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 40 states and many foreign countries
- About 20 percent self-identified minorities
- About 60 percent live on campus in one of 17 residence halls or campus apartments
- Nearly 500 enrolled in professional studies and graduate programs
- Ninety percent have earned a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field.
- Master teachers inspire our high-performing students—no graduate teaching assistants ever.
- Six faculty members have received Fulbright Awards to teach abroad since 2006.
- Average undergraduate class size of 22 students
- 15 to 1 student:faculty ratio
- More than 40 majors and programs of study
- A rich array of undergraduate research, internship, study abroad, leadership service, and recreational opportunities
- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, 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
- About 300 University of Mary Washington students, faculty, and staff studied abroad last year
- 12 or more programs are led by UMW faculty
- 90 or more exchange or direct-enroll opportunities with universities abroad
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 21 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 250 Eagles have been named to All-American teams.
- We also offer 23 club sports and outstanding facilities for sports and recreation, including an indoor tennis center and a new 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 2015-16 academic year:
- Undergraduate tuition and fees for Virginia residents total $ 11,070; for non-residents, $25,234. Room and board for all undergraduates costs about $9,856.
- 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 $510 per credit hour.