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Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate78%

Buena Vista University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Buena Vista University. The university admitted 78% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 1,519 students applied to Buena Vista University and 1,183 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Buena Vista University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Buena Vista University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Buena Vista University's admissions stats.

Buena Vista University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 3%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 57%
Waitlist No

Buena Vista University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Buena Vista University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Want to Apply Early to Buena Vista University?

Buena Vista University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Buena Vista University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Buena Vista University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Buena Vista University

What does Buena Vista University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered

Make sure to check with Buena Vista University for more information on admission factors.

Buena Vista University Application Requirements

To apply to Buena Vista University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Buena Vista University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Buena Vista University?

Students admitted to Buena Vista University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 67% submitted a class rank. At Buena Vista University 18% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 49% were in the top 25% and 76% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Buena Vista University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 4%
3.75 and 3.99 34%
3.50 and 3.74 23%
3.25 and 3.49 10%
3.00 and 3.24 13%
2.50 and 2.9 13%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Buena Vista University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Buena Vista University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 3% of Buena Vista University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 57% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Buena Vista University?

To be competitive with other Buena Vista University applicants, you should aim to earn between 970 and 1065 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Buena Vista University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1065 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Buena Vista University students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Buena Vista University students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

To be most competitive at Buena Vista University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Buena Vista University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Buena Vista University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Buena Vista University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Buena Vista University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Buena Vista University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Buena Vista University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Buena Vista University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Buena Vista University.

Does Buena Vista University accept transfer credits?

✅ Buena Vista University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Buena Vista University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Buena Vista University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Buena Vista University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Buena Vista University?

❌ No, Buena Vista University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Buena Vista University's acceptance rate?

✅ Buena Vista University's acceptance rate is 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Buena Vista University?

❌ Buena Vista University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Buena Vista University?

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Buena Vista University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Buena Vista University? Buena Vista University is a somewhat selective institution. The Buena Vista University acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.


Buena Vista University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Buena Vista University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Buena Vista University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Buena Vista University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1065


Math SAT Range

450 - 560


Reading SAT Range

480 - 570

Buena Vista University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Buena Vista University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.49. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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