Our Mission

We are a private, self-reliant, residential university aligned with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its principles and values.

Gather. Lift. Launch.

Our mission is to gather faithful Latter-day Saints and like-minded students, lift them in intellect, character, and spirituality, and launch them into successful lives and careers.

Over the past decade, our one-of-a-kind mission combined with our personalized approach to education has made us one of the fastest-growing colleges anywhere. You belong here too.


Southern Virginia is a special gathering place for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With a Code of Conduct based on the values of the Church, we welcome students from all over the country to live and learn on our faith-aligned campus. More than 9-in-10 of our students are Latter-day Saints and 1-in-3 are Returned Missionaries.

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At Southern Virginia, we help students maximize their potential. Through personalized education from caring professors and 95% participation in extracurriculars, we lift students to heights they never imagined. That’s why we rank in the top 7% nationally for freshmen-to-senior improvement.

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Our educational model is designed to launch students into meaningful lives and careers. In fact, Southern Virginia’s 93% job and graduate-school placement rate within one month of graduation is the highest of any school in Virginia and more than twice the national average.

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