Kiplinger’s Magazine Rates UMW Among Nation’s Best Values

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The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2014. … [Read more...]

Peace Corps Ranks UMW Among Top-Producing Small Colleges

Chad Chadbourn '06 (right) taught a small business course to high school students as part of his Peace Corps service in Costa Rica

Once again, the Peace Corps has ranked the University of Mary Washington among the nation’s top-producing colleges for alumni now serving as Peace Corps volunteers. UMW ranks third on the Peace Corps’ list of small schools or institutions with less than 5,000 undergraduates. Currently, UMW has 21 alumni serving around the world, the Peace Corps announced on Feb. 5. Mary Washington has been named to the Peace Corps’ list of 25 top-producing small schools for the 10th consecutive year. In 2012 and 2011, the university placed No. 1 among schools in the same category, with 30 and 32 alumni serving in the Peace Corps, respectively. In all, 230 Mary Washington alumni have served the 27-month commitment around the world since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961. For Chad Chadbourn ’06, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica from 2006 to 2008, UMW fosters values and skills that fit well with the Peace Corps’ mission. “Mary Washington really encourages students to go … [Read more...]

Kiplinger’s Magazine Rates UMW Among Nation’s Best Values

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The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2013. The university ranks fifth among Virginia’s best values and 53rd out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide when comparing tuition costs, according to the February 2013 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at www.kiplinger.com/links/college. “We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The magazine selects the best values from a pool of nearly 600 public four-year colleges and universities, using data provided by Peterson’s. The editors rank the schools based on measures of academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four- and six-year graduation rates, as well as on cost and financial aid. Other Virginia schools on … [Read more...]

UMW Lauded for Efficiency in New U.S. News List

UMW front gate, Friday Nov. 30, 2012. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

U.S. News & World Report has recognized the University of Mary Washington among the top universities for its efficient use of resources and ability to provide a high quality education. Using the operating efficiency measure, the university ranks third among universities in the “Regional Universities – South” category. The listing was announced in a recent online edition of the magazine. U.S. News & World Report took into account how much a school spends per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures. The list is based on operating efficiency, defined as a school’s 2011 fiscal year financial resources per student divided by its overall score in the 2013 Best Colleges rankings. “Schools that are featured on this list are doing a good job in managing their financial resources relative to other schools that may have larger state funding, higher tuition, or larger endowments,” according to the U.S. News & World Report … [Read more...]

U.S. News Rates UMW Among Top Public Universities in South

UMW ranks in the top 10 among public southern universities, according to U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate program sixth among public southern universities in the “Top Public Regional Universities – South” category in its 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university ranks 16th among all southern universities in the same category. Mary Washington has been ranked in the top 20 among southern universities each year for more than five consecutive years. The listing was announced Sept. 12 in the magazine’s online edition. U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. For the full list, visit www.usnews.com. In recent years, the university has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review’s edition of 150 “Best Value Colleges” and “The Best … [Read more...]

Princeton Review Ranks UMW Among Nation’s Best

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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 … [Read more...]

Forbes Names UMW to America’s Top Colleges List

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For the fifth year in a row, the Forbes.com online news magazine has recognized the University of Mary Washington as one of the nation’s top universities. In the annual list of “America’s Best Colleges,” UMW ranks 66th out of 100 institutions that Forbes deems “The 100 Best Buy Colleges.” Overall, UMW ranks 243rd out of the 650 undergraduate institutions that the magazine considers the nation’s best. UMW rose more than 45 spots from last year’s overall ranking of 291. The list is compiled in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), which rates the undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education provided and how much their students achieve. The CCAP ranks only the top 15 percent of the nation’s more than 4,000 colleges and universities. According to Forbes.com, the list is based on the following five categories: post graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction, which includes professor … [Read more...]

Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

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For the third 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. “We long have known that University of Mary Washington offers a tremendous return on investment, and we're glad the rest of the world is recognizing the value of the educational experience here," said UMW President Richard V. Hurley. “You can't find a better buy in higher education today — rigorous academics combined with a rich array of out-of-classroom activities, all of which comes with a relatively moderate price tag.” 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 administrators and a cross-section of students. UMW is among 20 public and 21 private … [Read more...]

Princeton Review Lists UMW Among Nation’s Best Values

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The University of Mary Washington has been named to the Princeton Review’s 150 “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition.” The list of best value colleges, announced Tuesday, Feb. 7 on the Princeton Review website and in USA Today, features 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities. Mary Washington is listed among the nation’s 75 “Best Value Public Colleges.” The Princeton Review bases its rankings on surveys of administrators and students at 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. The selection criteria examined more than 30 factors in the areas of academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, using data from surveys conducted from fall 2010 through fall 2011. “We are delighted that once again the University of Mary Washington has been recognized for delivering a top quality education while providing a great value,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “An investment in a UMW education is an investment in innovative teaching and development of … [Read more...]