Buena Vista University Rankings

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#5109 of 14,160In the World
#1342 of 2,624In North America
#1266 of 2,523In the United States
#20 of 39In Iowa

Quick Review

Religion
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Acceptance rate
57%
Average SAT
1020
Average ACT
22
Avg. cost to attend
$18,449 /y
Aid receiving
100%
Undergraduates
1,478
Graduates
337
Male:Female Ratio
32:68
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Master's degree

Buena Vista University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate57%55%59%
Applicants2,1011,0061,095
Admissions1,205557648
Freshmen enrolled full time230125105

104 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

893 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
28 or 12%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 930
or below

75% of them
had 1110
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Buena Vista University are 930-1110 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
205 or 89%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 19
or below

75% of them
had 25
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Buena Vista University are 19-25 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
College-preparatory program Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White1322 (73%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown262 (14%)
Hispanic115 (6%)
Black or African American40 (2%)
Two or more races31 (2%)
Nonresident Alien23 (1%)
Asian13 (0.7%)
American Indian or Alaska Native2 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Net average cost to attend
$18,449/year
Average aid awarded
$27,981
Students receiving aid
100%

Average costs by household income

<$30K$14,210
$30-48K$12,773
$48-75K$15,292
$75-110K$18,120
$110K+$24,816

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district$35,194$9,594
Tuition in-state$35,194$9,594
Tuition out-of-state$35,194$9,594

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity864
Combined charge for room and board$9,872
Room charge$4,941
Meal charge$4,931

Buena Vista University Majors

MajorBachelor'sMaster's
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other80
Elementary Education and Teaching58
Psychology, General47
Organizational Leadership1822
Accounting39
Business Administration and Management, General33
Human Resources Management & Personnel Administration, General30
Banking and Financial Support Services26
Counselor Education & School Counseling and Guidance Services25
Criminal Justice & Safety Studies20
Marketing & Marketing Management, General20
Education, General19
Counseling Psychology15
Biology & Biological Sciences, General14
Kinesiology and Exercise Science8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other8
English & Language Arts Teacher Education6
Sport and Fitness Administration & Management6
History Teacher Education6
Social Work6
Special Education and Teaching, General6
Environmental Science6
Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies6
History, General5
English Language and Literature, General5
Digital Communication and Media & Multimedia4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching4
Computer Systems Analysis & Analyst4
Curriculum and Instruction4
Education & Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs4
Biomedical Sciences, General3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other3
Information Technology3
Commercial and Advertising Art3
Education & Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities3
Biochemistry2
Social Science Teacher Education2
Spanish Language and Literature2
Public Relations & Image Management2
Pre-Law Studies2
Athletic Training & Trainer2
Business Teacher Education2
Fine & Studio Arts, General1
Music Performance, General1
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism1
Music Technology1
Spanish Language Teacher Education1
Biology Teacher Education1
Theatre & Theatre Arts Management1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects1
Political Science and Government, General1
Public Administration1
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language & ESL Language Instructor1
Grand Total52074
TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate60%60%60%
  • Full-time retention rate - 70%

Publications & Citations

Publications
121
Citations
2,054

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
50 / 352
Psychology
39 / 963
Medicine
22 / 293
Social Psychology
20 / 771
Sociology
15 / 99
Business
13 / 438
Computer Science
13 / 230
Child Psychology
8 / 154
Political Science
8 / 2
Art & Design
7 / 63
Biology
7 / 202
Economics
6 / 6
Mathematics
6 / 6
Law
6 / 6
Demography
5 / 117
Math Teachers
5 / 6
Gerontology
5 / 29
Education Majors
5 / 81
Marketing
5 / 293
Communications and Public Relations
4 / 34
Cognitive Science
4 / 31
Physics
4 / 156
Environmental Science
4 / 78
History
4 / 0
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
3 / 0
Advertising
3 / 203
Physical Therapy
3 / 127
Clinical Psychology
3 / 48
Management Information Systems
3 / 137
Political Economy
3 / 0
Virology
3 / 19
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
3 / 70
Gender Studies
3 / 6
Public Health
3 / 10
Chemistry
3 / 87
Engineering
3 / 27
Human Resource Management
3 / 5
Special Education
2 / 5
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
2 / 8
Nursing
2 / 24

Annual publication & citation counts

YearPublicationsCitations
199013
199101
199212
199323
199424
199526
1996610
1997014
1998532
1999213
2000132
2001140
2002128
2003145
2004136
2005124
2006431
2007446
2008362
2009772
2010477
2011397
20125125
20135148
20146123
20156144
20163137
20179119
20186117
20196155
20206169

Notable alumni

  1. Jim Fanning

    Photo
    Jim Fanning
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1927-2015 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    William James Fanning was an American-Canadian catcher, manager and front office executive in Major League Baseball. Often called "Gentleman Jim", Fanning was the first general manager of the Montreal Expos of the National League (appointed in August 1968), and served the Expos in a number of capacities for almost 25 years. As their field manager in 1981, he guided Montreal into the playoffs for the only time in the 36-year history of the franchise.

  2. Jesse Schmidt

    Photo
    Jesse Schmidt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Jesse Schmidt is a former arena football wide receiver.

  3. Dan Huseman

    Photo
    Dan Huseman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Daniel Adair Huseman is an American politician. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 1995. He was born in Cherokee and received his BA from Buena Vista College. Huseman announced in January 2020 that he would retire from the state house upon the conclusion of his thirteenth term in office.

  4. Nancy Boettger

    Photo
    Nancy Boettger
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Nancy Jane Boettger was the Iowa State Senator from the 9th District. A Republican, she served in the Iowa Senate since 1995. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Iowa State University in 1965 and a B.A. from Buena Vista College in Education in 1982.

  5. Greg Heartsill

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    Greg Heartsill
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Greg T. Heartsill is the Iowa State Representative from the 28th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2013. Heartsill has a degree in Computer programming from Indian Hills Community College and a degree in business from Buena Vista College.

  6. Stewart Iverson

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    Stewart Iverson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Stewart E. Iverson Jr. is a former Republican party member of the Iowa House of Representatives. He previously served in the Iowa State Senate from the 5th District, where he was majority leader from 1998 until 2006.

  7. Steve Kettering

    Photo
    Steve Kettering
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Steve Kettering is the Iowa State Senator from the 26th District. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 2003, when he won a special election to fill the vacancy left after Steve King was elected to Iowa's 5th congressional district. He got his B.A. from Buena Vista College and his master's degree from California State University, Long Beach.

  8. Royd Chambers

    Photo
    Royd Chambers
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Royd E. Chambers was the Iowa State Representative from the 5th District. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 through 2013.

  9. Russell Eddie

    Photo
    Russell Eddie
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Russell J. Eddie was an American politician in the state of Iowa.

General info

Alternative namesBVU
Founded1891
MottoBold vision, bright futures
Colorsnavy blue, gold
Academic CalendarFour-One-Four
Total FTE staff412
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields

Location and Contacts

Address610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, Iowa, 50588
United States
City population11,000
Phone7127492400
Fax+1 (712) 749 2037

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