Buena Vista University

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610 W. Fourth Street

Storm Lake, IA 50588

Phone: (712) 749-2400
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#11 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Buena Vista University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 913, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Buena Vista University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 11. Its tuition and fees are $29,448 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The mission of Buena Vista University is to develop students for lifelong success through innovative and imaginative academic and professional preparation. Buena Vista University aspires to be a remarkable educational community challenging every student, faculty and staff member to set and meet the highest standards of academic achievement, character, conscience and compassion.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $114,246,498


When applying to Buena Vista University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Buena Vista University is 9:1, and the school has 75.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Buena Vista University include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 42%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Education 13%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%

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Student Life

Buena Vista University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 913, with a gender distribution of 48.6 percent male students and 51.4 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. Buena Vista University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 971
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Buena Vista University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Buena Vista University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Buena Vista University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Buena Vista University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Buena Vista University, 84.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,894.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $29,448 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,506 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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