BVU is a community of doers, cultivators, and creators who believe in transformative higher education. At BVU, we possess an innate instinct to build. It’s rooted in our identity as Beavers and in our belief that we can and should better the world around us. We are an institution forging new ways of learning and serving. We are committed to empowering our students and know that their work does not just stay in Storm Lake. Beavers carry it with them as they build throughout the region and across the globe.
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Full-time, on-campus students who applied for financial aid and received it.
2019 graduates who were employed or in grad school six months after graduation.
Student-faculty ratio, with an average class size range of 10-19 students.
On-campus students participating in intercollegiate sports, with more than 20 collegiate teams.
The Office of the President
Joshua D. Merchant, Ph.D., is the 18th president of Buena Vista University. Passionate about reclaiming rural higher education, President Merchant is committed to honoring BVU’s legacy and pushing the institution forward into a new era of excellence. Visit President Merchant’s page for a personal welcome, Strategic Plan, leadership profiles, awards, and more.
The History of our College
We’re proud of where we came from. Much has changed since our founding by the Presbyterian Church more than 125 years ago. However, our motto still rings true: "Education for Service." Find out how Buena Vista grew from modest beginnings to an impressive university campus on the shores of Storm Lake.
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