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IPEDS ID: 153001
OPE ID: 00184700
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Buena Vista University
610 W 4th St, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
General information:  (712) 749-2400
Website:  www.bvu.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,973 (1,474 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Admissionswww.bvu.edu/admissions
Apply Onlinewww.bvu.edu/apply
Financial Aidwww.bvu.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid
Net Price Calculatorwww.bvu.edu/admissions/financial-assistance/calculator
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veterans
Disability Serviceswww.bvu.edu/bv/cae/disability-services
Athletic Graduation Rates
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
ROTC (Army)
Study abroad
Undergraduate research (co-curricula)
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
5.00%
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
For-credit instruction programs offered
Academic
Noncredit education offered
Institution does not offer noncredit education
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty60199
Instructional59199
Research and public service10
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Tuition and fees$35,194$36,426$37,518$38,6443.0%
Books and supplies$999$1,190$1,146$1,126-1.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,872$9,537$10,370$10,6803.0%
Other$2,310$2,420$2,762$2,449-11.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,973$7,244$7,645$8,1346.4%
Other$6,251$6,493$6,853$7,2906.4%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,235$4,356$4,428$4,4520.5%
Total Expenses2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
On Campus$48,375$49,573$51,796$52,8992.1%
Off Campus$49,417$51,353$53,162$55,1943.8%
Off Campus with Family$40,428$41,972$43,092$44,2222.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2022-2023
Tuition$9,936
Fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Does not participate in Promise program
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2021-2022
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid1237100%————
Grant or scholarship aid237100%$7,987,584$33,703
Federal grants14963%$912,511$6,124
Pell grants9540%$467,839$4,925
Other federal grants14963%$444,672$2,984
State/local government grant or scholarships8938%$633,048$7,113
Institutional grants or scholarships237100%$6,442,025$27,182
Student loan aid18076%$1,355,206$7,529
Federal student loans17976%$983,504$5,494
Other student loans3916%$371,702$9,531
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Degree/certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid11,33892%$27,448,774$20,515
Pell grants66946%$3,197,241$4,779
Federal student loans1,08074%$7,717,727$7,146
Non-degree/non-certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid11833%$66,887$3,716
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2019-20202020-20212021-2022
Average net price$18,300$18,532$19,204
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2019-20202020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$13,483$14,607$13,155
$30,001 – $48,000$14,348$15,178$14,412
$48,001 – $75,000$15,581$15,732$16,957
$75,001 – $110,000$18,909$18,423$20,878
$110,001 and more$25,217$23,968$22,491
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students awarded federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2022
Total enrollment1,973
Undergraduate enrollment1,474
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment200
Graduate enrollment499
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 35%
Female: 65%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 78%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
U.S. Nonresident: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 69%
25 and over: 31%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 58%
Out-of-state: 41%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 39%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 53%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 2%
Part-time: 98%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 82%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 6%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2022
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants1,562795724
Percent admitted77%78%78%
Percent admitted who enrolled20%20%19%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequired to be consideredNot required, but consideredNot considered
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Work experienceX
Personal statement or essayX
Legacy statusNot applicableX
Admission test scoresRequired to be consideredNot required, but considered (Test Optional)Not considered (Test Blind)
SAT / ACTX
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
English Proficiency TestX
Test Scores: Fall 2022 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT73%
ACT13457%
Test Scores25th Percentile*50th Percentile** (median)75th Percentile***
NOTES:
*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing480500570
SAT Math450520560
ACT Composite202224
ACT English182123
ACT Math182225
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission. If an institution reports less than 5 students for any of the test scores, percentiles are not reported.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 76%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without completing at the current institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 50 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 58%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2014]
4-year: 56%
6-year: 62%
8-year: 63%
[Began in Fall 2016]
4-year: 48%
6-year: 58%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2014 or Fall 2016
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 47%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic/Latino: 67%
White: 66%
Two or more races: 38%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
U.S. Nonresident: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2014-15
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 60%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 57%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 61%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 27%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2014-15
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 62%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 62%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 13%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 62%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 16%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2014-15
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 34%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 15%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 34%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 31%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2021-2022
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMaster
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations6-
Agriculture, General3-
Animal Sciences, General1-
Soil Science and Agronomy, General1-
Category total11-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General7-
Biomedical Sciences, General8-
Category total15-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting34-
Banking and Financial Support Services15-
Business Administration and Management, General32-
Business/Commerce, General0-
Business/Managerial Economics0-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies0-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General0-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General15-
Organizational Leadership18d26d
Category total114d26d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication Management and Strategic Communications6-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other0-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia8-
Public Relations/Image Management0-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric2-
Category total16-
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects3-
Category total3-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, Other1-
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst1-
Information Technology4-
Category total6-
Education
Art Teacher Education1-
Biology Teacher Education1-
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education0-
Chemistry Teacher Education0-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-45
Curriculum and Instruction-38d
Education, General4-
Education, Other0-
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs-6d
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities-10d
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented-5d
Educational/Instructional Technology-10d
Elementary Education and Teaching85-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education6-
History Teacher Education7-
Mathematics Teacher Education1-
Music Teacher Education2-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching4-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0-
Secondary Education and Teaching0-
Social Science Teacher Education0-
Social Studies Teacher Education0-
Spanish Language Teacher Education0-
Special Education and Teaching, General4-
Special Education and Teaching, Other-0d
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-13d
Category total115127d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General4-
Category total4-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature0-
Category total0-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Art Therapy/Therapist0-
Athletic Training/Trainer0-
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies5-
Category total5-
History
History, General3-
Category total3-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies15-
Category total15-
Legal Professions and Studies
Pre-Law Studies1-
Category total1-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies1d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other7d-
Category total8d-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General0-
Mathematics, Other1-
Category total1-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other5-
Category total5-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science3-
Category total3-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Exercise Science and Kinesiology5-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management6-
Category total11-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General0-
Physics, General0-
Category total0-
Psychology
Counseling Psychology-11
Psychology, General27-
Category total2711
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General44d-
Public Administration0-
Social Work5-
Category total49d-
Social Sciences
Criminology4-
Political Science and Government, General1-
Category total5-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General0-
Commercial and Advertising Art0-
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other3-
Fine and Studio Arts Management1-
Fine/Studio Arts, General0-
Graphic Design2-
Music Management0-
Music Performance, General0-
Music Technology0-
Category total6-
Grand total423164
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Member of Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2021-2022
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 20
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 7
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $10,339
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,964
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 67%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
Athletics Participation
  • Sanction Body: NCAA Division III with football
Varsity Men's and Women's TeamsMenWomen
All Track Combined5357
Baseball45
Basketball2517
Football53
Golf104
Soccer2718
Softball19
Tennis710
Volleyball16
Wrestling22
Other Sports18
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited since (01/01/1952)08/31/2031
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/115728.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape022
d. Fondling221
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary744
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence211
c. Stalking900
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations7102
c. Liquor law violations410
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.121
b. Drug abuse violations91720
c. Liquor law violations276253
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape022
d. Fondling221
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary533
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence211
c. Stalking800
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations260
c. Liquor law violations200
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.111
b. Drug abuse violations81718
c. Liquor law violations256053
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year202020192018
Default rate0.0%0.6%4.1%
Number in default0541
Number in repayment774822998
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)