University of Mary Washington


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.

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Information Summary

Ranks 13th in Virginia and 334th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 89.5
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $28,626
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 29 / 1269
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 16 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 82% / 78%
Enrollment Total (all students) 4,727

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.


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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.

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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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