Buena Vista University Teaching Programs
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.
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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards BVU has earned from around the web.
|#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?
Contact details for BVU are given below.
|Address:||610 W 4Th St, Storm Lake, IA 50588|
How Do I Get Into BVU?
You can apply to BVU online at: https://www.bvu.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for BVU
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into BVU?
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?
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
There are also 407 graduate students at the school.
Of the 1,230 full-time undergraduates at BVU, 38% are male and 62% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Buena Vista University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||37|
|Hispanic or Latino||137|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at BVU has changed over the last few years.
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.
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.
*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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