Students Say

University of Mary Washington “lives up to its reputation” while providing “rigorous education in a fun and engaging atmosphere.” As an art history major explains, “it is one of (possibly the only) public choice in Virginia for someone who wants to attend a small liberal arts college.” Students rave about the “small, beautiful campus” and “strong sense of community.” This is a school where “everyone is so friendly” and you are “able to walk somewhere and always see someone” that you know. This “small and quaint school” is filled with “amazing” professors who “are committed to providing outside of the classroom help.”

Overview

Applicants
5,336
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.54

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 610
SAT Math
500 - 590
SAT Writing
500 - 600
ACT Composite
22 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

University of Mary Washington “lives up to its reputation” while providing “rigorous education in a fun and engaging atmosphere.” As an art history major explains, “it is one of (possibly the only) public choice in Virginia for someone who wants to attend a small liberal arts college.” Students rave about the “small, beautiful campus” and “strong sense of community.” This is a school where “everyone is so friendly” and you are “able to walk somewhere and always see someone” that you know. This “small and quaint school” is filled with “amazing” professors who “are committed to providing outside of the classroom help.” “All of my professors know me by name and make classes interesting,” one student says. The professors are “passionate about the material they teach” and UMW “does not have TA’s so the professors are always the ones teaching the classes.” Like the faculty at any school, “some are good; some are bad.” However, the “small class sizes” mean “you can get one-on-one attention if you need it.” UMW is about “finding what you’re passionate about and studying it through multiple disciplines & perspectives while building strong relationships with faculty and peers.” There is a “strongly supported honor code” and in general UMW “puts the responsibility in the hands of the students to act respectful and to prove themselves as students who are committed to their education.” Some students feel the school “has a bit of a Napoleon complex” and think it should accept that it is “AMAZING at being” a “small liberal arts school.” All in all, the school has “an amazing sense of community” that unlike many schools is “not so much featured around sports as it’s about the students.” “I’ve never felt so loved, accepted, and academically challenged in my life,” one student says. Another sums up UMW as simply the “best school that no one has ever heard of.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
387
with Terminal Degree
281

195
Men
192
Women
59
Minority
15
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Management Information Systems, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Music
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Marion Clifton Blakey
President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association

Nan Orrock
Georgia State Senator; first woman House majority whip

Judy Muller
Emmy Award winning TV news correspondent, National Public Radio Commentato

Ken Lopez
Founder & CEO of A2L Consulting, Litigation consulting pioneer

Shin Fujiyama
Founder of Students Helping Honduras

Rose McCartney Likins
U.S. Ambassador to Peru

Daniel Wolfe
Sr VP, Worldwide Creative Advertising NBCUniversal

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
68
Application Deadlines
Jun 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

In-state tuition is $7,146, while out-of-staters pay $20,432; both pay an extra $9,430 for room and board. Sixty-one percent of University of Mary Washington students receive some sort of financial aid, meeting an average of forty-eight percent of need. Of the fifty-seven percent of people who borrow through a loan program, students graduates with an average $23,700 in debt.

Bang For Your Buck

Each year, UMW administers over $28 million in financial assistance, including $21 million in educational loans. In addition to needbased aid from the standard sources (which makes up the majority of financial aid awards), the school offers more than 300 different scholarship and grant programs (including scholarships for specific majors). Students who complete the General Scholarship Application are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Two incoming Virginia residents with exceptional academic records are named as Washington Scholars and receive full tuition, fees, room, and board; Alvey Scholarships offer the same award to out-of-state residents, and are awarded every other year.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,667

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,512

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,108

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,460

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,832

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,146
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$20,432
Required Fees
$3,106
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Most students are “laid back, fun, yet also studious.” Several students noted there is “very little diversity” and “the school is not racially balanced AT ALL.” With a student population that is over 60 percent female, the student body is “mostly girls but everyone is treated equally” as students are “pretty non-judgmental and open to differences.” Others say the school is “very clique like” with “very little intermingling of different student groups.” Still, “everyone has a place to fit in” among their “friendly, down to earth” peers. While many students fit “the liberal arts stereotype” of “liberal-leaning or moderate, environmentally conscious, supports social progress…there’s a large number of conservative Catholic students as well.” Without the giant Greek life other universities have, students “don’t get ‘distracted’ as easily” leading to a student body that is “goal-driven and ready to succeed.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,167
Out of State
11%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

