Buena Vista University

293 reviews
  1. Storm Lake, IA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Buena Vista University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Presbyterian
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Website

Buena Vista University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
68%
SAT Range
830-995
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$19,264/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,926/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,267/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,379/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,135/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,819/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,750Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
34%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    50%
  • Determined
    33%
  • Competitive
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Inviting
    46%
  • Educatioanl opportunities
    31%
  • Educational Opportunities and Money, Money, Money
    15%
  • Money, money, money
    8%

After Buena Vista University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses

Reviews

293 reviews
  • Excellent
    42
  • Very Good
    120
  • Average
    110
  • Poor
    15
  • Terrible
    6
There is always something to eat. the chefs and servers are friendly and eager to answer any questions about the food. The staff is also willing to modify meals for any student that may have food allergies. There is always a main course, such as chicken or varies styles, beef, pork, fish fried or grilled, taco nights, wing nights, steak nights, and many others. one of the best things about the campus dining is they take the students thoughts and ideas into consideration. one of my friends suggested they should have hard boiled eggs more often for lunch. the entire next week my friend had hard boiled eggs! Or the special sauce of ranch and hot sauce mixed that a lot of the students were doing the staff noticed and not too much longer they made a bottle of the mixture for a much easier way for the students to get to. They always have food for the different cultures that are on campus as well.
  • College Sophomore
  • Dec 28 2013
Diverse, but Not – Our campus has tons of diversity within all of the students, but as far as physical diversity? Well majority of the students are from small towns or are from Iowa. We do have international students come here to stay for 2-4yrs and we have some who only stay for a semester, or two, in order to fulfill their school requirements back in their home country. We do have an organization for diverse students, anyone is welcomed!
  • College Junior
  • June 16 2012
I believe that the most important criteria for entering any university is a good academic history for both grades and attendance. The process of entering the Human Services program was a smooth transition from the community college to the university. Our community college works with several universities with a program to help more students, especially the non-traditional one to complete their general credits at the community college and accept their Associate Degree as completion of the general education requirements for most bachelor degree programs.
  • College Junior
  • June 24 2014