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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).
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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.
|School type||private, coed college|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||71.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||April 1|
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.
|4-year graduation rate||42%|
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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.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
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|
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)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data