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Southern Virginia University began as Bowling Green Female Seminary in 1867. At that time, "seminary" referred to a school for girls. In 1900, the school moved to a resort hotel in Buena Vista and changed its name to Southern Seminary. The hotel, built in 1890, is now Main Hall and is listed on the National Register as a National Historic Landmark. From 1922 to 1996, the school operated as a junior college until declining enrollments and financial instability threatened to close its doors. In 1996, a group of Latter-day Saint educators and businessmen assumed responsibility for the College, converting it into a four-year liberal arts college. That fall, the "new" Southern Virginia College enrolled 76 students. It has since grown dramatically, enrolling 592 students in the fall of 2004. The name was changed to Southern Virginia University to reflect growth of the curriculum and the rapidly increasing size of the student body.

Virginia College Online offers different programs in Business, Paralegal, Health Care, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Personal/Professional Growth courses.

Virginia College Online is designed to provide a quality, accredited, career focused education for our students. All of the programs emphasize a fast-track method without sacrificing the quality education that students and employers demand.

All course programs are focused on student satisfaction and enrichment. Personalized service and attention from professionals in academics, technology, financial aid and student support surround the students to help them achieve their specific educational goals.

A bank vice president, a national intelligence officer, a New Jersey state Special Agent - All of the Virginia College Online instructors are real-world professionals with many years of experience in their professional field. The instructors are the people you want to learn from to follow in the path of success. At Virginia College, our instructors don't just teach a course, they pass on their knowledge and experience so that you may begin and or enhance your a career. They live the course they're teaching.

Virginia College is a senior college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates, diplomas, associates, bachelors, and master's degrees.


Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Personalized service and attention from professionals in Virginia College's financial aid and student support will assist students to help them achieve their career goals. Once you have earned your degree, Career Services Associates stand ready to assist you in obtaining or enhancing your career.

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