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Buena Vista University


Online Undergraduate Program

Located in Storm Lake, Iowa, Buena Vista University is a small school situated on 60 acres outside of town. The private school is affiliated with the Presbyrterian Church. Students can choose from a variety of majors; the most popular include business, management and marketing. The school prides itself on offering students lifelong success through innovative and imaginative academic and professional preparation.

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Quick Facts

First year offering online program: 2005-2006
Online bachelor’s degree programs offered: 12


Tuition for U.S. students (per credit): $392
Tuition for in-state students (per credit): N/A
Tuition for out-of-state students (per credit): N/A


Total online enrollment: N/A
N/A Male / N/A Female
Average student age: 30


Application deadline (U.S. residents): N/A
N/A accepted

Financial Aid Available

Both institutional and federal aid are available

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School Details

Institutional control: Private
About the online program:
Average class size: 12
Maximum class size: N/A


3 year graduation rate (2012-2013): N/A
New student retention rate (2013): N/A
Most popular majors: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Psychology, General, Accounting, Organizational Leadership, Business Administration and Management, General
Academic calendar: Other
Online courses offered:123
Can earn degree entirely outside U.S.:N/A
Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: N/A
Amount of courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students:Minority
Class participation graded:Yes
Number of times per week students must login to a typical course: N/A
Expectation that instructors will respond to questions within specific timeframe: Yes
Instructor response expected within (hours): 24

Academic Integrity

Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments: Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity:


Average online teaching experience: N/A
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0
Full-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 0
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: N/A
Part-time faculty with a doctorate degree: N/A
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus: N/A
Instructor office hours (weekly): 3
Faculty who have at least 1 year online teaching experience: N/A
Faculty who have at least 2 years online teaching experience: N/A
Faculty who have at least 3 years online teaching experience: N/A

Online learning tools

Bulletin boards, Live streaming audio, Live streaming videoY, Online chatroomsY, Online labs, Recorded audioY, Recorded videoY, Skype or other visual software, SimulationsY, Web conferencing (webinars)Y

Technology & Support

Recommended Internet connection: Cable
Required Internet connection: Cable
24-7 live tech support: No
Online course development: In-house
Courses designed by certified instructional designers: Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: N/A
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: N/A

Student Services

Academic advisingY, BookstoreY, Career placement assistanceY, Email addressY, Financial aid office/servicesY, Local area network, Access to live librarianY, Access to digitized library materialsY, Mentoring, Technical supportY, Live tutoringY, Writing workshops

Student Body

Region from which most U.S. students come: West North Central
Male: N/A
Female: N/A
American Indian: 0.5%
Asian: 0.5%
Black or African American: 1.6%
Hispanic: 1.6%
Two or more races: 0.0%
International: 0.0%
Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Unknown: 4.8%
White: 90.9%
Students 22 and younger: 16%
Students ages 23-39: 66%
Students 40 or older: 18%
New entrants who are first-time freshman: 0%
New entrants who are employed: N/A


Admissions requirements same as campus-based students' requirements: Yes
College uses SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for new applicants: No
ACT Composite Score: N/A
SAT Critical Reading average score: N/A
SAT Math average score: N/A
SAT Writing average score: N/A
Continuing online instruction education required: No
Application essay required: No
Accept transfer students: Yes
High school completion requirements: Diploma or GED required
Minimum high school GPA required: N/A


Institution is Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) member: N/A
Institution is GI Bill certified: Yes
Institution Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program: Yes
In-state tuition for all military veterans: N/A

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