Buena Vista University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$36,426
3.5% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$18,300
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.11%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
55.7%
1,787 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,863
66.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
62.2%
125 Graduates

About

Buena Vista University is a higher education institution located in Buena Vista County, IA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Buena Vista University were Other Multidisciplinary Studies (72 degrees awarded), General Psychology (71 degrees), and Elementary Education & Teaching (58 degrees).

In 2020, 653 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Buena Vista University. 71.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 28.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (495 degrees), 5.27 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (94 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Buena Vista University is $36,426, which is $8,026 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Buena Vista University is $36,426, which is $8,026 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,300.

In 2020, 87% of undergraduate students attending Buena Vista University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 77% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$36,426
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Buena Vista University was $36,426. The cost of tuition at Buena Vista University is $8,026 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$18,300
2020 Value
0.808%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Buena Vista University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,300. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Buena Vista University grew by 0.808%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,423
Room and Board
$999
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Buena Vista University was of $8,423 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $999. The cost of room and board increased by 4.06% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

87%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
77%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

87% of undergraduate students at Buena Vista University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.35% with respect to 2019, when 85% 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.
4.11%
2018 Default Rate
41
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Buena Vista University was 4.11%, which represents 41 out of the 998 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Buena Vista University received 1,787 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 14.9% annual decline. Out of those 1,787 applicants, 995 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 55.7% acceptance rate.

There were 1,863 students enrolled at Buena Vista University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Buena Vista University has an overall enrollment yield of 23%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
995
Accepted Out of 1,787

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Buena Vista University was 55.7% (995 admissions from 1,787 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 57.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −14.9%, while admissions declined by −17.4%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
0
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Buena Vista University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Buena Vista University has a total enrollment of 1,863 students. The full-time enrollment at Buena Vista University is 1,234 students and the part-time enrollment is 629. This means that 66.2% of students enrolled at Buena Vista University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Buena Vista University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.1% White, 8.11% Hispanic or Latino, 4.67% Two or More Races, 2.52% Black or African American, 0.859% Asian, 0.537% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0537% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Buena Vista University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.1%), followed by White Male (26.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.77%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (75%), followed by White Male (25%) and Asian Male (0%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

66.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Buena Vista University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,863 students. The full-time enrollment at Buena Vista University is 1,234 and the part-time enrollment is 629. This means that 66.2% of students enrolled at Buena Vista University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
2020 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 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Buena Vista University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,418
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    151
  3. Two or More Races
    87

The enrolled student population at Buena Vista University is 76.1% White, 8.11% Hispanic or Latino, 4.67% Two or More Races, 2.52% Black or African American, 0.859% Asian, 0.537% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0537% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 129 students (6.92%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 279 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 (495 degrees awarded). There were 5.27 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (94 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Buena Vista University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (72 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (71 degrees) and Elementary Education & Teaching (58 degrees).

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 Interdisciplinary Studies (72 degrees awarded), Education (155 degrees), and Psychology (81 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,978,831 people), Accountants & auditors (1,077,468 people), Other managers (769,338 people), Financial managers (479,350 people), and Secondary school teachers (451,856 people).

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Interdisciplinary Studies (72 degrees awarded), Education (155 degrees), Psychology (81 degrees), Business (212 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (18 degrees).

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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, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Nurse anesthetists, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Interdisciplinary Studies (72 degrees awarded), Education (155 degrees), Psychology (81 degrees), Business (212 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (18 degrees).

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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 (3,430,757 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (672,283 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (645,852 people), Banking & related activities (522,231 people), and Computer Systems Design (512,540 people).

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Interdisciplinary Studies (72 degrees awarded), Education (155 degrees), Psychology (81 degrees), Business (212 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (18 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 72 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 71 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 58 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Buena Vista University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 72 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

187
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
466
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 187 degrees were awarded to men at Buena Vista University, which is 0.401 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (466).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 15 degrees were awarded to men at Buena Vista University in Banking & Financial Support Services, which is 1 times approximately the same the 15 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 64 degrees were awarded to women at Buena Vista University in Other Multidisciplinary Studies, which is 8 times more than the 8 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

46%
100% Completion Time
54%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 46% of students graduating from Buena Vista University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 54% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 56% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Buena Vista University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 7.2% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    495 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    94 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    25 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Buena Vista University is white (495 degrees awarded). There were 5.27 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (94 degrees).

14.4% of degree recipients (94 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    356 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    139 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    16 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Buena Vista University is white female (356 degrees awarded). There were 2.56 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (139 degrees).

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Operations

Buena Vista University has an endowment valued at nearly $129M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.55M (2.75%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Buena Vista University had a total salary expenditure of $41.4M. Buena Vista University employs 21 Assistant professors, 16 Associate professors, and 14 Professors. Most academics at Buena Vista University are Male Assistant professors (11), Female Assistant professors(10), and Female Associate professors (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Buena Vista University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 55 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 39 employees, and Service with 34 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$129M
2020 Endowment
5.55%
decline from 2019

Buena Vista University has an endowment valued at about $129M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Buena Vista University declined 5.55% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $89.2M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.45M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Buena Vista University received $1.45M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$17M
2020 Salaries
5.23%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Buena Vista University paid a median of $17M in salaries, which represents 41.1% of their overall expenditure ($41.4M) and a 5.23% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.74% decline from 2018 and a 3.36% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.91M
Instructional Salaries
61
Number of Employees

In 2020, Buena Vista University paid a total of $3.91M to 61 employees working as instructors, which represents 23% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
21 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
55 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Buena Vista University were Assistant professor with 21 employees; Associate professor with 16 employees; and Associate professor with 14 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Buena Vista University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 55 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 39 employees; and Service with 34 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Assistant professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Buena Vista University was Male Assistant professor with 11 employees, Female Assistant professor with 10 employees, and Female Associate professor with 9 employees.

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

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