Admissions & Aid

Southern Virginia University is a gathering place for faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and like-minded students. To apply for admission, please follow the below process.


Online Application


The online application is the first step in our admissions process and your chance to tell us why you would be a good fit at Southern Virginia University. In addition to your academic record, we consider your character, motivation, and work-ethic—so please provide evidence of these in your application. Your admissions director will evaluate your online application and respond within a few days to share our admissions decision.

Begin Online Application

In order to earn full acceptance, high school graduates must meet or exceed our minimum academic requirements: cumulative 2.5 GPA and 17 ACT or 850 SAT. Likewise, college transfer students must have earned a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA at their previous institution to earn full acceptance. Students who do not meet these minimum academic requirements for full acceptance may earn provisional acceptance by demonstrating a strong commitment to our standards and motivation to improve academically. Returning students who have discontinued or deferred enrollment for one or more semesters should contact their admissions director for instructions to re-apply.


Application Verification


In order to verify the information provided in their online application, students must submit the following:


Standardized Test Scores

Official Transcripts

Ecclesiastical Endorsement


Standardized Test Scores

Incoming freshmen must submit their standardized test score(s)—ACT or SAT—using the following codes for Southern Virginia University: ACT 4400 or SAT 5625. Score reports on an official high school transcript are also acceptable. Standardized test scores are not required for transfer students.

Instructions to Submit SAT Scores
Instructions to Submit ACT Scores


Official Transcripts

Incoming freshmen must submit official transcripts from the high school where they graduated. Students who have not yet graduated may submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts to be considered for acceptance, but official transcripts are required before beginning classes. Transfer students who have attempted at least 24 college credits must submit official transcripts from any previous college(s) attended. Homeschooled students should talk to their admissions director about submitting a portfolio of their work.


Ecclesiastical Endorsement

To verify commitment to the Code of Honor, all students must submit a completed Ecclesiastical Endorsement before beginning classes. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should receive an endorsement from their bishop, branch president, mission president, or stake presidency member. Those of other faiths should receive an endorsement from a clergy member. Non-religious applicants may receive an endorsement from the Dean of Students.

Download Student Pledge & Ecclesiastical Endorsement


Meet Your Admissions Director


Craig Lund

Craig Lund

Last Names: A-D

I used to tell people my claims to fame were playing on two National Championship football teams at the University of Oklahoma and serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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.

Email: craig.lund@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8418

Madison Hugie

Madison Hugie

Last Names: E-H

I received my bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University in history and anthropology and I will finish my master’s in public administration this May. I love the outdoors and I’m always looking for my next adventure. My husband and I love to travel, experience new cultures, and explore, especially when we can bring along our golden doodle! My passions lie in helping others reach their full academic potential and it is an honor to be part of Southern Virginia University!

Email: madison.hugie@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8415

Brad Pinkston

Brad Pinkston

Last Names: I-O

I am a Southern Virginia University graduate with liberal arts degree focused in history. I was born and raised in Southern California and I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kyiv, Ukraine. My wife and I live in Buena Vista and enjoy taking our one-year-old son on hikes through the Blue Ridge Mountains. We love the history and beauty of the East Coast. I played volleyball and football in high school and I love Southern Virginia Knights Athletics. This University has a special place in my heart and I feel blessed to be a part of it.

Email: brad.pinkston@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8428

Zach Cochran

Zach Cochran

Last Names: P-Z

Moving from the Green Mountain State of Vermont to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I was drawn to the hometown feel of Buena Vista. After serving a mission in Brazil, I attended Southern Virginia University where I obtained not only a degree in Business Management and Leadership, but also a wife and baby boy. After I graduated, I couldn’t resist the chance to stay as an admissions director. Now I get to help students navigate the college admissions process and find their home here just like I did. I hope to open up doors to a brighter future for every student. When I’m not in the office, you’ll find me playing pick-up ball, pushing a stroller around town, or cooking some burgers on the grill.

Email: zach.cochran@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8416

Brigham Doxey

Brigham Doxey

Fine & Performing Arts Recruiter

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, I have lived in Buena Vista and been involved with Southern Virginia for about a decade, and have come to love this university and all that I have been able to do here. I graduated in business and creative writing, but also participated in theater, a cappella, choir, student executive council, comedy improv, and soccer. The opportunity to be involved in a number of extracurriculars while studying multiple things I loved is why I chose Southern Virginia, and I feel lucky to be a part of helping others experience that now.

Email: brigham.doxey@svu.edu
Phone: 540-836-8470