UMW is a proud member of the NCAA Division III and is renowned as one of the strongest broad-based programs in the nation. Of the 23 sports at UMW, 20 have competed in national championship events, and the Eagles have brought home national titles in five sports. As a charter member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), the Eagles have won the CAC All-Sports Award 12 times in the 27-year history of the league. UMW also has produced hundreds of All-America selections, and countless all-region and all-conference picks.
As a DIII institution, we do not offer athletic scholarships, nor do we utilize the national letter of intent program. However, all of our sports are very competitive, and spots on the rosters are not taken for granted. Have a thorough and complete conversation with your head coach about where he or she sees you on the team. There may be an expectation of some level of tryout. All roster spots are evaluated annually, based on criteria such as academic and athletic performance, team commitment, and social responsibility. If you have any questions about where you stand or what the expectations will be, please direct them to your head coach.
All potential student-athletes must meet NCAA eligibility, complete mandatory athletic training and, NCAA forms, and register for the PHYD 400-level course corresponding to their sport. Please contact the head coach directly if you have not received instructions to complete paperwork. All forms are digital and must be completed by August 1 for the fall semester and Jan. 1 for the spring semester.
Campus Recreation and Sport Clubs
The Department of Campus Recreation focuses on helping all students improve their overall wellness during their time at UMW. Physical activity is a crucial piece of wellness because it relieves stress, improves mental health and mood, is linked to better academic performance, and is a great way to socialize. Campus Recreation encourages students to find activities they enjoy that keep them moving in a variety of ways. If you’re looking for Campus Rec, Stop by the Fitness Center, located at the Eagle Village side of Campus Walk. At the Fitness Center, you will find updated cardio and strength equipment, an Olympic training platform, a stretching area, and more.
A field complex with synthetic surfaces and advanced lighting supports intramural and sport club offerings. Intramurals range from one-day backyard game tournaments to month-long flag football leagues. Registration is easy-just visit the Campus Recreation website.
Sport clubs are a great way to stay active and involved in the UMW community without the time commitment necessary for varsity athletics. Students compete locally, regionally, and nationally. Clubs are student run, practice two to three times per week, and compete a minimum of three times per year. See our website for a complete listing of sport clubs.
Group fitness classes are free at UMW and Campus Rec offers many popular formats such as Zumba, Yoga, Cycle, Cardio Kickboxing, Barre, Strength, and more. If you’re looking for a more personalized fitness experience, personal training and small group training opportunities are also available at an additional cost.
Student Employees Welcome!
Campus Recreation is the second largest employer of students. Students work at the Fitness Center as Fitness Center attendants, group fitness instructors, personal trainers, or intramural officials. There are also opportunities for students to become certified personal trainers or group fitness instructors! Applications are available on our website.
Visit the Fitness Center!
Regular semester hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. -8 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Arts at UMW
Whether you take a studio art class, join the orchestra, audition for a play, or sing and dance, you can be part of a vibrant aspect of life at UMW. Contact Prof. Gregg Stull (email@example.com) about theater, dance, or music; or Prof. Carole Garmon (firstname.lastname@example.org) about studio art or art history.
As a public institution, the University of Mary Washington does not have a denominational affiliation. We know, however, that religious traditions are important to many students and encourage students to reach out to the leaders of several vibrant campus ministries and student organizations listed here:
|Center for Faith & Leadership (a Virginia Baptist Collegiate Ministry)
1514 College Avenue
|Director: Gannon Sims
|Campus Christian Community (Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal – but welcomes all faiths)
1213 Dandridge Street
|The House: Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry
820 College Avenue
|Chaplain: Pastor Anne Jones
|Catholic Campus Ministry
1614 College Avenue
|Chaplain: Father Christopher Vaccaro
|Intervarsity Christian Fellowship||Email: email@example.com|
|Islamic Student Association||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jewish Student Assn./Hillel||Facebook UMW JSA/Hillel
Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service
Turn your passion into action!
Mary Washington is a special place, one marked by mutual trust, respect, and engagement with our community. Our words, actions, and relationships affect others, regardless of our roles or the positions we hold. At the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service (CHLS), we nurture our culture through community service, honorable behavior, and leadership development. The staff and students of CHLS are committed to helping everyone at UMW be the change they wish to see in the world and turn their passion into action.
Love community service?
In the Community Outreach and Resources office, (COAR), students organize service opportunities for students. COAR has nearly 20 weekly ongoing programs that include tutoring and mentoring children and teens, building with Habitat for Humanity, spending time with the elderly and animals, and working on environmental projects. COAR also sponsors on-campus service programs for the community such as a trick-or-treat in the fall and an egg hunt in the spring. Whether volunteering on your own or with a group, COAR is a great place to start!
Horizons is a year-long program that offers students the opportunity to engage, learn, and grow at UMW. Grounded in the core values of honor, leadership, and service, students in Horizons are active on campus and in our community, learn about themselves, reflect on their own goals and values, and grow as leaders and citizens. Through innovative practices, students are challenged to connect a liberal arts education to “real world” skills, learning lessons that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Clubs and Organizations
Be the president of your own club – it’s easy to start a special interest group. Or, be an officer or member of an established club – they’re open to all interested students. Club members develop leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills that can translate into experiences that can be listed on your future resume. Visit Student Activities and Engagement in the University Center, 3rd floor.
Concerts! Movies! Traditions!
Student Activities and Engagement (SAE) is the place to go if you want to get involved on campus. More than 120 different organizations create events – from weekly bingo to major concerts. Want to apply some of those things you learn in the classroom? Join one of our multiple academic-based clubs!