#16 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, Virginia

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Southern Virginia University overview
Location Buena Vista, Virginia
Online svu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Southern Virginia University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Southern Virginia University is a private liberal arts college located in Buena Vista, Virginia, within close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and approximately three hours from Washington, D.C. Established in 1867, the university presents a picturesque campus known for its Jeffersonian architecture. The institution accommodates a largely undergraduate student population and provides a variety of on-campus housing options. Southern Virginia University operates with an open enrollment policy, allowing for a broadly inclusive admissions process. Academically, the university is recognized for programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as Visual and Performing Arts. While Southern Virginia University does not have a significant reputation for intercollegiate athletics, it offers a range of sports programs and competes in the NCAA Division III as the Knights.

In the most recent statistical year 1,090 prospective students applied, and 1,084 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 380 enrolled in the school.  1,010 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 43 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $18,858 plus fees of $250. SVU is ranked 984 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












SVU is rated within the lower 26% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Southern Virginia University overview
SAT 900/1250
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.19

Applications Accepted

Southern Virginia University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $35

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Southern Virginia University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$250
Room and Board $9,150
Budget for Other Expenses$3,500
Total One Year Cost$33,258

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

25% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern Virginia University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 15%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
English and Literature 13%
Work and Family Studies 12%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=233611 IPEDS survey data for Southern Virginia University.

Current students may use the Southern Virginia University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.