WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON.
UMW is a place where students can find an intellectual home that values diversity, immerses students in applied learning experiences, promotes service and community engagement and delivers all students with rich opportunities for developing their digital and technological skills. Here, you’ll find students serious about their college education. Faculty who love teaching above all else. Memorable experiences far beyond the classroom and campus. Game-changing opportunities in our nation’s capital and the capital of our Commonwealth, both just down the road. The right size. The right setting. The right value. We’re the right place to make things happen. The world’s got problems. Let’s find solutions. The future’s unclear. Let’s put it in focus. Life’s a series of questions. Let’s find the answers. The path’s not paved. Let’s go off-roading. Together. Take your place @MaryWash.
A GLANCE @MaryWash
We are a vibrant, public university in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Washington, D.C.
You’ll find: • A beautiful, green “campus in the woods” • A thriving city that blends historic and modern
University of Mary Washington
• A short trip to Washington, D.C., or Richmond • A chance to explore Virginia from mountains to beaches
4,400+ undergraduate students
300+ graduate students
34 states and many countries represented
32% self-identified minority students
56% on-campus residents
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3 colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education)
23 NCAA Division III teams for men and women
150+ student clubs and organizations
14:1 student/faculty ratio
Over $45M in financial aid in 2018
study abroad programs offered in 51 countries
<19 students in a typical class
supporting student research,
fieldwork, travel and scholarships
90% full-time faculty with a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field
in the classroom
100 Best Values in Public Colleges Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine
America’s Best Colleges U.S. News & World Report Sixth in the “Top Public Regional Universities – South” category
America’s Top Colleges and Universities The Princeton Review
America’s Best Colleges Forbes
300 of the “Best and Most Interesting” Colleges and Universities in the Country Fiske Guide to Colleges
2018 Guide to 399 Green Colleges The Princeton Review
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At this school, learn is an action verb. We encourage and support the passionate, curious minds at work here. Our students and professors are fearless explorers – and creators – of knowledge. They work together to turn values into vision and ideas into action. You’ll be a great fit at UMW if you’re looking for the following:
Tough, rewarding academics If we didn’t push you, we wouldn’t be doing you any favors.
Small, interactive classes Long, droning lectures? Not here. Most classes are small enough that everyone can join the conversation. Get ready to jump in.
Brilliant, approachable faculty Your professors teach the classes, not TAs. They may be award-winning experts, but they know and care about you, too.
Real, meaningful support Here’s what a 14:1 student/faculty ratio actually means: your professors and advisors have time for you. Their doors are open.
Exciting, useful experiences We’ll help you find your passion – and pursue it. In the classroom, the research lab, the workplace, the community and the world.
It all starts @MaryWash.
Honor System We hold each other accountable at UMW. Students run our honor system, and itâ€™s simple: No lying. No cheating. No stealing. Period.
PICK YOUR PASSION A college education is an engine. It will drive any career you choose — and you have many choices at UMW. Majors
Philosophy – Pre-Law Concentration
Middle Eastern Studies
Pre-Conservation in Fine Art
Women’s and Gender Studies
Security and Conflict Studies Social Justice
Classical Archaeology Communication and Digital Studies
English – Creative Writing Concentration
Environmental Science – Natural Science Track
Environmental Science – Social Science Track
French Geography Geology German Historic Preservation History Interdisciplinary Science Studies International Affairs International Business Latin
Business Spanish Climate Science Computer Science Contemplative Studies Cybersecurity Data Science Digital Studies Economics English Literature Environmental Sustainability
Financial and Quantitative Analysis
Nursing (BSN) – dual-degree program with Germanna Community College
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Latin American Studies
*UMW offers initial teacher licensure in elementary, secondary, PreK-12, and special education. Students who want PreK-12 or Secondary licensure major in the discipline in which they will be licensed. Students who want to be licensed in special education select from a variety of disciplines. UMW’s new Bachelor’s degree in elementary education will begin in fall 2020, subject to final approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
You also have the option to design a special major
You also can pursue your interests in these areas of study:
that combines courses from two or more academic
disciplines into a coherent plan of study. Special majors
are developed with a faculty advisor and approved
by a curriculum committee.
