On Campus - Storm Lake

We’re reclaiming what it means to be rural on our lakeside campus in Storm Lake, Iowa. When you get to campus, you’ll be greeted by a 3,200-acre lake, university buildings, and green space overgrowing with possibilities. You’ll be challenged, supported, and built up in a community devoted to transforming Iowa through excellence and service to all. Come join the vision — and craft your future here.

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Living on Campus

Campus life = the good life. View your housing options and submit your housing application.

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Health and Wellness

From health services to physical fitness to on-campus counseling, we have you covered.

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Campus Dining

“How’s the food?” Spoiler: you’ll want seconds. See our meal plan options and check out the menu.

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Campus Safety

Walk around campus at any time of day or night without worry. BVU Campus Safety is here for you.

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A Great Place to Call Home

Buena Vista University can become your home away from home! Our Campus Security and Health Services staff will make you safe and welcome. Learn more about health and safety at BVU.

Storm Lake, Iowa

We’re proud to be a rural university in a growing community. The natural beauty of the lake along with the cultural diversity of those who live in Storm Lake makes attending BVU special. You’ll find a welcoming, safe, community here, with plenty of places to eat great food, shop local, and enjoy outdoor activities.

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Student Success

As an undergraduate student at Storm Lake, your success becomes our primary goal. It’s really that simple. We live to make your college journey meaningful — from exploration to graduation. We believe in you, so we make resources like one-on-one advisors and career preparation a part of your experience from day one.

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Getting Involved

More than 65 student organizations. More than 20 intercollegiate sports teams. Marching and pep band. Campus ministry. Esports, intramurals, and recreation. At BVU, it’s hard not to be plugged in. No matter your interest, you’ll find a community where you can belong in Storm Lake.

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Education for Service

It’s our school motto and part of every on-campus student’s experience. On Buenafication Day, we cancel classes and venture out into the local community for service projects. Education for Service scholars perform weekly volunteer service in the community and receive a full-tuition scholarship for their commitment.

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The Army Leadership Training Program at BVU prepares you to serve and offers a scholarship.

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Travel Opportunities

As a Beaver, you have the option to take courses in exciting places in the U.S. or abroad.

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Dean's Fellows

For students with ACT composite of 24-27 and 1 of the following: GPA 3.5 or top 20% class rank.

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Honors Institute

For students with the following: top 10% class rank, 3.75 GPA, and completed honors application.

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