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Buena Vista University – Tuition & Success Analysis

Storm Lake, IA

Buena Vista University – Snapshot


Four-Year Private University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,785

Average annual cost of attendance: $20,177

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $24,748

Campus Setting: Town

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)

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Buena Vista University Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $16,041

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $16,621

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $17,543

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $21,593

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $25,285


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by Buena Vista University. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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Buena Vista University Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 52%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 75%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $40,000

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 71%

Buena Vista University Admissions

Buena Vista University Acceptance Rate: 64%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 440 to 490

SAT Critical Reading: 400 to 510

SAT Writing: N/A to N/A

ACT English: 18 to 25

ACT Math: 18 to 25

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to Buena Vista University actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

Buena Vista University Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 45%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 76%

Typical student debt: $24,748

Typical monthly loan payment: $263

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Majors at Buena Vista University


These are the most popular areas of study offered at Buena Vista University:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 2%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 30%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 2%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 1%
  • Education – 21%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 1%
  • History – 1%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 8%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 17%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 2%
  • Psychology – 9%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 1%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 1%

For more information about the various majors at Buena Vista University, visit their website.

Buena Vista University Diversity


Overall Composition at Buena Vista University

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Buena Vista University full time:  85%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend Buena Vista University part time:  15%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at Buena Vista University:  38%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 1%

Black: 2%

Hispanic: 4%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Two or more races: 2%

Unknown: 6%

White: 82%

Buena Vista University Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 1.6

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 2.0

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 12.7

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.