Break open your future
Make your life what you want it to be – we’re unshakeably committed to getting you there. With guaranteed internships, abundant scholarships and grants, professors who truly care about your success, and experiences that will literally change everything, we’re with you all the way.
First Year Students
It all begins here. With more than 90 majors, concentrations, track options, and minors to choose from, and backed by a caring community and TruePromise guarantee, you’ll find your place.
- Art and Design
- Art Education with Teaching Licensure
- Graphic Design
- Art Therapy (pre-professional)
- Scientific Illustration
- Studio Art
- Art History
- Arts Management
- Visual Arts
- Biomedical Sciences
- Allied Health Sciences
- Chiropractic Medicine
- Medical Technology
- Mortuary Science
- Physical Therapy
- Physician’s Assistant
- Sports Management
- Financial Decision Making
- Human Resource Management
- Communication Studies
- Computer Science
- Information Technology (IT)
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Data Science and Analytics
- Digital Media
- Digital Media Programming
- Music Production
- Educational Studies
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
- Additional endorsements
- Engineering (pre-professional)
- Environmental Science
- Exercise Science
- Athletic Training
- Human Performance
- Physical Education (PE) and Coaching
- Gender and Women’s Studies (minor)
- Health Education/Exercise Science (minor)
- Law (pre-professional)
- Corporate Math
- Music Production Technology
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Politics and Policy
- Legal Studies
- Social Work
- Strategic Public Relations
- Theatre and Media Performance
- Writing Studies (minor)
Life doesn’t move in a straight line. That’s why our flexible, affordable degree completion program offers classes in 16 convenient locations. Our professors’ real-world job experience and small class sizes will rev your engine.
Teaching Endorsements Certifications
Educators, let BVU help you take your own students even higher. Our top-rated education programs include advanced degrees in special education, mental health counseling, and teaching English as a second language.
Master of Education
- Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction
- Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership Track
- Talented and Gifted Track
- Teaching English as a Second Language Track
- Exceptional Student Services & Instruction (Special Education)
- Mild to Moderate Disabilities K-8 Track
- Mild to Moderate Disabilities 5-12 Track
- Significant Support Needs – Cognitive Disabilities Track
- Significant Support Needs – Behavior Track
- Comprehensive Track (endorsement in all categories across all grade levels)
Master of Science in Education
Master of Arts
Graduate Teaching Endorsements
Our online courses offer a convenient ladder into the job you want, without taking time away from your job and family. Whether you’re considering a bachelor’s in criminology or a graduate degree in special education, we’ll get you one giant step closer to your goals.
Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs
Master’s Degree Programs
Learn Without Compromise
At BVU, you’ll see what it’s like to have a truly personal learning experience, whether you’re a first-year or transfer student. Choose from more than 90 academic programs, and enjoy lots of one-on-one attention.
“No matter what goal I set, the BVU faculty is ready to help me every step of the way.”
OUR TRUE PROMISE
With BVU in their corner, nearly 100 percent of our Class of 2016 landed in a job or graduate school within six months after graduation. That’s right, just about everyone. There aren’t many sure bets in life, but a BVU degree keeps bucking that trend.
The BVU Experience
No other college will take you further, embrace your talents, and amplify your strengths like Buena Vista University.
BVU’s 16 locations in Iowa provide different class formats in more than 50 programs that fit into your daily life.
We may offer nearly 90 majors, minors, and other programs at BVU, but there are a few things we’re just really good at.
Life in Storm Lake
Stunning beauty surrounds our bustling campus. Need a respite from your busy schedule of student activities, sporting events, and engaging classes? Calm your mind with a canoe trip, relax on our lush lawn, or take a spin on your ice skates.
BVU Students Assist With Ecological Restoration Project
Last month, twenty-two BVU science students visited Whiterock Conservancy, a non-profit land trust that oversees a 5,500-acre nature preserve near Coon Rapids., to collect data as part of the site’s ongoing restoration efforts
BVU Alumna Named Nebraska Teacher of the Year
Third-grade teacher Michelle (Allan) Helt SL’02 was selected as Nebraska’s Teacher of the Year for 2018.
BVU Crowns 2017 Homecoming King and Queen
After a week full of festivities, Kyle Wiebers and Hailey Dollen were named this year’s Homecoming king and queen.
Let’s Make it Happen
With an education that’s affordable, practical, and personal, you can confidently flip the impossible into a reality. Whether your goals reach near or far, whether you’re just starting out or reinventing it all from the ground up—we’ll take the leap with you.
Students land a job or enter graduate school within six months of graduation
Applicants receiving financial aid
Areas of study
Buena Vista University To Host Unified Sports Day
- Nov. 10, 2017
Throughout the day, the Special Olympics Iowa athletes will participate in a variety of activities with BVU coaches, staff, faculty, and students. Activities will include bowling, ladder golf, bean bag toss, volleyball, soccer, pickleball, and more.
Students Accepted to 2017 Collegiate Honor Band
- Nov. 8, 2017
Students are selected from among those nominated by directors from colleges and universities throughout the state. They represent some of the finest instrumentalists in Iowa.