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The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Wise, VA 4-Year Public

About UVA Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVA Wise) is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia. Our college offers 33 majors, 39 minors, and 24 teaching licensures. At UVA Wise, you’ll find everything you need to unlock your potential and elevate your future. Here, you’ll get an education designed to help you succeed, and you’ll be supported by our close-knit community at every step along the way. We value real-world results, and we believe that a quality education should be accessible for all. Our campus sits high on the Appalachian Plateau in Southwest Virginia, and from here we can see limitless ways to spark progress, get ahead, and move forward. So think of this as your invitation to start exploring. Because your future is not just a destination, it’s the path you take to get there.

The University of Virginia's College at Wise is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Wise, VA

Founded in 1954, UVA Wise currently enrolls around 1,905 students a year, including 1,905 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

UVA Wise's endowment was valued at $102,257,823 in 2021. For each full-time student, UVA Wise spends about $9,954.

2021 Admissions Facts About UVA Wise

Acceptance rate: 82%

Average GPA: 3.57

Mean ACT score: 21

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: August 20

UVA Wise Acceptance Rate

Admission to UVA Wise is moderately difficult. Around 82 percent of all applicants to UVA Wise are accepted each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at UVA Wise is 3.57 out of 4.0. The mean ACT scores is 21.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is UVA Wise a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

About 69 percent of students who start at UVA Wise return for their second year of college. Out of the 356 students who started at UVA Wise as first-time freshman, 81 graduate within four years.

Around 41 percent of students who started at UVA Wise earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 48 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $20,474 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UVA Wise sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is UVA Wise a good school for YOU?

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August 20 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants should hear back from UVA Wise by August 20.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about UVA Wise in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for other colleges that might be perfect for you.

College Info

UVA Wise Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UVA Wise is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UVA Wise is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UVA Wise ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


18 to 25


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UVA Wise is 21. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into UVA Wise. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UVA Wise SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

470 - 570


Reading SAT Range

500 - 590

UVA Wise Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at UVA Wise is like? There are approximately 2,002 students enrolled at UVA Wise. 55% percent of students attend school full-time, 93% percent are from VA and 7% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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