Buena Vista University

610 W 4th St, Storm Lake, IA 50588

School Details

Buena Vista University has a well developed distance education program that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, of which are maintained within the division of Graduate and Professional Studies.  


Online undergraduate programs vary in the number of credits required to completion, and include programs of study in: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, finance, general education, health services leadership, human services, management, marketing, organizational leadership, psychology, and public administration. Virtually-hosted graduate programs include studies in education, ranging from master’s programs in curriculum and instruction, and special education, to endorsements in talented and gifted, and English as a Second Language.

As an alternative distance education path, BVU maintains a cooperative agreement with the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC). Students can begin eLearning programs at the community college level and earn an associate’s degree that seamlessly transfers into BVU’s online bachelor’s degree programs.

The Graduate and Professional Studies division of BVU gears the classroom towards working professionals. Instruction is delivered in 8-week sessions, with an option to enroll in a distance education course or attend an on-campus course, two evenings per week. Students can choose from online or on campus to suit their schedules and preferences. Courses retain a low student-to-faculty ratio, and instructors provide interactive lessons and assignments in an effort to engage students. ELearning students have access to a number of BVU support services, some of which include: career services, advising, library resources, SMARTHINKING tutoring, internship services, and technical support.


Buena Vista was founded in Storm Lake, Iowa, by the Presbyterian Church in 1891. Today, the university is a four-year, private not-for-profit institution of higher education, and retains its affiliations with the Presbyterian Church. The university has expanded beyond its single campus in Storm Lake, and includes added physical campus locations in: Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Denison, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, Spirit Lake, LeMars, Marshalltown, Mason City, Newton, Ottumwa, and West Burlington. Buena Vista states the following mission: “We prepare students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional and co-curricular programs.”

Buena Vista University offers more than fifty associate’s degrees; more than 15 pre-professional degrees, including health sciences, pre-law, pre-theology, and pre-engineering degrees; in addition to twenty-one teaching certifications. Programs of study are housed in the following schools:

  • Harold Walter Siebens School of Business
  • School of Communication and Arts
  • School of Education and Exercise Science
  • School of Science
  • School of Social Science, Philosophy, and Religion

Students can apply for federal, state, and institutional aid. Grants and scholarships, include but are not limited to: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, Federal TEACH Grant, Iowa Tuition Grant, Iowa National Guard Educational Grants, Iowa Grants, along with university merit-based and academic awards. Students may also apply for federal and private student loans. BVU’s school code for completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is: 001847. Additionally, military personnel and veterans may qualify for added Veteran’s Benefits.


Buena Vista University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.





School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Presbyterian Church

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
  • Total Enrollments:
  • Adult Age Enrollments:
  • Percent Admitted:
  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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