undergraduate students choose to live in the university's residential facilities. Known for its broad liberal arts education, BVU maintains a moderately selective admissions process, seeking students who demonstrate strong academic potential. While academics are central, BVU also houses an active athletic program, competing as the Beavers, though it is not primarily recognized for its athletic prominence on a national level.

In the most recent statistical year 1,562 prospective students applied, and 1,207 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 236 enrolled in the school.  1,304 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 669 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $38,644 plus fees of $0. Buena Vista University is ranked 714 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Buena Vista University is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Buena Vista University overview
SAT 930/1130
ACT 20/24
GPA 3.49

Applications Accepted

Buena Vista University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Buena Vista University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,126
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,680
Budget for Other Expenses$2,449
Total One Year Cost$52,899

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Buena Vista University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 34%
General Studies 18%
Education 14%
Psychology 11%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153001 IPEDS survey data for Buena Vista University.

Current students may use the Buena Vista University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.