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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What Type of Undergraduate Student Are You?

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On Campus

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

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On Site

You will earn your degree at a partner community college in Iowa.

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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 (optional for international applicants)
  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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Visit Campus

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

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.

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

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See Programs and MajorsON CAMPUS, ON SITE, ONLINE

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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.

Tuition and 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.

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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?

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On Site & Online

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How to Apply to BVU (On Site and Online Students)

  1. Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to request information and speak with a BVU advisor.
  2. Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester. 
  3. Complete the On Site/Online Application. Apply >
  4. If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov
  5. Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University.

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Earn Your Degree Your Way

BVU's location 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, On Site

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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 On Site Experience

Learning online with one of our community college partners has it's 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

Conner Ellinghuysen

Conner Ellinghuysen

On Campus

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Lisa Dano

Lisa Dano

On Campus

Meet Lisa
Marque Edwards

Marque Edwards

On Campus

Meet Marque
Abby Emanuel

Abby Emanuel

On Campus

Meet Abby
Samantha Kay

Samantha Kay

On Campus

Meet Samantha
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