Health Education Interdisciplinary Studies
Pre-Professional Programs Pre-Dental
Italian Military Science Physical Education
Pre-Law – 3 + 3 program with the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University Pre-Med – early, conditional acceptance program with the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, open to students in the Honors Program
Pre-Pharmacy – 3 + 4 program with Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University
Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis (MSGA)
Honors Program Feeling extra-motivated? Want to up your academic game? The universitywide Honors Program enhances the undergraduate learning experience. It’s rigorous, with designated coursework, interdisciplinary seminars, internship experiences, extended research and creative projects, and community service. You’ll get the chance to grow intellectually – and be part of a unique community at UMW.
English as a Second Language UMW partners with International Language Academy (ILA) to provide English as a second language education for prospective undergraduate students. Students not meeting the UMW English language requirement (80 on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS), may consider enrolling at ILA. Eligible students who complete their English studies at ILA are guaranteed acceptance into UMW upon successful completion of levels 11 and 12 of the Intensive English Program.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Master of Business Administration (EAGLE-MBA) 4 + 1 Program
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
of recent grads feel UMW taught them to speak and write effectively
“I participated in a faculty member’s research team for two years at UMW and discovered that I loved it, which changed the trajectory of my entire life. I love being back as a professor now so that I can try to provide those same types of transformational learning opportunities to our current students.” Dr. Holly Hollomon Schiffrin ‘94, Associate Professor of Psychology
“I learned how to be a scholar and think critically across disciplines, which has been the foundation for my success.” Mike Cirami ’98, portfolio manager for $200 billion/year investment corporation Eaton Vance
â€œI fell in love with Mary Washington more and more throughout my four years at the university. The support and opportunities, both academically and extracurricularly, that I received throughout my time at Mary Wash were unparalleled. By being able to form meaningful relationships with my peers, professors, and staff members I was able to build and partake in a phenomenal campus community where everyone genuinely cares for one another. Emma Baumgardner â€˜19 , Communication and Digital Studies
of recent grads were extremely satisfied with the quality of the faculty at UMW
POPULAR MAJORS Biology From botany to all the -ologies, we feed your curiosity about living things and challenge you to find fresh approaches to research.
Business Vision, strategy, finance and the skills to get you started, brought to you by scholars and veterans of Fortune 500 companies.
Computer Science Computer architecture, data science, cybersecurity, multithreaded programming and software engineering. We’ll get you going, and you’ll show us what’s next. We’ll get you ready for Amazon’s arrival!
Education We’ve been training Virginia’s teachers – and leaders in education – since 1908. A love of teaching runs through our veins.
Psychology Get ready to go deep into the human mind, build your skills in methods and statistics, and study traditional and emerging subjects in the science of human behavior.
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DISTINCTIVE OPPORTUNITIES First-Year Seminars
“Is Trying to be Happier as Futile as
Our area is a living laboratory – so rich
Trying to be Taller?” There are all kinds
in history. In our historic preservation
of diverse, fascinating topics to tackle
major, one of just a few in the nation,
in your first-year seminar. It’s basically
you’ll come to understand the people
a road trip for your brain. With no
of earlier times through the buildings,
more than 15 students per course, it’s
objects and landscapes they left behind.
designed to be small in size – but big
And, you’ll help to preserve those vital,
on discussion. You’ll learn a ton, make
tangible pieces of history.
friends and walk away a better writer and presenter.
Hurley Convergence Center Knowledge of all things digital is a
Recent First-Year Seminars: Climate Change and Energy Resources Endurance Sports Forbidden Texts
21st-century skill set. The LEED Silver certified Convergence Center is an “academic commons” with 24/7 access for group studying or hanging out with friends. Ready to make that website, start a blog or shoot video? These
technologies, information and teaching
Stuffed and Starved: The Geography of the Global Food System
resources are here for you:
Who am I This time? Presenting the Self
GIS Certificate Geographic Information Science (GIS) introduces students to computerbased information systems that blend mappable data with conventional text data. You’ll transform data to create maps, graphical reports, databases and
Advanced Media Production Studio – ready to film, with a green screen Multimedia Editing Lab – record songs or voiceover tracks, edit audio and video projects Training Lab – edit photos and graphics using the Adobe Creative Suite Student Tutoring – get help with speaking, writing or digital projects IT Help Desk – solve your computer problems
and you’ll have the advantage with
Jepson Science Center
a GIS certificate that you can pair with
The 75,000 sq. ft. Jepson Science
Center received a $22 million makeover
UMW has the only wood-fired kiln at a public university in Virginia.
