Year in Wise

Welcome to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the lush mountains of Southwest Virginia. UVA Wise is nationally-accredited and has been ranked among the top public liberal art colleges in the U.S. The only division of the University of Virginia located outside of Charlottesville, we were founded in 1954 to provide a high-quality education to the people of Southwest Virginia. Since that time, we have become recognized nationally as an excellent institution for academics, student engagement, and student outcomes.

If you are a Virginian placed on the wait list for the College of Arts and Sciences at UVA, you can attend UVA Wise for one year—completing 30 hours of transferrable credit and maintaining a 3.0 GPA—and then transfer to UVA Grounds in Charlottesville to complete your degree. (No additional application to UVA’s College at Wise is required.)

We hope you will consider this opportunity, and invite you to learn more about UVA Wise. As we like to say, This is Where it all Begins.

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