Established as an institution for girls, Southern Virginia University is now a 4- year private liberal arts university located in Buena Vista, Virginia, USA. The university is an undergraduate institution offering a bachelor’s degree to around 1,035 students from all over the globe.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has accredited Southern Virginia University to award bachelor’s degrees to students who want to study in the USA. The mission of the university is to lift the students in intellect, character, spirituality and give them good careers and lives.
According to US News and World Reports, Southern Virginia University has ranked (2020):
According to Niche rankings, the university has ranked:
|Year of Establishment||1867|
|Location||Buena Vista, Virginia|
|Type of University||Private|
|Total Number of Full- Time Faculty||55|
|Total Student Enrolled(Fall 2019)||1,039|
|International Student Enrollment(Fall 2019)||11|
|Graduation Rate (Fall 2012)||31%|
|Retention Rate: Full- time students (2017)||81%|
|Test Scores Accepted||TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT|
Southern Virginia University has a beautiful and historic campus spread over an area of 155 acres, located in Buena Vista, Virginia, United States of America. It is a residential campus where students can join various music or theatre groups available on campus.
Southern Virginia University is a residential university. The university encourages single students to stay on campus while married students can opt to stay off-campus.
Eligible students who choose to stay off-campus can opt for affordable student housing options that are in close proximity to the university campus. The university helps students with a list of certified rented housing options.
Southern Virginia University offers undergraduate programs that include bachelor degree programs with several majors and minor. The majors and minors are offered in fields like Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Creative Writing, History, English, Mathematics, Music, Theatre etc.
Career Concentrations that aim at launching students into careers or graduate schools are offered in fields like Coaching, Dentistry, Digital Illustration, Music Therapy, Museum Studies, Pharmacy etc. while some other fields of study include Pre-Health Professional, ROTC and Teacher Licensure. The institute has a faculty of around 55 full- time professors.
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The table below shows the estimated per semester charges that are to be paid a student enrolled at Southern Virginia University:
|Expenses||Fee per semester (in USD)|
|Tuition and Fee (Full time)||8,640|
|Administration Fee (international students)||255 (once)|
|Books and Supplies||1,500|
Accommodation Fee: The estimated cost and expenses for various residence halls are given below:
|Category||Estimated Fee (2020-21)|
|Walnut Apartments||USD 512 – USD 599|
|Stoddard Living Centre||USD 466 – USD 553|
|Carriage Townhomes||USD 444 – USD 531|
|The Lofts||USD 268 – USD 531|
|Carriage Mods||USD 318 – USD 507|
|Craton Hall||USD 274 – USD 491|
|Robey Hall||USD 274 – USD 491|
A number of scholarships are available for the students. Southern Virginia University offers awards based on merit, need, and talent to over 95% of the students enrolled at the university. A few of the scholarships offered to students at the university are:
Academic & Need-Based Scholarships
Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$16,494 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Southern Virginia University Enrollment||873|
|Average Graduation Rate||25.5%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$16,494 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,200 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$6,310 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$3,500 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$6,500 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$3,500 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$3,500 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$3,500 / Year|
|Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
based on 1 student ratings
Closer to the home, religious environment. Parents preferred this college and felt safe with a choice. Looking back, not sure why I chose this university but I did. I was offered a partial scholarship and I knew others who had attended.
Needs expansion and greater consideration for non-religious responses. Most of what was taught were done so through a religious lense, not practical for potential practitioners in the field. A broader consideration for a variety of experiences and clientele is necessary.
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary