Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at SVU are mostly White with a small Multiracial population. The school has low racial diversity. 20% percent of students are minorities or students of color. The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Southern Virginia University students
Race Percent of Students
White 80%
Black 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 1%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 7%
International 2%
Race Unknown 1%

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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 12% more female students than male students enrolled at Southern Virginia University with a gender ratio of 53% women to 47% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, SVU has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Southern Virginia University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 47%
Women 53%
Enrollment by gender for Southern Virginia University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 483
Women 540

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very High

SVU serves a very high number of out-of-state students with 88% of the student body residing outside of Virginia or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Southern Virginia University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 12%
Out of State 84%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 3%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$65,610 per year

41% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 11.5%
Part time Undergrads 2.2%

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