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1Online Application

Incoming students must complete the online application along with the $35 application fee. 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.

Begin Online Application

2Official Transcripts

Students applying to Southern Virginia with less than 24 attempted college credits are required to submit an official copy of their high school transcript along with their application. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office (do not fax):

Office of Admissions
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Minimum Grade Point Average

The minimum cumulative grade point average for consideration for admission to Southern Virginia University is 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale. However, the average freshman GPA is approximately 3.25.

Provisional acceptance may be offered to students with lower-than-average academic credentials.


3Standardized 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 1210 on the three-part SAT. 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.

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


4Ecclesiastical 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.


Application Review Process

To be admitted to Southern Virginia University, all freshmen applications undergo a comprehensive review that considers the following elements:

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Unweighted cumulative high school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Seminary attendance
  • AP/IB/honors courses taken
  • Service, including mission, community, or other service
  • Leadership
  • Extracurricular activities and individual talents
  • Other special circumstances or accomplishments

Recommended High School Courses

Applicants should demonstrate completion of a strong college preparatory schedule by completing the following recommended high school courses:

  • Four years of English or literature
  • At least three years of math (algebra I and higher)
  • At least two years of science (one laboratory)
  • At least two years of social studies
  • At least two years of foreign language

Variations to this recommended distribution of courses may be appropriate for some college preparation programs and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

1Online Application

Incoming students must complete the online application along with the $35 application fee. 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.

Begin Online Application

2Official Transcripts

Students who have attempted 24 or more college level semester credit hours are considered transfer students. All transfer students must submit official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions (college) that they have attended, along with their application. Standardized test scores are not required for transfer applicants. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office:

Office of Admissions
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Minimum Grade Point Average

The minimum cumulative grade point average for consideration for admission to Southern Virginia University is 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale. However, the average freshman GPA is approximately 3.25. Provisional acceptance may be offered to students with lower-than-average academic credentials.


3Ecclesiastical 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.


Application Review Process

To be admitted to Southern Virginia University, all transfer applications undergo a comprehensive review that considers the following elements:

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Unweighted cumulative college GPA
  • Service, including mission, community, or other service
  • Leadership
  • Extracurricular activities and individual talents
  • Other special circumstances or accomplishments

1Online Application

Incoming students must complete the online application along with the $35 application fee. 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.

Begin Online Application

2Standardized Test Scores

All homeschooled 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 1210 on the three-part SAT. 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.

It is recommended that students take the tests near the end of their junior year of high school (or the equivalent thereof) 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


3One of the Following:

Official Transcripts

Homeschool students applying to Southern Virginia with less than 24 attempted college credits who have an accredited high school transcript are required to submit an official copy along with their application. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office:

Office of Admissions
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

General Equivalency Diploma

The General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has American high-school level academic skills. The GED is also referred to as a General Equivalency Diploma, General Education Diploma, or Graduate Equivalency Degree.

Homeschool Portfolio

Homeschooled students are welcome to supply a homeschool portfolio for the acceptance committee’s consideration. Portfolios will be assessed in four categories: Language Arts, Math and Sciences, Social Sciences, and Electives and Extracurricular Activities.

Get advice on preparing the homeschool portfolio


4Ecclesiastical 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.


Application Review Process

To be admitted to Southern Virginia University, all freshmen applications undergo a comprehensive review that considers the following elements:

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Unweighted cumulative high school GPA or homeschool portfolio
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Seminary attendance
  • Homeschool courses taken
  • Service, including mission, community, or other service
  • Leadership
  • Extracurricular activities and individual talents
  • Other special circumstances or accomplishments

Recommended Homeschool Courses

Applicants should demonstrate completion of a strong college preparatory schedule by completing the following recommended homeschool courses:

  • Four years of English or literature
  • At least three years of math (algebra I and higher)
  • At least two years of science (one laboratory)
  • At least two years of social studies
  • At least two years of foreign language

Variations to this recommended distribution of courses may be appropriate for some college preparation programs and will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Advice on Preparing the Homeschool Portfolio

Although we do not have a specific outline for the homeschool portfolio, past students have included such information as:

  • A Homeschool Transcript
  • Summaries of projects completed
  • A list of books read
  • Graded math tests or exams
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Field trips
  • Graded essays
  • Letters of recommendation

Students should feel free to show their creativity and individuality when putting together their portfolios. The point is to showcase their education and abilities and to give evidence of their ability to succeed at Southern Virginia.

