Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Mary Washington is the only institution in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia named as a “best buy” in the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Mary Washington is among 41 public and private institutions designated as a “best buy,” delivering outstanding academics and the most reasonable prices. The selective guidebook features more than 300 colleges and universities. The listing was based on questionnaires sent to administrators and a cross-section of students.

UMW is among 21 public and 20 private schools singled out as “best buys” in the 2014 edition of the guide.

“Mary Washington has gained a reputation as one of the premium public liberal arts colleges in the country and continues to attract bright students from around the globe,” according to the Fiske Guide, which has been compiled for the past 30 years under the direction of Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of the New York Times.

The Fiske Guide is available in bookstores and as an iPad app on iTunes and a web app on For more information, visit

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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer  

About Brynn Boyer

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


  1. Renee Laurents says:

    I am a graduate, Class of ’61. If Fiske had been publishing back then, I have no doubt that MWC (its name back then) would have been included in this list at that time. I have always believed that I received an excellent education and felt well prepared to meet the challenges of life. MWC certainly gave me the foundation needed for my studies in law school.
    Congrats to UMW (I still dislike the name…it just should have become MWU).