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Southern Virginia University Share Share

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SAT Score Range 928 - 1140
ACT Score Range 16 - 26
Acceptance Rate
Admissions Selectivity
Admissions Yield
Gender Distribution
Average Salary after Graduating
Average Salary a Few Years after Graduating
Tuition + Fees
Student Median Household Income
Undergrad Focus
Undergrad Retention Rate
Undergrad Size
Graduation Rate
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Acceptance Rate

56.2%

Acceptance Rate by Gender

Percent of Applicants

SAT Score Range

928 - 1140
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 1600

ACT Score Range

16 - 26
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 36

Tuition & Fees

$15,900

Average Salary in 10 Years

$39,100
Note: 10 years after enrolling at Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University is located in Buena Vista, Virginia. It is a small private not-for-profit school and offers undergrad programs. It has 911 undergraduate students enrolled and admission is somewhat competitive with an acceptance rate of 56.2%.

Popular majors include Visual and Performing Arts, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, English Language and Literature/Letters, and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 27% of students graduate and go on to earn an average starting salary of $29,900.

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🗺 1 University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, Virginia 24416
🌐 www.svu.edu
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What test scores do you need to get into Southern Virginia University?

SAT Score Range

928 - 1140
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 1600

ACT Score Range

16 - 26
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 36

Median SAT Score

1034
Out of 1600

Median ACT Score

21
Out of 36
SAT Score Breakdown

SAT Total Score Ranges

SAT Critical Reading Score Ranges

SAT Math Score Ranges

SAT Writing Score Ranges

ACT Score Breakdown

ACT Total Score Ranges

ACT English Score Ranges

ACT Math Score Ranges

SAT Writing Score Ranges

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Should you take the SATs or the ACTs?

Students Submitting SATs

20%

Students Submitting ACTs

73%

A lot more students take the ACTs than the SATs.

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Southern Virginia University has around 926 applicants.

Of the students admitted, 64% decide to enroll at Southern Virginia University. This is the admissions yield. A higher admisssions yield means students want to attend the school. A lower one means that they decided to attend another school.

Out of the 926 applicants 50% are men and 50% are women. This means that for every 100 male applicants, there are 99 women, or for every 100 female applicants, there are 101 men.

Southern Virginia University's acceptance rate is 56.2%. The acceptance rate for men is 58.1% and the acceptance rate for women is 54.2%.

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Who applies to Southern Virginia University?

Number of Applicants

926

Number of Applicants per Spot

3
per spot

Male Applicants

50%

Female Applicants

50%
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Getting into Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University Acceptance Rate

56.2%

Getting in

Somewhat Selective

Male Acceptance Rate

58.1%

Female Acceptance Rate

54.2%
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Do Students Want to Go to Southern Virginia University?

Southern Virginia University Admissions Yield

64%
of accepted students choose to go to Southern Virginia University

Male Admissions Yield

63%

Female Admissions Yield

64%
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Admission Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Record Required
Complete High School Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Recommended
College Requirements
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Graduation Rate

27%
within 6 years

Men Graduation Rate

17%

Women Graduation Rate

38%

Undergrad Graduation Rate

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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Can you afford to attend Southern Virginia University?

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$20,558
for one year
Source: Dept. of Education

Published Tuition & Fees

$15,900
Excludes housing Source: Dept. of Education

Out-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$22,210
per year

In-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$22,210
per year
How much debt will you graduate with?

Median Student Debt

$21,762
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

How much will you pay each month?

$231
Median debt expressed in 10-year monthly payments Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the median monthly payment a graduate of Southern Virginia University would expect to pay over 10 years.

Will you be able to pay off your debt?

46%
of students are able to pay down debt 3 years after graduation
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The 3-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who are able to repay some of their student debt.

Why does this matter? A high rate means that students are making enough money so that they can pay down their student debt. A low rate means that students are having trouble paying down their loans.

Southern Virginia University Financial Aid

Students Receiving Financial Aid

97%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

Students Receiving a Federal Student Loan

59%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

To learn more and apply for financial aid at Southern Virginia University you can visit svu.edu/admissions/tuition-and-aid/.

