Southern Virginia University is thriving with its LDS environment, academics, new accreditation
>>Extremely overpriced for a third-tier college education...State schools are subsidized by taxes and LDS schools are heavily subsidized
by tithing funds. I think most LDS church members don't realize just how
much those schools are subsidized...otherwise, BYU at al wouldn't be much
cheaper than SVU, if at all. But with financial assistance, SVU isn't
significantly more expensive than most other schools, state or private. For
example, the nearby University of Virginia--a *state* school--charges $11,794
in-state and $36,788 out-of-state, not counting books, etc.As for
SVU's "third-tier" status, build a reputation and credentials takes
time. But for students who want an LDS-school experience but can't get into
one of the official Church schools--an increasingly difficult proposition--this
is a decent option and I'm glad it's there.
Extremely overpriced for a third-tier college education in my opinion. I went
to their website and calculated what a hypothetical person (who does not qualify
for aid) would pay over four years and it came out to be $113,373. Ouch.
Wow, a lot of opinions on the pros and cons of this school. Personally I think
I would have loved an experience like this. I went to BYU, graduated summa cum
laude, went to Ivy league grad school, etc. but I think I would have
"excelled" more at a school like SVU, smaller, more intimate, more
opportunities for extracurricular. I'm happy for those who are having the
@Wally WestI know many from SVU that were majored in history,
business, etc. from SVU and *DID* go on to other professions (such as
stockbrokering, dentistry, etc.)The reality is that even dentists
need to have good business practices. Learning the art of dentistry
doesn't in fact teach you how to run your own dental practice--but a
business degree definitely helps.Majoring history perhaps
doesn't on the surface seem like it would be related to stock-brokering;
however, it is surprising that the first stock-market bubble on record was that
of tulips in the 1630s Netherlands and studying the that period of time seems to
be highly relevant when trying to understand and apply market psychology to
modern-day stock markets. Trade-specific knowledge can usually be
acquired fairly easily; however, critical thinking takes a long time to learn.
With all due respect, perhaps you ought to broaden your interests a bit. Much
of what SVU and a liberal arts education provides is more relevant than you
SVU is a fantastic school. I myself graduated from SVU in 2002 and went on to
pursue an advanced degree from Virginia Tech. The school has given me an
enormous tool-bag of mental liberal-arts and business skills which I frequently
apply to diverse sets of problems. More than that it fostered my love for
learning which has been a lifelong treasure.For a short time I went
to BYU and loved it there but I went back to SVU because it was the right place
for me to be. I could have gone to many other prestigious schools but I chose
SVU and I don't regret my decision for a moment.The liberal
arts background I received there prepared me for many personal, managerial,
business, moral, legal, and ethical challenges I have faced in my life. I
attribute part of my personal success to the learning I received there. SVU is
not right for everybody. It costs a little more than USU, BYU or other schools
but the experience is incomparable for the right person. It gave me
opportunities to grow in ways I otherwise wouldn't have. It was the right
decision for me.
To Wildfan,You missed the point. You are also not very familiar
with alot of other out of state tuition costs. 19,000-7000 = 12000. That is a
cheap price for a lib arts college. And I am sorry to say, you may not have had
an opportunity to see Southern Va, but Price, Ogden and even St. George
ain't it. I am not a proponent of a largely religious school (I am Mormon
but went to Weber and The U), but there are things to be said for a school where
you don't have to wonder about a girl's/boy's religion, you can
just find one you like confident you will mesh well on Sunday morning. A huge
obstacle in many places outside Utah. I am from Utah, I love Utah, I often go
home to Utah, but many from Utah have to sometimes think outside the parameters
of living in Utah. Let's say you are Mormon and live in
Delaware and did not get into BYU, Mom wants to be able to see you on some
weekends. SVU works. Oh and you can find a wife. Let's be real.
I was intrigued by this story, so I visited their website. It took about a
dozen clicks to find their tuition costs, and now I know why. $19,000/year plus
books and housing costs. They tout that 98% of students qualify for financial
aid, if a school charges a ton, it's esay to qualify. Also, they advertize
that the average aid package amounts to $7100, that sure leaves a lot out of
pocket!This school may be a good fit for some, but you can get small
classes in a mostly LDS environment in Utah without the burden of hefty tuition
costs. Check out Snow, USU-Eastern, SLCC, Weber State, Dixie, and SUU for small
classes at a much lower tuition, even out of state tuition is much lower. And
these schools actually have more than 13 majors to choose from!
Seems to me there is always someone who is not happy with or is adverse in
attitude. As for me, I wish this school had been available 50 years ago for such
as I. I would have probably thrived in the SVU environment rather than finding
as a country bumpkin I didn't fit in with the large college mentality.
Consequently I went on to be a fairly decent professional musician, and a really
good plumber. But I'd have rather been a professor or a doctor or even a
dentist, but with any of the prior professions I find a business management
degree is vital. So, don't knock the opportunities you have, and good job
Mr. Bird. And good luck to all the naysayers. I will try to talk a couple of my
grandkids into looking into this school particularly for the values and
religious environment, a choice, but a good and solid choice. GO SVU!
Northwestern doesn't have a dental school. It closed over 10 years ago. I
don't think he has researched the schools.
No disrespect to Mr. Bird but...Wanting to go to Dental school but
majoring in Business Mgmt makes no sense. Its like majoring in Art
History w/ the goal of being a Stockbroker.
Good story and neat place, but perhaps Mr. Bird's previous school
wasn't too keen on him attending dental school because he's interested
in dental schools that no longer exist. Northwestern's dental school
closed in 2001.
SVU needs to develop an academic reputation. Nobody has heard of it except
members of the Church.
To mightymite: If by "Hawking over the church" you mean that SVU wants
the LDS church to take it over, that is absolutely not true. SVU wants to remain
Is this an advertisment or a news story? The school is a money pit, it is
hawking over the church to take ownership and financial responsibilty -- but
that will not happen. Overprices and underserved -- the LDS theme means nothing.
This article is spot on. SVU is not just a school, it is an experience. The
professors are incredible. My first week there, I was waiting in a cafeteria
line as a lost freshman. I had no idea that the man standing in front of me,
and who started up a conversation with me, was one of the professors. He very
sincerely asked how I was getting along and if I needed any help. We had a good
conversation and from then on, every time he saw me, he would ask how things
were going. It would be three years later before I actually got to be in Dr.
MacDonell's history class, but he was "my" professor the moment he
took the time to talk to me in that cafeteria line. I love all of the faculty
and they are all this committed. I can tell a similar story for almost every
professor there. -Thom Stansfield, SVU '06
We love Southern Virginia University!