Admissions & Aid

Southern Virginia University is a gathering place for Latter-day Saints and those with similar values. Our admissions team is here to make your application and admission process as personalized and seamless as possible.

Online Application

The online application is your chance to tell us about yourself and why you would be a good fit for Southern Virginia. We will evaluate your application and make an admissions decision based on the information you provide.

Our goal is to lift students and help them maximize their abilities. We care about your character, motivation, and work-ethic as well as your academic record, so please make sure these traits shine through in your application and essays.

While we do have minimum academic requirements for full acceptance, we also offer provisional acceptance for students who demonstrate a commitment to live our standards and the determination to improve academically.

Begin Online Application

*Returning students who have discontinued or deferred enrollment for one or more semesters should contact an admissions director for specific instructions on how to re-apply.

Application Verification

Standardized Test Scores

Official Transcripts

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Standardized Test Scores

You can have your SAT or ACT scores sent directly to Southern Virginia with the following codes: SAT 5625; ACT 4400. Score reports that appear on an official high school transcript are also acceptable. Incoming freshmen must submit test scores before they can be considered for acceptance. 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 from high school can submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts to be considered for acceptance but must re-submit official transcripts after graduation before beginning classes.

Transfer students who have attempted at least 24 college credits should submit transcripts from their previous college(s). Homeschool students should talk to their admissions director about submitting a portfolio of their work.

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

In order to begin classes, you must submit a signed endorsement from an ecclesiastical leader. For Latter-day Saints, this will be your bishop, branch president, mission president, or member of your stake presidency. For members of other faiths, this can be a clergy member or the Dean of Students at Southern Virginia University.

The Ecclesiastical Endorsement provides us with a third-party endorsement of your commitment to live and uphold our Code of Honor. While we can accept your application prior to submission of this form, your ability to begin classes is conditional on the successful completion and submission of a signed Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

Download Student Pledge & Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Meet Your Admissions Director


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.


Jerica Johnson

Last Names: E-H

I am a California girl that has always loved the beauty of the East Coast. I love to travel and have been to 15 different countries. I am one of six girls and I always find myself on crazy adventures with my sisters. I love to explore and try new things. I love animals, especially my dachshund, Arthur. I recently graduated from Southern Virginia University where I majored in history with a minor in politics. I love this school, I love its values, and I love how it has helped me grow. I cannot wait to share that love with you!


Brad Pinkston

Last Names: I-N

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.


Mikayla Skouson

Last Names: O-R

I am a Vegas native that moved to the lush and beautiful East Coast! Before trekking across the United States, I was a music teacher and enjoyed the challenge that the classroom offered. I have a love for tiny homes, indoor plants, card games, and cooking. I ended up at Southern Virginia University by chance and have enjoyed every minute. This school offers a personalized education that really caters to you and your career goals. I would love to share more of what made me love Southern Virginia University.


Zach Cochran

Zach Cochran

Last Names: S-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.


Brigham Doxey

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.


Bryce Pendleton

Art & Design Recruiter

I have an awesome job. After I graduated from Southern Virginia University in 2010, I studied architecture at one of the top design schools in the country. Now, I’m back at my alma mater where I work as the University’s creative director and I teach 2D and 3D Design. But the best part is, I get to help talented artists and designers find their voice at Southern Virginia, just like I did.