Every class at UMW is taught by a passionate, skilled master teacher who believes that education is a journey to be taken with students. You'll partner with them in the lab and in the field and in the classroom, in small groups and one on one. They'll get to know your name and your strengths and interests, too. And they'll become lifelong mentors who are available to you along every step of your career journey.
If you have a strong academic record, the Honors Program offers advanced, seminar-style courses, interdisciplinary seminars, special internships, and mentored research and creative projects.
We have 17 partner programs and more than a dozen faculty-led travel programs to global destinations. For-credit programs are available over spring/winter breaks, summer, a semester, or an academic year.
Internships and Fieldwork
We'll help you take learning beyond the book. UMW is perfectly positioned for internships in science, technology, industry, business, education, law, health care, media, and the arts.
UMW also supports student research and scholarship. Regardless of major, students have access to top-of-the-line equipment and facilities: from the electron microscopes, DNA sequencer, and magnetic resonance spectrometer to the electronic media lab.
The payoff is that you're prepared for career success. Every year, UMW graduates are accepted at top graduate and professional schools. Many others launch successful careers right after graduation. Either way, you'll join an elite network of entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, and leaders who have the well-rounded knowledge, skills, and experience to excel in a fast-changing world.
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.”