The national honors, presented by the Society for Collegiate Journalists, included nine first place awards across online, television and radio.Read More
First Year Students
It all begins here. With more than 90 majors, concentrations, track options, and minors to choose from, and backed by a caring community and TruePromise guarantee, you'll find your place.
Programs & Majors
- Biomedical Sciences
- Allied Health Sciences
- Chiropractic Medicine
- Medical Technology
- Mortuary Science
- Physical Therapy
- Physician's Assistant
- Sports Management
- Financial Decision Making
- Human Resource Management
- Communication Studies
- Computer Science
- Information Technology (IT)
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Data Science and Analytics
- Digital Media
- Digital Media Programming
- Music Production
- Engineering (pre-professional)
- Environmental Science
- Exercise Science
- Gender and Women's Studies (minor)
- Health Education/Exercise Science (minor)
- Law (pre-professional)
- Corporate Math
- Music Production & Technology
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Politics and Policy
- Legal Studies
- Social Work
- Strategic Public Relations
Life doesn't move in a straight line. That’s why our flexible, affordable degree completion program offers classes in 16 convenient locations. Our professors' real-world job experience and small class sizes will rev your engine.
- Arts Management - Theatre
- Business Administration
- Business Education with Teaching Licensure (5-12)
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Educational Studies
- Elementary Education
- English with Teaching Licensure (5-12)
- Finance and Banking
- Health Services Leadership
- History with Teaching Licensure (5-12)
Teaching Endorsements & Certifications
Educators, let BVU help you take your own students even higher. Our top-rated education programs include advanced degrees in special education, mental health counseling, and teaching English as a second language.
Master of Education
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Exceptional Student Services & Instruction (Special Education)
Master of Science in Education
- Master of Science in Education - Mental Health Counseling
- Master of Science in Education - Professional School Counseling
Master of Arts
Our online courses offer a convenient ladder into the job you want, without taking time away from your job and family. Whether you're considering a bachelor's in criminology or a graduate degree in special education, we'll get you one giant step closer to your goals.
Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs
Master's Degree Programs
- Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
- Master of Education - Exceptional Student Services and Instruction (Special Education)
Learn Without Compromise
At BVU, you'll see what it’s like to have a truly personal learning experience, whether you're a first-year or transfer student. Choose from more than 90 academic programs, and enjoy lots of one-on-one attention.
"No matter what goal I set, the BVU faculty is ready to help me every step of the way."
Meet our next President
Dr. Joshua D. Merchant will be the 18th president of Buena Vista University.
The BVU Board of Trustees has named Merchant as its new president, succeeding Frederick V. Moore, who is stepping down from the position after 22 years. He will assume the role of BVU president on July 1.Meet Dr. Merchant
The BVU Experience
No other college will take you further, embrace your talents, and amplify your strengths like Buena Vista University.Learn More
BVU's 16 locations in Iowa provide different class formats in more than 50 programs that fit into your daily life.Learn More
We may offer nearly 90 majors, minors, and other programs at BVU, but there are a few things we're just really good at.Learn More
OUR TRUE PROMISE
With BVU in their corner, nearly 100% of our Class of 2016 landed in a job or graduate school within six months after graduation. That's right, just about everyone. There aren't many sure bets in life, but a BVU degree keeps bucking that trend.Learn More
Life in Storm Lake
Stunning beauty surrounds our bustling campus. Need a respite from your busy schedule of student activities, sporting events, and engaging classes? Calm your mind with a canoe trip, relax on our lush lawn, or take a spin on your ice skates.
Buena Vista University's Class of 2017 Graduates
Seven hundred fifty-one students received their degrees from Buena Vista University during commencement ceremonies on May 27. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
Buenafication Day Provides 3,600 Hours of Service
Seventy-five BVU departments, student organizations, athletic teams and other groups volunteered at 50 locations throughout the Storm Lake and Alta communities.
Students Participate in Buena Vista University's Thirteenth Annual Scholars Day
This year's event featured 63 presentations from 120 students, exploring topics from across academic disciplines.
Let's Make it Happen
With an education that's affordable, practical, and personal, you can confidently flip the impossible into a reality. Whether your goals reach near or far, whether you're just starting out or reinventing it all from the ground up—we'll take the leap with you.
Alive with Beaver Spirit
Lifelong competitor? Total rookie? There's a place for you in the BVU athletics family. With student-athletes making up one-third of our student body, you'll either be competing or cheering for one of our 19 NCAA teams. We also offer intramural sports and fitness training options for athletes at any level.Explore Beaver athletics