Southern Virginia U. Buena Vista, Virginia Southern Virginia University is a four-year, private liberal arts institution that serves members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and those with similar values. Founded in 1867 as a school for women, Southern Virginia was renewed in 1996 as a coeducational liberal arts college with a Latter-day Saint environment. The university accomplishes its mission to prepare leader-servants through offering a transformative liberal arts education that emphasizes learning from the best sources. Additionally, with an average class size of 14, Southern Virginia provides small, intimate learning experiences where professors know each student by name. Tracks and playlists liked by Southern Virginia U.