Admissions & Aid

The Office of Admissions at UVA Wise realizes that the COVID-19 virus has made your college search trying, during this unprecedented and trying time for the nation and the world. We want you to know that we are here to work with you and that, together, we will get through this.

In order to ease your transition to college during this time, the Office of Admissions has done the following:

  • We’ve lifted the test requirement for all incoming freshmen (or transfers with less than 30 credits.) We’re also lifting SAT and ACT requirements for applicants for Fall 2021 admissions cycle.
  • We’re continuing to award new students financial aid, grants, and scholarships, even through the Within Reach initiative, which provides full tuition and fees to Virginia families making $40,000 or less. However, financial aid funds are limited, so please apply for admission for Fall 2020 as soon as possible.
  • We’re offering socially distant tours of our campus for families and small groups. Schedule your visit.
  • We’re offering one-on-one appointments with our staff. Schedule a chat session via phone, text, or video call with your admissions counselor or financial aid at UVA Wise any time.

With 33 majors, 39 minors, five pre-professional study tracks and 24 teaching licensures, UVA Wise has academic programs to suit every aspiration.

Interested in tech? We offer the only undergraduate software engineering program in Virginia. Or how about majoring in Administration of Justice? Or minoring in Appalachian Studies? Whatever you want to pursue, you’ll find it here. And if you don’t know what you want to study yet, you’ll find plenty of options to explore—along with a supportive community that can help you find your path.

No matter what program you choose, know that we value pragmatism and real-world results, so you’ll learn the skills you need to build your career and kick-start your future. We offer a wide variety of personal and online resources—one-on-one coaching, information sessions, career fairs, everything you need to make informed decisions about your career or graduate studies. And, if you’re thinking about graduate or professional school, we’re here to help you prepare for tests like the GRE or LSAT.

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Tour Our Campus

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Welcome to UVA Wise, a nationally ranked public college in Southwest Virginia. Here, we dream up possibilities, ignite potential, spark progress, and we help you find your path.

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With more than 30 majors, 34 minors, 32 minors, eight pre-professional programs, and 24 teaching licensures, UVA Wise has academic programs to suit every aspiration.

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At UVA Wise, 97 percent of graduates find employment or go on to seek a graduate degree.

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Our campus and region are ideal for hands-on experience. Environmental science students explore nearby caves, and opportunities for hands-on learning abound in many fields. Our campus and region are ideal for hands-on experience. Environmental science students explore nearby caves, and opportunities for hands-on learning abound in many fields.

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Students at UVA Wise also show their dedication through athletics. The College participates in NCAA Division II competition with teams in 13 sports.

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At UVA Wise, we like to say, “This is where it all begins.”

Experience A Day at UVA Wise

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Rise and shine. At UVA Wise, our students work hard to kickstart their futures and that includes classes at 8 or 9 a.m., like this one, a physics course with Professor Jan Fiala.

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Hands-on learning comes in many forms at UVA Wise, from lab work….

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…to work outside the classroom. Here, students capture dragonflies around one of our two campus lakes, which double as habitats that can be studied.

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On sunny days, our students catch some rays while studying on the lawn.

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And, UVA Wise offers a variety of ways to support your study habits, including group study sessions.

Dining Commons

After you grab dinner with your friends, there are many avenues to pursue. You could participate in an Outdoor Recreation opportunity.

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Or, you can burn off some steam by participating in our intramurals programs.

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No matter what your passions, UVA Wise has a variety of academic and social offerings to make every day a success.