Admissions & Aid

Our simple, four-step application process and personal, caring admissions counselors make it easy to apply to Southern Virginia University.

Admissions Process

Online Application

Official Transcripts

Standardized Test Scores

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Online Application

Incoming students must complete the online application along with the $35 application fee. The application contains your personal information, information from your parents and details of your educational and extracurricular activities, including service, athletics and fine arts.

The online application is your opportunity to tell us who you are, what you’ve accomplished and why you think Southern Virginia is a good fit for you. Southern Virginia University uses a “rolling admission policy” and does not have a set application deadline. The online application will remain active and students may apply for admission until all classroom and residence hall availability has been filled.

International students must comply with additional application steps. Learn more

Returning students who have discontinued or deferred their enrollment for one or more semesters are generally not required to submit a new application. They should contact their admissions counselors for specific instructions on how to re-apply.

Rather than admissions deadlines, Southern Virginia uses a “rolling admissions” process. Applicants may be admitted to the university as long as there is classroom space and residence hall availability. However, students who complete the admissions process early usually have more options for their class schedule and residence hall selections.

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Official Transcripts

Students applying to Southern Virginia with less than 24 attempted college credits are required to submit an unofficial copy of their high school transcript along with their application. After graduating high school, students are required to submit an official copy.

Transfer students are those who have attempted 24 or more college level semester credit hours. All transfer students must submit official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions (college) that they have attended.

Homeschool students applying to Southern Virginia with less than 24 attempted college credits are required to submit one of the following:

  1. High school transcript (for those who can provide an accredited high school transcript)
  2. General Educational Development (GED)
  3. Homeschool Portfolio

Transcripts should be mailed (not faxed) directly to the Admissions Office:

Office of Admissions
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Standardized Test Scores

All applicants must submit an ACT or three-part SAT score report (score reports that appear on an official high school transcript are acceptable). The minimum standardized test scores for consideration for admission to Southern Virginia University are a 17 on the ACT or an SAT minimum requirement of 810 (two part), or 1210 (three part). However, the average freshman scores are approximately a 23 on the ACT or 1550 on the SAT.

Provisional acceptance may be offered to students with lower-than-average academic credentials. Applicants are encouraged to take the ACT and/or SAT two or more times.

Transfer students who have attempted 24 or more college level semester credit hours are not required to submit standardized test scores.

It is recommended that students take the tests near the end of their junior year of high school and again the following fall. The highest cumulative score(s) achieved on a single test date will be used for the admissions evaluation.

Please request that the College Board SAT or ACT send your scores directly to Southern Virginia University using the following codes:

  • Southern Virginia’s SAT code: 5625
  • Southern Virginia’s ACT code: 4400


Ecclesiastical Endorsement

All students who wish to attend Southern Virginia University must submit an Ecclesiastical Endorsement regardless of their religious affiliation. Please print a copy of the Ecclesiastical Endorsement (PDF) and give it to your ecclesiastical leader to fill out and return to Southern Virginia’s Admissions Office. An Ecclesiastical Endorsement must be submitted before an admissions decision can be made.

The Ecclesiastical Endorsement, along with the student pledge in the online application, is a vital measurement by which Southern Virginia can assess your commitment to live by the principles expressed in our Code of Honor.

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Meet Your Admissions Counselor


Craig Lund

Last Names: A-E

I used to tell people my claims to fame were playing on two National Championship football teams at the University of Oklahoma and serving an LDS mission in South America. But now my claim to fame, together with my wife, is having raised five good children; four of whom have graduated from Southern Virginia. I grew up playing in rock bands, playing sports, and spending time with my family. My favorite band right now is Imagine Dragons.



Neely Pendleton

Last Names: F-K

Don’t let my height fool you. I may be the shortest person in the Admissions office (by far), but I’m a two-time national karate champion with a 2nd degree black belt — so watch out.

After serving a Spanish-speaking LDS mission in Tempe, AZ, I left my home state of New Jersey for Southern Virginia University where I majored in Spanish and cheered for the Knights. For the last few years I’ve been a Spanish teacher and cheer coach while my husband pursued a graduate degree in architecture. Now we’re back in Buena Vista with our dog Tia at the school we love and the place we call home. Go Knights!



Shoushig Stokes

Last Names: L-Q

With a name like that, you’re probably wondering whats my ethnicity. I’m Armenian, and also Ecuadorian! My name means lily in Armenian. I’m from Brooklyn NY, and a recent graduate from Southern Virginia with a Family and Child Development Major. I met my best friend here at SVU on the first day of freshmen orientation back in 2011. My best friend soon became my husband 17 months after I returned from serving a full time mission in Armenia. I love a good Latin dance session, and jamming out to opera. But most importantly I love Southern Virginia University so much. It truly has lead me/prepared me to do and receive so many wonderful things.



Chelsea Burgoyne

Last Names: R-Z

I graduated from Southern Virginia with a major in Liberal Arts and a minor in Mathematics. Originally, I am from Las Vegas, Nevada, but I have grown to love the beauty of the East. I really enjoy exploring and visiting new places with my husband. I also love to watercolor and experiment with other artistic mediums. My husband and I met here at Southern Virginia and we live in Buena Vista with our new puppy, Argos.