Transfer to BVU

Did your first college choice not end up being the best choice? Have your needs changed? Buena Vista University could be right for you.

Buena Vista University accepts transfer students from colleges and universities across the country. If you are considering a transfer to BVU, fill out a Transfer Application, and submit your high school and college transcripts for review.

The Admissions staff reviews all applications and transcripts individually. Decisions are made based on past experiences and your possible "fit" into the University's programs and campus life.

Transfer Coordinator

For more information about transferring to BVU, contact Heather Runneberg, our Transfer Coordinator in the Office of Admissions at 712.749.2068 or

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Your admissions file should include:

  • A completed application for admission
  • Official high school transcript if applicant is a current high school student or has fewer than 24 college credits.
  • Official SAT or ACT (optional for international applicants) scores if applicant is a current high school student or has fewer than 24 college credits.
  • Official college transcripts from every institution the applicant has attended (for transfer students and freshmen who may have dual credits)

BVU practices a holistic review of each applicant’s credentials. This means that a variety of factors are considered when making an admissions decision. We care about more than just how great of a test-taker you are.

BVU looks for students who have chosen college preparatory classes in high school, four years of challenging coursework, and achieved success. Those students earning a 3.0 cumulative GPA are given preference in admission; however, this is not a minimum requirement. Good grades also lead to higher class rankings! Ranking in the top half of your class provides preference in admission, but is not a requirement. Have a 20 or above on the ACT? Apply to BVU! If not, still give it a shot. We seek strong, motivated students who are willing to put in the work when times get tough. Meaning, we measure emotional intelligence, too.

How did you keep busy in high school? Did you have a job, volunteer around your hometown, or get involved in other activities that were important to you? All of the things that make you who you are, are important to us, too. So, tell us more!

Transfer FAQ

We know you have questions about transferring to BVU, and we have answers. Check out our list of frequently asked questions.

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Apply- It's easy! No essay or application fee, and we accept students on a rolling basis. You'll know if you're accepted two weeks after completing your file.

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When you know, you know. $200 will secure your spot at BVU so you can begin planning all that you want to participate in and accomplish at college.

Submit Your Deposit

Housing Application

We want to match you up with the best fit possible, so be honest! Just how late do you like to study, and which residence hall is your first choice?

Housing Application


You can't make a decision without first traveling to Storm Lake and seeing all we have to offer. There's so much more to see and do, so come live it for a day.

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Let's not let any questions go unanswered. Ask us anything you'd like to know before making the big decision, and we'll get back to you right away.

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