Merchant has worked in education for the past 19 years and has extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, external engagement, marketing and enrollment management.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
- 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 new 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.Read more
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.
Pre-Med InternshipsStudents Begin Rural Medicine Experience
During the URMED internship, students are introduced to a variety of clinical and healthcare practices at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and other area rural hospitals.
Digital Media Program Receives Grant$1 million gift upgrades the department’s media equipment.
The new equipment was installed in early fall and replaced the department’s University Cable Network (UCN) Studios’ analog television and video equipment with digital technology.
Student Attends International ConferenceDerek Simonsen was selected among only a handful to present research.
Simonsen began research for his presentation entitled "Evidence of DDT Resuspension Through Dredging of a Midwest Agricultural Lake System" in 2014 with the support of Dr. Melinda Coogan, associate professor of biology. "It was nice to see that several years of work finally paid off and that I got to be a part of this great experience," said Simonsen.
The Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award rewards business and science students who excel in their academic pursuits, and encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom.Read More
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