Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA 50588


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system 4-1-4
Total enrollment 2,114
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Students with disability 4%
Student to faculty ratio 10:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,012 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Buena Vista University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 1,256 applications and 800 students were granted admission. Buena Vista University is at the #62 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 92% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 3% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT840 to 1000
ACT19 to 26
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Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Buena Vista University's tuition was $32,210 for all students regardless of residency (20.2% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Buena Vista University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 34% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,890 (which is 11.6% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Buena Vista University in 2016-2017, was 167, which is 75% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,608 (which is 12.1% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Buena Vista University has enrolled a total of 2,114 students (1,605 students full-time and 509 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,114 students, 259 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 32% men and 68% women and 1,921 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 193 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 958 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 81%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%

Hispanic: 3%

Black/African American: 2%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Two or more races: 2%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Buena Vista University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 25% 128 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 19% 96 0
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 15% 76 0
Psychology 8% 42 0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 2% 12 0
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 2% 10 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1% 6 0
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1% 4 0
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 4
Social Sciences 1% 4

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Buena Vista University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Buena Vista University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $32,800. Last year, out of the total 1,516 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,410 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,656 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,540 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $32,800 $38,800
Employment Rate 93% 93%
Total Graduates 1,516 1,656

Campus Location

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49.6 mile away
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57.2 mile away
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