Admitted Students

Once your application is accepted, enrollment involves two simple processes: registration and making financial arrangements.


Register for Classes

  1. Pay the $250 registration deposit*
  2. Fill out the Registration Questionnaire. Your submission will be reviewed by the Registrar, who will place you in a learning community consisting of three core classes (eight credit hours). A member of the Registrar’s Office will contact you within 48 hours of filling out the survey to help you select your remaining classes.
  3. Use your student ID and your PIN (activated within one day of paying your registration deposit) to log onto MySVU (, the student portal where you can register for the rest of your classes and keep track of other aspects of your student account
  4. Using the course search, view the different classes available and decide which ones you would like to take
  5. Register for courses by clicking on Add/Drop under the Academics tab on MySVU

If you have questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at 540-261-8408 or

Registration Deposit Deadlines

February 4: Deposits paid on or before February 4 are $150.
March 31: Deposits paid on or before March 31 are $200
April 1: Deposits paid on or after April 1 are $250
May 1: All deposits are non-refundable after May 1

Pay the Deposit

Register for Housing

  1. Pay the $250 Housing Deposit
  2. Complete the On-Campus Housing Application on MySVU
  3. If you meet the necessary criteria and plan to live off-campus, notify the Housing Office of the address where you will be living to

For housing questions, contact our Housing representative at 540-261-8458, email or stop by the Office of Financial Services.

Register for Institute

  1. Go to the Buena Vista Institute of Religion website
  2. Click on “Find a Class”
  3. Find a class (or two) that fits your schedule and fill out the registration information

Submit Required Forms

  1. Student Health History (PDF)
  2. Submit your final official high school or college transcript

Make Financial Arrangements

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

  1. Complete the FAFSA and send the results to Southern Virginia University
  2. Once your FAFSA is received, the Office of Student Financial Services will send you an Award Letter
  3. Sign the Award letter and return it to Student Financial Services
  4. Find scholarships and aid for which you qualify

For any financial aid questions (loans, FAFSA, scholarships, etc.), contact Student Financial Services at 540-261-8405 or email

Choose a Meal Plan

  1. Choose your meal plan for dining at Southern Virginia
  2. Pay for your meal plan online

Order Books

  1. Know all the course codes for your classes (e.g. ENG 120 02 – English, course number 120, section number 02)
  2. Go to the textbooks and course materials page on the bookstore website
  3. Select the course codes for each of your classes to find the books you need
  4. You can order your books from the bookstore and have them waiting for you when you get to campus, or you can find them elsewhere online.

Please note: If you choose to order your books separately, make sure to get the correct edition, which is easy to do if you search using the textbook’s ISBN number.

Pay Tuition and Fees

  1. Make final financial arrangements with Financial Services
  2. Log onto MySVU using your Student ID and PIN
  3. Under the Finances tab, review tuition and fees and make necessary payments

Additional Info

If you have a car, register it with the Office of Public Safety and Security. Once you have registered, a parking decal will be sent to your student mail box, or made available for pickup at the Office of Public Safety and Security.

If you want to mail a large package before you arrive on campus, then just ship it to the following address:

Student Name
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Be sure to call the Mail Center at 540-261-4336 to let the representative know the package is coming. If the Mail Center has not been notified that the package should be held for you, your package may be returned to the sender.

Depending on where you live during the school year, you will either be assigned a campus box or have mail sent directly to your building. To set up your campus box early, call the Mail Center at 540-261-4336.