About UVa-Wise

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This is Wise.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, four-year residential college located in the lush mountains of Southwest Virginia. As a COPLAC member institution it is recognized as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation.


Affiliates & Centers

Our students choose from 30 majors, 32 minors, seven pre-professional programs and 24 teaching licensures.

We are home to Virginia’s only undergraduate degree program in software engineering.

Our alumni carry the lowest debt load of any public liberal arts graduates in the nation.

Quick Facts

  • Placement record: Typically 97%
  • Athletics: Mountain East Conference, NCAA Div II
  • Financial aid assistance: 80%
  • Founded: 1954
  • Enrollment: 2,067
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size: 17
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"At UVa-Wise, our mission is simple: student success and service to the region."

Donna Price Henry

Office of the Chancellor
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