We believe in the dignity and worth of every person at UMW. The value of a community rich in diversity, too. But understanding and appreciation of diversity – in race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age or culture – doesn’t just happen. The James Farmer Multicultural Center helps educate us on diversity issues, build relationships and create a supportive, welcoming environment for all, especially underrepresented students. It’s named for Dr. James L. Farmer, Jr., a key leader of the Civil Rights movement and a Distinguished Professor of History and American Studies here for more than a decade. We’re committed to honoring his legacy by striving to be more empathetic, engaged, well-rounded citizens of the world. That means open minds, new ideas, honest conversation – and poetry, theater, music, food, literature, and dance, as well.
Seacobeck Hall This uniquely shaped historic building will be transformed into the new home for the College of Education. For the first time, all education faculty offices and classrooms will be located in the same facility, providing opportunities
more. It’s a high-growth area for jobs,
Attention, studio artists:
James Farmer Multicultural Center
for greater synergy, networking and collaboration.
and a three-story, 40,000 sq. ft.
addition. Classrooms, labs, lecture
Jewish students will soon have a
halls and computer labs, all equipped
center to call home across the street
for today’s STEM needs. It’s also green
from campus, next door to the Baptist
in more ways than one: designed to be
Student Union and down the street
LEED Silver certified, with solar panels
from both Catholic- and Methodist-
and sustainable technologies, and
run student centers. The Hillel
equipped with a green wall of native
Jewish student organization center is
vegetation on College Ave.
anticipated to open in 2019.
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We’ve got the perfect blend of “tucked away” and “close to everything.” You don’t have to choose at UMW. Here, you get a beautiful, traditional college campus. An environment designed for learning, safe and sheltered from the distractions of the hectic world around us. You get Fredericksburg, a city that celebrates a rich history while growing in the modern world. And, you get a gateway to anywhere else you want to go – from D.C. to Dubai.
Make moves @MaryWash.
CLOSE TO OPPORTUNITY Beauty and brains make a great combination. If you enjoy tree-lined walkways and stately Georgian architecture – think lots of brick, grand entrances and ornate columns – you’ll love exploring UMW. It has that classic collegiate feel. And, it’s full of Instagram and Snap-worthy shots at every turn. Within these picturesque buildings, of course, you’ll find brilliant people doing ground-breaking work. A century’s worth of academic legacy. What this beautiful campus really represents is opportunity.
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Community Engagement Students will have the opportunity both in and outside the classroom to work collaboratively with partners to make our communities better. Students will volunteer at organizations around Fredericksburg, conduct research to benefit local institutions, take study abroad trips to learn about a new community, and promote voter education and engagement.
Digital Knowledge New for fall 2019, students must complete one digital intensive course. This will ensure every student develops digital fluency skills and capabilities, with the ability to adapt to the inevitable changes in the digital landscape.
38% of students in the class of 2018 in the College of Arts & Sciences completed an undergraduate research or independent
All students must complete at least one faculty-supervised experience challenging them to go outside the bounds of the typical classroom. Think internships, research, community service or study abroad.
Research Education should extend beyond the classroom. It’s important to us that you get hands-on experience in the areas that interest you. UMW invests more than $275,000 each year to support student research, fieldwork, travel and scholarships. You can conduct research in any area of study – it’s not all lab coats and microscopes (though our scanning electron microscope is pretty cool). Your work might just make a splash beyond campus, too. Many students present their work both to their peers and at conferences.
Life After Mary Washington Mary Wash seeks to prepare students for life after UMW by connecting the liberal arts to career success by preparing undergraduates to succeed in the transition from college to career and to thrive in the dynamic and ever-changing 21st century world of work. Students will leave with the skills and competencies that are valued by employers.
