Buena Vista University

Key majors offered
Art / Fine Art
Computer Science
Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Student Population Offers CLA
Available for Undergraduate Rural Yes 2300 (Total) Yes
Degrees Offered Public/Private Institution Type Student Body Student Population
Bachelor Private Master: Colleges and Universities Co-educational 80 (International)

Yearly Costs / ELS Level

Living Expenses
Degree Tuition Fees Housing ** Meals OtherExpenses I 20/Visa* (Total Required Funds) ELS
Bachelor $$$$ $ $ $ $ $$$$ 112
 I-20/Visa costs include Tuition, Housing, Meals and all other fees in USD
Housing cost may include meals and other expenses to equal Living Expenses


Buena Vista University (BVU) is a regionally acclaimed university that relentlessly focuses on learning through innovative and imaginative programs. For over 125 years, BVU has been committed to providing an outstanding educational experience to students seeking a quality private education. Buena Vista University is dedicated to a philosophy of hands-on learning, personalized mentoring (with a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1), and providing educational experiences - on campus and abroad -that prepare students for lifelong success. Faculty, staff and students set and meet the highest standards of academic achievement, character, conscience and compassion. BVU opens the door to the best graduate schools and career opportunities. Graduates of BVU emerge informed, confident and with competitive advantage that enables them to succeed in a global society. BVU offers approximately 40 undergraduate majors and programs in business, education, science, social science, arts and communications. In addition, master's programs are offered primarily in the field of education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as well as specialized accreditations in education, social work and athletic training. Storm Lake is an accessible town whether one has a car or not. The downtown shopping area is within walking distance of campus. The town boasts a movie theatre, multiple grocery stores, an abundance of ethnic restaurants and other important amenities. The campus and the town rest on the shores of the lake which provides year-round recreational activities. Average low temperature (winter): 15°F / -9°C Average high temperature (summer): 80°F / 26°C


BVU is a residential campus. All students are required to live on campus and participate in the campus meal plan. The majority of international students are housed with native English speaking students who have requested an international student roommate. BVU offers a variety housing options, Men's Residences, Women's Residences and Co-ed Residences. To learn more about living arrangements on campus, please visit

Student life

Located in the northwest Iowa community of Storm Lake - an attractive, professional community of approximately 11,000 people - BVU provides a safe, welcoming environment that enjoys all four seasons. Scenic parks line the lake, providing a picturesque setting for study and a variety of outdoor activities. At BVU, you'll find a friendly community where there are as many things to do as students can dream up - concerts, comedy nights, lecture series, cultural events, dances, art exhibits, picnics and fairs, tournaments of all kinds (frisbee golf, bingo, pool and mud volleyball) outdoor adventure excursions and trips into Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa and other locations in the area.
International Club
This student organization is one of the most active on campus. The International Club promotes international friendship and awareness about world cultures throughout the university and the community.