See what students say:

Academics

University of Mary of Washington offers a "sense of community" and tons of "school spirit." Students describe it as a"great liberal arts school with small class sizes." And the university itself truly excels at providing students with the "strategies and tools necessary to think critically and succeed in the workforce." It's also important to mention that "undergraduate research opportunities" abound. Perhaps what students here value most is the level of communication they have with their professors. As one impressed undergrad explains, "UMW professors go the extra mile to help students and ensure that they succeed and students never hesitate to take time out of their day to go see their professors during their office hours for extra help." Another amazed undergrad rushes to add, "Every professor I have had has made attempts to learn every student's name and what they are interested in." And in general, undergrads at UMW seem to find their professors "wonderful" and "very engaging." It's quite evident that "they love what they teach and want you to love it as well." What more could you want from your classroom experience?

Student Body

Undergrads at University of Mary Washington tend to be "very relaxed and easy-going." And while they don't necessarily "party too hard," rest assured that they "definitely know how to have fun." Students also report that "Mary Washington is unique because everyone is so friendly." Indeed, "you cannot make it between buildings without someone saying hi or smiling at you. Everyone is so kind and welcoming." This grateful undergrad agrees sharing, "I'm never afraid to speak to someone new because at Mary Washington my peers are always accepting and willing to speak and form new friendships." Of course, it's important to mention that while "there is some diversity in demographics," the "student body is predominantly white." However, undergrads also rush to point out that the school has a nice combination of "on-campus and commuter students as well as a mix of traditional and non-traditional students. [In turn,] working with such a mix gives students a very unique education because you can learn so much from your [peers'] various viewpoints and…experiences." All in all, University of Mary Washington undergrads "care about each other, help each other and respect each other." Or, as this student succinctly states, "[This] community feels like a second family."

Campus Life

University of Mary Washington's campus is frequently abuzz with activity. To begin with, when the weather is nice you can find "students chilling on lawn chairs or reading on the grass or playing Frisbee." Additionally, "almost all students participate in clubs." And many UMW undergrads are "involved in community service both on and around campus." Moreover, "every weekend there are $1 movie nights for students, and one of the biggest weekly events is bingo on Tuesday nights." Although "there is no Greek Life officially on campus…there are nationally recognized fraternities and sororities operating off campus." And we've been informed that "parties are most often hosted by either these groups or by athletic teams." Students also declare "Fredericksburg is a great place to live." After all, "there are a plethora of historic sites to visit and an abundance of eateries to enjoy" along with "shops, movie theatres, and a bowling alley." And should these undergrads desire to get a little further away, they can easily capitalize on the fact that the university is "smack-dab in the middle of Richmond and Washington, D.C."

Overview

Applicants
6,270
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
34%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 15

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
389
with Terminal Degree
275

197
Men
192
Women
63
Minority
15
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • 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

  • Chemistry, General
  • 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, General
  • 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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Marion Clifton Blakey
President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association

Nan Orrock
Georgia State Senator; first woman House majority whip

Joanna Pinneo
Photojournalist featured in National Geographic, Time, New York Times Mag.

Christopher Rogers
Co-creator and writer of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire

Shin Fujiyama
Founder of Students Helping Honduras

Rose McCartney Likins
U.S. Ambassador to Peru

Ken Fulk
Owner, designer of Ken Fulk Inc.; designer of a Pottery Barn collection

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,343

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,352

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,145

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,444

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,057

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,032
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,278
Required Fees
$6,096
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,104
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,357
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

3.77%
Asian
7.20%
African-American
7.87%
Hispanic
70.43%
Caucasian
4.35%
Unknown

64% female
36% male
11% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Sandra Fritton

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
140
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
11

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

34% participate in intramural sports
13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Eagles)
12 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Golf
Horseback Riding
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.

83/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% 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
University Center
Hurley Convergence 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
mmorris3@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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