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The University of Virginia's College at Wise

The University of Virginia's College at Wise is college with 2291 students located in Wise, VA.

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Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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A public, four-year residential college located in the lush mountains of southwestern Virginia, The University of Virginia's College at Wise is recognized as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. The only branch campus of the University of Virginia, UVa-Wise was founded in 1954 and currently enrolls 2,000 students.

UVa-Wise is home to Virginia's only undergraduate degree program in software engineering. UVa-Wise offers 30 majors, 32 minors, seven pre-professional programs and 24 teaching licensures.

For several consecutive years, students at UVa-Wise have graduated with the lowest debt load of any public liberal arts college in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

UVa-Wise has been selected for inclusion in "Colleges of Distinction," which recognizes institutions for engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 2,291
Gender 42% Male / 58% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 65% Full Time / 35% Part Time
Geography 96% In State / 4% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 55% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 80%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 8%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Greek Life 2% of male undergrads participate in Greek life
2% of female undergrads participate in Greek life

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $150.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

38% of students live on-campus.

73% of freshman live on-campus.

2% of male students live in fraternities.

2% of female students live in sororities.

  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

Student Publications: Highland Cavalier

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities
  • Drama/Theater

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections computer repair service available on campus student web hosting available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services minority students services personal counseling placement services for graduates chaplain/spiritual director economically disadvantaged students services
  • Facilities: observatory, scanning electron microscope, oral communication center, nursing assessment stations
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cooperative education double major dual enrollment of high school students honors program independent study internships liberal arts/career combination student-designed major teacher certification accelerated program ROTC, Army
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Social Sciences (30%), Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (19%), Business/Commerce (11%), Biological and Physical Sciences (10%), History (8%), English Language and Literature (6%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events. Includes instruction in historiography; historical research methods; studies of specific periods, issues and cultures; and applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy, and records administration.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Historians
Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
History Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that generally prepares individuals to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; select systems and train personnel; and respond to external data requests. Includes instruction in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

Job Opportunities:

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Job Opportunities:

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Bachelor's

A program that is either a general synthesis of one or more of the biological and physical sciences, or a specialization which draws from the biological and physical sciences.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems using a variety of computer languages. Includes instruction in discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, computer science, managerial science, and applications to complex computer systems.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Software Developers, Applications
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Software Developers, Systems Software
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on computing, computer science, and information science and systems. Such programs are undifferentiated as to title and content and are not to be confused with specific programs in computer science, information science, or related support services.

Job Opportunities:

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Computer Systems Analysts
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
Database Administrators
Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.
Computer Network Architects
Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
Computer Occupations, All Other
All computer occupations not listed separately.
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Mathematicians
Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Statisticians
Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other
All mathematical scientists not listed separately.
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the general study of human social behavior and social institutions using any of the methodologies common to the social sciences and/or history, or an undifferentiated program of study in the social sciences.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.
Social Science Research Assistants
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other
All postsecondary social sciences teachers not listed separately.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Administration & Faculty

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Sim Ewing
Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Full-time Faculty 92
Student : Faculty Ratio 17 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 56 : 43
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 52
Tenure Track Faculty 22
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 25
International Faculty 3

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Biology 3.0 BIOL 1010, 1011 4.0
AP Biology 4.0 BIOL 1010, 1011, 1020, 1021 8.0
AP Calculus AB 4.0 MATH 2040 4.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 MATH 2040 4.0
AP Calculus BC 4.0 MATH 2040, 2050 8.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 CHEM 1010, 1011 4.0
AP Chemistry 4.0 CHEM 1010, 1011, 1020, 1021 8.0
AP Computer Science A 4.0 COSC 1100 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 ENGL 1030 Pass / No Credit
AP English Language and Composition 5.0 ENGL 1010, 1020 6.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 ENGL 1030 Pass / No Credit
AP English Literature and Composition 5.0 ENGL 1010, 1020 6.0
AP European History 4.0 HIST 1010, 1020 6.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 FREN 1030 Pass / No Credit
AP French Language and Culture 5.0 FREN 1010, 1020 6.0
AP German Language and Culture 5.0 GERM 1010, 1020 6.0
AP Physics B 3.0 PHYS 1010, 2010 4.0
AP Physics B 4.0 PHYS 1010, 2010, 1020, 2020 8.0
AP Psychology 4.0 PYCS 1100 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 SPAN 1030 Pass / No Credit
AP Spanish Language and Culture 5.0 SPAN 1010, 1020 6.0
AP Statistics 3.0 MTH 118- 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 4.0 POLS 1010 3.0
AP United States History 4.0 HIST 1070, 1080 6.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 44/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 74.5% accepted of 972 applications

76% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
19% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
17% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite17 - 22
English15 - 22
Math17 - 23
 
SATMath430 - 520
Reading430 - 530
Writing410 - 500

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Class Rank

Important: Standardized Test Scores, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Work Experience, Interview, Racial Ethnic Status, Recommendations, Volunteer Work, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 1 0
English 4 0
Math 3 0
Science 2 0
Science Lab 2 0
Social Studies 1 0
Foreign Language 2 0
Academic Electives 5 0

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests

Deadlines

December

1

Early Action
August

15

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $10,914 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $6,583
$30K-$48K $6,501
$48K-$75K $10,441
$75K-$110K $12,367
$110K+ $16,075

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $4,676, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $4,676 Same as On-Campus
Fees $3,833 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,868 $8,512
Books $890 $890
Total (before financial aid) $19,267 $17,911

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,100 Same as On-Campus
Fees $4,465 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,868 $8,512
Books $890 $890
Total (before financial aid) $34,323 $32,967

Students Receiving Aid

93% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 58% $4,927
Federal Scholarships/Grants 64% $3,892
Institutional Grants 80% $4,914
Other Federal Grants 9% $1,179
Other Loans 2% $7,063
Pell Grants 55% $4,347
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 60% $2,999
Student Loans 60% $5,013

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at https://www.uvawise.edu/financialaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.uvawise.edu/financialaid/net_price_calculator.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

24% of students graduated on time.

43% of students graduated in six years.

71% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Athletics

Athletics

The University of Virginia's College at Wise participates in the NAIA Division II for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Football Dewey Lusk (Get recruited )
Golf Jim Kelly (Get recruited )
Tennis Danny Rowland (Get recruited )
Baseball Hank Banner (Get recruited )
Basketball Blake Mellinger (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Volleyball Kendall Rainey (Get recruited )
Basketball Kristin Kunzman (Get recruited )
Softball Karen Bitter (Get recruited )
Tennis Danny Rowland (Get recruited )
Lacrosse Meghan Dennehy (Get recruited )

Rankings

Forbes

#40 America's Top Colleges

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

#101-150 Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Princeton Review

#3 Colleges: Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges
#4 Colleges: Great Financial Aid
N/A Colleges: Best Value Colleges for 2014 - Public
N/A Best Colleges (Southeastern)

Times Higher Education

#44 Top 100 Universities for Social Sciences
#63 Top 100 Universities for Arts and Humanities
#130 World Rankings - North America

U.S. News & World Report

#111 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings

Washington Monthly

#11 Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#58 Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank
#114 Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#123 Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#199 Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#208 Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#215 Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank
#310 Master's Universities - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#312 Master's Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#346 Master's Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#472 Master's Universities - ROTC Rank
#500 Master's Universities - Peace Corps Rank
#566 Master's Universities - Graduation Rate Rank
#569 Master's Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#591 Master's Universities - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#650 Master's Universities - Overall Rank
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