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Founded in 1891, Buena Vista University offers 43 majors and 15 pre-professional programs that blend liberal arts with real-world applications, preparing students for lifelong success. Its quality academic programs, faculty, facilities, and technology result in 97 percent of BVU’s recent graduates being employed or enrolled in graduate/professional schools within six months of graduation, based on a 98 percent survey response rate. Generous merit and need-based financial aid programs, and support for academic travel, research, and internships, make BVU an affordable option for all students and, combined with its academic programs, has led U.S. News & World Report to rank BVU as the third best value school among Midwest Regional Colleges and to an A-rating from Standard & Poor’s.


Location:                    Storm Lake, Iowa

City Population:          10,775 (2012)

Total Enrollment:        899 (full-time undergraduate)

Average acceptance:

  • 20 ACT

  • 3.0 GPA

  • Top 1/2 of class

One of every three BVU students participates in intercollegiate athletics on 19 NCAA Division III teams.

Find out more about Buena Vista University here.