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.
Undergraduate Degree Options
You will earn your degree on our main campus in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Students meet virtually one evening each week via Zoom, with additional coursework online.
You will earn your degree fully online and through virtual classes.
See What You Will Experience
At Buena Vista University, you won’t come here just to sit in a big lecture hall with hundreds of other students.
You’ll experience hands-on learning in state-of-the-art facilities, and you might even get paid to do it. That’s right, whether you’re into agriculture, marching band, esports, or more, you can find a scholarship that is fit for you.Discover our Experiences
How to Apply to BVU
- Complete our online application or the Common Application
- Send your high school transcript to BVU
Submit your official SAT or ACT score
(requirement WAIVED for 2021-22)
- Send official college transcripts, from every institution you have attended, to BVU
- Talk to your BVU admissions counselor and schedule a visit. This can be done at any time!
Ask a Student
Get real answers to your questions about academic programs and college life at Buena Vista University, directly from our students! Learn about the undergrad experience on our Storm Lake campus.Chat with a Student
Video of academics and activities: we’re devoted to your success from start to finish—because we’re Beavers, and Beavers build. Explore BVU Video
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 2022, 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.Schedule a Visit
See Programs and MajorsON CAMPUS, HYBRID, ONLINE
Ranked #3 Best Value School among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report 2021, 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.Tuition & Fees Scholarships & Financial Aid
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.Recruitment
Virtual Beaver Help Series
Wherever you are in the college search process, BVU is here to help you! Each help session in the Virtual Beaver Help Series will equip you with helpful tips to guide you on your journey. Upcoming Sessions
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.
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.
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.
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?
Online & Hybrid
How to Apply to BVU (Hybrid and Online Students)
- Complete the Online/Hybrid Application. Apply >
- Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU.
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.
- 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.Learn Hybrid Learn Online
See Programs and MajorsONLINE, Hybrid
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.Online and Hybrid Tuition & Fees Undergraduate Financial Aid
The next step to becoming a BVU student is to apply! There is no essay or application fee, and we accept on a rolling basis.
There’s a BVU location near you. Learn about our locations throughout Iowa.
Find out how to apply for aid and see what grants and scholarships are available to you as a hybrid or online student.
The FAFSA is your key to federal and state scholarships and financial aid. When you file, be sure to use Buena Vista University’s code: 001847. File the FAFSA
On Campus: Meet Your Counselors
We are dedicated to getting you the answers you need to help your students through the college search process. Take a look at a collection of resources for families and counselors.