Summarized by Kent Larsen
Southern Virginia College provides another LDS university experience
BYU Daily Universe 26Jan99
By Michelle Coxey: NewsNet Staff Writer
Catering to LDS students in the East that want to attend college in an LDS
atmosphere, Southern Virginia College is reaching some students. The school
was established in 1996 when a group of LDS businessmen purchased a women's
college that had fallen on hard times. SVC is neither owned nor operated by
the LDS Church.
Enrollment at SVC has risen to 300 students, but this is still very small,
giving the students the advantage of a very small college: small classes
with more personal interaction between students and professors.
Like BYU and the other colleges in the Church Educational System, SVC has an
honor code and requires an ecclesiastical endorsement from a bishop. And
since 99% of the student body is LDS, everyone shares LDS standards.
Still, much work remains to be done for SVC to reach its potential. SVC is
accredited by the state of Virginia, and is now in the process of applying
for regional accreditation.
Representatives of SVC were on campus at BYU on Thursday, January 21st,
inviting students to consider transferring. "We would love to have as many
students as possible experience the Southern hospitality at Southern
Virginia College," said Curtis Fawson, SVC's Executive Vice President.