The University of Virginia's College Wise
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The University of Virginia's College Wise - Comments and Student Experiences |
Location: Location can be viewed as a negative to some people. This isn't Radford or Blacksburg... we are in the deep mountains of Southwest Virginia. It takes an hour to get to an Old Navy or Best Buy and your classmates will dip or chew during a lecture. But the safety was huge for me. The crime around here compared to Norfolk, VA is really non existent. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever lived and you will not find more genuine kind-hearted people anywhere else. After you visit UVa-Wise, you will begin to see that the other colleges you visited were... a little fake. Some of the little rich, "never had to work for anything" kids will complain that there is nothing to do here. But you find your own friends and you make your own fun.
Extracurricular Activities: Just want to say that Intramurals is a big deal at Wise. They definitely have the money to run a successful program.
Money: UVa-Wise has been ranked in the top ten schools for graduating with the least amount of debt.
Facilities: Things have changed since I've attended (2005-2008). Things have changed since the last review. Construction and renovations are almost complete and our facilities are unmatched against many Division II schools and lower Division I schools. I could go on and on... and some may have more negative experiences but they are in the minority when it comes to experiences at UVa-Wise. It's definitely a school you need to have on your list for a fall visit. Then you can make your own judgement.
If you are not familiar with the area, it will be quite an adventure. First of all, the college is located in the boonies. Meaning its some-what isolated and surrounded by trees. It doesn't have its own separate entrance. You just make a left into the campus. The sign is crap, you couldn't tell if it was a college or just a big high school.
The funnest thing in Wise is probably the bowling alley and movie theater. No bars, no clubs. You're best bet is joining a greek house or finding off-campus parties. So all in all, there is no social life, night life, or part life.
The science department is tough. I've heard UVa-Wise's science is well known.
There are more residential halls than actual class halls. There are 3 halls for classes. This school is tiny. There is some construction going on, so that will add one more hall.
Also, there is a hill. Well known as suicide hill. The staff have very thoughtfully put stairs there. If you're out of shape, this hill is going to be the death of you.
You can always sprint to the student center, take the elevator (which is usually broken) to the top to skip the stairs.
The food is okay on a good day. It's maybe one step above high school cafeteria food. There is only one cafeteria, a small sandwich place in the student center and a coffee shop in the library. Your best bet is Mcdonalds, or the taco bell that is 10miles away.
Another thing, BRING A CAR!
you will not survive without one. you can't bum a ride from other people everyday. there are no shuttles that will take you anywhere.
the mall is an hour and a half a way in tennessee.
the only clothing stores in the area are Walmart Rue 21 and Maurices. so in other words, bring all your clothes.this school is small, so u will get more attention from ur professor. but i assume u can make your own choice after what I've mentioned.
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