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University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA


  • Type
    4-year • Public
  • Campus Life
    Medium • Suburban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
  • SAT Range
  • Graduation Rate

University of Mary Washington is a medium, 4-year, public university. This coed college is located in a large town in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

From the Institution

Nestled in the heart of historic Fredericksburg, the University of Mary Washington (UMW) stands as an absolutely friendly, be yourself, public liberal arts and sciences university. Spanning over 234 acres, the UMW campus features cutting-edge science labs supporting undergraduate research, a dynamic business program fostering entrepreneurial visions, a newly renovated College of Education with inspiring model classrooms and makerspaces-and lots of bricks and trees. Established in 1908 as a state teachers' college, UMW excels in undergraduate education across its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education. With over 90+ majors, minors, and programs, and conveniently located between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA, UMW is committed to connecting students to experiences that will propel them to the next level. This commitment includes internships, study abroad opportunities, participation in over 150 student organizations and clubs, NCAA Division III Athletics, research projects, community service, and job opportunities. Students actively engage in community service, collectively logging an impressive 20,000 hours of direct service annually. Unique to UMW are programs in historic preservation, creative writing, and debate. Top majors include business, political science, computer science, communication, biology, psychology, and performing arts. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, students benefit from close interactions with professors who serve as mentors. The university has a proven track record of producing Fulbrights, Goldwater Scholars, and public service leaders. The University of Mary Washington stands out by not having teaching assistants, Greek life, or a football team. Instead, it fosters a vibrant community in newly renovated residence halls and apartment buildings, facilitating lasting friendships. Sammy D. Eagle, UMW's mascot, proudly represents the Eagles. The school's colors are blue, gray, and white, complemented by an expanded palette of blues. For those looking to explore UMW firsthand, whether for the first time or on a return trip, Mary Wash invites you to join over 4,500 students, faculty, and staff who have made UMW and the Fredericksburg region their home. To discover what matters to you, visit the UMW website, peruse the Viewbook, and connect on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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Application Types Accepted
  • Common Application
  • Online through college's own website
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Available to all qualified students. Visit the college website for details.

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Important Dates

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February 1
Financial Aid Application Due

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