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

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The Genius of Small

  • 16:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 98% rate their relationships with professors above average
  • 93% engage in athletics, performing arts and other extracurricular activities

Enrollment (Fall 2012)

  • 729 students from 45 states and 10 foreign countries
  • 52% women; 48% men
  • 92% Latter-day Saints
  • 22% are returned missionaries
  • 10% are married

Scholarships and Aid

  • 98% of students receive financial aid
  • Special grants for LDS returned missionaries


  • 95% rate their educational experience as “good” or “excellent”
  • Seniors outperform 93% of their peers nationally in their ability to think critically and write analytically
  • Nearly 9-in-10 of job-seeking graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation
  • 42% of all graduates have attended graduate school
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges


  • More than 40% of students participate in athletics
  • Provisional member of the NCAA Division III
  • Member of Capital Athletic Conference

About Southern Virginia University

Founded in 1867 and renewed in 1996, Southern Virginia holds the unique reputation of being the only liberal arts university in a Latter-day Saint environment. We are dedicated to the betterment of its students both academically and spiritually.

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, students at Southern Virginia discover how to learn. A liberal arts education instills in students a desire to develop their minds and talents and provides them the tools to do so, even after their graduation.

Latter-day Saint Environment

Southern Virginia embraces the values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our students receive spiritual strength in being surrounded by others who are equally devoted to upholding the high moral, ethical and personal standards outlined in our Honor Code.

Six young single adult wards make up the only young single stake outside of Utah. Southern Virginia also hosts the largest daytime Institute on the east coast, providing 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 Southern Virginia’s intentionally small student body, everyone has the opportunities they need to do the things they love the most.