Buena Vista University Reviews

4.42 out of 5 stars
(9 Reviews)
  • Storm Lake (IA)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,004
100% of 9 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 9 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Mayra Lopez - 1/3/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"I attended Buena Vista University as a full-time student from 2012-2017. I was engaged in different student groups and got the chance to volunteer within my local community as well getting the chance to travel out of state. Due to it's student population size, I was able to get to know professors well. The relationships I formed with them helped guide me towards becoming the professional that I now am. I thoroughly enjoyed a majority of the classes that I took. I feel like the knowledge and experience I gain fully prepared me for going into graduate school."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Mayra Lopez - 1/3/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"I attended Buena Vista University as a full-time student from 2012-2017. I was engaged in different student groups and got the chance to volunteer within my local community as well getting the chance to travel out of state. Due to it's student population size, I was able to get to know professors well. The relationships I formed with them helped guide me towards becoming the professional that I now am. I thoroughly enjoyed a majority of the classes that I took. I feel like the knowledge and experience I gain fully prepared me for going into graduate school."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Taylor Daniel - 8/12/2016
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"BVU is always going to be my home away from home. The faculty, staff, coaches, and students were like non other. The small campus size allowed you to really get to know your professors and classmates. Not only did this make learning more fun, but it made it easier for me to approach people for help! I have no regrets about attending this University. I was given a wonderful education and the resources I needed to get into grad school. I left a little bit of myself at BVU , but took away so much more, and I know you will too."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mike - 5/26/2016
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2006
"Excellent school. I attended one of their off main campus sites (NIACC) and I really enjoyed it. It allowed me to work during the day and go to class two nights a week. The instructors were all very qualified and helped me learn and grow. I highly recommend."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Taylor Kempers - 1/5/2016
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"I absolutely loved my English department professors as well as my education department professors. I worked in the English department as an academic assistant, so I got to know the teachers very well. They were lively, thought provoking, and generally fun people to be around. I still keep in contact with the education department professors. They were always willing to help, send recommendations, and give words of encouragement."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Mike - 10/22/2015
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2006
"I took classes through my local community college and I couldn't have been happier. The instructors were great and were very well prepared to teach the classes. It was very challenging and I learned a lot in the process. I recommend this to those that wish to continue working and earn your degree at night."
4.7 out of 5 stars
coop - 8/4/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
"It was a great experience and was well worth it!"
4.7 out of 5 stars
coop - 8/4/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
"It was a great experience and was well worth it!"
1.5 out of 5 stars
Nicole - 3/29/2015
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2009
"This review is for my experience with BVU's remote campuses, not the main BVU campus in Storm Lake. I wanted to finish my bachelor's degree and BVU was the only option in my area. They offer night classes at the local community college campus in my town as well as online classes. Program options are limited, but I chose English. Here is a rundown of my experiences: 1) The office staff lost my paperwork. A few days after I submitted my papers, I received a letter reminding me to turn them in. I called and they claimed they never got them, even though I had turned them in personally. 2) Despite claiming certain programs are offered, you might be taking a high number of independent study courses. This was the case as an English major. All of my core classes were IS. That's if the classes are even offered. I had no choice in what electives to take. 3) Substandard instructors. My IS literature instructor didn't follow his own grading rules set forth in the syllabus. (I discovered this by comparing essays with another student. He was just handing out A's to anyone who turned in work.) My advanced composition instructor was a stay-at-home mom who got bored and decided that teaching one class a year would keep her busy. She was never able to provide direction for the class and requests for clarification on assignments were met with shoulder shrugs. My conflict management instructor was a former industrial production supervisor who got sick of his day job but wasn't ready to retire yet. He had no teaching experience, but blamed the class when no one scored higher than 75% on the midterm. (Maybe it was because he was a bad teacher?) He preferred to tell us about his latest experiment with homebrewing."
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