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The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Wise, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate82%
Acceptance Rate82%

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 Overview

The University of Virginia's College at Wise is a public, state school in the small town setting of Wise, Virginia. UVA Wise was founded in 1954 and enrolls 1,905 undergrads and no graduate students. UVA Wise provides on-campus housing for up to 749 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 65% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to UVA Wise for Fall 2023 is August 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by August 20.

Student Involvement at UVA Wise

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? UVA Wise students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? UVA Wise has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UVA Wise has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UVA Wise on the Student Life page.

2022 UVA Wise Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 87%
In-State Tuition $5,864
Out-of-State $24,679
Percent of Need Met 82%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $16,987

Is UVA Wise a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer view of what UVA Wise offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

UVA Wise Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into UVA Wise. Around 82% of applicants get into UVA Wise each year. Out of 1,017 applications received in 2022, 838 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UVA Wise

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 69% of students who start at UVA Wise come back the next year. 41% of UVA Wise undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UVA Wise Grads

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

Check with UVA Wise directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

The University of Virginia's College at Wise's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2021, the total market value of The University of Virginia's College at Wise's endowment was $102.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $9,954 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UVA Wise

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UVA Wise meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $16,987 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $20,474 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UVA Wise.

Based on this information, does UVA Wise seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UVA Wise a good school for you?

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Where is The University of Virginia's College at Wise Located?

UVA Wise is located in the small town setting of Wise, Virginia.

If you are interested in seeing UVA Wise for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 23/Interstate 81 to Wise, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Tri-Cities Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UVA Wise and Wise are like without leaving home.

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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

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25 and Above


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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

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UVA Wise is like? There are approximately 1,905 students enrolled at UVA Wise. 59% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from VA and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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