Admissions & Aid

Southern Virginia University is a gathering place for Latter-day Saints and like-minded students. Our admissions directors are here to make your application and admission process as personalized and seamless as possible.


Online Application


Your application is a chance to tell us why you would be a good fit at Southern Virginia University. In addition to your academic record, we care about your character, motivation, and work-ethic — so please make sure to provide evidence of these traits in your application. Your admissions director will evaluate your application and make an admissions decision based on the information you provide.

Begin Online Application

For students who do not meet the minimum requirements for full acceptance, we may offer provisional acceptance to individuals who demonstrate the commitment to live our standards and the determination to improve academically. 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

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

Will Braddy

Will Braddy

Last Names: E-H

I graduated from Southern Virginia University with a major in Business Management and Leadership. Not only did I get a great education, but every aspect of the experience was also incredible and prepared me to be happy and successful after graduation. My beautiful wife (did I mention I also met her at Southern Virginia?) and I are now back in Virginia and I’m so excited for the chance to help others come and have the same life-changing experience I had.

Email: will.braddy@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8415

Brad Pinkston

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.

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

Jerica Johnson

Jerica Johnson

Last Names: O-R

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!

Email: jerica.johnson@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8417

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.

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

Brigham Doxey

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.

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

Bryce Pendleton

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.

Email: bryce.pendleton@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8435