First-Year Experience

Welcome to Buena Vista University—your new home! No matter your interests, BVU has what you’re looking for, and now is your first opportunity to make your college experience everything you want it to be. Let’s get started!

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At BVU, we go beyond summer orientation to make sure you’re on the right track. Once you’ve named BVU as your new home, we provide opportunities for you to make BVU campus connections, meet resourceful faculty and staff, create an overall sense of well-being, and enhance your academic success. From recent graduates to the President, everyone will encourage you to connect with other students during class and on the weekends, join in on traditions, and get involved in clubs and organizations right away.

Our campus community is built around making sure students succeed while they pursue their academic and professional dreams. Just remember—We’re here to help you every step of the way. Your first-year experience begins now. 

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Becoming a Beaver

On the road to BVU

From making your deposit to meeting your roommate and registering for courses, there are a few required steps to take in an effort to ensure you’re off to a great start at BVU. 

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Your First Weeks on Campus

Where it all begins! 

Your first week in Storm Lake will be one of the most memorable, fun times of your life. You’ll be invited to a concert just for BVU students, meet new friends, and begin your academic adventure shared with dozens of other first-year students. 

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Life as a Beaver

We’re with you all the way 

Lakeside living at Buena Vista University is like that of no other. Academic assistance from the Center for Academic Excellence and Career and Personal Development combined with programming by the Student Activities Board means new students have all the resources they need to balance (and enjoy!) school and life. 

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Upcoming Events

There’s never a dull moment at BVU 

Now is the official beginning of your experience as a Beaver! We couldn’t be more excited to welcome new students to campus each year, where you’ll have opportunities to meet new and returning students, faculty, and staff at a variety of campus event. You won’t want to miss out!

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