Recent Student Research and Projects “Effect of Oxide Layer Thickness on TunnelingPercolation Threshold in NanoparticlePolymer Composites” Hannah Killian
“Trends and Effects of Advertising Legal Addictive Substances in the United States” Cecelia Burkett
“Quantifying Creativity with Facebook Marketing” Damon Dixon
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CLOSE TO COMMUNITY We love Fredericksburg – a proud, East Coast city with a bit of a West Coast vibe. For centuries, it’s been right in the thick of our nation’s most historic moments. You can still see and experience that history today. But it’s also got an energy that’s completely modern. You’ll find a thriving business community, vibrant art and music scene, trendy loft apartments, and all the restaurants and retail your wallet can handle. It’s a great place to find your home away from home. Life in a College Town When you want to venture off campus, Fredericksburg has you covered. 5 doughnut shops Sugar Shack, Duck Donuts, Paul’s Bakery, Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts – yes, we need them all Rappahannock River adventures Grab a canoe, kayak, tube or stand-up paddle board Baseball A minor league baseball team is coming in 2020 Coffee shops for refueling Those study breaks are crucial Central Park 200+ stores, largest shopping center on the East Coast Vintage treats Carl’s makes frozen custard, 1950s style Good living Livability’s Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs and Top 100 Best Places to Live
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“UMW created the foundation for us in entrepreneurship – it definitely put us in the right direction. I really enjoyed all the professors taking so much interest in our products. It just shows that they truly cared about our success and that they were proud of us.” Abbas Haider ’12 and Robert Davis ‘12 CEO/President and COO, Aspetto Fredericksburg
“The size of UMW was perfect. Each of my science classes was small enough that I knew every other student. And specifically, I knew each professor – and they knew me. When it came time for me to ask for letters of recommendation, they could tell personal stories about how my achievements in class would allow me to be a good physician.” Jonathan Hillyard ’10 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Resident in Internal Medicine at VCU Health Richmond
“After graduating from UMW, I interned on Capitol Hill – I was both a press intern in the U.S. Senate and a legislative policy intern in the U.S. House of Representatives. I value a lot about my liberal arts education, the ability to choose which path you want, and the experience and knowledge from different fields.” Sarah Tagg ‘13 Editorial Marketing Assistant, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Washington, D.C.
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CLOSE TO THE CAPITALS UMW resides in a geographic sweet spot – just 60 minutes from Washington, D.C., and 60 minutes from Richmond. Does that mean you can enjoy more concerts, festivals and other big-city adventures? Sure. It also means that a UMW education translates into internships and long-term career connections, right along the I-95 corridor. Just ask our alumni in the area. Internship Opportunities
• Mary Washington Healthcare
• American Red Cross
• National Aquarium
• Central Intelligence Agency
• National Public Radio
• Science Museum of Virginia
• Department of Homeland Security
• Smithsonian Institution
• Federal Bureau of Investigation
• State Department
• GALA Hispanic Theatre
• U.S. Department of the Treasury
• U.S. Geological Survey
• Library of Congress
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
• Madison Square Garden
• Walt Disney World
Take the Train Working in D.C.? No problem. The Virginia Railway Express is a commuter train that runs Monday through Friday from Fredericksburg to the city. Get the experience. Skip the traffic. Amtrak serves Fredericksburg, too.
Big Apple, Big Talent Love the theater? In the past year, five UMW alumni have been on Broadway: performers, a stage manager and a wig specialist.
92% of the class of 2017 are employed or pursuing grad school.
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CLOSE TO THE WORLD Anywhere you want to learn can become a classroom. UMW will help you push your boundaries and expand your horizons â€“ literally.
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1/3 of UMW students study abroad before graduation
UMW Study Abroad Fast Facts
15 programs led by UMW faculty during breaks and summer sessions
exchange programs in
granted in study abroad
China, Japan, Germany,
offered in 51 countries
scholarships in the
Italy, France, England, and
past three years
Fulbright U.S. Student Program The largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. UMW is one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students. 2018: Three winners went to Bulgaria, Taiwan, and India Since 2006: 22 winners, 22 semifinalists
Peace Corps The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad to represent the United States, work with communities and create lasting change. If you are interested in international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service, check out UMW’s Peace Corps Prep program. It will help you build competencies through
UMW is #15 among small schools and institutions for alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.
interrelated coursework, hands-on experience and professional development support.
“I’ve supported a community of people and been able to witness some incredible things. I’ve learned a lot and feel I’ve received way more than I’ve given.” Caroline Maggio, ‘17, Peace Corps, Lesotho, South Africa
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PERFECT SIZE @MaryWash
Here, you can create exactly the college experience you want. Academics are important, but thereâ€™s a lot of life to live beyond the classroom. Our UMW community is just the right size to enjoy it all. Large enough to keep you entertained and give you opportunities to enrich your life. Small enough to feel at home and carve out a space for yourself. You can get involved as much or as little as you like. Befriend everyone on campus or stick to a few close pals. Weâ€™re relaxed at UMW. If you join our family, you do college your way.
