The Buena Vista University Office of University Marketing and Communications (UMC) is committed to fostering professional working relationships with the print, broadcast and web media to promote the excellence of the university through the accomplishments and stories of its students, faculty and staff.

We distribute official university news releases; prepare ideas for possible stories you may be interested in developing on your own; assist with background information and faculty, staff and student contacts for reporters working on enterprise stories; and help with media coverage of on-campus events

If you are a media professional working on a story or would like to be added to our distribution list, please contact UMC at 712.749.2120 or e-mail Teresa Wirtjers, Media Communications Specialist, at

About Us

Buena Vista University’s picturesque campus is nestled on the shore of Storm Lake, adding to the amenities and recreation opportunities available in this medium-sized northwest Iowa town.

BVU boasts a 95 percent job and graduate/professional school placement rate within six months of graduation, which is a testament to the quality of the academic programs, faculty-student connections, premier facilities and cutting-edge technology. With 43 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, BVU provides a wide array of academic options which blend the liberal arts with real world applications. Eighty percent of students complete at least one internship prior to graduation.

The university offers financial support for travel (domestic and international), research, internships and student development. Generous merit and need-based financial aid programs make BVU an affordable option for students from all socio-economic levels. Students hail from more than 20 states and foreign countries, and 14 percent have identified themselves as members of underrepresented ethnicities.