306 reviews
  1. Buena Vista, VA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    D
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Southern Virginia University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference
Address
1 University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
47%
SAT Scores Range
908-1163
ACT Scores Range
20-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Southern Virginia University

Cost

Net Price
$21,863/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,282/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,755/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,799/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,949/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,333/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
683Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
42%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Mormon
    69%
  • Kind
    25%
  • Judgmental
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.23 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • The Genius of Small
    65%
  • The power of small
    24%
  • All In
    6%
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
    6%

After Southern Virginia University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
31%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
80%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

Southern Virginia University Reviews

306 reviews
All Categories
SVU has an absolutely stunning campus and the college community is friendly and hard working. The music program, which is one I have been looking into a lot of recent, and interested in pursuing, is very professional, and willing to answer any questions, and invest time and effort into bringing hard working and talented students into their program. I am impressed with the quality of the student participation in answering questions specific to the music department, or questions about the general campus and living. Quality of professors is very high, and I have talked to some of them on a personal basis, and they too are willing to invest time into encouraging and helping students. Overall, a wonderful University, and I would proudly say, whether this was anonymous or not, that I consider this University one of the highest of its kind in the nation.
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Fantastic School. I'm a senior and I have loved the quality education I have received and the opportunity to participate in multiple meaningful extra-curriculars. I am a full-time student involved in the men's tennis team, student-athlete advisory committee, and part time work at the school doing actual work in the business world. The Professors are incredible. I literally texted 2 of my professors last week to ask for help on homework problems and they helped me. They actually care about you, your education, and your future opportunities. I would recommend it to anyone. Students are also nice, lots of LDS kids.
Southern Virginia University is a historical campus overlooking the charming small town of Buena Vista. Classes are intimate and the professors have a good relationship with each of their students. There are a wide variety of clubs, such as Mixed Martial Arts, The SVU Underground, The choir group, "Fading Point", the comedy troupe, "Shenanigans", and much more. Performances put on by the students are remarkable and professional. 95% of the student body identifies as Christian and Sundays are observed with church services and hymns. I would like to see more affordable tuition so that the students can keep coming to this wonderful campus to study and grow.