General Information

Sometimes small is better. The entrance to the Alberta Campus That's how it is at Southside Virginia Community College. You'll never be lost in the crowd or treated like a number on a computer printout. What you will find are faculty, staff and administrators who do their best for students of all ages to provide a quality educational program for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and an occupational-technical program to educate, train and retrain workers for Southside business and industry.

Our small size allows us to provide:

  • Individual attention in the classroom and laboratory.
  • One-to-one counseling during the day and evening.
  • Instruction by a full-time staff of professionals who have master's or doctoral degrees in their fields and part-time faculty that include lawyers, bankers, accountants, nurses, computer programmers and electricians.
  • Career and placement opportunities strengthened by contact with SVCC alumni employed in area business and industry.

Facts about SVCC

  • About 4719 students, 63% of them females, are enrolled at SVCC. The average student age is 23. Graduation Photo The majority of students work and attend college part time. SVCC operates on the semester system with classes offered during the day and evening. A semester is about 15 weeks long.
  • Established in 1970, SVCC is one of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System. The Christanna Campus near Alberta and the John H. Daniel Campus near Keysville serve ten counties and one city - the largest community college service region in the state. In 1985, SVCC opened the Southside Virginia Education Center.
  • The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate degrees. SVCC is approved by the State Department of Education for payment of veteran's benefits. The college is supported by local, state and federal funds.
  • SVCC is dedicated to the belief that all citizens should be given an opportunity to acquire an educational foundation which develops and extends their skills and knowledge. The college's goal is to provide diverse instructional programs ranging from developmental studies to associate degree curricula in academic, technical, and lifelong education. Through various activities, students will also have the opportunity to develop their roles and responsibilities as participants in a changing society.
  • It is the policy of Southside Virginia Community College to promote equal opportunity in educational programs and activities, admission, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, disability, or any other non merit factor. Inquires concerning the affirmative action policy should be addressed to:
  • SVCC's Affirmative Action Officer: Shannon Feinman, Vice President of Finance and Administration Christanna Campus 109 Campus Drive Alberta, VA 23821 434-949-1005
  • Potential students and interested citizens are invited to visit the college at their convenience. Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 PM on weekdays. Visits at night or on weekends may be arranged by contacting the college.

General notes about enrollment

Any person 18 years or older who can benefit from an SVCC program is eligible to attend the college. High school students may also be enrolled in credit courses with their principal's permission.

All necessary application forms are available on our forms download page. You may apply for admission on the web and for financial aid as well.

Students who wish to enroll in an associate degree program should have a high school diploma or GED certificate. To enroll in a degree, diploma or certificate program, students should complete an application for admission and an application for Virginia in-state tuition rates. Students should also provide high school or GED and previous college transcripts, and complete SVCC placement testing.

Students who are not working toward a degree, diploma or certificate may enroll in courses after completing applications for admission and in-state tuition rates.

Southside Virginia Community College's policies for student privacy can be found on our privacy information page.

Southside Virginia Community College, as a member of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), adheres to all policies and procedures outlined in the VCCS Policy Manual.   The VCCS Policy Manual may be accessed at


To apply, call or visit one of the Admissions Offices at 434.736.2046 or email