Princeton Review Ranks UMW Among Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Princeton Review is a New York City-based education services company that annually publishes guidebooks ranking colleges, business and law schools.

The annual college guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, including admissions selectivity, academics and quality of life.

In its profile, The Princeton Review says UMW students applaud the small student body and class sizes for fostering close interactions with faculty members.

“Overall, students agree, ‘Mary Washington is all about getting a well-rounded education while becoming a part of a great community’ and point out that ‘professors are included in that as well.’”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book.

“Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board,” says Robert Franek, author of “The Best 377 Colleges” and Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

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About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.