Our Mission

Gather. Lift. Launch.

Southern Virginia University’s mission is to gather faithful Latter-day Saints and those who share our values, lift them intellectually, socially, and spiritually, and launch them into successful lives and careers.


Southern Virginia is a gathering place for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With a Code of Conduct founded on the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we welcome students from all over the country to live and learn on our faith-supportive campus.

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We help students maximize their potential. Through rigorous academics, caring mentors, and transformative extracurricular experiences, 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 has a 93% placement rate for professional schools.

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