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Southern Virginia University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Southern Virginia University? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors SVU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Southern Virginia University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Southern Virginia University was awarded 61 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general business/commerce.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked SVU as #2,109 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

SVU also holds the #57 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

See all of the rankings for Southern Virginia University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SVU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 99%, SVU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 42% of students accepted to SVU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 583 and 688. Math scores were between 554 and 643.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Virginia University  ( 583 to 688 )

SAT Math Scores for Southern Virginia University  ( 554 to 643 )
SVU received ACT scores from 80% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Southern Virginia University  ( 21 to 27 )

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Southern Virginia University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Southern Virginia University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southern Virginia University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Virginia University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Southern Virginia University is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 22% for first-time, full-time students at SVU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Southern Virginia University.

Southern Virginia University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,140 undergraduates at SVU with 1,016 being full-time and 124 being part-time.

How Much Does Southern Virginia University Cost?

The overall average net price of SVU is $19,000. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SVU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,192 $15,787 $17,791 $20,900 $22,660

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SVU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SVU, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $8,237 a year. That adds up to $32,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SVU is 7.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do SVU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SVU make about $36,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 10% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Southern Virginia University make the most money.

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Location of Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Buena Vista, Virginia. Buena Vista is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for SVU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 University Hill Drive, Buena Vista, VA 24416
Phone: 540-261-8400

Southern Virginia University Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 36 $39,729
General Psychology 28 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 18 $26,643
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 NA
General English Literature 15 $17,624
General Visual & Performing Arts 14 NA
Human Development & Family Studies 12 NA
History 11 NA
Computer Information Systems 9 NA
General Biology 7 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Southern Virginia University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Southern Virginia University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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