Getting Involved

What’s your thing? At BVU, there’s room to build in any area you choose. Athletics, activism, intramurals, leadership, service, spirituality, or anything in between — you’ll find a home base here. With so many opportunities to plug in, it will be easy to make college some of the best years of your life. Start here and go further than you ever imagined. 

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Not everything about college should be focused on preparing for a career. A comfortable atmosphere with loads of ways to explore new interests and existing passions is equally important.

Whichever activities you choose, getting involved at BVU will foster a sense of pride and success. Giving your time, your skills, and yourself can be just as rewarding as academic success. These are valuable experiences — experiences that enhance what you take from the classroom — and will cherish for a lifetime. 

Featured Activity: Esports

Buena Vista University has added esports to its roster of competitive teams and programs. Competing in our new Esports Arena and using a program model based on the National Association of Collegiate Esports, get ready for a dynamic and fun gaming experience!

Esports at BVU
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Student Organizations

Student organizations reign at BVU. Three out of every four students are involved in at least one. That’s not too surprising when you look at the dozens of organizations available, ranging from the Beaver Animal Rescue & Care, Anime and Gaming Society, Multicultural Engagement Leadership Team, Art and Design Club, BVTV Studios, and Robotics Club. If you’re interested in something that’s not yet a club, create it!

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Sydney panel

Beaver Student-Athletes

The best part of being a student-athlete at Buena Vista University are the opportunities available in the classroom and on the court, field, or track! Sydney tells her BVU story.

Intramurals and Recreation

Stay active, meet life-long friends, and explore new skills. BVU offers an incredible array of athletic and recreation activities for all students on campus. Borrow a canoe or paddle boat from our Outdoor Recreation House. Compete in dozens of intramural sports all year long. Go on trips with your fellow students — camping, fishing, skiing, and more.

Intramural playing volleyball by the beach

Marching and Pep Bands

Buena Vista University’s marching and pep band program allows you to participate in an intercollegiate athletic band experience like no other in the American Rivers Conference. Our lakeside football field and jam­-packed fieldhouse provide the game day experiences you’re looking for in college!

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