Learn more about what makes UVA Wise one of the leading public liberal arts colleges in the country.
- Current Enrollment: 2,021 students
- Male-to-Female Enrollment Ratio: 1:1.7
College Admission Statistics
- UVA Wise is moderately selective and university admission is offered on a rolling basis.
- The average freshman admitted has SAT scores of 487 Verbal and 480 Math.
- The average high school grade point average (GPA) for admission is 3.42.
Financial Aid & Student Debt
- Over 80% of UVA Wise students receive some form of financial assistance, including federal and state grants, scholarships, student loans and college employment.
- UVA Wise is consistently ranked as one of the best colleges nationwide for students graduating with little to no debt.
Faculty & Classroom Facts
- Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- Average class size: 15 (on campus, 3 or more credit hours)
- Less than 2% of our classes have more than 40 students in them.
- UVA Wise has 102 full-time teaching faculty.
- 73% of our full-time faculty members hold the terminal degree in their area of instruction.
Campus Location & Community Information
UVA Wise is located in the vibrant community of Wise, nestled amid the scenic Appalachian Mountains in southwest Virginia. Our 396-acre campus is located 60 minutes from the Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia.
UVA Wise is a public liberal arts college offering 33 majors, 39 minors, and 24 teaching licensures. We offer numerous degree programs, including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Pre-Professional Study Tracks
In addition to our range of bachelor’s degree programs, UVA Wise also offers a number of esteemed pre-professional study tracks, in pre-engineering, pre-forestry, pre-medicine/dentistry/veterinary, pre-pharmacy, and pre-physical therapy.
Post-Graduation Placement Record
Over 82% of graduates surveyed indicated post-graduate employment, graduate school, or military or other service activities.
- UVA Wise’s four-year degree programs are designed to develop professional goals, job-seeking skills, and graduate and professional school preparation.
- Additional career services we offer include: JobTrak access, workshops, individual counseling, experiential learning, on-campus interviews, access to services and programs of the University of Virginia, part-time jobs while in college, and alumni mentorships.
Basic College Information
- Founding Year: 1954
- College Mascot: Highland Cavaliers
- School Colors: Red & Jefferson Blue (Navy)
- UVA Wise is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).
- Our college was selected for inclusion in the nationwide list of Colleges of Distinction.
Our campus is a thriving center of activity, development, and learning with more than 50 student organizations, including fraternities and sororities.
- Approximately 25% of all degree-seeking students participate in men’s and women’s athletic programs in and around campus, including 32% of all first-time students.
- UVA Wise is currently a member of the South Athletic Conference.
- UVA Wise is an active member of NCAA Division II.
College Accreditation Information
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.