We are a premier, selective, coeducational, public institution that offers:
- Rigorous academics in small, highly interactive classes.
- Innovative and accessible master teachers.
- Three colleges – arts and sciences, business, and education – which produce graduates who are critical thinkers prepared to succeed.
- A supportive campus community that values honor and integrity.
- A civically, socially, and intellectually engaged community.
We are located in Fredericksburg, Va., within an hour’s drive of both Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., providing students with unique internships, research excursions, and recreational opportunities. UMW has two other nearby campuses: one in Stafford, Va., which caters to graduate and adult degree programs; and another in Dahlgren, Va., which offers continuing education and professional development courses for the region’s engineers, scientists and administrative professionals.
- Approximately 4,000 undergraduate students
- Students from about 34 states and many foreign countries
- About 26 percent self-identified minorities
- About 56 percent live on campus in one of 17 residence halls or campus apartments
- 327 enrolled in professional studies and graduate programs
- 88 percent have earned a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field
- Master teachers inspire our high-performing students—no graduate teaching assistants ever
- Eight faculty members have received Fulbright Awards to teach and research abroad since 2006.
- Average undergraduate class size of 19 students
- 14 to 1 student:faculty ratio
- More than 60 majors and programs of study
- A rich array of undergraduate research, internship, study abroad, leadership service, and recreational opportunities
- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis
The First-Year Experience
First-year seminar courses introduce students to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry. Seminars are designed to let students interact with outstanding faculty members while exploring nontraditional topics in nontraditional ways. Specific topics will vary from course to course, but all promise:
- College as you imagined it: a life of the mind taught by faculty
- Small classes, capped at 15 students each
- Active, discussion-based formats
- The development of writing and speaking skills
- One third of UMW students study abroad before graduation
- More than 15 programs are led by UMW faculty
- 5 exchange programs
- 121 approved programs in 56 countries
- $217,030 granted in UMW study abroad scholarships in the past three years
More than 100 student clubs and organizations are centered around academic themes, the arts, sports and recreation, student government, cultural diversity, and other interests.
The most recent graduation rate for UMW students is 70 percent.
Intercollegiate and Recreational Athletics
- Our 22 teams for men and women compete in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
- The Eagles have captured the CAC All-Sports Award – given to the overall best athletics program – 12 times.
- Nearly 300 Eagles have been named to All-American teams.
- We also offer 16 club sports and outstanding facilities for sports and recreation, including an indoor tennis center and a gymnasium/convocation hall, The Anderson Center.
- The Fredericksburg campus boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Our colors are gray and blue.
For the 2016-17 academic year:
- Undergraduate tuition and fees for Virginia residents total $ 11,570; for non-residents, $26,160. Room and board for all undergraduates costs approximately $11,000.
- Each year, we administer more than $32 million in financial assistance, including educational loans totaling $19 million, for students at both the Fredericksburg and Stafford campuses.
- The cost of graduate school for in-state residents is $531 per credit hour.