Beyond Wise

Chancellor Henry awarding diploma during Commencement

Wise graduates are ready
for what's next.

Post-College Life

At UVa-Wise, we embrace the philosophy that a liberal-arts education and real-world preparation don’t have to be mutually exclusive. That’s why each of our 31 undergraduate degree programs focus on providing a rich educational experience while simultaneously helping students develop the skills and attitudes to help them flourish in post-college life.


of software engineering graduates are employed upon graduation


of our education graduates are employed in the education field or go on to graduate or professional school


of nursing graduates in 2013 passed their licensure exam


of natural science graduates are admitted to graduate or professional school upon first application

Life After College: Career Options & Student Debt

On average, 82% of our graduating classes are employed or involved in a graduate or professional studies program. Plus, since over 80% of our students receive some form of financial assistance, we consistently rank among in the top tier of public liberal arts colleges for low student debt rates at graduation. In fact, more than half of the UVa-Wise Class of 2014 graduated without any student debt at all. These are just a few of the many ways that we help students prepare for a successful and productive post-college life.

College and Beyond

On these pages, you’ll find statistics about graduates in specific degree programs, hear alumni stories about how Wise helped prepare them for life after college, and find information about the vast selection of career options and graduate or professional studies opportunities that Wise graduates receive.

"The small-college atmosphere gave me the opportunities to talk with my professors about my plans and how to best pursue them."

Jesse Miles, Class of 2013
United States Geological Survey,
National Fish Health Lab

Jesse Miles in lab

Upon graduation, our esteemed alumni are primed and prepared for promising and fulfilling jobs and careers in their specific fields of choice. Wise grads thrive in an assortment of industries, environments, and settings across the United States and across the world.


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