The University Of Virginia's College At Wise

The University Of Virginia's College At Wise

The University of Virginia's College at Wise, commonly referred to as UVA Wise, was established in 1954. It was then known as the Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia. The institute was given its current name in the year 1999. This public liberal arts college has a sprawling 400-acre campus in Wise, Virginia. The U.S. News and World Report of 1999 placed the college at the 2nd position among the liberal arts institutes in the South.

The University of Virginia's College at Wise offers more than 30 majors and over 20 minors. A large number of teaching specialties are also available. Students can choose from courses in the fields of business and economics, communication studies, education, history and philosophy, language and literature, natural sciences, nursing, mathematics and computer science, social sciences, and visual and performing arts.

The athletics department of UVA Wise fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The teams are known as the Highland Cavaliers. They compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

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The University of Virginia's College at Wise
1 College Avenue
Wise , VA 24293-4400
General Phone: (276) 328-0100

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UVA Wise Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts167English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, history
Business and Management76business
Science33biological and physical sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine13registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for UVA Wise in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3019

UVA Wise Student Body

In 2007-2008, UVA Wise had a total enrollment of 1,803 students (1,636 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 91%
Black 7%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 36%
20-21 30%
22-24 15%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown1%

UVA Wise Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 100 %

UVA Wise Room and Board (2007)

UVA Wise offers campus housing for 655 of its 1,636 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Wise, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

UVA Wise Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420523
SAT Math420530
SAT Writing400510
ACT Verbal1621
ACT Math1622
ACT Composite1721

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT20%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UVA Wise Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,439
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,313
Room and board $ 7,350
Room charge $ 4,224
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,126
Books and supplies $ 756
Other expenses $ 1,966

Financial Aid:
UVA Wise participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 374700)

UVA Wise Faculty

UVA Wise has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year14$79,0434$69,725
Associate professoracademic year14$60,62111$62,018
Assistant professoracademic year21$55,8246$50,967
Instructoracademic year9$38,28914$45,750
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year58$59,86636$54,056

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UVA Wise Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Independent Mid-South Region
Basketball Appalachian Athletic Conference
Baseball Appalachian Athletic Conference
Track Appalachian Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports134

UVA Wise Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Biological and Physical Sciences

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What Sets UVA Wise Apart:

% of degrees in mathematics
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Top 11%UVA Wise % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 12%UVA Wise % of degrees in liberal arts
% of degrees in science
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Top 13%UVA Wise % of degrees in science
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 15%UVA Wise Dorm rooms per full-time student
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 16%UVA Wise Salaries of full-time faculty
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(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%UVA Wise Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 17%UVA Wise Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 18%UVA Wise Number of degree programs
Number of students
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Top 19%UVA Wise Number of students
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 19%UVA Wise % of full-time faculty on tenure track

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checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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