Southern Virginia University

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

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Social Sciences (3)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



We embody Southern Virginia’s core values, which are scholarship, discipleship, accountability, enthusiasm, and refinement. Southern Virginia University seeks to establish a replicable self-sustaining model of higher education that can serve Latter-day Saints throughout the world.


From business to the sciences to the philosophy and politics, Southern Virginia University thrives on research.


Every student receives one-on-one career counseling to help create a resume and a job search strategy. Career counselors build relationships with potential employers to give students a leg up on the job market. Experience provides powerful career preparation. Career counselors network with organizations and employers to provide students and graduates meaningful internship opportunities that will prepare them with experience and connections.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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Student services

The Travel Study office runs the Travel Study Program and helps students enroll and prepare for trips. Students who are interested in going on a trip or who have questions are free to stop by the office in Main 216.

Housing services

Southern Virginia offers several housing options for students including traditional residence halls, houses shared by multiple students and townhouse-style apartments. On-campus housing options for married students include the Gayle Smith Apartments.

Library services

Von Canon Library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. This means that students, faculty, and staff can check out materials from these institutions. Simply go to the library’s circulation desk and tell them you are a Southern Virginia student and want to check out materials. They will help you with appropriate forms.

Medical services

Students can only succeed in their classes, activities, and career preparation once they have met their basic needs for safety and mental and physical health. Caring professionals at the Student Wellness Center work with students one-on-one to make sure every single student receives that suppo

Student Life

Campus life

We strive to provide an inclusive, fun, and faith-supportive campus environment for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and like-minded students.

Sports facilities

Southern Virginia University is the only college that offers NCAA Division III athletics within a faith-supportive environment for Latter-day Saints. Since 1996, the Knights have established a tradition of athletic excellence by winning 40 small college national championships in a variety of men’s and women’s individual and team sports.Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Softball

Student clubs

  • Student Senate


Southern Virginia University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.Southern Virginia University is certified to operate and grant baccalaureate degrees by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), located at 101 North Fourteenth Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It was a good experience but could have been better. A lot of the learning was done by the students. The few teachers gave what they could and let us do a lot o studying. The great thing about this school is that we had 3 years of clinical practice which is very amazing.

Buena Vista, Virginia, United States


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