Buena Vista University

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Buena Vista University (BVU) is private four-year higher education institution located on a 60-acre campus in Storm Lake, Iowa–just a stones through a way from the shores of Storm Lake, a beautiful 3,000 plus acre natural lake. The university was established in 1891 and is affiliate with the Presbyterian Church, although students from all religious backgrounds and faiths are welcome to attend. BVU offers a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts education complemented by a hands-on learning philosophy, internships and study abroad programs. The university has a nationally recognized faculty that has been awarded one of the most prestigious teaching awards in the nation, the George Wythe Award for Teaching Excellence. The student-to-faculty ratio at BVU is roughly 13 to 1 and students recieve personalized instruction and attention from their professors.

Buena Vista University’s main campus has an average annual enrollment of roughly 1,200 students and offers bachelor degree programs in 42 fields of study and academic disciplines. In addition to its main campus in Storm Lake, BVU has 15 graduate and professional studies centers throughout Iowa and an online campus that together serve an additional 1,400 students. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Buena Vista University among the top 20 Midwestern Comprehensive Colleges and 11th for academic excellence in the Midwestern Baccalaureate category.

General Information

Admission Office

610 West Fourth Street

Storm Lake, IA 50588

(712) 749-2235

(800) 383-9600

Fax: (712) 749-2037

[email protected]

Contact: Alan Coheley

Vice President, Enrollment Management
Main Address

610 West Fourth Street

Storm Lake, IA 50588

(712) 749-2400


Total undergrads: 968

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 274

Degree-seeking undergrads: 957

Graduate enrollment: 102


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 75%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Arts Management B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Organizational Communication B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Psychology Teacher Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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