From Enthusiasm to Eye-Opening Experience

Come to Storm Lake and experience the world—through exciting travel, classes that challenge and enrich you, and professors who are on your side.


Fiercely Focused

Elizabeth always knew biology was her thing, she just needed BVU to help bring it home. From a prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship to a Global Fellowship in Chile to a medical mission in Nicaragua to behind the scenes access at Mayo Clinic, her professors showed her there were no limits to how far she could go. It was when Elizabeth focused on giving her ferocious passion and smarts back to her community, that she realized the ultimate step was a career in rural medicine.

"My professors gave me the kind of personal attention undergraduates don’t get at other universities. They focused on my strengths and abilities so that I could concentrate on experiencing all the possibilities."

— Elizabeth Kim
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average student/faculty ratio


of the Class of 2017 employed or starting grad school within six months of graduation


traveled by our AWOL service students (so far)


Our Secret to Your Success

You won't just learn at BVU—you’ll do. Whether you aim to be a big city writer or a rural community doctor, our unique blend of guaranteed internships, fully-funded travel, and devoted professors will propel you to new heights.


Ask BVU graduates about their internship experiences, and they might tell you about how it changed their life. We're so committed to giving you an energizing, real-world experience that we promise every student one or more solid internship over their four years. The accelerated learning, networking, and career connections you’ll get on the job can't be beat.


You'll come out of BVU a citizen of the world, thanks to our generously funded, educational travel opportunities. Tackle an internship in New York City, or a research trip in South America. Want to volunteer with both heart and hands? Our popular A.W.O.L. spring break program invites you to serve far-flung communities in tangible ways. 

Beavers have journeyed to Antarctica, Tanzania, France, Japan, New Zealand, and much, much more, bringing their newfound wisdom back to Storm Lake and beyond. Where will you go?


Our professors' thirst for knowledge is powerful—and that includes getting to know you, too. Learning here is an active process. You'll work side-by-side with professors in the lab and collaborate with them in class. No vision is too big for them, either. Tell them where you see yourself, and they'll draw on their vast experience and network to get you there sooner rather than later.