UMW Named Virginia’s Hidden Gem

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The University of Mary Washington has been named as the top ‘hidden gem’ college in the state of Virginia by College Raptor. … [Read more...]

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 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 Rated Among Nation’s Best Values by Kiplinger Magazine

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The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public College” for 2015. … [Read more...]

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

The UMW Board of Visitors recently announced the tuition rates for 2014-15.

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

UMW students study for final exams outside the Woodard Campus Center

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 “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 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

Princeton Review Cover

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...]