Southern Virginia University (SVU)

Buena Vista, VA

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Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University Student Essentials

Southern Virginia University Student Essentials
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Setting: Small Town Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Knight
Website: www.svu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $18,900
Out-of-State Tuition: $18,900
Retention Rate: 71%
Enrollment: 859
Year Established: 1867

About SVU

Southern Virginia University is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Though this affiliation is unofficial, the LDS ideology permeates university policy and student life. As a result, more than 95% of Southern Virginia students are Mormons.

SVU’s academics are rooted in the liberal arts. The university intentionally offers fewer majors so that students can gain a broad and interdisciplinary educational foundation. About a dozen majors are available, as well as pre-law, pre-medicine and teacher certification programs.

Discussion-based education is a key component of Southern Virginia University’s academics. The average class size is about 15 students, allowing for plenty of interaction and mutual support.

The admissions process at Southern Virginia is fairly standard. Applicants must provide a completed application, official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores. Unlike many colleges, however, SVU also requires an ecclesiastical endorsement. The school follows a rolling admissions policy, so it’s best to apply early.

Southern Virginia University provides extensive financial aid. Institutional merit scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000. Additional institutional grants are available for missionaries, international students and those skilled in the fine and performing arts.

SVU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 23 Reviews

70% of students gave Southern Virginia University 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Its small, quite town. You have the chance to make friends real easy. Its also private people don't bud in your business. They all reach out to help with anything. Classes are very small, you get to know your professors one on one. That's real nice


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

I have really enjoyed my time at Southern Virginia University. It is very small, but there are many perks to that. The class sizes are kept small which make for a better learning environment and professors who know your name and care about your success. There is also a good opportunity for athletes. It is a a Division III school in a competitive conference and gives a great chance for many students to be successful college athletes. The environment of the campus is great too. Because of the LDS beliefs that the school's code of honor is based on, it is a great place to be free of the temptations of the world and focus on the more important things in life.


SVU Map & Location

Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416


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Getting Around SVU

Walkability

Poor walkability. We recommend using a car for this area.

2/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Buena Vista, VA

Winter
Dec
49
25
Jan
46
22
Feb
50
23
Spring
Mar
59
30
Apr
69
39
May
76
49
Summer
Jun
84
59
Jul
87
63
Aug
86
62
Fall
Sep
79
54
Oct
70
42
Nov
60
32

SVU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 859
Freshman Class 233
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 859

Ethnic Diversity:

  • African American: 5%
  • Caucasian: 88%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 3%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 2%
African American 5%
Caucasian 88%
American Indian or Alaska native 3%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2%

Undergraduate 100%
Graduate 0%
Full-Time 94%
Part-Time 6%
Women 49%
Men 51%
International 0%
Domestic 100%

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