UMW Named One of America’s Best Public Colleges and Universities


The University of Mary Washington has been recognized among the nation’s best public colleges, according to a national study published in The Business Journals on Thursday, Feb. 12. Placing in the top 75 best public colleges, Mary Washington ranks 67 out of a total of 484 four-year public institutions that provide academic excellence, affordability and diversity. “[The Business Journals’] 19-part formula pinpointed the public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students,” according to a statistical analysis by The Business Journals. “It gave the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.” The study was based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The Business … [Read more...]

UMW to Host Virginia Power Shift


The University of Mary Washington will host Virginia Power Shift, a statewide student conference on environmental, social, economic and educational justice Friday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 15. … [Read more...]

UMW Theatre Continues 2014-15 Season with “The Drunken City”

Cast members of The Drunken City from left: Josh Bartosch '16, Austin Bouchard '15, Taryn Snyder '15, Megan Khaziran '17 and Kat Zeringue '15. Photo by Geoff Greene.

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 2014-15 season with The Drunken City, a comedy by Adam Bock. … [Read more...]

Author Discovers Founding Friendships

Cassandra Good  Photo by Julia Davis '15

Friendships between men and women are usually regarded with suspicion, but Cassandra Good, associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe at the University of Mary Washington, discovered instances of genuine friendships between men and women hidden away in an unexpected time in history. … [Read more...]

Princeton Review Rates UMW Among Nation’s Best Values


The University of Mary Washington has been ranked among the nation’s best value colleges by Princeton Review. … [Read more...]

UMW Hosts Judge Hatchett for Black History Month


Glenda Hatchett, best-known for her nationally syndicated show Judge Hatchett, will provide the keynote lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 11 as part of Black History Month at the University of Mary Washington. Judge Hatchett will speak on her experiences throughout her career, spanning from serving as the senior attorney and manager of public relations for Delta Air Lines to being the first African-American chief presiding judge of Atlanta’s Fulton County Juvenile Court and presiding over the two-time Emmy nominated national show. … [Read more...]

Hurley Receives Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award


University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley received the Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award at the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Gala, Friday, Jan. 30. … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers’ Paintings are Taking a Road Trip

Hudson River by Gari Melchers  circa 1907

Paintings of renowned impressionist artist Gari Melchers will be on display nationally in new museum exhibitions this spring: Monet and American Impressionism opens Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and Gari Melchers: American Impressionist At Home and Abroad opens Thursday, March 5 at the Bellarmine Museum, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. The paintings are on loan from Gari Melchers Home and Studio. … [Read more...]

UMW Launches Founders Day Challenge

President Simpson and guests celebrate the university's 60th anniversary in 1968

The University of Mary Washington has launched a Founders Day Challenge in celebration of its 107th founding anniversary on Saturday, March 14. … [Read more...]

UMW Receives Approval for Residential Nursing Program


Beginning fall 2015, students in a unique nursing program at the University of Mary Washington will be able to live on the Fredericksburg campus while taking courses at both the university and Germanna Community College (GCC). … [Read more...]