Own it @MaryWash.
CAMPUS = HOME It’s a time-honored tradition: going off to college, living on campus. At UMW, we add a twist. You’ll be part of a Living Learning Community (LLC), clustered in the residence halls. It’s based on your first-year seminar. You’ll have something in common with your neighbors, and you’ll share experiences in and out of the classroom. As an upperclassman, you’ll have a lot of housing choices – on campus or in the neighborhoods around us. They’re all part of the community. Of course, off campus you might not find choices your favorite home improvement shows would gush over, like: • Soaring, 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and sweeping staircases (Ball Hall) • Sophisticated apartments with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (Eagle Landing) • State-of-the-art modern living and collaborative spaces housed in a historically preserved building in the heart our campus (Willard Hall)
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GRAB A BITE
BITE is a free smartphone app that lets you see the menu at the Top of the UC and get nutritional information.
Your first-year meal plan makes it easy: unlimited access to the Top of the UC resident dining hall and its 11 “allyou-care-to-eat” buffet stations. In addition, UMW offers several other tasty, convenient on-campus options to match your schedule (and cravings).
Food is Life Take your pick! • University Center – Top of the UC (resident dining) and Panera Bread • Woodard Hall - Vocelli Pizza – menu includes pizzas, subs, and wings, and they deliver to your room - Hissho Sushi – Sushi made fresh every day! - Simply To Go in the Market – Packaged foods ready to “grab & go” • Hurley Convergence Center – Katora Café - features coffees, teas, and plant-forward dishes Campus Dining offers an international station, vegan grill, and allergen-free “Simple Servings”, which features complete meals each day made without milk, eggs, wheat, gluten, soy, nuts, or shellfish.
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FINDING YOUR PEOPLE We have more than 150 student clubs, organizations, athletics teams and volunteer groups at UMW. You’ll find friends here, no matter your interests: • Academic • Athletic/Recreational • Departmental • Faith Based • Geek Alliance • Multicultural/Diverse • Performing Arts • Political/Social Justice • Programming/Service • Club Sports There’s a full list on the UMW Student Life website. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we’ll help you start something new. It’s your college experience, and you can make it exactly what you want.
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$5 Million Strong As an undergrad, Shin Fujiyama started Students Helping Honduras, an international organization that has raised more than $5 million for orphanages, schools and
communities. Catch an a capella show
Calling All Geeks
(or three, one for each
Anime and manga. Dungeons & Dragons and League of Legends. Doctor Who
and PokĂŠmon. Even regular old board games. Find your corner of the affectionately self-named Geek Alliance at UMW.
Throw down in the Ultimate Frisbee
Service Whether mentoring high school students in our own back yard at James Monroe High School or founding international organizations like Students Helping Honduras to build schools and engage children, UMW students turn passion into action.
tournament Volunteer at the therapeutic horseback riding center
Make Your Case
Eat amazing food
Study and research. Critical thinking. Communication. The Debate Program at
at the Multicultural Fair
UMW helps you build these skills and put them to the test at intercollegiate debate tournaments and public debates.
Dance off the food from the Multicultural Fair
Stars Shine Bright in Fredericksburg The UMW Philharmonic knows how to put on a show â€“ and bring in all-star guest
Enjoy a play or musical
artists. Recent favorites include Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch,
at the Klein Theatre
Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell. Of course, not all speakers and performers share the stage. Other guests include Michelle Obama, Michael Ian Black and Kenan Thompson. And some top artists
Relax in the Adirondack chairs on Ball Circle
have performed: AJR, Dev, D.R.A.M., fun., Grouplove, Icona Pop, Kreayshawn, Krewella, Lil Dicky, Logic, Mac Miller, Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, Waka Flocka, T-Pain, We the Kings and X Ambassadors.
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TRADITIONS Some experiences can only be found at UMW. We keep it interesting around here. Bench Sitting Our way of saying “people-watching, a little friendly eavesdropping and occasional squirrel-watching while sitting along the campus walk.” Even the Urban Dictionary defines bench sitting as a uniquely UMW activity.
Eagle Gathering Students convene on Ball Circle, light a candle and begin their journey as UMW Eagles. It’s a fresh start to the new year.
