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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:  1,846 (1,619 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
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).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2018Full timePart time
Total faculty82334
Instructional81334
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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees$31,318$32,210$32,854$34,0043.5%
Books and supplies$885$999$999$9990.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,046$9,304$9,490$9,5380.5%
Other$2,342$2,275$2,276$2,267-0.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$5,512$6,372$6,325$6,6495.1%
Other$6,215$5,495$5,609$5,9626.3%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,167$4,127$4,128$4,1510.6%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
On Campus$43,591$44,788$45,619$46,8082.6%
Off Campus$43,930$45,076$45,787$47,6144.0%
Off Campus with Family$36,370$37,336$37,981$39,1543.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Tuition$9,594
Fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1202100%————
Grant or scholarship aid20199%$4,979,121$24,772
Federal grants9145%$509,016$5,594
Pell grants9145%$434,289$4,772
Other federal grants7336%$74,727$1,024
State/local government grant or scholarships8140%$473,069$5,840
Institutional grants or scholarships20199%$3,997,036$19,886
Student loan aid17385%$1,373,962$7,942
Federal student loans17285%$1,093,761$6,359
Other student loans3919%$280,201$7,185
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,545$21,810,204$14,117
Pell grants876$3,901,932$4,454
Federal student loans1,377$10,621,553$7,714
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, 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.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$21,476$20,016$20,580
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$16,041$14,943$15,313
$30,001 – $48,000$16,621$16,595$15,563
$48,001 – $75,000$17,543$17,797$18,506
$75,001 – $110,000$21,593$19,632$22,124
$110,001 and more$25,285$24,099$26,302
  • 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 who received 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 2018
Total enrollment1,846
Undergraduate enrollment1,619
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment210
Graduate enrollment227
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 86%
Part-time: 14%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: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 74%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 13%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 62%
25 and over: 38%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 63%
Out-of-state: 35%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 5%
Part-time: 95%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 46%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 48%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 67%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 33%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants2,0551,158897
Percent admitted57%64%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled17%14%22%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2018 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT2914%
ACT17688%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing450580
SAT Math470560
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1824
ACT Math1825
  • TOEFL is only required for international applicants whose language of instruction in school was not in English.
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: 60%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018
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.

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, 47 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2018.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 54%
(*) 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 2010]
4-year: 44%
6-year: 53%
8-year: 53%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 46%
6-year: 54%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
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: 49%
Female: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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: 67%
Black or African American: 100%
Hispanic/Latino: 67%
White: 51%
Two or more races: 50%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 67%
Non-resident alien: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 53%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 39%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 43%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 60%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 36%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 100%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 65%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 15%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 65%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 15%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 65%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 16%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 41%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 56%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 20%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 38%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 32%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
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.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry1-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General13-
Category total14-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting44d-
Banking and Financial Support Services8d-
Business Administration and Management, General41d-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other0-
Business/Commerce, General0d-
Business/Managerial Economics0-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies17d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General23-
International Business/Trade/Commerce0-
Management Information Systems and Services, Other0-
Management Information Systems, General0-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General25d-
Organizational Leadership28d6d
Category total186d6d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other7-
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia9-
Mass Communication/Media Studies0-
Organizational Communication, General0-
Public Relations/Image Management1-
Category total17-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, Other0-
Computer Science0-
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst5-
Information Technology2-
Category total7-
Education
Art Teacher Education0-
Biology Teacher Education0-
Business Teacher Education2-
Chemistry Teacher Education1-
Computer Teacher Education0-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-36
Curriculum and Instruction-18d
Education, General13-
Education, Other0-
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs-4d
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities-1d
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented-1d
Elementary Education and Teaching79-
English/Language Arts Teacher Education6-
History Teacher Education9-
Mathematics Teacher Education2-
Music Teacher Education3-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching2-
Psychology Teacher Education0-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0-
Secondary Education and Teaching0-
Social Science Teacher Education0-
Social Studies Teacher Education0-
Spanish Language Teacher Education2-
Special Education and Teaching, General1-
Special Education and Teaching, Other-1d
Speech Teacher Education0-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-1d
Category total12062d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General9-
Category total9-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature2-
Category total2-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer6-
Category total6-
History
History, General9-
Category total9-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies32d-
Category total32d-
Legal Professions and Studies
Pre-Law Studies1-
Category total1-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies2d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other7d-
Category total9d-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General1-
Mathematics, Other0-
Category total1-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other97d-
Category total97d-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science7-
Category total7-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science8-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management4d-
Category total12d-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other1-
Category total1-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General2-
Physics, General0-
Category total2-
Psychology
Counseling Psychology-11
Psychology, General52d-
Psychology, Other0-
Category total52d11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration0-
Social Work4-
Category total4-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General0-
Political Science and Government, Other0-
Sociology0-
Category total0-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General1-
Commercial and Advertising Art3-
Fine and Studio Arts Management0-
Music Management0-
Music Performance, General1-
Music Technology1-
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism1-
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management0-
Category total7-
Grand total59579
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
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 46
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 2
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $9,953
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
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
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined4343
Baseball42
Basketball2115
Football80
Golf116
Soccer3925
Softball19
Tennis97
Volleyball14
Wrestling24
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited since (01/01/1952)08/31/2021
  • 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.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations552
Liquor law violations010
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations502
Liquor law violations010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape363
Fondling004
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault130
Burglary1567
Motor vehicle theft001
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape353
Fondling003
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault020
Burglary1557
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • 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.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201620152014
Default rate5.4%7.7%7.8%
Number in default548891
Number in repayment9951,1301,161
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)