Admissions & Aid

Follow our four-step process to apply for admission to Southern Virginia University. Our friendly admissions counselors are here to help every step of the way.

Admissions Process

Online Application


Standardized Test Scores

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Online Application

Incoming students must complete the online application. 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-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.