Admissions & Aid

Southern Virginia University is a gathering place for faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and like-minded students. To apply for admission, please follow the process outlined below.


Academic Standards


In order to earn full acceptance to Southern Virginia University, new and transfer students must meet or exceed our minimum academic standards.*

  • High School Graduate: minimum cumulative unweighted 2.5 GPA; minimum 17 ACT or 850 SAT**
  • Transfer Student: at least 24 college credits with minumum cumulative 2.5 GPA at previously attended institution(s)

*Students who do not meet our minimum academic standards may still apply to earn provisional acceptance by demonstrating their commitment to our standards and academic improvement.

**GED certificate recipients must meet or exceed the minimum standardized test scores required for high school graduates. Southern Virginia University does not accept ability-to-benefit (ATB) or eligible Career Pathways programs.


Applying for Admission


Our Admission Application is the first step in the admissions process for new and transfer students. This is your chance to tell us why you are a good fit for Southern Virginia University and why you will succeed as a student here. In addition to your past academic record, we value your character, motivation, and work ethic, so please provide evidence of these traits. After evaluating your application, an admissions director will reach out to guide you through the remaining admissions steps.

Admission Application

Applying for Readmission


Students who wish to return to the University after discontinuing or deferring enrollment for more than one semester should submit the readmission application. After reviewing your application, an admissions director will reach out to guide you through the readmission process.

Readmission Application

Application Verification


In order to verify the information provided in their online application, students must submit the following:


Standardized Test Scores

Official Transcripts

Ecclesiastical Endorsement


Standardized Test Scores

Incoming freshmen must submit their standardized test score(s)—ACT or SAT—using the following codes for Southern Virginia University: ACT 4400 or SAT 5625. Score reports on an official high school transcript are also acceptable. Standardized test scores are not required for transfer students.

Instructions to Submit SAT Scores
Instructions to Submit ACT Scores


Official Transcripts

Incoming freshmen must submit official transcripts from the high school where they graduated. Students who have not yet graduated may submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts to be considered for acceptance, but official transcripts are required before beginning classes. Transfer students who have attempted at least 24 college credits must submit official transcripts from any previous college(s) attended. Homeschooled students should talk to their admissions director about submitting a portfolio of their work.


Ecclesiastical Endorsement

To verify commitment to the Code of Honor, all students must submit a completed Ecclesiastical Endorsement before beginning classes. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should receive an endorsement from their bishop, branch president, mission president, or stake presidency member. Those of other faiths should receive an endorsement from a clergy member. Non-religious applicants may receive an endorsement from the Dean of Students.

Download Student Pledge & Ecclesiastical Endorsement


Meet Your Admissions Director


Craig Lund

Craig Lund

Serves 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.

Email: craig.lund@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8418

Madison Hugie

Madison Hugie

Serves Last Names: E-F

I love the outdoors and I’m always looking for my next adventure. My husband and I love to travel, experience new cultures, and explore—especially when we can bring along our golden doodle! Educationally, I earned a bachelor’s in history and anthropology and master’s in public administration from Southern Utah University. My professional passions lie in helping others reach their full academic potential and it is an honor to be part of Southern Virginia University!

Email: madison.hugie@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8415

Brad Pinkston

Brad Pinkston

Serves Last Names: G-L

I’m a proud alumn of Southern Virginia University where I studied liberal arts and history. Born and raised in Southern California, I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kyiv, Ukraine. My wife and I love living in Virginia and enjoy taking our two boys on hikes through the Blue Ridge. We really appreciate the history and beauty of the East Coast. I played volleyball and football in high school and I’m passionate about athletics—especially when supporting the Knights! This University has a special place in my heart and I feel blessed to be a part of it.

Email: brad.pinkston@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8428

Lia Wheatley

Lia Wheatley

Serves Last Names: M-Q

I was raised in California, but the East Coast has my heart! I love sitting outside with a good book, running trails in the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, and exploring Virginia’s rich history with my husband. I earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities and philosophy and am now working on my master’s in liberal studies with a concentration in English. I have a deeply-rooted passion for education and am amazed by how transformative my experience at Southern Virginia University has been. I am so excited to work with you and help you unlock those same opportunities!

Email: lia.wheatley@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8427

Scott Winterton

Scott Winterton

Serves Last Names: R-Z

I am a native Virginian who loves living in the Shenandoah Valley and working at Southern Virginia University. I joined the University to help coach men’s lacrosse and fell in love with sharing the message of this amazing school with prospective students. Now in admissions, I have the opportunity to share the benefits of this University on a much larger scale. I’m also a proud parent of Knights—my three oldest children attend Southern Virginia and are having fantastic experiences studying in the classroom and competing in NCAA DIII athletics. Our entire family is passionate about athletics, but we also love trips to the beach and playing Nerf capture the flag. I look forward to working together!

Email: scott.winterton@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8416

Brigham Doxey

Brigham Doxey

Fine & Performing Arts Recruiter

Originally from Salt Lake City, I have lived in Buena Vista and been involved with Southern Virginia University for about a decade. I love this University and everything I’ve been able to do here. I graduated in business and creative writing, but also performed in theater and comedy improv, sung in a cappella and choir, competed in soccer, and served in the student executive council. The opportunity to be involved with so many things I love while studying in multiple disciplines is the reason I chose Southern Virginia. I feel lucky to help others have that same experience.

Email: brigham.doxey@svu.edu
Phone: 540-836-8470

Jessie Robbins

Jessie Robbins

Admissions Assistant (Last Names: A-F, M-Q) & Events Coordinator

I was born and raised in Utah, but Virginia has quickly become my second home. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Norway, I moved to Virginia to attend school and I will graduate in May with a bachelors degree in Family and Human Development. I love running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I am passionate about Southern Virginia University and the many opportunities that are available here!

Email: jessie.robbins@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8415

Rachel Maloney

Rachel Maloney

Admissions Assistant (Last Names: G-L, R-Z) & Performing Arts Recruiter

Until Virginia became my home, I was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from Southern Virginia University, majoring in Liberal Arts with minors in Music, Psychology, and Theatre. While meeting my husband was the highlight of my time at Southern Virginia University, I also participated in multiple choirs, Accolade, theatre productions, and the volleyball team. My goal is to help students feel prepared and excited for their personalized education! Go Knights!

Email: rachel.maloney@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8415