Buena Vista University

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Buena Vista University can be found in Storm Lake, IA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Buena Vista University has an enrollment of approximately a thousand students.

Students can report either the SAT Exam or ACT scores at this school. A score within the range of 930 - 1110 on the SAT exam, or 19 - 25 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Buena Vista University average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.33. Buena Vista University admits roughly 60% of those that apply each year. Of those that are admitted, around 19% of students continue on to register and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at .bvu.edu.

Overall Buena Vista University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Buena Vista University was reported as 57.4% in Fall 2020 with over 2,100 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Buena Vista University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Buena Vista University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Buena Vista University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 63.7%
  • 2017-2018: 63.8%
  • 2018-2019: 57.1%
  • 2019-2020: 57.4%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 55.1%

How Does Buena Vista University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Buena Vista University is one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Northwestern College69.5%
Dordt College75.5%
Morningside College63.1%
Augustana College66.9%
University of Sioux Falls91.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Buena Vista University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading460 - 560
Math470 - 550
Total Score930 - 1110
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 24
Math17 - 24
Composite Score19 - 25
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