Why Choose Southern?
Affordable, Quality Education
2023 in-state tuition for Southern was $176* per credit hour while the 2018 average in-state tuition for West Virginia was $245** per credit hour.
We also provide reciprocity tuition rates to Kentucky students in Boyd, Lawrence, Martin, and Pike counties.
* Check for current rates
** Statistics reported to IPEDS
Over 80% of students receive financial aid. There are 20+ scholarships available via the Southern Foundation. Free tuition is available via the WV Invests grant.
See the Southern Foundation for applications and more information.
Wide Variety of Programs
Earn an AA, AS or AAS in 2 years and get to work or transfer these credits to a 4 year college or university to complete a Bachelors degree. View all of our degree programs.
Certificate programs typically take 1 year to complete. These are designed for career oriented individuals who desire to enter the workforce in an entry level position. View all of our certificate programs.
In order to provide a smooth transition from an Associate Degree to the Baccalaureate level, Southern has entered into numerous transfer agreements with outside institutions.
Learn more about our Transfer Agreements.
Southern has a 13:1 student to teacher ratio. You are not just a number at Southern. Your instructors will know your name and care about your progress.
Academic advising at Southern is a joint effort between the student, the faculty advisor, and the Student Services Specialist. All students must meet with an advisor prior to creating a class schedule. First-year students are students who have earned less than 30 credit hours. First year students and transfer students must meet with a Student Services Specialist. All other students must meet with a Faculty Advisor. The Student Services Specialists, located on each campus, assist in placement testing, developing educational goals and career paths, and the registration process.
Southern would like to thank you for your service to our nation. As you consider your future, we are here to help you successfully pursue your educational endeavors. Whether you are actively serving in the military, or you are in the reserves, a veteran, or a dependent, we are very proud that you are considering Southern and we look forward to assisting you while you further your education.
The Student Government Association (SGA) provides students with the opportunity to represent their peers at Southern, guide college policies, as well as offer activities that drive student engagement and interest. The SGA is composed of elected representatives, as well as volunteers, who work with a Student Services Specialists/SGA Advisors on each campus to determine events that encourage student participation at the college. These events may include dances, guest speakers, Red Cross blood drives, game shows, etc.