Southern Virginia University provides the finest undergraduate, liberal arts education in a Latter-day Saint environment.

Fast Facts (Fall 2012)

  • 729 students
  • 52% women, 48% men
  • 16:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 3.32 average GPA for incoming freshmen
  • 92% Latter-day Saints

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Founded in 1867 and renewed in 1996, Southern Virginia is one of 50 top All-American Colleges chosen by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Set in the majestic Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Southern Virginia University rests atop a tree-shaded hill in Buena Vista, Virginia.


Excellent Liberal Arts Education



By studying classical and modern thinkers, artists, musicians and writers, Southern Virginia students discover how to learn. A liberal arts education instills in students a desire to continue developing their minds and talents long after they graduate from Southern Virginia.


Latter-day Saint Environment



Southern Virginia University is the only private liberal arts college that embraces the values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our students take comfort in being surrounded by others who are equally dedicated to upholding the high moral, ethical and personal standards outlined in our Code of Honor.

Home to six young single adult wards and the largest running daytime Institute in the East, Southern Virginia provides a great atmosphere for both secular and religious learning.


Opportunities to Participate



Our well-rounded students strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits through both curricular and extracurricular activities on campus. Because of what we call "The Genius of Small," Southern Virginia students have the opportunities they need to do the things they love the most.