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Student Development Courses (SDV)


Student Development courses (SDV) assist students in the transition to Virginia Western Community College. These courses provide overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. SDV helps students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. Student development courses also promote contact between students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Western and provide strategies for academic and lifelong success.


You are required to take a Student Development course:

  • within the first 15 credit hours of enrollment if you are seeking a degree or certificate, except for those in career studies certificate programs

Only SDV 100, 101, or 108 may be used to satisfy graduation requirements.
The student development requirement may be waived for students who hold an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Virginia Western Student Development Policy

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Student Development courses cover the following topic areas:

  • Career Exploration & Development
  • College Resources
  • College Policies
  • Academic Planning
  • Academic Skills
  • Life Management
  • Social/Interpersonal Skills
  • Wellness

Course Options

Your academic advisor will assist in choosing the most appropriate SDV course for you.

Contact Us

Location: Chapman Hall C105
Phone: 855-874-6690
Fax: 540-857-6156

Hours of Operation

By Appointment