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University of Mary Washington

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The University of Mary Washington is a liberal arts college located in Fredericksburg, VA that offers a wide array of educational options including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, teacher licensure and education certificates. There are also several different options for students who wish to pursue a dual degree either at the bachelor’s level or at the master’s level. In addition to standard degrees, UMW also offers students the opportunity to take online courses or participate in adult education programs that allows adult students a bit more flexibility in order to earn a bachelor’s.

Depending upon the chosen program, students will study in one of three professional colleges; the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business or The College of Education. Because UMW is a liberal arts college, most students will be taking general requirement courses in The College of Arts and Sciences. Academics at UMW are highly-ranked by many publications and the school prides itself on providing educations that prepare students for successful employment in a global environment.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The University of Mary Washington offers two different programs, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies and the Bachelor or Professional Studies, that are designed to help working adults earn a degree.

The BLS is designed for adults that wish to earn degrees in a traditional arts and sciences disciplines and have one of the following traits:

  • graduated from high school more than six years ago
  • is a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • is married or has legal dependents
  • is financially independent

This program is unique because, unlike a traditional program, it offers flexibility in scheduling and allows more time for the student to complete the degree. It also does not require that the student reside on campus nor does it have foreign language requirements The degree requires only 90 semester hours to complete and may accept up to 30 hours earned through military service or via life/work experience. Students may choose from more than 30 majors and may also pursue a dual degree or design an individual program of study if they wish.

The BPS degree is designed so that students may earn a degree by taking evening classes. There are several different areas of study and students need to complete 120 hours of coursework, 30 of which must be completed at UMW. The program accepts transfer credits but they must have been completed within 10 years of application.


Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate students that wish to apply to the University of Mary Washington need to submit several items in order to be considered for admission. Also, UMW has two enrollment sessions including Early Action (suggested application submission date of November 15) and Regular Admission (suggested application submission date of February 1). In order for an application packet to be considered complete, the student must complete the Common Application including essays along with the UMW Common Application Supplement and the application fee. Residents of Virginia also need to submit the Virginia In-State Tuition Application that is included with the UMW Supplement.

In addition to the applications and fee, students also need to submit official high school transcripts and transcripts from any other colleges attended. Mid-year reports should also be sent after completion of the first semester of the senior year. The Common Application Secondary Report needs to be completed by one to two high school counselors or teachers. Finally, students will need to submit official ACT/SAT scores and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

After the application is submitted, UMW will send the student an electronic notification of receipt. If any documentation is missing, UMW will include this information in the e-mail. The school strongly recommends keeping a copy of everything that is submitted. Admission decisions will be sent for Early Action applications by the end of January and for Regular Admission applications by approximately April 1. All students that are accepted will need to accept or decline by May 1.

Graduate Admissions

Although each graduate program at University of Mary Washington sets its own admissions requirements, prospective students may expect to be required to submit an application and fee along with standardized graduate school admissions tests (where applicable), letters of recommendation, a statement of personal goals, current resume and college transcripts indicating receipt of an undergraduate degree. There may be different requirements for each program so students should work closely with the admissions department of the program to which they are applying to ensure that complete application packets are submitted in a timely manner.

International students and those transferring to UMW may have additional and separate requirements so these applicants should work with the admissions office to determine what exactly needs to be submitted in order to be considered for admission.

Financial Aid

The University of Mary Washington offers a full financial aid package including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. In order to be considered for financial aid, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online. UMW recommends submitting the form by March 1.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The UMW Eagles is an NCAA Division III athletics organization that offers a variety of intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, rowing, swimming, soccer, lacrosse, tennis and track and field. Men may also participate in baseball while women have the additional options of softball and field hockey. The school colors are navy blue and grey and the team plays in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) conference.

In addition to intercollegiate sports, the University of Mary Washington also offers intramural sports such as flag football, dodgeball and basketball as well as offering a wide array of club sports including boxing, baseball, color guard, canoe and kayaking and ultimate frisbee.

For students interested in pursuing physical fitness via a regular exercise program, UMW has a two-story, 19,000-square-foot fitness center complete with cardio and weight training equipment and a fitness library.


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Ranks 16th in Virginia and 441st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Virginia and 410th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.08
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson 3 0.06
Burglary 2 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 11 0.21

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 73 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 24 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 100 0.41
Larceny 932 3.79
Vehicle theft 31 0.13

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population19,279 (19,223 urban / 56 rural)
Households8,102 (2.09 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,585
Families3,925 (2.81 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5101

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 808th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,896 $4,896 $17,766
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,824 $4,824 $4,824
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $343 $343 $878
FT Graduate Tuition $5,580 $5,580 $13,482
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,472 $2,472 $2,472
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $444 $444 $883
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,076 $24,076 $36,946
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,960 $22,960 $35,830
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,528 $13,528 $26,398

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,926 $9,306 $8,926 $9,306 $20,654 $21,620
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,100
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,900 $9,094
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,654 $2,780
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,520 $9,094
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,035 $2,780
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,034 $2,780

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,496 (1,544 male / 2,952 female)
Admitted 3,640 (1,201 male / 2,439 female)
Admission rate 81%
First-time Enrollment 947 (315 male / 632 female)
FT Enrollment 940 (312 male / 628 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (3 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment4,831

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Capital Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

484th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 30%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

411th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1210

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,755
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,598
Board Fee$4,950

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 106 61 56 1 798 241 1,288
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 3
Anthropology 1 14 4 20
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 9 4 14
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 6 9 47 11 82
Business Administration and Management, General 1 37 11 11 1 128 47 240
Chemistry, General 2 2 5 5 14
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 5 1 7
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 3 17 10 33
Economics, General 2 2 14 8 27
Education, General 1 5 7 1 87 9 111
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 2 19 7 31
English Language and Literature, General 6 2 5 54 23 90
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 1 1 11 5 19
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 2 2 14 7 26
Geography 1 14 1 16
Geography, Other 9 2 11
Historic Preservation and Conservation 24 8 33
History, General 1 36 9 47
International Relations and Affairs 4 4 1 22 4 37
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 6 6 3 38 6 61
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 1 7 2 12
Management Information Systems, General 2 2 1 8 4 17
Mathematics, General 1 1 2 13 3 20
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 12 3 2 42 4 63
Music, General 1 5 1 7
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 1 2 10 5 18
Physical Sciences, Other 17 7 26
Physics, General 5 5
Political Science and Government, General 2 2 2 16 7 29
Psychology, General 6 3 8 77 25 121
Sociology 2 4 18 10 34
Special Education and Teaching, Other 3 3
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 2
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 6 2 9

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1282nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,860 ($73,688 male / $64,289 female)
Number of FT Faculty 245 (128 male / 117 female)
Number of PT Faculty 386
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $4,707,427

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