Buena Vista University

Private, Four-years School Located in Storm Lake, IA

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How much is the Buena Vista tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Buena Vista's tuition & fees is $40,190.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $54,445 when a student lives on-campus.

Buena Vista Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$40,190
Books & Supplies Costs$1,126
On-campus Room & Board$10,680
On-campus Expenses$2,449
Off-campus Room & Board$8,134
Off-campus Expenses$7,290
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$43,052

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Buena Vista for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $177,495 at Buena Vista. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $229,981. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $140,363.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$41,798$54,924$33,820
Sophomore (2024-25)$43,470$56,593$34,645
Junior (2025-26)$45,209$58,329$35,503
Senior (2026-27)$47,018$60,135$36,395
4 Years Total$177,495$229,981$140,363
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$43,470$56,593$34,645
Sophomore (2025-26)$45,209$58,329$35,503
Junior (2026-27)$47,018$60,135$36,395
Senior (2027-28)$48,899$62,013$37,324
4 Years Total$184,596$237,070$143,867
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$45,209$58,329$35,503
Sophomore (2026-27)$47,018$60,135$36,395
Junior (2027-28)$48,899$62,013$37,324
Senior (2028-29)$50,855$63,966$38,289
4 Years Total$191,981$244,443$147,511
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$47,018$60,135$36,395
Sophomore (2027-28)$48,899$62,013$37,324
Junior (2028-29)$50,855$63,966$38,289
Senior (2029-30)$52,890$65,998$39,294
4 Years Total$199,661$252,111$151,302
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$48,899$62,013$37,324
Sophomore (2028-29)$50,855$63,966$38,289
Junior (2029-30)$52,890$65,998$39,294
Senior (2030-31)$55,005$68,110$40,338
4 Years Total$207,649$260,087$155,245

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Buena Vista' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Iowa, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $25,497.
Buena Vista University$40,190
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Iowa Four-years Colleges$21,556
Public Schools$8,453$11,211
Private Schools$25,497

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Buena Vista and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Buena Vista UniversityStorm Lake, IA$40,190$10,170
University of DubuqueDubuque, IA$40,065$9,020
Mount Mercy UniversityCedar Rapids, IA$39,070$11,410
Northwestern CollegeOrange City, IA$35,300$6,600
Waldorf UniversityForest City, IA$25,220$5,220

Financial Aid and COA

At Buena Vista University, 1,356 students (90%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $20,292.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Buena Vista is $34,153 for students living on-campus and $36,448 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 237 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $33,703 and the average amount of student loans is $7,529.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$54,445
COA (off-campus)$56,740
Tuition & Fees$40,190
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,255
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$16,550
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$34,153
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$36,448
Average Financial Aid$20,292
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,35690%$20,292
Pell Grants66944%$4,779
Federal Student Loan1,08072%$7,146
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid237100%-
Grants or Scholarships237100%$33,703
Federal Grants14963%$6,124
Pell Grants9540%$4,925
Other Federal Grants14963%$2,984
State/Local Grants8938%$7,113
Institutional Grants237100%$27,182
Student Loan Aid18076%$7,529
Federal Student Loans17976%$5,494
Other Student Loans3916%$9,531

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Buena Vista's acceptance rate is 65.98%. A total of 1,749 applicants applied to and 1,154 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 237 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 20.54%.
To apply to Buena Vista, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate65.98%66.15%66.06%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)20.54%21.10%19.92%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Buena Vista. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,052 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 22.
Its SAT score is lower than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
SAT Total1,0529631,140
National Average1,168
Iowa Average1,131
SAT EBRW532480583
SAT Math520483557
ACT Composite221825
National Average24
Iowa Average23
ACT Math211725
ACT English201623

Student Population

Buena Vista University has a total of 1,973 students including 1,474 undergraduate and 499 graduate students. By gender, there are 624 male students and 1,335 female students attending Buena Vista. The school offers online degree programs and 978 students enrolled online exclusively (49.57% of all students).
Total1,959 6241,335
Undergraduate1,506 550956
Graduate453 74379

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address610 W 4th St, Storm Lake, IA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered85 Programs
Online Program Offered12 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered10 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate77.27%
Student Population1,973
Graduation Rate57%
Retention Rate76%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate12 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties61 (Full-time), 222 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs257 (Full-time), 235 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$59,483
Average Staff Salary$50,268