Admissions & Aid

Southern Virginia is a gathering place for young Latter-day Saints. We want you here. Our admissions directors make your experience coming to Southern Virginia personalized and friendly. They’re available to help you through every step of the admissions, enrollment, and financial aid process.

Online Application

Our 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. Our goal is to evaluate whether this is the best place for you to learn and thrive.

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

If you have struggled academically in the past, our goal is to lift you, not exclude you. We do have minimum academic requirements for full acceptance, but if your GPA or test scores are lower, you can still receive provisional acceptance where you’ll be required to take some additional preliminary courses during your first year. Make it clear in your application why you think you’ll be able to improve and succeed if you come to Southern Virginia.

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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 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.


Aaron Carlson

Last Names: S-Z

Born and raised in Colorado, I developed a love for athletics, adventure, and the outdoors. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Russian and subsequently received a master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. My post-graduate work has placed me in educational institutions in a wide array of roles, cultures, and age groups, and has given me invaluable exposure to what does and does not work in education. I love Southern Virginia University’s individualized approach to higher education and I can’t wait to tell you more about how this university can help you develop personally and professionally as well as acquire gainful employment after graduation. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Brigham Doxey

Performing Arts Recruiter

I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, but I have lived in Buena Vista and been involved with Southern Virginia for about a decade. I have really come to love the university and all that I have been able to do here. I am a business management and leadership major, but I have participated in theater, a cappella, choir, student executive council, comedy improv, and soccer. While I enjoy just about any physical activity, I also love to read and write. I learned to tolerate the cold from serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to northern Alberta. I love Southern Virginia and feel lucky to be a part of it.


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.