Southern Virginia University provides the finest undergraduate, liberal arts education in a Latter-day Saint environment.
Founded in 1867 as a school for girls, Southern Virginia has served Latter-day Saints and those with similar values since 1996. It is the only liberal arts university with a Latter-day Saint environment. By fostering both academic and spiritual growth, the university prepares its students to become leader-servants in their communities, homes and workplaces.
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.
By studying classical and modern thinkers, artists, musicians, and writers, students at Southern Virginia discover how to learn. A liberal arts education teaches students to think critically, write analytically and argue effectively.
Additionally, small class sizes and opportunities for one-on-one mentoring help students reach their full potential and develop a desire to become lifelong learners.
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 Code of Honor.
With a 93-percent LDS student body, the largest Institute of Religion on the East Coast and a YSA stake serving campus, Southern Virginia provides a great atmosphere for both secular and religious learning.
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, every student has opportunities to participate in a variety of interests and do the things they love most.