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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Southern Virginia is a private university located in Buena Vista, Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 853 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Virginia acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Human Development. Graduating 27% of students, Southern Virginia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,500.
About Southern Virginia University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference
Address
1 University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Website
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Southern Virginia University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
800-1090
ACT Range
14-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$20,017/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,929/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
853Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
58
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
44%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Mormon
    65%
  • Kind
    24%
  • Judgmental
    12%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
79%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • The Genius of Small
    61%
  • The power of small
    22%
  • All In
    6%
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
    6%
  • In the middle of nowhere
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
27%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
82%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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The university is absolutely incredible; the campus is beautiful and has a very vibrant atmosphere. One thing that I love about Southern Virginia University is the level of involvement, in a couple contexts. First off, a high percentage of students are involved in an extracurricular activity; there are many opportunities to find a passion and get involved. On another note, the university works with students to get involved in a real-world context; students are encouraged and guided to different internship opportunities to be able to give knowledge and experience. I also generally love that, as a smaller university, there is more of a chance to get to know your professors better and to really, deeply further your education.
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Southern Virginia University is full of people who care about the school and each student enrolled in the school. There are excellent, qualified professors, and plenty of other students and faculty alike who are anxiously engaged in helping you get the most out of your experience there. With a wide breadth of classes there are many opportunities to try out new things and participate in various programs even if it’s outside of your particular major. In many ways it is a great place to learn and grow.
However, in recent years there has been a bit of a shift in the educational priority of the school and the focus now seems to be more on recruiting and growing the size and monetary value of the university, rather than sustaining or increasing the quality of providing a well-rounded, Liberal Arts education for each individual student.
Even so, there are still wonderful people here and opportunities to be involved in some wonderful things.
Southern Virginia is a great school that enables you to meet many people and get to know them personally because of its small class sizes. Professors are more than happy to help students with questions about assignments, tests, and school in general. Because the class sizes are few, you are able to get to know your professors on a personal level and it makes the classes more enjoyable. If your looking for a school that has good moral values and a friendly environment, Southern Virginia University is perfect!