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Study at Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University, also known as BVU, is located in Storm Lake, Iowa, United States. It was founded in the year 1891. It was initially known as Buena Vista College. The institute gained university status in 1995. The campus spreads over an area of approximately 60 acres. The university is divided into five degree-granting schools, which are:

  • Harold Walter Siebens School of Business
  • School of Communication and Art
  • School of Education and Exercise Science
  • School of Science
  • School of Social Science, Philosophy and Religion
BVU's athletic teams are nicknamed the Beavers. The men's teams participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling, football, cross country, and track and field. The women's teams are involved in basketball, cross country, track and field, soccer, golf, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Profile of Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA is home to Buena Vista. Storm Lake is a self-contained town. Students select the school partly because it is a Presbyterian Church (USA) school. Buena Vista is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from Buena Vista is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Students commonly pursue studies in business and management, therapy and Counselling, and security and law enforcement.

Buena Vista Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Buena Vista has 2, 548 enrolled students .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Buena Vista offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Buena Vista values student athletics, and belongs to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Buena Vista Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management255human resources, accounting, entrepreneurship, banking, marketing, MIS, business management, international business, . . .
Education and Teaching164elementary school teaching, school Counselling, history teaching, curriculum and instruction, English teaching, art education, math teaching, business teaching, . . .
Liberal Arts120interdisciplinary studies, English, history, sociology, political science, Spanish language, political science and government
Therapy and Counselling91psychology, psychology courses
Security and Law Enforcement66criminal justice and safety
Media27mass communication, communication and journalism, organizational communications
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy23sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Science17biology, chemistry, physics, biological and physical sciences
Family and Social Work11social work, public administration
Art Studies7art studies, arts management
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Mathematics4mathematics, math
Photography and Commercial Art3commercial art
Drama and Performing Arts3theater history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy and religious studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Music1various music studies, music performance

Contact: Buena Vista

Buena Vista University

610 W 4th St

Storm Lake, IA 50588

General Phone: (712) 749-2400


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