About Southern Virginia University

Founded in 1867, Southern Virginia University. is a Private college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 800 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Southern Virginia University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 43 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Southern Virginia University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate45%
Application Deadline
Application Fee35
SAT Range928-1140
ACT Range16-26

Admissions at SVU are considered More Selective, with ,31% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 21 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

71% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 38% were in the top quarter, and 15% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Southern Virginia University.

10%
“We”re apathetic”
20%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
30%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
13%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
87%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
63%
“We bought the gear”
23%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
27%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
67%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
28%
“They keep regular office hours”
72%
“They”re always available”
90%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
10%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
87%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
73%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
27%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
10%
“We”re apathetic”
20%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
30%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
13%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
87%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
63%
“We bought the gear”
23%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
27%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
67%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
28%
“They keep regular office hours”
72%
“They”re always available”
90%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
10%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
87%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
73%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
27%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    79 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    62 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    80 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    80 Students rated campus facilities 3.6 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    80 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 80 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    80 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    82 Students rated local services 3.3 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    82 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

Southern Virginia University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Southern Virginia University?

31 Students rated Southern Virginia University

daisha - 01/07/2021

i really have no opinions i love it even tough i did the virtual tour! this school feels just right for me and fits with me and they have a lot of opportunities i can go for.! I have seen youtube videos about this school and they seem very very nice and if and when i do here i will love sooo much!

Shylee - 04/08/2020

Southern Virginia University is a small school in a small town. It’s unique and I wouldn’t have traded my first year experience at SVU for anything. The professors are more than willing to provide help because they want to see you succeed. Because it is so small, the ability to provide the additional help you may need is available. They know you by name and their placement rates are incredible. The campus is beautiful and rustic. When you walk on campus you can smell all of the fresh trees and surrounding the campus paths. The crimson red buildings are elegant and tall. With the bright sun and humid wind blowing throughout the year, you will see pages of studying students rustle throughout the campus table and benches. In the bright green grass, someone is always playing a song on the guitar or playing a sport. The student body is so outgoing and there is always something happening on campus for students to participate in. Sports are highly encouraged and the teams are like families. The encouragement from the student body creates booming throughout the arena that will last in you ears and throats for days. Not only is the campus beautiful and the school spirit high, anyone involved with the school is amazing. I have never met people that are so kind and willing to help with anything you may need. The ability to make anyone feel loved is such an easy job for the people here. There is never a dull moment on this small town campus if you’re willing to try new things.

Beryl - 04/08/2020

I love Southern Virginia University. I love the community and I especially love my relationships with my professors; they are so helpful and more than willing to help out. There's lots of ways to get involved and the performances are amazing. The choirs, band, and orchestra are amazing, and the theatrical productions are extremely well done. SVU is a small community but that's part of its beauty; the sense of unity is so strong. Overall, there's just such a positive atmosphere at SVU.

Merideth - 02/27/2020

I love Southern Virginia University! They are a great school and really look to help their students succeed. Professors are so willing to help you with class if you are not understanding the material right away. If the professor isn't available for some reason there are tutors to help you understand too. They make it so easy to succeed. The class sizes are small and intimate. I love this because it allows you to make connections with your classmates as well as with you professor which is super important for the future. There are lots of clubs and sports which makes it super easy to get involved and find that group of people where you feel like you belong.

Southern Virginia University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Southern Virginia University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Southern Virginia University is 45%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Dear Desiree, This is your future self, and I would like to provide you with some words of advice before you enter college. First of all, enjoy high school. Enjoy being able to spend time with your friends and family members who love you. Second, study for the ACT much more. A high ACT score will seriously enhance your opportunities for getting a scholarship. Third, do not give up on anything. If you know that "A" is attainable in math, no matter how often you need to go to th tutors, attain that "A." You can do it. Fourth, shoot for at least a 4 on the A.P. tests because some colleges only count 4's and above as college credit. Fifth, never change your dreams just because you feel intimidated by someone else. Take that intimidation and turn it into motivation to do even better. Sixth, get involved in extracurriculars, but manage your time carefully and put homework ahead of spending time with friends. Seventh, don't stress too much! High school (and life) is to be enjoyed. Embrace it and treasure each precious moment, because those moments don't last forever. Best of luck, Your future self

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very friendly and helpful to everyone around.

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Those who wish to attend Southern Virgina University should be a person with high standards and moral values. The SVU Honor Code closely follows the values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon church, and its standards. In fact this school's Honor Code closely follows the Honor Code that you would find at one of the BYU schools. A propective student planning on attending SVU should encompass its five core values which are scholarship, discipleship, accountability, enthusiasm, and refinement. They should be eager to learn, serve, be obedient, have fun and improve themselves.

    Read all  18 answers
  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who is ready to work hard and have and open flexible mind for learning.

    Read all  17 answers
  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It's a liberal arts college so the course requirements and majors are very broad, while other colleges are very specific. It's also much smaller than the other schools I considered. The environment at Southern Virginia University is very unique on its own. I haven't seen another college like it.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Sometimes the campus can feel "too small" and it can be somewhat difficult to escape for a while if you do not have a car.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It is a small, amazing community; Where the classes are small and every professor knows not only your name, but how to help yyou make the best of your education. They are interested in helping you graduate. There is a honor code that makes life on campus better, because you know that every last person has the same standards as you have.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    I am most excited about attending SVU because of the intimate learning environment and the strong LDS presence on campus. At larger schools it is all too easy to become a number, a mere statistic. SVU's approach to education, their "genius of small", is designed to best help students achieve academic success while still maintaining their individuality. The LDS values that shape campus life are both complimentary to the education program and they encourage students to make connections and to foster long-lasting uplifting relationships. At SVU you not only improve as a student but also as a person.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I will be a transfer student this fall so I am unsure of what this campus will have in store for me. I am trying to do the best research I can and so far the faculty has been very helpful.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Southern Virginia University is a small college where one can acheive their dreams if they put forth a lot of effort

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I can not afford to attend some times. I struggle with the finacial part of school. I love it at Southern Virginia University but even though i work so hard in my classes the scare of not being able to afford it frustrates me.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Southern Virginia University allows students a wholesome LDS environment where they are engaged in both the classroom and the community. Because of the smaller size of this magnificent university, students are able to interact with professors on a personal level which greatly enhances education. SVU is also a liberal arts college, so students are invited to explore a variety of engaging subjects as they learn how to become critical thinkers, communicate effectively, and gain and express enlightened opinions. Students who gain an education at SVU are prepared to enter the workforce or graduate school with outstanding confidence.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    The classes offered are rather diverse, but the language department is lacking seeing as there is only a few teachers that know multiple languages. There would be more if enough people came in and wanted to learn a new language

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Many people like the outdoor club and the cross country teams. I would say that the most popular activities are for the entire town also.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Our school may not look diverse on paper but it is in life. I feel like there are not any stereotypes here. There are many boys who play football and have the leading role in the school play. We are more than meets the eye.

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Student Body

Students

51%

female

49%

male

800

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

78%

Out-Of-State

22%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

28

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

72%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
2%
% White or Caucasian
74%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Southern Virginia University receive some sort of financial aid. 37% were awarded federal grants. While 59% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$14,900

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$7,500

Room and Board

23,600

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$18,782
$30 - $48K
$17,817
$48 - $75K
$19,031
$75 - $110K
$21,867
$110K & UP
$23,610

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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