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.
A glance We are a vibrant, public university in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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
4,100+ undergraduate students
300+ graduate students
60+ states and countries represented
28% self-identified minority students
57% on-campus residents
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3 colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education)
NCAA Division III teams for men and women
Sammy D. Eagle mascot
150+ student clubs and organizations
13:1 student/faculty ratio
study abroad programs offered in 54 countries
Over $43M in financial aid in 2019
<19 students in a typical class
$275 K supporting student research, fieldwork, travel and scholarships
full-time faculty with a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field
teaching assistants replacing faculty in the classroom
100 Best Values in Public Colleges Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine
America’s Best Colleges U.S. News & World Report 16th 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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Programs 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 13:1 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.
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
Nursing (BSN) – dual-degree program with Germanna Community College
American Studies Anthropology Applied Economics Applied Physics Art History Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Sciences Business Administration Chemistry Classical Civilization Classical Archaeology Communication and Digital Studies Computer Science Conservation Biology Cybersecurity Economics Education English English – Creative Writing Concentration Environmental Geology Environmental Science – Natural Science Track
Philosophy Philosophy – Pre-Law Concentration Physics Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Spanish Studio Art Theatre Women’s and Gender Studies
Minors Actuarial Science Applied Mathematics Applied Statistics Arabic Studies Arts Administration Asian Studies Biology Business Administration Business French
Environmental Science – Social Science Track
Interdisciplinary Science Studies
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Financial and Quantitative Analysis
Journalism Latin American Studies Linguistics Mathematics Middle Eastern Studies Museum Studies Music Musical Theatre Neuroscience Physics Practical Ethics Pre-Conservation in Fine Art Security and Conflict Studies Social Justice Spanish Sports Management Urban Studies Thanks to a new pathway program with George Mason University, UMW students will now have the opportunity to enroll in pre-master’s courses in Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering.
You also have the option to design a special major 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.
You also can pursue your interests in these areas of study:
Pre-Dental 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 Pre-Veterinary
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 (EAGLEMBA) 4 + 1 Program Master of Education (M.Ed.) Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis (MSGA)
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
Hurley Convergence Center
“Is Trying to be Happier as Futile as Trying to be Taller?” There are all kinds of diverse, fascinating topics to tackle in your first-year seminar. It’s basically a road trip for your brain. With no more than 15 students per course, it’s designed to be small in size – but big on discussion. You’ll learn a ton, make friends and walk away a better writer and presenter.
Knowledge of all things digital is a 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 a video? These technologies, information and teaching resources are here for you:
Recent First-Year Seminars: American Ideas of Inequality Climate Change and Energy Resources
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
Escaping Death: Geological Disasters
Student Tutoring – get help with speaking, writing or digital projects
IT Help Desk – solve your computer problems
The Amusement Park: Yesterday’s Pasttime, Today’s Thrill
Jepson Science Center 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 more. It’s a high-growth area for jobs, and you’ll have the advantage with a GIS certificate that you can pair with any major.
The 75,000 sq. ft. Jepson Science Center received a $22 million makeover and a three-story, 40,000 sq. ft. addition. Classrooms, labs, lecture halls and computer labs, all equipped for today’s STEM needs. It’s also green in more ways than one: designed to be LEED Silver certified, with solar panels and sustainable technologies, and equipped with a green wall of native vegetation on College Ave.
James Farmer Multicultural Center 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
for greater synergy, networking and
Our area is a living laboratory – so rich in history. In our historic preservation major, one of just a few in the nation, you’ll come to understand the people of earlier times through the buildings, objects and landscapes they left behind. And, you’ll help to preserve those vital, tangible pieces of history.
Attention, studio artists: UMW has the only wood-fired kiln at a public university in Virginia.
Hillel Center Jewish students have a new center to call home across the street from campus, next door to the Baptist Student Union and down the street from both Catholic- and Methodist-run student centers.
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Proximity 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.
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 groundbreaking 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 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.
Experiential Learning 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.
In 2019, over 200 students participated in Into the Streets, one of six annual events hosted by UMW’s COAR (Community Outreach and Resources). The goal is to encourage students to explore community service, get to know more about the area, and to give back to the community.
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 in a typical 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 “The Influence of Polyethylene Nano plastics on The Toxicity of Methoxychlor on D. magna” Than-Binh Duong “A Guide for Creating Great VR Storyboards: Planning to Make Your Virtual Vision a Reality”
Cristina Montemorano “Idealized Representations of Alcatraz Federal Prison”
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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.
