- University of Virginia's College at Wise
The University of Virginia's College at Wise UVa-Wise Established 1954 Type Public college Endowment US $40 million  Chancellor David J. Prior Academic staff ~140 Students 2,005 Location Wise, Virginia, US Campus Rural, 400 acres (1.6 km2) Colors Red and Gray Athletics NAIA, Mid-South Conference Nickname Highland Cavaliers Website www.uvawise.edu
The University of Virginia's College at Wise (also known as UVa-Wise, or University of Virginia at Wise) is the liberal arts college of the University of Virginia, and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, located in Wise, Virginia. It is the only branch of the University of Virginia, and the westernmost public college in Virginia.
UVa-Wise was founded by the University of Virginia in 1954 as Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia, a two-year junior college. In June 1970, the school began to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees. Since that time, UVa-Wise has granted about 6,000 baccalaureate degrees.
The College offers 31 majors, 31 minors and 23 teaching specialties. As of September 2010, the College's enrollment is about 2,005 students. UVa-Wise is undergoing rapid growth, with several new buildings and campus beautification projects underway.
The campus is known among undergraduate students and faculty as a relic. The University has managed to keep historic buildings alive and vibrant, while moving towards a more 'green' campus with new LEED certified buildings.
State lawmakers and regional leaders joined The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on July 1, 2009 to break ground for a $30 million Convocation Center, the largest single capital project in the College’s history.
When the Convocation Center is completed in two years, the facility will seat 3,000 for sporting events and 4,000 for concerts or convocation activities. The facility will give the region its first venue to seat large crowds, something economic developers have said is needed to boost growth and development in far Southwest Virginia.
The college requires all freshmen to enroll in a two-semester seminar that covers writing and adjusting to the demands of college academic work. The student's seminar instructor becomes his advisor until the student selects a major. The college also has a 53 semester-hour general education requirement. In addition, students must attend 4 cultural activities in each their freshman and junior years. The college offers baccalaureate degrees in 31 majors, and the College Major for students who wish to pursue interdisciplinary studies.
- The first winner of Make Me a Supermodel (US) Holly Kiser was a student of UVa-Wise.
- Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore graduated from UVa-Wise when it was called Clinch Valley College.
Notable faculty and staff
- Carroll Dale, a former NFL football wide receiver, serves as assistant vice chancellor for athletic development.
The school's athletic teams, known as the Highland Cavaliers, compete on the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and are members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference in nine sports programs, the school competes in the Mid-South Conference in football under head coach Dewey Lusk.
As of 2006, the Highland Cavaliers' football team was ranked in the top 25 schools in the NAIA, and ranked #1 in total offense in all of the NAIA. The football team plays its home games at Carl Smith Stadium. Many students and alumni also follow the Virginia Cavaliers athletic teams.
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- ^ "Facts". University of Virginia College at Wise. http://www.uvawise.edu/about/Facts. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
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- ^ "Academics: First-year experience". College at Wise. http://www.uvawise.edu/academics/first_year_exp. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
- ^ "Academic Advising - General Education Requirements". College at Wise. http://www.uvawise.edu/academics/advising/gen_ed. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
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- ^ "Highland Cavaliers". University of Virginia College at Wise (home page). http://www.uvawise.edu/athletics/index.html. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
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