Spirit Week/Homecoming Games, lip sync contests, concerts, food, prizes, and varsity athletic contests ramp up Eagle pride and excitement before we welcome alumni back for Homecoming Weekend.
Multicultural Fair Attracting 4,000 to 5,000 people each year, the Multicultural Fair is a big deal, for us and the whole community. It’s a day of multicultural entertainment, international and American food, children’s activities and ethnic craft vendors.
Spring Formal One of the grandest events of the year, spring formal typically includes an elegant dinner and dancing. There’s an element of surprise, too – students learn the location only once they’re on the buses heading over.
Step Show Competition Members of colleges’ and universities’ various Greek-letter organizations around the state, as well as local high school step teams, participate in this high-energy, entertaining competition where the dance form uses the entire body to resonate complex rhythmic beats and sounds.
Devil/Goat Day One of the oldest traditions at UMW, held right before the last day of spring classes. Even graduation years are “Goats.” Odd graduation years are “Devils.” Students unwind at a spring carnival with games, inflatables, food and a DJ. Devils and Goats compete for prizes and bragging rights.
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Mary Ball Washington UMW is the namesake of a remarkable woman. Widowed at 35, Mary Washington managed a 600-acre farm and raised five children. One of them? The nation’s first president. You can visit her home – and 50foot monument – just a few blocks from campus.
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES At UMW, you can get outside. For some, that might mean appreciating the trees and landscaping on campus or enjoying a concert at the historic Amphitheatre, which underwent a full restoration. For others, it might mean heading to the Rappahannock River or quick trips to hike and camp in the mountains or to enjoy a beach day. Itâ€™s all in easy reach. Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR) After the mandatory orientation activities, you can sign up for primitive camping at Eagle Lake Outpost. Quality classmate bonding time. There are no showers, but there are teambuilding experiences, outdoor yoga, canoeing, fishing and hiking.
EAGLE ATHLETICS It’s good to be an Eagle. Everyone’s got a game face – are you a player or a fan? 23 NCAA Division III Sports • Baseball • Basketball (M/W) • Cross country (M/W) • Equestrian (Co-ed)
21 teams have competed in national championship tournaments
• Field hockey • Golf (M/W) • Indoor track and field (M/W)
7 conference titles
• Lacrosse (M/W)
in 2018-19 alone
• Outdoor track and field (M/W) • Soccer (M/W) • Softball
• Swimming (M/W)
UMW Athletics sweeps the 2018-19 Capital Athletic Conference Commissioners Cup Awards
• Tennis (M/W) • Volleyball (W)
• USA Rugby D1A (M) • USA Rugby Division II (W)
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Cost and value are not the same – but UMW delivers on both. The investment you make in college is no small thing. Here’s our promise: we will invest right back in you every day. Beyond our financial aid, scholarship and grant programs – which are generous – it’s about the experience you have here. It’s personal. It’s always passing friends on campus. It’s professors who know you well enough to put real stories in their recommendation letters. It’s the support that gives you courage to go after everything you want in life. UMW feels more like a private school than a public school. Until you see the price tag, that is. The opposite of sticker shock is seeing your investment pay off, over and over again.
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TUITION AND FEES You’ll pay 30% less at UMW than many top liberal arts and sciences colleges. Financial Aid and Scholarships Over $45 million in financial aid in 2018: scholarships, grants, loans and work-study funds from federal, state, internal and private sources
For the 2019-20 academic year: Undergraduate tuition and fees
Non-residents $29,636 $11,983 (approx.)
Room and board
Graduate school costs
Virginia residents $614 per credit hour plus $100 per credit lab/equipment fee for the Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis
UMW-Centric Scholarship Opportunities: Merit-Based Scholarships – awarded based on standardized test scores. Varying levels of support. Curriculum-Based Scholarships – awarded to students who are admitted test-optional. Varying levels of support. UMW General Scholarship – awarded based on need, depending upon available funding. Varying levels of support. UMW Foundation Scholarships – may consider both academic merit and financial need. Varying levels of support. Departmental Scholarships – Most academic departments award a variety of scholarships each year to students who have declared majors in their specific discipline. Washington Scholars Program – awarded to Virginia high school seniors with exceptional academic credentials. Equal to full tuition, fees, room and board, renewable through four years of undergraduate study. Alvey Scholars Program – awarded to out-of-state high school seniors with exceptional academic credentials. Equal to full tuition, fees, room and board, renewable through four
Dorsey Scholars Program - Scholarships range between $4,000-$8,000 per year. Students
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
must have demonstrated need and a commitment to community service, diversity,
Deadline: February 1
years of undergraduate study.
citizenship, and leadership. Plus, more scholarships are available once you have established a GPA at UMW.
