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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY - [SVU], BUENA VISTA, VIRGINIA

Buena Vista, VirginiaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1867Established Year
  911Enrollment

Southern Virginia University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Sonal Vaid Sonal Vaid
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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.

Southern Virginia University Student Enrolment

Rankings

According to US News and World Reports, Southern Virginia University has ranked (2020):

  • Between #164- #215 in the list of National Liberal Arts Colleges.
  • #204 in the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility.

According to Niche rankings, the university has ranked:

  • #117 Safest College Campus in America.
  • #420 Hardest College to Get Into in America.
  • #144 in the list of Most Conservative Colleges in America.

Highlights

Year of Establishment1867
LocationBuena Vista, Virginia
Type of UniversityPrivate
Campus settingRural
Total Number of Full- Time Faculty55
Total Student Enrolled(Fall 2019)1,039
International Student Enrollment(Fall 2019)11
Student-teacher ratio15:1
Acceptance Rate45%
Graduation Rate (Fall 2012)31%
Retention Rate: Full- time students (2017)81%
Test Scores AcceptedTOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT
Websitesvu.edu

Southern Virginia University Campus and Housing Facilities

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.

  • There are 7 residence halls- Walnut, Stoddard Living Centre, Carriage, Carriage Mods, The Lofts, Craton and Robey.
  • Walnut Apartments, Stoddard Living Centre, Carriage, Carriage Mods, The Lofts are for both males and females.
  • Craton Hall is a female-only residence hall.
  • Robey Hall is a male-only residence hall.
  • The students are offered fast internet facilities and on-site management.
  • There is 24- hour security in all residence halls.

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. 

Programs offered at Southern Virginia University

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.

All You Need To Know About The Application Process at Southern Virginia University

Application: For admissions to Southern Virginia University, applicants are required to complete their admission application online.

Admission Requirements: 

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts of previously attended educational institutions evaluated by a credential evaluation agency. 
  • English Proficiency test scores – TOEFL Scores
ExamMinimum Required Scores
TOEFL-PBT550
TOEFL-CBT213
TOEFL-iBT79
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in secondary school.
  • SAT or ACT scores with a minimum score of 17 in ACT or 850 in SAT.
    • ACT School Code: 4400
    • SAT School Code: 5625
  • Proof of availability of finances in form of bank statements, etc.
  • Copy of Passport

Cost of Attendance

The table below shows the estimated per semester charges that are to be paid a student enrolled at Southern Virginia University:

ExpensesFee per semester (in USD)
Tuition and Fee (Full time)8,640
Administration Fee (international students)255 (once)
Books and Supplies1,500
Freshman housing1,964
Meal plan1,995

Accommodation Fee: The estimated cost and expenses for various residence halls are given below:

CategoryEstimated Fee (2020-21)
Walnut ApartmentsUSD 512 – USD 599
Stoddard Living CentreUSD 466 – USD 553
Carriage TownhomesUSD 444 – USD 531
The LoftsUSD 268 – USD 531
Carriage ModsUSD 318 – USD 507
Craton HallUSD 274 – USD 491
Robey HallUSD 274 – USD 491

Scholarships And Financial Aid

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

  • They are offered on the basis of high school GPA as well as ACT or SAT scores.
  • Students are required to submit their admission application and FAFSA.

Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Scholarship

  • It is awarded to those students who have either served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints full time or have completed some other comparable humanitarian service.
  • The instructions to apply can be taken from the admissions director.

Marriott Scholarship

  • awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students with satisfactory academic performance
  • Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Amount: USD 7,500 or USD 10,000

Talent Scholarship

  • Awarded to students with exceptional motivation, work ethic, and potential as artists or performers irrespective of intended majors

Students can also apply for other financial aid options which include outside international scholarships, student employment, education loans, etc. 

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Southern Virginia University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population911
FAFSA Code003738
Application Cost$35
Accreditation SACSSCOC
Average Cost of Attendance$16,494 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
IELTS-5.5- -
TOEFL-79- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score9427951088 20%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing452375528-
Mathematics490420560-
ACTCheck Detailed Score201426 73%
English221826-
Mathematics221726-

Southern Virginia University Acceptance Rate

56.2%

Acceptance Rate

926

Total Applicants

873

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

48.8%

Male

51.2%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program56.1%
Total Applicants1555
Total Enrolled873

Southern Virginia University Enrollment

Enrollment
Southern Virginia University Enrollment873
Undergraduate Enrollment873
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate25.5%

Attendance Cost

$16,494

Attendance Cost

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

Tuition 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
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
93992910-

College rating

based on 1 student ratings

4.7/10

7/10academic
6/10infrastructure
2/10placements
8/10faculty
2/10extracurricular
3/10accommodation

Reviews

M
Mari, USA Family and child development
Southern Virginia University
Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2016
4.7
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

SVU

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.


Course Curriculum - 

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.

7 /10
academic
8 /10
faculty
6 /10
infrastructure
3 /10
accomodation/food
2 /10
placement
2 /10
extracurricular
08, Mar 2019 read more
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1 University Hill Dr, Buena Vista, VA 24416
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Super Market

Family Dollar0.83 Km

Bus Station

East Midland Trail at Food Lion Supermarket, Lexington, VA74.03 Km

Airport

Jorge Wilstermann International Airport6286.56 Km
Santa Rosa del Sara Airport6318.19 Km
Viru Viru International Airport6387.84 Km
El Trompillo Airport6404.73 Km

*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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