Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA

Buena Vista, founded in 1891, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. Its 60-acre campus is located in Storm Lake, 60 miles east of Sioux City.

Website: www.bvu.edu/

Private
Co-ed
786
Undergraduate
Students
(49.1%) 386 Women
(50.9%) 400 Men
178
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
64% of 1,477 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
 

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.33
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
22 average
19-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$46,808
Tuition and Fees
$34,004
Room and Board
$9,538
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Freshman Award
$29,904
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$36,299
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
81
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 39% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Storm Lake Population
10,790
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
90% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beaver
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
7.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.7% White
5.4% Unknown
International Students
3.2% from 15 countries
First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
48.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   3
Foreign Language    
Social Studies   3
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 1
SAT Only Considered if submitted August 1
ACT Only Recommended August 1
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted August 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
610 West Fourth Street
City, State, Zip
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone
(712) 749-2235
Fax
(712) 749-2037
E-mail
admissions@bvu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
 
Application Fee
 
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
64% of 1,477 applicants were admitted
Women
65% of 573 applicants were admitted
Men
63% of 904 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
203 (22%) of 943 admitted students enrolled
Women
69 (18%) of 373 admitted students enrolled
Men
134 (24%) of 570 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.33
3.75 and Above
27%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
16%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
22 average
19-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
6%
Score of 24 - 29
26%
Score of 18 - 23
55%
Score of 12 - 17
13%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 14%
Top quarter: 38%
Top half: 77%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
3%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$46,808
Tuition and Fees
$34,004
Room and Board
$9,538
Books and Supplies
$999
Other Expenses
$2,267
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline June 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning February 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001847
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
199 (98.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
185 (93.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
185 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
36 (19.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$29,904
Need-Based Gift
Received by 185 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $24,984
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 170 (91.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,354
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 27 (14.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
17 (8.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,982

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
688 (91.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
634 (92.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
634 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
132 (20.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$29,026
Need-Based Gift
Received by 630 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $23,634
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 584 (92.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,016
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 98 (15.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
120 (15.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,429

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
84%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$36,299
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Education, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, International Students, Out-of-State Students, Religious Affiliation, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Banking and Financial Support Services
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Education, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
81
Part-Time Faculty
35
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
56%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 39% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 37% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 59% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
296,218
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Education, Master of Science in Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education--General
  • English as a Second Language

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Storm Lake Population
10,790
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
60 acres

Weather

Temperature
7.7 average low in January, 82.1 average high in September
Rain
99 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Storm Lake
Nearest Train Station
120 mile(s) from campus in Council Bluffs

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
90% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
10%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Not available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
night security patrols

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Beaver
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, racquetball, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, student activities board, orientation team, esprit de corps, student senate, student mobilizing outreach and volunteer efforts
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
786
Women
386 (49.1%)
Men
400 (50.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
766
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
7.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.7% White
5.4% Unknown
International Students.
3.2% from 15 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
178

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
48.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
59.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
60.1%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Engineering 1%
Law 0.4%
Theology 0.4%
Arts and Sciences 5%
Medicine 6%
Veterinary Medicine 1%
Education 2%
Other 0.2%

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