Buena Vista University
 

Category: Private not offering Doctorate | State: Iowa

About Buena Vista University
 

Founded in 1891, Buena Vista University is an independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). BVU's main 60-acre campus is situated on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake. Enrollment is around 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the main campus, with an additional 1,300 students enrolled at BVU Online, Site & Graduate locations throughout Iowa. Cultural diversity is emphasized on the coeducational main campus through unique academic programs such as ACES (Academic & Cultural Events Series), international exchanges, and subsidized foreign travel.
 

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Why attend Buena Vista University
 

Over 1,300 students are enrolled at Buena Vista University's Online, Site & Graduate locations, which has graduated more than 15,000 students since it started almost 40 years ago. Students in the Graduate & Professional Studies program appreciate the pace, academic rigor, class size, and the online or local community college campus class options that their BVU experience gives them. BVU's diverse menu of over 50 different programs offers options that meet your education needs, and you can combine online classes, face-to-face courses, and web-based classes to make scheduling even more convenient.
 

Ratings

Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamAccounting

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.

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Biology

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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Business Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

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Computer Science

A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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Criminalistics & Criminal Science

A program that focuses on the application of clinical and criminal laboratory science, investigative techniques, and criminology to the reconstruction of crimes and the analysis of physical evidence. Includes instruction in laboratory science, laboratory procedures, criminology and police science, evidentiary testing and analysis, computer applications, record-keeping, reconstruction techniques, evidence handling and storage, and applications to specific types of evidence and crimes.

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Elementary Education

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

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Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups. Includes instruction in personnel and organization policy, human resource dynamics and flows, labor relations, sex roles, civil rights, human resources law and regulations, motivation and compensation systems, work systems, career management, employee testing and assessment, recruitment and selection, managing employee and job training programs, and the management of human resources programs and operations.

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Psychology

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

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Social Work

A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $32,854 $32,854 $6,204 $6,204
Fees N/A N/A N/A N/A
Room $4,774 $4,774 N/A N/A
Board $4,716 $4,716 N/A N/A
Books $999 $999 N/A N/A
Other Expenses $2,276 $2,276 N/A N/A
Totals $45,619 $45,619 $6,204 $6,204
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Network
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • ACT or SAT test scores required for admission
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on DSST exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Additional scholarships specifically for military students and veterans
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Returning student receive reimbursement or remission of course fees
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • On-campus living requirement for students at any point in their enrollment
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Commitment incorporated into the institution’s mission, vision and values