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Buena Vista University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Storm Lake, Iowa. The surrounding location of Storm Lake is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

$36,219 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
56% Acceptance Rate

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Buena Vista University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at BVU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Value Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Value Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards BVU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Value Colleges for Elementary Special Education College Factual
#17 Best Value Colleges for Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services College Factual
#19 Best Value Colleges for Student Counseling College Factual
#20 Best Value Colleges for Teaching English or French College Factual
#30 Best Value Colleges for Curriculum & Instruction College Factual
#61 Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Buena Vista University?

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Contact details for BVU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 610 W 4Th St, Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone: 712-749-2400
Website: https://www.bvu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/buenavistauniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/buenavistauniv

How Do I Get Into BVU?

You can apply to BVU online at: https://www.bvu.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for BVU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into BVU?

56% Acceptance Rate
39% Of Accepted Are Women
BVU has an acceptance rate of 56%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 61% of accepted students are men and 39% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 52%.

Can I Afford Buena Vista University?

$36,219 Net Price
81% Take Out Loans
5.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of BVU is $36,219. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At BVU, approximately 81% of students took out student loans averaging $7,364 a year. That adds up to $29,456 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BVU is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Buena Vista University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,230 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,456 undergraduate students at BVU, with 1,230 being full-time and 226 being part-time.

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There are also 407 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,230 full-time undergraduates at BVU, 38% are male and 62% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Buena Vista University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 37
Hispanic or Latino 137
White 907
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 135

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Buena Vista University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 18 countries are represented at BVU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Rwanda, South Korea, and Burundi.

Online Learning at Buena Vista University

1,003 Took All Classes Online
1,151 Took At Least One Class Online
1.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at BVU. In 2019-2020, 1,151 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at BVU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 11th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of BVU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Buena Vista University was $31,318 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how BVU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Elementary Special Education #13 #13
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities #22 #22
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented #22 #22
Other Special Education & Teaching #32 #32

Online Growth Rankings of BVU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Buena Vista University was 1.4%. This is the #590 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at BVU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at BVU ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at BVU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Elementary Special Education #8
Other Special Education & Teaching #10
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities #10
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented #31
Teaching English or French #71
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #71
Curriculum & Instruction #114
Curriculum & Instruction #114
Special Education #200

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Buena Vista University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major TOTAL
Curriculum & Instruction 0
General Education 0
Other Education 0
Elementary Special Education 0
General Special Education 0
Other Special Education & Teaching 0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 0
Education/Teaching of the Gifted & Talented 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
Art Education 0
Biology Education 0
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education 0
Chemistry Education 0
English & Language Arts Education 0
History Education 0
Mathematics Education 0
Music Education 0
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0
Science Education 0
Social Science Teacher Education 0
Social Studies Education 0
Spanish Education 0
Elementary Education 0
Secondary Education 0
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0
TOTAL 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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