Southern Virginia University

302 reviews
  1. Buena Vista, VA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    D
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
47%
SAT Range
908-1163
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$21,863/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,282/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,755/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,799/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,949/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,333/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
683Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
42%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Mormon
    69%
  • Kind
    25%
  • Judgmental
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.23 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • The Genius of Small
    65%
  • The power of small
    24%
  • All In
    6%
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
    6%

After Southern Virginia University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
31%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
80%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

Reviews

302 reviews
  • Excellent
    80
  • Very Good
    109
  • Average
    78
  • Poor
    23
  • Terrible
    12
Amazing Options – I have just this semester transferred to Southern Virginia University, and have only just recently decided my major. I have not been able to take any art classes but from the research I have done and the people I have met I am definitely satisfied with what they have going here. All of the professors, not just for my profession, are extremely qualified and have made extensive trips into the field. Since they also work here on such a small campus, they also are dedicated to making individual connections with each student. It is amazing here!
  • College Sophomore
  • Feb 18 2012
Fantastic School. I'm a senior and I have loved the quality education I have received and the opportunity to participate in multiple meaningful extra-curriculars. I am a full-time student involved in the men's tennis team, student-athlete advisory committee, and part time work at the school doing actual work in the business world. The Professors are incredible. I literally texted 2 of my professors last week to ask for help on homework problems and they helped me. They actually care about you, your education, and your future opportunities. I would recommend it to anyone. Students are also nice, lots of LDS kids.
  • Senior
  • 1 month ago
For Being So Small, We've Got Game! Our athletics are currently transferring from the NAIA division to Division III. But even though we are small, we take sports seriously! We have experienced, knowledgeable, qualified head coaches. This past season, our women's volleyball team got 3rd in Nationals, our men's and women's basketball teams made it to the second round, and our men's baseball team got 4th. So for being such a small school, we can put up a pretty big fight!
  • College Sophomore
  • June 14 2012