Buena Vista University (BVU)

Storm Lake, IA

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Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University Student Essentials

Buena Vista University Student Essentials
Region: Midwest
Setting: Small Town Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)
Size: Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Beavers
Website: www.bvu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $28,314
Out-of-State Tuition: $28,314
Retention Rate: 77%
Enrollment: 3,839
Year Established: 1891

About BVU

For Iowa students, Buena Vista University offers unparalleled access and convenience. The university features more than 15 campuses across the state, as well as an online campus for those unable to study on-site. This means that college life at Buena Vista University is exactly what you make of it, whether you're interested in a traditional residential experience, or part-time distance education.

Academics at Buena Vista University vary by campus. The main location at Storm Lake features the bulk of the school's undergraduate academics, while other campuses focus on graduate academics. Before applying, make sure that the program you're interested in is available at the campus you'd like to attend.

Tuition assistance at Buena Vista University ranges from federal financial aid to institutional scholarships. If you'd like to apply for financial aid, you should first make sure to complete the FAFSA.

Admissions requirements at Buena Vista University depend on the type of applicant, as well as the program you're applying for. To get detailed information on admissions, either visit the school's website or contact the admissions office directly.

BVU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 16 Reviews

50% of students gave Buena Vista University 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Overall Rating

Overall i think its a good school. I like that everyone is so welcoming and the small town atmosphere really gets you involved. The most memorable moment i have had was being part of all the fun activities that were here during homecoming weekend.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

I think a lot of the problems at BVU center around the fact that outside of campus, the city of Storm Lake really doesn't have much to offer for either entertainment or job opportunities. I guess it really should be expected considering that Storm Lake is a very small town and the campus is considered rural - you have to drive an hour or an hour and a half to get to any sort of city to do anything. Otherwise, beyond that, the campus does a pretty good job of trying to keep students engaged and happy - there are a few times where the administration has clamped down on student organized events which has lead to a lot of dissatisfaction but the professors try to make it up in class by being engaging and exciting. We have a lot of opportunities to travel to other nations to study and to participate in a lot of community service activities and internships all across the nation and globe. I feel like BVU has prepared me for the outside world, even if that outside world still does terrify me a bit!


BVU Map & Location

Buena Vista University
610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, IA 50588


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Getting Around BVU

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

10/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Storm Lake, IA

Winter
Dec
30
13
Jan
27
8
Feb
32
14
Spring
Mar
44
24
Apr
59
37
May
70
49
Summer
Jun
80
59
Jul
83
63
Aug
81
61
Fall
Sep
74
52
Oct
61
39
Nov
44
26

BVU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 3,659
Freshman Class 265
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 3,839

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 3%
  • African American: 2%
  • Caucasian: 84%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 8%
Latino 3%
African American 2%
Caucasian 84%
Asian 1%
Unknown and Other 8%

Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%
Full-Time 86%
Part-Time 14%
Women 52%
Men 48%
International 2%
Domestic 98%

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