Southern Virginia University welcomes international* applicants. Because foreign applications often take more time and effort to prepare and process, review the requirements for application carefully. Be sure to plan for enough time to prepare the application, secure finances, receive an I-20, and obtain a visa. If you have questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

*Aside from the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, Canadian students may follow the same application procedures as American Citizens.

International students outside the U.S. and Canada seeking admission to Southern Virginia University must submit the following items:

1Online Application

International applicants must complete the online application, which 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.

Begin Online Application

Application and Administrative Fees

In addition to the $35 application fee required for all applicants, students outside of the United States and Canada are also required to pay a non-refundable $255 administration fee. This fee will be fully applied to your first semester of tuition. Your application cannot be accepted until these fees ($290 total) are paid.


2Official Transcripts

Foreign students applying to Southern Virginia with less than 24 attempted college credits are required to submit an official copy of their high school transcript along with their application. Students who have earned 24 or more college level semester credit hours need only to submit official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions (college) that they have attended, along with their application. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office:

Office of Admissions
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Transcript Evaluation

Students applying to Southern Virginia from outside the U.S. or Canada are required to submit to the university an evaluation of foreign academic credits by a recognized foreign credential evaluation service as part of their application process.

View a list of evaluation companies

Minimum Grade Point Average

The minimum cumulative grade point average for consideration for admission to Southern Virginia University is 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale. However, the average freshman GPA is approximately 3.25. Provisional acceptance may be offered to students with lower-than-average academic credentials.


3Standardized Test Scores

All international applicants must submit an ACT or 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 1210 on the SAT. 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.

It is recommended that students take the tests near the end of their junior year of high school (or the equivalent thereof) 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


4Ecclesiastical 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.


5TOEFL

All international students whose primary language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being accepted by Southern Virginia University.

Please follow the following guidelines when submitting your TOEFL scores.

  • TOEFL scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • Applicants taking the TOEFL exam must take all three sections of the exam: listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Students should score at least the following:

  • 550 on the paper-based test
  • 213 on the computer-based test
  • 79 on the internet-based test

Exceptional students with lower TOEFL scores may be admitted but will be required to secure ESL tutoring. The cost of any required tutoring in English as a second language must be borne by the student. Since the university does not currently sponsor ESL tutoring, students must rely on their own initiative to identify potential sources of such training.


Visa Policy

International applicants will be required to certify their financial position and pay in full for two semesters before receiving a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility). After financial considerations are satisfied with Student Financial Services, Southern Virginia University will issue an I-20 to the student. International students may not attend Southern Virginia without a Form I-20, a valid passport, and a valid F-1 visa. The I-20 will be valid until the add/drop deadline of the semester they register to attend. If applicants do not arrive at Southern Virginia by that time, they will not get into the country.

Learn more about applying for a student Visa


Application Review Process

To be admitted to Southern Virginia University, all freshmen applications undergo a comprehensive review that considers the following elements:

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Unweighted cumulative high school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Seminary attendance
  • AP/IB/honors courses taken
  • Service, including mission, community, or other service
  • Leadership
  • Extracurricular activities and individual talents
  • Other special circumstances or accomplishments

Recommended Transcript Evaluation Services

World Education Services

Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100
Website: www.wes.org
Email: info@wes.org

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Office of International Educations Services
One Dupont Cir. NW Suite # 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
Phone: 202-293-9161
Fax: 202-822-3940
Website: www.aacrao.org
Email: info@aacrao.org

International Education Research Foundation

International Education
Research Foundation
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3655
Phone: 310-258-9451
Fax: 310-342-7086
Website: www.ierf.org
Email: info@ierf.org

Recommended High School Courses

Applicants should demonstrate completion of a strong college preparatory schedule by completing the following recommended high school courses:

  • At least four years of English or literature
  • At least three years of math (algebra I and higher)
  • At least two years of science (one laboratory)
  • At least two years of social studies
  • At least two years of foreign language

Variations to this recommended distribution of courses may be appropriate for some college preparation programs and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Returning missionaries are categorized as either freshmen, transfer, or returning students. Please see the relevant application procedures after determining your appropriate status.

  • A returning missionary is a freshman applicant if he/she has attempted fewer than 24 college semester credits and has not previously attended Southern Virginia University.

  • A returning missionary is a transfer student if he/she has attempted 24 or more college semester credits and has not previously attended Southern Virginia University.

