Money Magazine Ranks UMW for Best Graduation Rates


The University of Mary Washington has been ranked among the nation’s top 25 public colleges with the best record of graduating students on time by Money Magazine. … [Read more...]

UMW to Host 25th Annual Multicultural Fair, April 11

Eagle Bhangra performs at a previous Multicultural Fair

Every April the University of Mary Washington comes alive with a celebration of culture, diversity and spring at the Annual Multicultural Fair. At the center of the outdoor fair is UMW’s own Eagle Bhangra, a student dance group that promotes diversity on campus by sharing folk Punjabi dances native to the Punjab region of Pakistan and India. They’ve become an iconic sight as they move barefoot down the bricks of Campus Walk in their brightly colored costumes, spreading energy and smiles as they go. “We hope to inspire our viewers to dance and to give them joy,” said Eagle Bhangra Captain Maria Joranko, a senior double studio art and art history major. Eagle Bhangra is one of more than 30 music and dance groups participating in 25th annual fair on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event draws thousands to the Fredericksburg campus annually. The fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is dedicated to showcasing as many cultures and cultural … [Read more...]

UMW Hosts Second Annual Athletic Gala

Darrell Green, NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Washington Redskins football player

The University of Mary Washington will hold its second annual athletics gala on Thursday, May 21, to benefit UMW Athletics. … [Read more...]

UMW Fear 2 Freedom Assists Sexual Assault Victims

Fear 2 Freedom Bear and Storybook

In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Month, the University of Mary Washington will host Fear 2 Freedom on Wednesday, April 1. … [Read more...]

UMW Political Science Professor Featured on With Good Reason


University of Mary Washington Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program, March 28 to April 3. … [Read more...]

Melchers Museum Staff Receive Preservation Award

Fannie Roots House

Three members of the staff at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont have been honored by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation for their work in preserving the Fannie Roots House. … [Read more...]

UMW Exceeds Founder’s Day Challenge

From Right: UMW Vice President Salvatore Meringolo and President Richard Hurley

The University of Mary Washington raised nearly $130,000, exceeding a six-week Founder's Day Challenge in celebration of the 107th anniversary on Saturday, March 14. … [Read more...]

State Superintendent, Ambassador to Speak at UMW Commencement Ceremonies

UMW Graduation 17

Virginia’s chief education officer and a distinguished U.S. diplomat will speak at the 2015 commencement ceremonies for the University of Mary Washington Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. … [Read more...]

UMW Professor Assesses Afghan Political Party Initiative

Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science.

Young Afghan political party activists who received training through a pro-democracy initiative offer hope for effective democratic elections in the war-torn country, according to University of Mary Washington Professor Ranjit Singh, who recently returned from a 10-day research and reporting trip to Afghanistan. … [Read more...]

UMW Offers Seamless Transition to Sweet Briar Students

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Announcement from Richard V. Hurley, President of UMW The entire University of Mary Washington community has been saddened to learn of the decision to close Sweet Briar College.  Our two great institutions are very similar and share both a common history and a deep and abiding commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.  Because UMW has been contacted by a number of SBC students about completing their degree at UMW, I have directed staff from across our university to identify ways that we can support and accommodate them. … [Read more...]