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Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

Buena Vista University offers an incredible selection of academic and co-curricular opportunities that will help you develop as a whole person. What you will see, hear, do and feel during your four years on BVU’s campus will create one of the most memorable journeys you will have in your lifetime.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
864 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
48% male — 52% female
28% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
76 full-time faculty
30 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
99% of first year students live on campus
90% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

78% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 YEAR GRADUATION RATE 2015

50.18% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015

Nonresident aliens 8%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 2%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%

Academic Programs

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Financial Decision Making, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Management, Data Analytics

Education: Education Studies, Elementary Education (K-6), Physical Education and Coaching (K-12), Secondary Education, Special Education

Secondary Education Certifications: Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science/Mathematics, English, Health, History, Journalism, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music K-12, Music—Instrumental and Vocal, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education

Teaching Endorsements: Coaching Authorization K-12, Middle School 5-8, Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten, Reading 5-12, Reading K-8, Special Education (Instructional Strategist I: Mid/Moderate K-8, Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate 5-12), Teaching English as a Second Language

Science: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science (Information Technology, Mathematics, Systems), Corporate Math, Data Analytics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics

Pre-Health Programs: Allied Health Sciences, Chiropractic Medicine, Dentistry, Medical Technology, Medicine, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Pre-Mortuary Science, Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law Communication and Arts: Animation, Art, Arts Management, Communication Studies, Digital Media (Audio, Business, Communication, Design, Digital Media Programming, Journalism, Performance, Video, Web), English, Graphic Design, Music (Instrumental and Vocal), Music Production, Pre-Art Therapy, Scientific Illustration, Spanish, Theatre

Social Sciences: Criminology and Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Strategic Public Relations

Athletic Training and Human Performance: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Human Performance

ACTIVITIES OFFERED

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine  X 
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera  
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X
Yearbook  

COMMON CORE

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History  
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy  
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

 

Other: Oral Communications
***History and Computer Literacy are also offered, but not required 

CLASS SIZE BREAKDOWN

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 113 85 72 14 1 2 0 287

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

ADMISSIONS

ADMISSIONS FALL 2015

1,372 Total Applicants
934 Total Admissions
223 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
68.08% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

ADMISSIONS FACTORS

Very Important
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Recommendation(s)

Important
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities

Considered
Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Interview
Talent/ability
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading    
SAT Math    
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 18 24
ACT English 19 24
ACT Writing    

TUITION AND COSTS

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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-17

Expenses  
Tuition $32,210
   
Room and Board (on campus) $9,304
Estimated Total On Campus $41,514

Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 estimated

$29,351 First year students
$21,958 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 estimated

83% on average, the percentage of need that was met
23% of financial need students that had need fully met

$21,958 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,333 Average need-based loan

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