Take a look at the checklist below and start getting everything submitted. We’re excited to read your application!
Suggested filing dates:
Mary Washington continues to accept applications as COVID impacts plans and students need alternatives. We will continue to accept and review applications for admission as space is available in our class. The university’s plan is to be face to face in late August for the fall semester.
Please note the reply date has been extended until June 1.
- Nov. 1 – Early Decision (notification by December 10 and reply date of January 10)
- Nov. 15 – Early Action (notification by January 31 and reply date of May 1)
- Feb. 1 – Regular Decision date (notification by April 1 and reply date of May 1)
Prospective high school seniors have the option to interview with our Admissions staff as part of the admissions process. Students who interview in person may have the opportunity to be considered for a “Taking Flight” scholarship that ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. Interview dates are between July 1 to February 1.
First Year Admission Checklist
Use the checklist below to be sure you’ve got everything covered.
- UMW accepts both The Common Application and the UMW Application. Please submit the application along with an essay, application fee, or approved waiver.
- Create a ZeeMee profile to bring your application to life! Share your passion, talents, and interests through videos or photos directly with your admissions counselor. Don’t have ZeeMee? Get it for free at www.zeemee.com. Include your ZeeMee link within your application for admission.
- If you are requesting review for the Honors Program, Student Transition Program, or Pre-Nursing 1+2+1 Plan, please indicate this in the Common Application and review the Admission to Special Program details.
- If you’re requesting review under the binding Early Decision process, you must invite your counselor to sign the Early Decision Agreement before submitting your application. If you’re not able to gather signatures electronically, you may print the Early Decision Agreement and send to UMW. This form MUST be signed by the student, parent or legal guardian, and your high school counselor and is required to complete your application.
- Ask your guidance counselor to complete and sign the Secondary School Report, included on the Common Application, and provide a copy of your official high school transcript. (Home-schooled applicants should provide documentation of their educational experiences, as well.)
- If you completed college work during high school, request that an official college transcript be sent to UMW once the coursework is graded.
- Submit at least one letter of recommendation. You may invite your guidance counselor, teacher, or school official.
- Request your standardized test results be sent directly to UMW (SAT CEEB 5398, ACT 4414). Notify Admissions if you’ve taken the SAT or ACT using something other than your full legal name. UMW superscores your EBRW (evidence-based reading and writing) and math scores regardless of test date and we will take ACT scores attached to your strongest composite score.
- Read about our test choice policy.
- Ask your high school to send your mid-year grades to UMW so that the Admissions Committee will have your most current information.
- If you’re filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please submit it by February 1, using the UMW code 003746.
- If you would like to commute as a first-year student, and you live more than thirty miles from campus, please complete first year off campus waiver form.
We can’t wait to get your application! We’ll send you an email when we receive it and let you know if anything’s missing. Please know that it’s your responsibility to make sure your file is complete and to keep copies of all application materials.