New Students Join the Eagle Family

Ask the University of Mary Washington’s incoming class about their interests and you will get a wide range of answers, from tennis and lacrosse to biology and international affairs. Yet the class seems to be in agreement on one key factor – Mary Washington is the place to be. As freshman Mariam Ansari describes it, the campus “just felt right.”

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More than 1,000 incoming freshmen and transfer students moved into residence halls on Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus on Friday, Aug. 22 in preparation for the start of the 2014-15 academic year on Monday, Aug. 25.

The incoming class is made up of about 870 freshmen students and more than 300 transfer students, coming to Mary Washington from 27 states and seven foreign countries. More than twenty percent identify themselves as part of a minority group.

On Friday evening, students were officially welcomed into the UMW community as they formalized their commitment to the UMW Honor Code during the Honor Convocation Ceremony. Weekend events continued the students’ introduction to campus life through two Mary Washington traditions: the Ice Cream Social, hosted by President Richard V. Hurley on the lawn of Brompton, the historic home of the UMW President; and Eagle Gathering, a candle-lighting ceremony on Ball Circle that recognizes the values and spirit of UMW.


  1. Excellent job today with the freshman move-in. Very well organized and superb execution.

  2. Such a great experience, and the students I worked with at Virginia Hall rocked the move-in. SO many mini-frig carries…one young man had a final count of 13! Love having the opportunity to meet new and returning students.