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UMW Code: 003746
Value Colleges, 2019: 25th on its list of the countryâ€™s top 50 best-value schools
Over $45 million in financial aid in 2018
JOIN US @MaryWash
UMW has a lot to offer. But don’t rely on one brochure to show you that. Come visit. There’s no substitute for simply walking around campus and getting a feel for the place. Meeting professors and chatting with students. Testing out the food and trying your hand at bench sitting. Then, you’ll know if you want to fly like an Eagle. We’re ready when you are.
Take your place @MaryWash. As a public, liberal arts university, the University of Mary Washington community is dedicated to providing a diverse, accepting, and supportive environment that holds all of its members to the highest standards of conduct, scholarship, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and engagement. Through a commitment to these values, we strive to transform our academic community into a place where all will learn, thrive, and grow. As faculty, staff, and students of the UMW community, we are committed to upholding these common values.
VISITING Tours and Information Sessions: Student-led tours, with separate sessions offered for high school, transfer and graduate students. Sessions are held Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and most Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Open Houses: Get a glimpse of UMW academics, athletics, and student life. See classrooms, residence halls and other key campus spots.
Application Filing Dates Freshman Applicants Early Decision – November 1 Early Action – November 15 Regular Decision – February 1
Shadow a Student: Talk about personal! Follow a current student through a typical day on campus (high school seniors only).
Transfer Applicants Summer Admission – March 1
Group Tours: Register in advance to tour UMW with
Fall Admission – April 1
middle and high school groups, or other organizations.
Spring Admission – October 15
Don’t Forget – Special Program Notes Student Transition Program: If you feel like you would benefit from extra support as you transition from high school to college, STP may be for you. You’re encouraged to indicate your interest on your application. Honors Program: Consideration for the program involves review of the records of students who have completed the most rigorous high school curriculum available to them, earned a high school GPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 GPA scale or higher, and completed the supplemental essay on the Common Application. First-Year Pre-Nursing: You must submit SAT or ACT scores for consideration and indicate interest on your application. English as a Second Language: UMW partners with the International Language Academy (ILA) to provide English language skills. Eligible students who complete their studies (levels 11 and 12) at ILA are guaranteed acceptance into UMW.
Test Optional Want to be considered for admission without standardized test scores? It’s an option at UMW – just visit our Undergraduate Admissions website to get the details.
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«FNAME» «MNAME» «LNAME» «STR1» «STR2» «CITY», «STATE» «NATN» «ZIPC» Dear «FNAME», At the University of Mary Washington, you’ll find students serious about their college education. You may already know a little about us. We are consistently ranked as one of the top liberal arts and sciences universities in the nation in publications like Fiske Guide to Colleges, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report. But more importantly, our students tell us these four things set Mary Wash apart: 1. Programs – We offer tough rewarding academics through small, interactive classes with expert, approachable faculty. With more than 80 majors and minors, we offer professional pathway programs and 21st century majors like Communication and Digital Studies. Pick your passion @MaryWash. 2. Proximity – UMW is close to everything and a gateway to anywhere. It’s easy to hop on the train to complete an internship in Washington, DC. Our tree-lined campus is perfectly situated in Fredericksburg, VA, a city with its own blend of historic and modern. Mary Wash is the perfect home away from home. Make moves @MaryWash. 3. Perfect Size – Our 14:1 student to faculty ratio and undergraduate population of 4,400 are perfect to find your people and your passion academically and extra-curricularly. Create your own college experience. Own it @MaryWash. 4. Price – Public school cost with excellent value. The experience you will have with programs, proximity, and perfect size will provide an outstanding return on your investment. Get more @MaryWash. The enclosed view book will give you more insight into what we’re all about, however, the best way to get the full flavor of Mary Wash is to visit campus. Sign up online at umw.edu/visit to interview with an admission counselor, tour campus, or join us for a special event. You are welcome anytime. We are the right size, the right setting, the right value, the right place to make it happen. Take your place @MaryWash. Sincerely,
Melissa Yakabouski Director of Undergraduate Admissions 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300 www.umw.edu Email: email@example.com
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