  • A returning missionary is a returning student if he/she has ever been enrolled as a student at Southern Virginia University.

Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Grant

Southern Virginia University provides a Returned Missionary Grant & Humanitarian Service Grant of $1,500 to returned missionaries who have honorably completed their LDS mission or other comparable full-time missionary or humanitarian service. These grants are intended to attract and retain quality students who demonstrate maturity, spirituality, leadership and dedication to service.

Foreign Language Credits

Southern Virginia University requires that students complete at least 12 credits of a foreign language. If students return from the mission field with valuable language experience, they may take a Foreign Language Aptitude Test in order to test out of some or all of those credits.

Mission Deferment Options:

Making the decision to serve a full-time mission is an important step in the life of any young Latter-day Saint. It is our strong desire to help you prepare in a manner that will allow the easiest possible transition to Southern Virginia University. Please consider the following mission deferment options:

1Post-Mission Contact:

Students who have not yet been accepted to Southern Virginia University may request for their admissions counselor to contact them upon returning from their mission. Any documents received before the mission will be held until return. Students will then be assessed for acceptance once all necessary admissions documents have been received.

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2Pre-Mission Acceptance:

Students are encouraged to send in their admissions materials before serving a mission. Upon acceptance, if requested, a students’ admissions counselor will defer their acceptance for two years. Southern Virginia University will maintain all academic records until students return. Upon return from the mission field a current Ecclesiastical Endorsement from a mission president or bishop will be needed for acceptance to be activated in a given semester.


3Pre-Mission Commitment:

Committing to Southern Virginia University before a mission is highly recommended. It is done by making a Registration Deposit. Committing to Southern Virginia will ensure the following:

  1. Reserved Scholarships: Academic scholarship offers to new applicants may change year to year. Committing to Southern Virginia “locks in” scholarships which are then held until students return from missionary service.
  2. Reserved Tuition Rate: Tuition rate changes from year to year. Southern Virginia will “freeze” tuition amounts for missionaries who commit prior to their missions. Tuition will remain at the pre-mission rate for first year of attendance after missionary service.
  3. Reserved position in classes and university housing: Classroom space and residence hall availability at Southern Virginia University is limited. Committing to Southern Virginia University before serving a mission reserves students a place in both areas.

A current Ecclesiastical Endorsement is needed upon return from missionary service for acceptance to be activated for a given semester.


Missionary Programs

Because 92 percent of our students are LDS, and many are returned missionaries, we are committed to helping returned missionaries attend Southern Virginia. Learn more about Missionaries at Southern Virginia.

Missionary Block Programs

Southern Virginia University’s innovative block programs offer both prospective and returned missionaries eight weeks of classes—to provide them with flexibility as they grow spiritually and academically.

Scholarships for Returned Missionaries

Southern Virginia University offers a Returned Missionary Grant of $1,500 per year to those who have been honorably released from an LDS mission or other comparable missionary or humanitarian service.

Southern Virginia University students who discontinue or defer their enrollment for one or more fall or spring semesters must re-apply for admission before returning.

Students seeking re-admittance to Southern Virginia are required to submit/complete the following items:

1Ecclesiastical Endorsement

All students who wish to return to Southern Virginia University must submit an updated 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.


2Official Transcripts

If the student has attended any other academic institution since attending Southern Virginia, official transcripts from those schools must be submitted before re-admission may be granted. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office:

Office of Admissions
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

3Admissions Counselor

Returning students must contact their admissions counselor for specific details on the how to return after a leave of absence or deferment.

Contact Your Counselor

A new application for admission is generally not required.


Admission Decision Deadlines

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Southern Virginia University uses a “rolling admissions” process that encourages students to complete their applications early and incentivizes those who do so with guaranteed decision notification dates and discounted registration deposits.

Students may be admitted after the third admission decision deadline according to 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.

Fall 2014 Admission Decision Deadlines

  1. January 1, 2014: Applicants who complete and submit their applications (including test scores and/or transcripts) will receive notification of an admissions decision by January 15, 2014.
  2. April 1, 2014: Applicants who complete and submit their applications (including test scores and/or transcripts) will receive notification of an admissions decision by April 16, 2014.
  3. June 1, 2014: Applicants who complete and submit their applications (including test scores and/or transcripts) will receive notification of an admissions decision by June 11, 2014.

Applicants may be admitted after June 1st according to classroom and residence hall availability.