Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, Iowa
Buena Vista University is dedicated to transforming students to succeed in both the academic and professional worlds through a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary liberal arts education.
Buena Vista University is located on the shores of Storm Lake, Iowa. Students can study education, business, biological sciences, and more. BVU also offers degree completion (at 16 locations throughout Iowa), online, and graduate programs to fit the busy schedule of working adults. A variety of scheduling options and class formats makes it easy to get a degree. BVU students earn an average scholarship of more than 50 percent off of tuition.
Get to know Buena Vista University
There are few better ways to express one’s intellectual curiosity than by going on an academic adventure to a brand-new part of the world. Through Buena Vista University’s study abroad program, students are able to travel to tens of countries across all seven continents. Regardless of their major, these students are bound to discover something new and valuable, complementing their studies with global perspectives.
While abroad, students are able to take first-rate classes, participate in internships, enact meaningful service projects, and even student teach. Buena Vista’s Study Abroad Coordinators work individually with each student in order to place them in the best possible program to fit their goals.
Every spring semester, BVU students have an entire month to delve deeply into a topic of study during the University’s January Interim program. Throughout the Interim, students have the chance to travel across the country or around the world for a month-long intensive to have an educational experience unlike any other.
Students are also able to stay on campus, taking highly involved courses that immerse them into a single subject. The January Interim is the perfect opportunity for BVU students to focus intensely on a single area of study, all while working very closely with their professors.
HONORS AND DEAN’S FELLOWS
Students who excel academically do not go unrecognized. Through the Honors Program and Dean’s Fellowship Program, BVU’s most tenacious students are rewarded for their hard work with both academic and financial advantages, including grant funding for research projects, exclusive courses, and priority course selection. Honors students form close relationships with their professors as they conduct research that spans across multiple semesters. Dean’s Fellows students are also honored with travel stipends and funds to pay for graduate school entrance exams and application fees. Students with these honors are often invited to exclusive events both on and off campus, reaping the benefits of their academic achievement with all the best intellectual opportunities.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 3%
White, non-Hispanic: 78%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 8%
In order to help students transition smoothly into the college lifestyle, BVU enrolls first-year students into University Seminar, a semester-long course that familiarizes students both to college-level coursework as well as their new peers. University Seminar directs its course materials around globally focused topics to reflect BVU’s value placed on a broad, worldly perspective. Easing into the rigor of college-level coursework, students complement their orientation experience with peer-building activities as well as a summer reading project. The shared exposure to new friends and new assignments makes each new BVU student feel more at home with others who understand them.
University Seminar ensures a solid foundation for future academic success. With the help of one-on-one advising, as well as upperclassmen who serve as peer mentors, students always have someone to turn to for both educational and social guidance.
Structured around the University’s three “Signature Skills”—problem solving, integrative learning, and effective communication—BVU’s general education program gives its students a well-rounded education that covers a whole range of disciplines. The general education’s “Foundations” and “Explorations” requirements encourage students to stretch out of their comfort zones, taking courses in mathematics, communication, the humanities, fine arts, science, business, and social science so that they may be prepared for any challenge that life may bring them. All academic careers conclude with a general education capstone, a final course that assesses each student’s ability to approach a subject from interdisciplinary perspectives.
THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) offers support to any student who may need it. With free tutoring and study-skills help, CAE staff work individually with students to supplement their academic experience. Whether students need additional support or want to utilize extra resources, CAE is the go-to spot for academic assistance.
- Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Financial Decision Making, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Management
- 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
STORM LAKE, IOWA
Located along the shores of the gorgeous Storm Lake, Buena Vista University welcomes its students into a safe, comfortable campus environment that is full of outlets for fun, adventure, and inspiration. Storm Lake can double as a spot for peaceful reflection as well as a site for incredibly fun outdoor recreation. BVU provides students with paddleboards, canoes, bikes, and more for all the adventure they crave.
In addition to the beautiful natural atmosphere of Storm Lake, students can get their fill of recreation through the small yet bustling town right next to campus. Places to shop, eat, and hang out are certainly not limited.
Three out of every four students are involved in some number of student organizations at Buena Vista University. Regardless of one’s extracurricular interests, each student is bound to find the community of friends that make BVU home. Studies show that the sense of fulfillment that students gain from recreational involvement encourages them to work harder and be more successful in their coursework. And through the many clubs that focus on such topics as activism, service, leadership, the arts, and athletics, every student is guaranteed a personally satisfying life at BVU.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 95%
The Center for Career and Personal Development aims to provide students a strong foundation for postgraduate success. Its staff are full of resources and connections to set students up with meaningful, hands-on opportunities that build résumé experience and improve their professional proficiency. Students in every major can work with a staff member to connect their academic interests to internships that may take place during the academic year, the summer, or the annual January Interim.
FOUR STEPS TO SUCCESS
The Center for Career and Personal Development divides its steps toward success by splitting up priorities throughout students’ four years at BVU. In the first year, students may work with the center in order to clarify their interests, goals, and choice of major. Sophomore year is dedicated to exploration, as students are encouraged to search near and far for all the relevant career opportunities they may want to pursue. Beginning the third year, students start to focus and hone in on their career goals, participating in internships and solidifying their job prospects in their desired area of expertise. And, finally, throughout their senior year, students may work with Career and Personal Development to begin their job or graduate school applications as well as participate in service programs that exemplify their leadership capabilities.
Leadership develops naturally in the hearts of those who serve. Buena Vista University’s Civic Engagement Office connects students to a range of service opportunities to direct their compassion out to the Storm Lake community and beyond. Throughout the annual Buenafication Day, classes are canceled in order to give everyone the chance to improve living conditions on campus or clean public areas throughout the town. Additionally, BVU’s Student MOVE (Mobilizing Outreach & Volunteer Efforts) provides all the resources necessary for a student group to organize service initiatives within their group’s membership. The leaders of Student MOVE help coordinate ways for individual clubs to pull in their friends for life-changing service.
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