4 doughnut shops Freddy’s 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
Fredericksburg Nationals Baseball A minor league baseball team came 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 Proximity | 17
“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 Physician, Cardiology Fellow at Carilion Clinic Hospital Roanoke, VA
“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 50 miles from Washington, D.C., and 50 miles from Richmond. Does that mean after COVID-19 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 • American Red Cross • Central Intelligence Agency • Deloitte • Department of Homeland Security • Federal Bureau of Investigation • GALA Hispanic Theatre • KPMG • Library of Congress • Madison Square Garden • Mary Washington Healthcare
• National Aquarium • National Public Radio • Science Museum of Virginia • Smithsonian Institution • State Department • U.S. Department of the Treasury • U.S. Geological Survey • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts • 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.
89% of the class of 2019 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
programs led by UMW faculty during breaks and summer sessions
approved programs offered in 54 countries
granted in study abroad scholarships in the past three years
10 exchange programs in Azerbaijan, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, and Japan
UMW Study Abroad Fast Facts
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
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 interrelated coursework, hands-on experience and professional development support.
UMW is #7 among small schools and institutions for alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.
Only a few months into her service, Amal Hajjami ‘19 said the program and her Mary Washington education have given her the confidence she’ll need to succeed in Morocco and beyond. She hopes the next two years she’ll spend teaching English literacy and life skills to women and youth overseas in Morocco will lead to a future foreign service career. Proximity | 21
Perfect size 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.
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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 of our campus (Willard Hall)
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GRAB A BITE Your first-year meal plan makes it easy: unlimited access to the Top of the UC resident dining hall and its 11 “all-you-care-to-eat” buffet stations. In addition, UMW offers several other tasty, convenient on-campus options to match your schedule (and cravings).
BITE is a free smartphone app that lets you see the menu at the Top of the UC and get nutritional information.
Food is Life Take your pick! • University Center – Top of the UC (main dining hall) and Panera Bread • The Underground in Lee Hall - Hissho Sushi – Sushi made fresh every day! • Woodard Hall - Vocelli Pizza – menu includes pizzas, subs, and wings, and they deliver to your room - Bodacious Burgers - steak fries, onions rings, and other all-American favorites! - 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. Perfect Size | 25
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.
Calling All Geeks 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.
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.
Make Your Case Study and research. Critical thinking. Communication. The Debate Program at UMW helps you build these skills and put them to the test at intercollegiate debate tournaments and public debates.
To-Do List Catch an a capella show (or three) Throw down in the Ultimate Frisbee tournament Volunteer at the therapeutic horseback riding center Eat amazing food at the Multicultural Fair Dance off the food from the Multicultural Fair Enjoy a play or musical
Stars Shine Bright in Fredericksburg
at the Klein Theatre
The UMW Philharmonic knows how to put on a show â€“ and bring in all-star guest artists. Recent favorites include Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell.
Relax in the Adirondack chairs on Ball Circle
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 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. Perfect Size | 27
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 600acre farm and raised five children. One of them? The nation’s first president. You can visit her home – and 50-foot 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 team-building 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)
4 conference titles
• Lacrosse (M/W)
in fall/winter 2019-2020 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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Price 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 $43 million in financial aid in 2019: scholarships, grants, loans and work-study funds from federal, state, internal and private sources
For the 2020-21 academic year: Virginia residents $13,574 Undergraduate tuition and fees Non-residents $30,000 Room and board
Graduate school costs
Virginia residents $625 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 choice. 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 years of undergraduate study. Dorsey Scholars Program – Scholarships range between $4,000-$8,000 per year. Students must have demonstrated need and a commitment to community service, diversity, citizenship, and leadership. Plus, more scholarships are available once you have established a GPA at UMW. 34 | Price
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Deadline: February 1 UMW Code: 003746
Value Colleges, 2019: 25th on its list of the countryâ€™s top 50 best-value schools
Over $43 million in financial aid in 2019
Join us 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. If you’re not able to visit campus, we do have virtual information sessions, tours, and Open Houses.
Take your place at Mary Wash. 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 9:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. and most Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. We also have virtual sessions Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. Open Houses: Get a glimpse of UMW academics, athletics, and student life. These events are held virtually for the fall semester.
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.
Application Filing Dates Freshman Applicants Early Decision – November 1 Early Action – November 15 Regular Decision – February 1
Transfer Applicants Summer Admission – March 1 Fall Admission – April 1 Spring Admission – October 15
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: Space is limited. Students are strongly encouraged to apply Early Action and must identify interest in the application. Visit our Undergraduate Admissions website for more details. 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.
Do the Interview! Test Choice 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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Meet and share who you are with our Admissions staff directly. While not required, an interview places you in consideration for a “top-up” scholarship ranging from $1,000$2,000. Or, you can create an optional ZeeMee profile to add extra life to your application.
CONTACT US Admissions 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401 umw.edu/MaryWash
firstname.lastname@example.org 800-468-5614 540-654-2000 Fax: 540-654-1857 MaryWash @MaryWash @MaryWash /UniversityofMaryWashington
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