4.32%
Asian
5.93%
African-American
7.29%
Hispanic
70.00%
Caucasian
7.51%
Unknown

65% female
35% male
11% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

Students Say

UMW is “fun but not [a] crazy party school.” There is no “football team or Greek life,” which is either a benefit or a drawback depending on your temperament. Some students “think it would be beneficial to have one or the other” to help “improve on social events” on campus. “A lot of people who transfer do so because they crave the excitement of big parties and social drama of Greek life,” one student says, but explains that the remaining students “are serious about their studies which makes classes more fun.” “Students fit in by finding a club on campus that suits their interests” and “sporting events are popular.” Without a football team, students watch “rugby, soccer, lacrosse, or baseball.” The campus has “a very inviting atmosphere” and there is “a huge amount of school spirit, but it is not the ‘in your face’ type of school spirit that plagues most large universities.” Events on campus include “bingo Tuesday, trivia Thursday, 1 dollar movies on the weekend, acoustic night Wednesdays, club carnival, be a kid night, etc.” On weekends, “there are parties but you have to know the right people to go to them.” The town of Fredericksburg itself is “not a fantastic town due to the lack of entertainment” outside of some “not too shabby” bars. However, many students are “very active and outdoorsy” and find fun off campus in nature. The school is “five minutes away from the river which has awesome kayaking opportunities” and close to “mountains where a lot of students go hiking on the weekends.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
59%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Stephanie Smith

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
11

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

36% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Eagles)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Eagles)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Student Club listing: http://students.umw.edu/studentactivities/student-clubs-and-organizations/list-of-student-clubs/ James Farmer Multicultural Center: http://students.umw.edu/multicultural.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: George Mason University

Sustainability

Located in Fredericksburg, east of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the University of Mary Washington is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Old Dominion. In 2009, the university created the President’s Council on Sustainability and committed to protecting the endangered estuary and developing a more sustainable campus. Mary Washington’s campus currently features four LEED-certified buildings, as well as two that have received Gold certification. In fact, the university has committed to building all new projects to LEED standards, including the newest campus in Dahlgren, VA, which is in the process of earning its LEED Silver certification. Features include motion sensor lights in all hallways, use of indigenous vegetation in landscaping, and recycled building materials, including marble windowsills saved from a previous building. The Dahlgren campus also features geothermal heating and cooling, and a sedum-covered green roof. The green roof serves a number of functions, from providing insulation to reducing rainwater runoff and ensuing storm water pollution. In addition, the Fredericksburg campus dining hall has been named a green restaurant as part of the Virginia Green initiative due to efforts to source as many local ingredients as possible, reducing use of paper goods, and encouraging students to reuse cups by instituting a “reusable cup discount.” Mary Washington also encourages students to participate in sustainability efforts from recycling to bike sharing. The university features a recycling program that handles oils, chemicals, and large household appliances, in addition to the regular metal, plastic, and paper.. Mary Washington also received international recognition in the annual RecycleMania competition and was named a Virginia Green Travel Leader.

Green Rating
95
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
18%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
23

Average Number of PC's per Lab
23

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Melissa Yakabowski
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone
540-654-2000

Email
admit@umw.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ball Circle
The Underground
Woodard Campus Center
Palmieri Plaza Fountain
Lee Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Historic Fredericksburg-Shops and restaurants
Blackstone Coffee House
The Sunken Well (restaurant)
Capital Ale
Central Park (shopping)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri. plus Sat. in Mar. and Apr.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
540-654-2000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday-Friday; 10:30 am & 2 pm (starts fall 2009)
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri 10:30 am and 2 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admit@umw.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High school seniors only; Mon-Thur nights in fall from mid-September to mid-November. Spring semester late January to mi-Apr.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Reagan National, Dulles International, and Richmond International airports are about an hour from campus. Fredericksburg is accessible by transprotation services from all these major airports. Fredericksburg is also served by commercial buses and Amtrak.

Driving Instructions to Campus
To reach the campus from Interstate 95, take Exit 130-A. Follow Route 3 East business to the traffic light for William Street. Make a left at the light. Follow William Street to the next traffic light and make a left onto College Avenue. Proceed to the University gates, located at the next traffic light.

Local Accommodations
http://admissions.umw.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-tours-information-sessions-and-events/day-visits/hotels-and-lodging/
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Key Stats

5,336
Applicants
4,167
Size
77%
Acceptance Rate
1110
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists