Dean's Fellows

Take your academic experience to the next level with this unique series of intellectual, social, and cultural programs. Travel opportunities and a faculty mentor will enhance your leadership abilities.

The Dean's Fellows Program is an opportunity for students who meet the academic criteria to enjoy additional academic and social benefits while attending Buena Vista University. Besides all of the perks, simply being recognized as a Dean's Fellow carries high prestige that goes beyond BVU.

The Dean's Fellows designation is renewable for all four years as long as the student maintains a cumulative GPA above a 3.3. Students must also be engaged citizens in the program and participate in campus life and activities.

“The Dean's Fellows belong to something special – a program for exceptional students that offers opportunities for travel, educational events, and activities uniquely tailored to their interests and needs.”

Dr. Laura Bernhardt, Dean’s Fellows and Honors Program coordinator


Only students who attend Buena Vista University right out of high school can become Dean's Fellows. You must meet two of the three criteria in order to be considered:

  • 26 ACT or higher
  • High school rank in top 10 percent
  • 3.5 grade point average


  • Special invitations to on-campus and off-campus activities or events for Dean’s Fellows only, including school visits, luncheons, study sessions and field trips.
  • A $200 stipend for academic enrichment experiences such as graduate school entrance exams, graduate school application fees, attending conferences, and/or internship experiences.
  • $1,500 travel stipend to be used for credit-bearing travel experience of your choosing.

Travel Opportunities

A valuable global experience

Dean's Fellows receive a $1,500 travel stipend to be used for credit-bearing travel experience of their choosing. A few of the many locations include:

    • China
    • Costa Rica
    • France
    • Russia
    • South Africa

“The Dean's Fellows program is one of the outstanding groups that I was fortunate enough to be a part of. The adventures of the Dean’s Fellows program not only enhances one's growth as an individual, but also allocates enjoyable experiences that add to one's journey as a member of the BVU family.”

Makensie Brown, communications specialist at Ignacianos Por Haití