About UVA Wise

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This is Wise.

About Our Liberal Arts College

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the lush mountains of Southwest Virginia. As a COPLAC member institution, UVA Wise is nationally-accredited and has been nationally-ranked among top public liberal art colleges in the U.S.


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Our students choose from 30 majors, 32 minors, seven pre-professional programs and 24 teaching licensures.

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We are home to Virginia’s only undergraduate degree program in software engineering.

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Our alumni carry the lowest debt load of any public liberal arts graduates in the nation.

Quick Facts

  • Athletics: South Atlantic Conference, NCAA Div II
  • Financial aid assistance: 80%
  • Founded: 1954
  • Enrollment: 2,021
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size: 15
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"At UVA Wise, our mission is simple: student success and service to the region."

Donna Price Henry

Office of the Chancellor
Chancellor Henry

What makes UVA Wise one of the best public liberal arts colleges in the nation?

  • It’s our picturesque campus. UVA Wise sits on an expansive 396-acre campus nestled amid the Appalachian Mountains, where students can experience unique cultural flavor as well as the great outdoors.
  • It’s our esteemed academics. While offering a variety of academic degrees, pre-professional programs, and teaching licensures, our top-10 liberal arts college maintains an impressive 13:1 student-faculty ratio.
  • It’s our dedication to reducing student debt. Eighty percent of our students receive financial assistance, and 97 percent of our graduates are currently employed or seeking a higher degree.
  • It’s our thriving student life. With more than 50 student organizations, spirited NCAA athletic programs, and near-daily campus events, our students have many opportunities to get involved, grow as individuals, and discover their passions.


To learn more about our nationally-ranked liberal arts college, plan a visit to campus or begin the application process today.