Prospective students across Virginia are turning their attention to The University of Virginia’s College at Wise as the early college application process gets underway.

“Our applications for early action admission are up considerably over last year and much higher than at any point over the last five years,” said Rusty Necessary, vice chancellor for enrollment management. “We are up 36 percent over last year and 85 percent over fall 2015. “

Necessary said the information is preliminary, but the Office of Admissions reports a boost not only in the number of early applicants from Virginia, but from out-of-state students as well.

“It is encouraging,” Necessary said. “We have had a busy fall.”

Admissions has been involved with online college fairs, bringing the region’s high schools to campus for group tours, following up those tours with on site visits to those particular schools, and a variety of other outreach efforts across Virginia.

“We’ve been very intentional about ramping up our student search strategy,” Necessary said. “Many good things have happened. We have received some good media attention lately, especially with the gubernatorial debate on campus. There are a lot of factors coming together.”

Necessary said name recognition seems also to be growing across Virginia, especially in Northern Virginia and Tidewater.

“We are finding that more and more people have heard about our College,” he said.

Early application admission is ongoing. The regular admissions process begins on Feb. 1, 2018 and continues until class is filled.