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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  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 an above-average private university located in Buena Vista, Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 756 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Virginia acceptance rate is 45%. Popular majors include Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Human Development. Graduating 33% of students, Southern Virginia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,100.
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
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

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
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Academics

Professors
B+
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 University Reviews

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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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I love the campus at Southern Virginia University. The campus is comfortable and student friendly, a really great environment for all. If you're looking for a better teacher to student ratio or for greater understanding of each subject because of all of the one-on-one time with the teachers. The staff seems to really care about each of the students. One of my favorite parts is the nature around the campus, its very peaceful. Its perfect for studying, relaxing, and pondering about everything and anything. Its a college that adjusts to people and their needs and likes. This is the campus and college for everybody and I truly believe that.
During my first experience here, I thought of Southern Virginia University as a "settling" school; the only reason I was there was because I had missed the deadlines for all the better colleges. Many of my complaints regarding the school still stand: the campus is small; the food is inconsistent at best, and the school's budget does not yet allow for a staggering variety of majors and minors. However, I have come to realize that SVU has something going for it that very few private universities can claim: the faculty cares. They really do. I have had maybe one experience thus far where I struggled in a class due to lack of cooperation from a professor. I also cannot understate that it is thrilling to be a part of a college that is growing this rapidly. I really feel as though I'm helping to build something huge. As far as small liberal arts colleges go, Southern Virginia is just about as good as it gets.