Transfer Students

Every student at BVU has a personalized learning experience, with tailored paths that go beyond majors. Here, you’ll find something to get involved in, something to become a part of, and something that makes a difference. We know that there is a lot of hard work ahead of you, so we strive to make transferring as seamless as possible. That’s why 100 percent of your associate degree credits from our community college partners are transferable to BVU. 

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How to Transfer to BVU

  1. Complete our online application or the Common Application
  2. If you have fewer than 24 college credits: send your official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT scores (test scores are optional for international transfer students)
  3. Submit your official college transcripts from every institution you have attended to BVU

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  • Admission Requirements

    At BVU, we care about more than just how great of a test-taker you are. Beavers are defined by their strength and drive to better what’s around them, and we look for students who share this vision and motivation.  See below for further specifics about our selection criteria.

    Your Interests – Tell us about your high school experience. Did you have a job, volunteer around your hometown, or get involved in other activities that were important to you? All of the things that make you who you are, are important to us, too. So, tell us more!

    GPA – students earning a 3.0 cumulative GPA are given preference in admission; however, this is not a minimum requirement.

    ACT Score – students earning a 20 or above ACT score are given preference in admission; however, this is not a minimum requirement.

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Transfer Scholarships

These awards and grants are for transfer students who attend our Storm Lake campus on a full-time basis.

Transfer Scholarships


Ready to become a Beaver? Secure your spot with a $200 deposit.


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See What Credits Transfer

See which credits you’ve already taken will transfer to BVU. 


Personal Attention

Our academic advisors will walk you through the transfer process and map out your path to completion. 


Admissions Application

Get the most accurate info on credit transfer, grants, and tuition costs by submitting your application to BVU.


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Coming to BVU provided me with a direct path to dental school… with the class sizes, you get to know the professors, who are very friendly. You get to ask questions at any time.

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