Southern Virginia University Tuition and Room & Board

Out-of-State Tuition

Total Cost: $22,210
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

In-State Tuition

Total Cost: $22,210
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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How much money will you make after graduating from Southern Virginia University?

Southern Virginia University students, on average, make $39,100 10-years after they start school (this is approximately 6 years after graduation).

Their salary grows by around 7% in the several years after graduation.

Average Earnings of Students from Southern Virginia University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Data is for the number of years after you start at Southern Virginia University. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

How much will your income increase each year?

6.9%
in early to mid-career Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Based on average salary 6 years and 10 years after starting school at Southern Virginia University.

Median Earnings of Students from Southern Virginia University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, U.S. Dept of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Southern Virginia University.

Male Students: Average Earnings from Southern Virginia University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Southern Virginia University.

Female Students: Average Earnings from Southern Virginia University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Southern Virginia University.

Range of Salary Outcomes 10 Years After Starting at Southern Virginia University

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School) by Percentile
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at Southern Virginia University.
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Return on Education Share Share
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What's the return on the cost of your education?

Is it worth your money to attend Southern Virginia University? There are many ways to estimate the financial return on your education.

We use the 10-year average earnings (the 10 years start when you enroll, so if you attend a 4-year college, this would be approximately 6 years after you graduate) and the all in one year cost of attending the school. The all in cost is the sum of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.

By comparing the two, you can get a sense if what the average graduate in early to mid career makes at least covers your cost of attending one year of school.

A higher number is better.

10-Year Average Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

1.8x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Southern Virginia University. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Southern Virginia University. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

10-Year Median Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

1.6x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at Southern Virginia University. Salary is for the number of years after you start at Southern Virginia University. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

Tuition vs. Earnings

Annual Costs and Earnings
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Housing costs are for on-campus housing.
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Student-Faculty Ratio

16
students per faculty

Average Professional Salary

$65,782
for full-time professors
Salary Group: Medium-Low
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Can you go to grad school at Southern Virginia University?

No
Highest degree: Bachelor's degree
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Undergraduate Focus

100%

Undergrads

911

Total Students

911
undergrads and grad students

Part-Time Students

3%

Students over 25

11%

Student Median Household Income

$65,611
per year
(compared to U.S. median household income of $61,372 in 2017) Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education, U.S. Census Bureau
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Who will be your classmates?

Women

49%
of undergraduates

Men

51%
of undergraduates

Are there more men or more women?

About the Same

Southern Virginia University around the same number of female and male undergrads.

This means that for every 100 women, there are 104 men. Or that for every 100 men, there are 96 women.

International Students

1%
of undergraduates

Undergraduate Student Diversity at Southern Virginia University

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Student Age

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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What do students at Southern Virginia University study?

Southern Virginia University Popular Majors

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The most popular majors at Southern Virginia University are:

  1. Visual and Performing Arts
  2. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  3. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  4. English Language and Literature/Letters
  5. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Approximately 76% of students choose to study one of these majors.
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Will you be happy at Southern Virginia University?

Undergrad Full-Time Student Retention Rate

81%

Undergrad Part-Time Student Retention Rate

100%

Students Who Transfer Out of Southern Virginia University

19%

Student retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction. Retention rate is the percentage of students who continue to study at the college the following year.

Higher retention rates mean students tend to stay at the college, while lower retention rates students are unsatisfied and leave.

Southern Virginia University has a retention rate of 81% for full-time undergrads, which is high.

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Undergraduate Transfers

38
4% of undergraduates

Transfer In Rate

Low

Southern Virginia University has around 38 students who transfer into the school each year. This is fairly low at approximately 4% of total undergraduates.

Higher transfer in rates mean that students see Southern Virginia University as better than the college they were previously enrolled in. Higher rates also mean that there will be more new faces on campus.

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Presidential Election Results of 2016

Democratic

Politically, Virginia tends to be Somewhat Democratic. In the 2016 Presidential election, 50% of the state voted for the Democratic party, 44% voted for the Republican party, and 3% voted for neither.

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