From the School

Founded in 1908, UMW has a rich tradition of academic excellence. We celebrate the fact that everyone thinks differently. It's the reason we keep classes small, dynamic, highly interactive, and it's why every course is taught by a master teacher in the field no teaching assistants here.

We're consistently ranked as one of the best public liberal arts and sciences universities in the nation in Fiske Guide to Colleges, Peterson's, Princeton Review,, and others.

But don't worry, we make plenty of time for your fun side. This is an incredibly friendly, close-knit campus community, active and energizing, where friends are like family and there's always something exciting going on.

Some quick facts:
4,515 undergrads, 578 graduate students
Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
Average class size is 22 students
Honors Program for high-achieving students
60+ undergraduate majors, minors, and courses of study (or make your own)
140+ student clubs, sports teams, performance ensembles, and volunteer groups


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 620
SAT Math
500 - 590
ACT Composite
22 - 26


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Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

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.

Honors Program
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.

Study Abroad
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.

Student Research
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.

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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


From The School

UMW offers the exceptional academics of an elite private school, but as a public liberal arts and sciences university, our tuition and fees are 30 percent or less of those typical at the top private colleges in the nation. No surprise that UMW is a "Best Buy" in higher education. For the 2012-13 academic year, undergraduate tuition and fees for Virginia residents was $9,246; for non-residents, $21,560. Room and board was about $8,900. The cost of graduate school for in-state residents is $426 per credit hour.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
May 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Unendowed gifts

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)

Direct Lender


From The School

From the very first day on campus, you'll find lots of exciting ways to get immersed in student life.

Eagle athletics, for example: With 23 NCAA Division III Eagle sports, everyone is either a player or a fan. One in 10 UMW students suited up as a scholar-athlete last year incredible!

There's a host of club sports, too, so you're sure to find just what you're looking for from swimming to horseback riding, field hockey to soccer, boxing to lacrosse...and much more.

Talk about involvement! Students run 140-plus different clubs, organizations, athletics teams, and volunteer groups: Aubade Literary Magazine and The Bullet newspaper; Aikido martial arts and BellA'capella singers; Biology and Humans vs. Zombies. Always something exciting going on.

Students in the group Giant Productions book concerts by top performing artists and bring in provocative thinkers and speakers. Recent bookings: Passion Pit, Taking Back Sunday, the Maine, Bad Rabbits, Ben & Jerry, and Fun. Recent visitors: Anthony Bourdain, Keenan Thompson, Karl Rove, and Michelle Obama.

Another thing to know about UMW is our tradition of putting beliefs into action through civic and social involvement. We've earned our place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 4 years in a row! Thousands of our students have discovered that they can do just a little to change the world through volunteer and service learning projects at homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, Head Start, SPCA, churches, and many other worthy groups.

UMW students pitch in. They lead. Give directions. Return the iPhone you left in The Underground. Smile. And donate countless hours to organizations that help people they will never see.

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
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



64% female
36% male
11% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time


From The School

We have a drop-dead-gorgeous campus: Trees and greenery, fun gathering spots, hidden places to relax, outstanding facilities, all packaged in an easy-walking, park-like setting. Everywhere you go you'll, bump into friends and discover exciting things going on. No wonder 93 percent of freshmen live on campus.

Fredericksburg is picturesque and steeped in American history. George Washington grew up just across the river and the Civil War unfolded all around us. We're home to the President James Monroe Museum and Gari Melchers Home and Studio. Studying in this historic place gives you a unique perspective on the world.

But we're also just a hop and a skip from one of the world's great epicenters of business, technology, biotech, research, and culture Washington, D.C. It all adds up to great living and the perfect setting for our hands-on, into-the-world style of learning.

But it's the intangibles the friendly, close-family feel, the camaraderie, the Honor Code, the sense that you can count on anyone at any time that truly set Mary Washington apart.

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
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Stephanie Smith

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

54% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Eagles)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Eagles)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Student Club listing: James Farmer Multicultural Center:

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: George Mason University


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
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Melissa Yakabowski
Acting Associate Dean of Admissions

Office of Admissions
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401



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.

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

Information Sessions

Mon-Fri 10:30 am and 2 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

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


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.

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