Undergraduate Students

Whether you’re earning your degree on our Storm Lake Campus or through one of our locations in Iowa, or online — you will build something amazing with a BVU undergraduate degree.

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Undergraduate Degree Options

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On Campus

You will earn your degree on our main campus in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Hybrid Courses


Students meet virtually one evening each week via Zoom, with additional coursework online.

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You will earn your degree fully online and through virtual classes. 

On Campus

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How to Apply to BVU

  2. Fill out the online application
  3. Send your high school transcript to BVU
  4. Submit your official SAT or ACT score(requirement WAIVED for 2020-21)
  5. Send official college transcripts, from every institution you have attended, to BVU
  6. Talk to your BVU admissions counselor and schedule a visit. This can be done at any time!

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See Programs and MajorsON CAMPUS, HYBRID, ONLINE

Visit Campus

BVU is more than a university. As a student, BVU is your community and a home away from home. To truly experience what life is like here, you have to see for yourself.

If you are entering BVU in Fall 2021, make a virtual visit now and receive a $1,000 per year BVU scholarship!

Visit and together we can build a future worthy of your dreams.

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ACT, SAT Not Required for 2021

Test-Optional Admission

Buena Vista University will not require ACT or SAT exams for admission for the high school Class of 2021. BVU remains committed to a holistic application review process by highlighting academic success, including high school GPA, class rank, community service, and more.

If you have already taken the SAT or the ACT, you may report those scores for use in your application.


Affordable College

Ranked #4 Best Value School among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report 2020, BVU is committed to keeping college tuition affordable — that’s why 100% of our students who apply for financial aid receive it. So whatever you love, we’ll give you all the support you need to pursue it.

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Become a Beaver. Get an instant family by joining a sport at BVU. Nearly half of our students are involved in athletics — and it’s for good reason. There’s something to say for bonding with teammates on the field and on road trips near and far. Interested? Our coaches want to talk to YOU.

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No essay or application fee, and we accept on a rolling basis. Know if you’re accepted two weeks later. Fill out a housing application if you plan to live on campus.

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When you know, you know. $200 will secure your spot at BVU so you can begin planning all that you want to participate in and accomplish at college.

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Virtual Tour

Explore our picturesque 60-acre campus, located on the shores of Storm Lake in northwest Iowa. Discover the value and lifelong benefits of our liberal arts institution.

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Housing Application

We want to match you up with the best fit possible, so be honest! Just how late do you like to study, and which residence hall is your first choice?

Housing App

Hybrid & Online

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How to Apply to BVU (Hybrid and Online Students)

  1. Complete the Hybrid/Online Application. Apply >
  2. Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU.

    Send to:
    Buena Vista University
    610 West 4th St.
    Storm Lake, IA 50588

    Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester. 
  3. If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. When you file, be sure to use Buena Vista University's code: 001847.

Earn Your Degree Your Way

BVU’s hybrid and online learning options allow you to earn your degree without uprooting your life. You will earn the same high-quality, personalized education whether you study at one of our locations or completely online. These options empower students of all ages and life situations to earn a degree, advance their career, and pursue their dreams — all with the benefits of the supportive BVU community. 

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See Programs and MajorsONLINE, Hybrid

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Affordable College

We're committed to making high quality private education affordable for you. More than $14 million in institutional gift aid was awarded this year to our students and 75 percent of our financial aid is made up of grants and scholarships.

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The Hybrid Experience

Hybrid learning with one of our community college partners has its perks. Find out how you can get the BVU experience at a site location near you.

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No essay or application fee, and we accept on a rolling basis. Know if you’re accepted two weeks later.

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Iowa Community Colleges

Learn about our partnerships and how 100% of your IOCC credits transfer to BVU.

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There’s a BVU location near you. View our On Site locations throughout Iowa.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Find out how to apply for aid and see what grants and scholarships are available to you as an on-site or online student.

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Meet Your Admissions Counselors

Lisa Dano
Lisa Dano
Admissions Counselor
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Jasmine Demers
Senior Admissions Counselor
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Marque Edwards
Marque Edwards
Admissions Counselor
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Conner Ellinghuysen
Conner Ellinghuysen
Director of Admissions
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Abby Emanuel
Abby Emanuel
Admissions Counselor
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Allyssa Ertz
Allyssa Ertz
Admissions Counselor
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Samantha Kay
Admissions Counselor
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