How much does Buena Vista University cost?

Buena Vista University Cost of Attendance
In-state $36,426
Out-of-state $36,426
On-Campus Room and Board $9,538
Off-Campus Room and Board $5,512
Average Annual Cost $20,580
Average Cost by Family Income
Family Income Average Cost
Under $30,000 $15,313
$30,000-$48,000 $15,563
$48,000-$75,000 $18,506
$75,000-$110,000 $22,124
Over $110,000 $26,302

Buena Vista University Financial Aid and Debt


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Financial Aid Breakdown for Full-time Incoming Freshman

Aid Type % Receiving Average Amount
Grant or scholarship aid 100% $14,117
Federal Grants 45% $5,594
Pell grants 45% $4,454
Other federal grants 36% $1,024
State/local goverment grant or scholarships 40% $5,840
Institutional grants or scholarships 99% $19,886
Student loan aid 85% $7,942
Federal student loans 85% $7,714
Other student loans 19% $7,185

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Micro-scholarships* Colleges Awarding Amount
Have perfect attendance for a year 222 Up to $2,000
Do community service 312 Up to $500
Play a sport 156 Up to $1,500
Take a challenging class 322 Up to $3,000
Do an extracurricular activity 309 Up to $3,000
Have work experience 212 Up to $12,000
Visit a college campus 308 Up to $8,500
Take a foreign language class 195 Up to $5,000
Attend a summer program 156 Up to $4,500

*GPA and other eligibility restrictions may apply

Buena Vista University Admissions

What is Buena Vista University's admissions rate?
Acceptance Rate 57%
Average GPA 3.4
SAT Submissions 14% of applicants
SAT Reading 450-580
SAT Math 470-560
SAT Writing
ACT Submissions 88% of applicants
Composite Score 19-24

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Buena Vista University Campus Life


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Student Population

Campus Life
Total undergraduates 1847
Living on campus
Transfer Students 100%
Under Age 25
Gender Balance

Student Diversity

Diversity Index: Chance you’ll bump into a diverse range of students
Hispanic or Latino
Black or African American
American Indian or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Buena Vista University Graduation Success

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About Buena Vista University

BVU is a community of doers, cultivators, and creators who believe in transformative higher education. At BVU, we possess an innate instinct to build. It’s rooted in our identity as Beavers and in our belief that we can and should better the world around us. We are an institution forging new ways of learning and serving. We are committed to empowering our students and know that their work does not just stay in Storm Lake. Beavers carry it with them as they build throughout the region and across the globe.


610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, IA

Type Private
Profit Status not-for-profit
Category Baccalaureate Colleges
Setting Remote Town
* Financial aid is only available for those who qualify