Buena Vista University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$32,854
2% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$20,016
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
5.43%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
63.8%
1,477 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
1,982
78.5% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
60.1%
122 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 (112 degrees awarded), Elementary Education & Teaching (80 degrees), and General Psychology (78 degrees).

In 2017, 877 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Buena Vista University. 72.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 27.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (740 degrees), 12.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (59 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Buena Vista University is $32,854, which is $7,660 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Buena Vista University is $32,854, which is $7,660 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,016.

In 2017, 85% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 78% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$32,854
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Buena Vista University was $32,854. The cost of tuition at Buena Vista University is $7,660 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$20,016
2017 Value
6.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Buena Vista University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,016. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Buena Vista University grew by 6.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,838
Room and Board
$999
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Buena Vista University was of $7,838 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $999. The cost of room and board increased by 7.68% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 12.9% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Buena Vista University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, 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.
5.43%
2016 Default Rate
54
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Buena Vista University was 5.43%, which represents 54 out of the 995 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 1,477 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 17.6% annual growth. Out of those 1,477 applicants, 943 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 63.8% acceptance rate.

There were 1,982 students enrolled at Buena Vista University in 2017, and 12% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Buena Vista University has an overall enrollment yield of 21.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

63.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
943
Accepted Out of 1,477

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Buena Vista University was 63.8% (943 admissions from 1,477 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 63.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 17.6%, while admissions grew by 17.9%.

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SAT Scores

12%
Submission Percentage
24
Scores Submitted

12% of enrolled first-time students at Buena Vista University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Buena Vista University has a total enrollment of 1,982 students. The full-time enrollment at Buena Vista University is 1,555 students and the part-time enrollment is 427. This means that 78.5% of students enrolled at Buena Vista University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Buena Vista University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.5% White, 4.24% Hispanic or Latino, 2.93% Black or African American, 1.97% Two or More Races, 0.959% Asian, 0.454% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.101% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Buena Vista University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (50.9%), followed by White Male (27%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.69%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (72.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (6.06%) and Asian Female (3.03%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Buena Vista University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,982 students. The full-time enrollment at Buena Vista University is 1,555 and the part-time enrollment is 427. This means that 78.5% of students enrolled at Buena Vista University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2017 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 77%. 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
    1,537
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    84
  3. Black or African American
    58

The enrolled student population at Buena Vista University is 77.5% White, 4.24% Hispanic or Latino, 2.93% Black or African American, 1.97% Two or More Races, 0.959% Asian, 0.454% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.101% 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 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% 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, 199 students (10%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 397 more women than men received degrees from Buena Vista University. The majority of degree recipients at Buena Vista University are white (740 degrees awarded). There were 12.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (59 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Buena Vista University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (112 degrees awarded), followed by Elementary Education & Teaching (80 degrees) and General Psychology (78 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 (112 degrees awarded), Education (291 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 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 (2,183,296 people), Accountants & auditors (1,135,947 people), Other managers (750,136 people), Financial managers (452,101 people), and Education administrators (382,959 people).

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Interdisciplinary Studies (112 degrees awarded), Education (291 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 degrees), Psychology (78 degrees), and Business (220 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, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Interdisciplinary Studies (112 degrees awarded), Education (291 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 degrees), Psychology (78 degrees), and Business (220 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 (3,441,967 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (674,673 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (644,850 people), Banking & related activities (538,200 people), and Computer Systems Design (492,760 people).

The most specialized majors at Buena Vista University are Interdisciplinary Studies (112 degrees awarded), Education (291 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (32 degrees), Psychology (78 degrees), and Business (220 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. 112 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 80 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 78 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Buena Vista University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 112 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 240
  2. 637

In 2017, 240 degrees were awarded to men at Buena Vista University, which is 0.377 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (637).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 19 degrees were awarded to men at Buena Vista University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.679 times less than the 28 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 97 degrees were awarded to women at Buena Vista University in Other Multidisciplinary Studies, which is 6.47 times more than the 15 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

43%
100% Completion Time
51%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 43% of students graduating from Buena Vista University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 51% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 51% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Buena Vista University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 5.74% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    740 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    59 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    34 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Buena Vista University is white (740 degrees awarded). There were 12.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (59 degrees).

6.73% of degree recipients (59 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    536 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    204 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    27 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Buena Vista University is white female (536 degrees awarded). There were 2.63 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (204 degrees).

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Operations

Buena Vista University has an endowment valued at nearly $135M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $13.1M (9.72%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Buena Vista University had a total salary expenditure of $44.2M. Buena Vista University employs 31 Assistant professors, 23 Associate professors, and 21 Professors. Most academics at Buena Vista University are Female Assistant professors (20), Male Associate professors(15), and Female Professors (14).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Buena Vista University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 45 employees, Management, with 41 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 32 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$135M
2017 Endowment
6.05%
growth from 2016

Buena Vista University has an endowment valued at about $135M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Buena Vista University grew 6.05% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $97.9M 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. $234k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Buena Vista University received $234k 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

$20.2M
2017 Salaries
5.6%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Buena Vista University paid a median of $20.2M in salaries, which represents 45.6% of their overall expenditure ($44.2M) and a 5.6% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.42% decline from 2015 and a 1.91% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.35M
Instructional Salaries
83
Number of Employees

In 2017, Buena Vista University paid a total of $5.35M to 83 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (34.4%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Buena Vista University were Assistant professor with 31 employees; Associate professor with 23 employees; and Associate professor with 21 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Buena Vista University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 45 employees; Management with 41 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 32 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Buena Vista University was Female Assistant professor with 20 employees, Male Associate professor with 15 employees, and Female Professor with 14 employees.

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

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