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About Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University is a private, religious school in an small town setting in Buena Vista, Virginia. Southern Virginia University was founded in 1867 and now enrolls around 749 students a year, including 749 undergrads.

Southern Virginia University offers housing for up to 500 students. The majority of students live on-campus.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Southern Virginia University's endowment was valued at $1 million in 2021. The institution spends around $5,102 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Southern Virginia University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 52%
Average GPA 3.2
Mean ACT score 23
Tuition $17,960

2022 Southern Virginia University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Southern Virginia University Early Admission

Southern Virginia University does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Southern Virginia University

It is moderately difficult to get into Southern Virginia University. The acceptance rate at Southern Virginia University is 52%. In 2021, 699 out of 1,346 total applicants were accepted.

Southern Virginia University Waitlist

Southern Virginia University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Southern Virginia University?

Southern Virginia University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Southern Virginia University, applicants must submit the following items.

Southern Virginia University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Other Requirements ecclesiastical endorsement
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Southern Virginia University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Southern Virginia University is 3.2 /4.0. The mean ACT score for Southern Virginia University students is 23.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Southern Virginia University.

Does Southern Virginia University Require Test Scores?

Southern Virginia University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Dorms at Southern Virginia University

Yes! Southern Virginia University provides on-campus housing for up to 500 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Southern Virginia University.

Financial Aid at Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University meets 60.08% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $9,422 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Southern Virginia University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Virginia University

About 48% of students who start at Southern Virginia University return for their second year of college.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Southern Virginia University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $15,444 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Southern Virginia University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Southern Virginia University a good school for you?

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Where is Southern Virginia University Located?

Southern Virginia University is located in the small town setting of Buena Vista, Virginia.

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College Info

One College Hill Drive Buena Vista, VA 24416

Campus Setting: Small Town

Southern Virginia University Application Deadline

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Southern Virginia University ACT Scores


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20 - 26

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Southern Virginia University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Southern Virginia University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Southern Virginia University SAT Scores


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Southern Virginia University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Southern Virginia University is like? There are approximately 749 students enrolled at Southern Virginia University. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 26% percent are from VA and 74% percent of students are from other states.


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