C+
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
    D+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    D-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  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
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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
45%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
928-1140
ACT Range
16-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$22,128/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,782/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,817/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,031/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,867/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,610/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
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
756Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
42%
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
95%
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
$34,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
33%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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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!
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SVU is a great University. It’s small with a tight-nit community. The classes available are great, and the professors here are super nice. Although many people love small universities, I feel that SVU’s main issues come from being so small. There isn’t much to do in town, it’s difficult to not have a car since most things to do are driving distance but not walking distance, and there just aren’t as many classes available as I would like. However, SVU does plan on expanding within the next two years or so, as does the town it is in. This should solve most of these problems, I assume. And even with these issues, my overall experience at SVU has been pretty great.
Overall, my experience with Southern Virginia University was rewarding, and although difficult, was a good learning experience. The professors were fantastic and actually cared about you as an individual, and your scholastic needs. To let the students have a more individualized learning experience the class sizes tended to be small. The surrounding scenery and architecture of the building were beautiful, though the latter is in great need of repair. For those who had dietary restrictions, the food was sub-par. It is generally not a party or drug school, and the students tended to be ignorant of those who were not of the same religion.