Buena Vista University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$38,644
3% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$19,204
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.608%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
77.3%
1,562 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
1,973
66.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
57.9%
106 Graduates

About

Buena Vista University is a higher education institution located in Buena Vista County, IA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Buena Vista University were Elementary Education & Teaching (85 degrees awarded), General Human Services (60 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (40 degrees).

In 2022, 691 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Buena Vista University. 72.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 27.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (567 degrees), 14.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (40 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Buena Vista University is $38,644, which is $10,314 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Buena Vista University is $38,644, which is $10,314 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,204.

In 2022, 90% of undergraduate students attending Buena Vista University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 72% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$38,644
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Buena Vista University was $38,644. The cost of tuition at Buena Vista University is $10,314 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$19,204
2022 Value
3.63%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Buena Vista University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,204. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Buena Vista University grew by 3.63%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,008
Room and Board
$1,146
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Buena Vista University was of $9,008 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 7.35% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,146. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 3.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Buena Vista University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.12% with respect to 2021, when 89% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.608%
2019 Default Rate
5
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Buena Vista University was 0.608%, which represents 5 out of the 822 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Buena Vista University received 1,562 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 10.7% annual growth. Out of those 1,562 applicants, 1,207 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 77.3% acceptance rate.

There were 1,973 students enrolled at Buena Vista University in 2022. 3% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Buena Vista University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

77.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,207
Accepted Out of 1,562

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Buena Vista University was 77.3% (1,207 admissions from 1,562 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 66%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 10.7%, while admissions grew by 4.59%..

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SAT Scores

3%
Submission Percentage (2022)
7
Scores Submitted (2022)

3% of enrolled first-time students at Buena Vista University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Buena Vista University had a total enrollment of 1,973 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Buena Vista University is 1,304 students and the part-time enrollment is 669. This means that 66.1% of students enrolled at Buena Vista University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Buena Vista University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 80.4% White, 9.58% Hispanic or Latino, 2.74% Black or African American, 2.13% Two or More Races, 0.811% Asian, 0.558% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Buena Vista University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (51.2%), followed by White Male (26.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.25%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (100%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

66.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Buena Vista University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,973 students. The full-time enrollment at Buena Vista University is 1,304 and the part-time enrollment is 669. This means that 66.1% of students enrolled at Buena Vista University are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Buena Vista University was 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Buena Vista University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,587 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    189 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    54 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Buena Vista University is 80.4% White, 9.58% Hispanic or Latino, 2.74% Black or African American, 2.13% Two or More Races, 0.811% Asian, 0.558% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 55 students (2.79%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 305 more women than men received degrees from Buena Vista University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Buena Vista University is white (567 degrees awarded). There were 14.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (40 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Buena Vista University is Elementary Education & Teaching (85 degrees awarded), followed by General Human Services (60 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (40 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Buena Vista University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (243 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (65 degrees), and Psychology (48 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,813,513 people), Accountants & auditors (1,071,891 people), Other managers (851,815 people), Secondary school teachers (543,433 people), and Financial managers (527,295 people).

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University in 2022 are Education (243 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (65 degrees), Psychology (48 degrees), Business (194 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (16 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Education (243 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (65 degrees), Psychology (48 degrees), Business (194 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (16 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,492,329 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (709,342 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (646,523 people), Computer Systems Design (585,943 people), and Banking & related activities (530,805 people).

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Education (243 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (65 degrees), Psychology (48 degrees), Business (194 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (16 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Buena Vista University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 85 degrees awarded
  2. 60 degrees awarded
  3. 40 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Buena Vista University was Elementary Education & Teaching with 85 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

193
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
498
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 193 degrees were awarded to men at Buena Vista University, which is 0.388 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (498).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 18 degrees were awarded to men at Buena Vista University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.818 times less than the 22 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 79 degrees were awarded to men at Buena Vista University in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 13.2 times more than the 6 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

56%
100% Completion Time
62%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 56% of students graduating from Buena Vista University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 62% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 63% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (83.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Buena Vista University is Male and Hispanic or Latino (83.3% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.72% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    567 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    40 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    18 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Buena Vista University is white (567 degrees awarded). There were 14.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (40 degrees).

6.51% of degree recipients (45 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    413 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    154 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    24 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Buena Vista University is white female (413 degrees awarded). There were 2.68 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (154 degrees).

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Operations

Buena Vista University has an endowment valued at nearly $151M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−4.69%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Buena Vista University had a total salary expenditure of 42.3M. Buena Vista University employs 24 Assistant professors, 12 Instructors and 12 Professors. Most academics at Buena Vista University are Female Assistant professor (14), Male Assistant professor (10), and Male Instructor (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Buena Vista University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 48 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 47 employees, and Service with 40 employees.

Endowment

$151M
2022 Endowment
6.9%
decline from 2021

Buena Vista University has an endowment valued at about $151M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Buena Vista University declined 6.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $102M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$16.3M
2022 Salaries
2.63%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Buena Vista University paid a median of $16.3M in salaries, which represents 38.5% of their overall expenditure ($42.3M) and a 2.63% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.93M
Instructional Salaries
59
Number of Employees

In 2022, Buena Vista University paid a total of $3.93M to 59 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
24 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
48 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Buena Vista University were Assistant professor with 24 employees, Instructor with 12 employees, and Professor with 12 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Buena Vista University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 48 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 47 employees, and Service with 40 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Buena Vista University was Female Assistant professor with 14 employees, Male Assistant professor with 10 employees, and Male Instructor with 9 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Buena Vista University.

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