What College Should Be

Get an award-winning education in a supportive environment. A degree from Buena Vista University is an unmatched investment in you. As a community, we’re devoted to your success from start to finish–because we believe in what our students can become.

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Learning Made Personal

At BVU, you’ll have a personalized learning experience, whether you’re a freshman, transfer student, graduate student, or completing your bachelor’s degree. Undecided on a major? Start out in our one-of-a-kind Exploratory Program and find your passion with the guidance of our dedicated staff.

Your Way Forward

Finish Your Bachelor's Degree

BVU makes degree completion seamless, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve been in college. Take classes online or at one of our sites across Iowa with a combination of face-to-face and online formats.

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You Can Afford College

A Life-Changing Investment

Our Financial Assistance staff is committed to making college affordable. The majority of BVU students receive financial aid, with many receiving grants or merit-based scholarships as well. Learn More About Financial Assistance or see Tuition and Costs.

Ranked a Best Value – Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Advance Your Career

Graduate Degrees that Go Beyond

Our online and hybrid programs help you achieve your professional goals with minimal interruption to your life. You will learn from faculty who care and gain the expertise you need to be an expert in your field.

Impacting Iowa's rural revival

Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

The Donald F. and Charlene K. Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship is a place where new businesses will grow as jobs are created. Through the Center, new businesses will launch, jobs will be created, individuals will be empowered to define their future, and the ethical business leaders of tomorrow will be educated.

Storm Lake Down Town


Thank you for your Giving Tuesday support!

On Dec. 3, the Beaver community supported Buena Vista University on Giving Tuesday. We surpassed our goal of 200 supporters, who gave more than $20,000 for BVU athletics, bands, and other vital student resources. We are amazed and humbled by your participation in this special day.

If you missed out, it's not too late!

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Happening At BVU

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BVU Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion Week

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BVU Senior ‘Shreds’ With First Album

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BVU Hosts Activities for Special Olympics Athletes

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Olivia Wieseler

BVU Senior Named National Student Journalist of the Year

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See Campus for Yourself

Beaver Visit Grant

High school seniors and college transfer students: receive a $1,000 per year award when you make an official BVU visit to our Storm Lake campus before March 31, 2020.

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