Wise, VA

Male and female student have a conversation near a stone wall with fall mountain scenery in background

A Place for You in Southwest Virginia

Wise is a charming and historic town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. A close-knit community embodying the American small-town spirit, Wise has embraced and welcomed its identity as the college town home of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

The Wise community has social and cultural roots that trace back through generations of US history. The historic downtown and Main Street area is home to an array of historically significant buildings, locally-owned shops, and mouth-watering dining options. Stunning mountain vistas and abundant scenic spaces also make Wise a haven for outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, camping, and fishing.


While physically remote and largely rural, the Wise community is full of people leading globally relevant lives. The symbiotic relationship and community culture established between the town of Wise and UVa-Wise’s faculty and students is a strong one that will continue for years to come.


For more information about the historic college town of Wise, VA, visit the town website here.