Southern Virginia University

Overview of Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University is located in Buena Vista, VA (a town not particularly near any major cities). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by Southern Virginia University is the Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

The school is known for its programs in art studies, drama and performing arts, family and social work, music, nutrition and exercise therapy.

Southern Virginia University Selectivity

Southern Virginia University does not offer open admission. The school admitted just 99% of applicants in 2007-2008. Three quarters of students in 2007-2008 had SAT verbal scores of at least 450. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 450 and 570.

Student Body

The school had 701 enrolled students in 2007-2008.

Student Life

Southern Virginia University has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Southern Virginia University values student athletics, and belongs to the Independent Mid-South Region, Independent Mid-South Region, Independent Mid-South Region, Independent Mid-South Region.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"Our mission is to prepare leader-servants in the workplace and the world, in the community and the church, and in the home. We serve faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and welcome all who live our values. We accomplish our mission by providing the finest undergraduate education available in letters, arts, and sciences within a wholesome Latter-day Saint environment. Students, faculty, and staff at Southern Virginia University are committed to being academically or professionally accomplished, spiritually rooted, service oriented, and self-reliant. We embody Southern Virginia's core values, which are scholarship, discipleship, accountability, enthusiasm, and refinement. Southern Virginia University seeks to establish a replicable self-sustaining model of higher education that can serve Latter-day Saints throughout the world."

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Contacting Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista , VA 24416
General Phone: (540) 261-8400

Southern Virginia University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts36Spanish language, history, English, liberal arts and sciences, political science
Business and Management33business
Drama and Performing Arts9stagecraft
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8recreation and leisure studies
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Family and Social Work5family studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Art Studies0visual and performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Virginia University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree11314

Southern Virginia University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Virginia University had a total enrollment of 701 students (647 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 41%
20-21 23%
22-24 22%
25-29 9%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina4%
New York2%
South Carolina1%
New Jersey1%
New Mexico1%

Southern Virginia University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 52 %
Part-Time 100 %

Southern Virginia University Room and Board (2007)

Southern Virginia University offers campus housing for 680 of its 647 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Buena Vista, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southern Virginia University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450580
SAT Math450570
SAT Writing450570
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT52%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT60%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern Virginia University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,500
Room and board $ 5,500
Room charge $ 2,900
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,600
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,300

Financial Aid:
Southern Virginia University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 373800)

Southern Virginia University Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year1*0*
Associate professoracademic year2*1*
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year3$64,7482*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Virginia University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Independent Mid-South Region
Basketball Independent Mid-South Region
Baseball Independent Mid-South Region
Track Independent Mid-South Region

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6713

Southern Virginia University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

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Southern Virginia University Highlights

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What Sets Southern Virginia University Apart:

% of degrees in family and social work
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Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Southern Virginia University Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Southern Virginia University % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Southern Virginia University % of degrees in art studies
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Southern Virginia University % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% of degrees in music
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Southern Virginia University % of degrees in music
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Southern Virginia University Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
% of degrees in liberal arts
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 14%Southern Virginia University % of degrees in liberal arts
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Southern Virginia University Number of degree programs

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