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
Because Buena Vista University offers classes at the local community college for Graduate and professional sites (GPS) it has made it possible for me to continue my education beyond a 2 year degree. I am a non-traditional student (age 52) and so I am not as mobile for being able to move in order to attend classes on campus. The classes for the most part have been face-to-face which is what I prefer. I am more old school and therefor really don't care for the online classes. I have had to take a couple of online courses and it is difficult for me to grasp some of the material without the normal class discussion. Overall I have had a really great experience attending college classes with Buena Vista University. The instructors are knowledgeable and make the classes interesting as they are also very passionate about the subjects that they teach.
  • College Senior
  • 12 months ago
If I could do it over again I would not choose this school or would have transferred when I still had time. The professors are mediocre, the only programs that the school cares about are business, science, and education. The coaching staff and athletic administration have high turn over rates and don't care about their athletes as much as they should. The food is bad and not being able to live off campus for four years is absurd.
  • College Senior
  • Nov 16 2015
The application process was very easy, and the admissions helped me with whatever I needed help with!
  • College Junior
  • 10 months ago