Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be enrolled at Southern Virginia University to attend Institute?

You do not have to be enrolled at Southern Virginia University to attend. All young adults ages 18-30 are invited to come and hear the messages of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

My college schedule is already full! I don't think I can fit another class in.

Come for the spirit, not for the credit! While we are grateful that SVU offers college credit for most of our institute courses, about 20% of our students aren't participating for SVU credit--they just come to feel the spirit and get inspiration for their lives. We are here to lift your burdens, not add to them! Come when your schedule allows.

Do I have to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to attend Institute?

No! Everyone is welcome to attend and enroll in Institute courses. While most of the young adults who attend class are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many students of other faiths or who don't belong to any religion attend our classes. All perspectives are welcomed in our classes!

What can I expect from attending Institute?

Institute offers a welcoming environment where one can feel of God's love and experience peace. You can expect to feel loved, valued, heard, and uplifted as well. Institute will help you strengthen your testimony and relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

What can I expect to do in an Institute class?

A class will typically start with an opening hymn and a prayer. The teacher will then lead a discussion pertaining to the main topic of the course. There will be many chances for students to ask questions and offer insight as prompted throughout the lesson. The class will then end with a closing prayer.

Do I have to complete assignments to be in Institute?

There is no requirement to complete any assignments to simply attend Institute. We welcome all to come and hear the joyous messages of the good news of Jesus Christ in our classes.

If you wish to receive Institute or SVU credit there are assigned readings designed to prepare for and enhance each class and a personal study journal to be kept during the readings and class discussion.