Southern Virginia University (SVU)

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Southern Virginia University can be found in Buena Vista, VA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The smaller size of enrollment, which is about 850 students, provides smaller class sizes for enrolled students.

The majority of students getting into SVU earned an SAT score within the range of 1358 - 1683, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 17 - 26. We were able to estimate the SVU average GPA (3.06 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SVU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Southern Virginia University was reported as 99.9% in Fall 2013 with over 763 applications submitted to SVU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SVU SAT Scores: 1358 - 1683
  • SVU ACT Scores: 17 - 26
  • SVU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Southern Virginia University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Southern Virginia University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

How Does SVU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for SVU is eighty percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Sweet Briar College84.3%
Randolph College83.4%
Hollins University69.3%
Averett University63.3%
Davis & Elkins College57.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SVU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading460 - 570
Math458 - 560
Writing440 - 553
Total Score1358 - 1683
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math18 - 25
Composite Score17 - 26
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