Please look through our frequently asked questions page, and you may find that your question has its’ answer for you below. Frequently asked questions are compiled from what our students come to us with about most. If you don’t find your question answered here, please feel free to use the contact information found at the bottom of the page. We are always here to help.
Can I request to live in a specific residence hall?
You’ll have the opportunity to indicate your building preferences on the Housing and Dining Services Agreement after you attend Orientation in June. While we do our best to meet your preferences, not everyone will receive their first-choice building.
Where can I eat on campus?
There are three places to eat on campus that serve everything from sushi to gelato to home cooking. Find out more about menus, locations, and hours of operation.
What are the EagleOne ID card features?
The card provides access to residential halls and operates like a debit card to allow purchases at the campus bookstore, health center, laundry, theater box office, library, print labs, and more. Off-campus merchants also recognize the card. Check out the instructions for making a deposit online.
Does UMW offer weekend entertainment for students?
Yes! Every weekend is different at UMW. The Office of Student Activities and Engagement organizes a late-night Friday programming series involving anything from drive-in movies to themed dances and barbecues. Many clubs and organizations plan weekend events, host speakers, and offer fun activities for students. Giant Productions brings bands and comedians to campus, and Cheap Seats Cinema shows recently released blockbuster movies in Dodd Auditorium. For more information about what’s going on, check out the Student Activities site. If you’re looking for coffee, dollar-burger nights, homemade ice cream, or even live music, check out some of the popular local downtown hangouts, including Hyperion, Capital Ale House, Carl’s Ice Cream, Sammy T’s, and J Brian’s.
Can I purchase computers and software at academic prices?
Yes, the bookstore sells software for PCs and Macs at substantial academic discounts. For information about recommended computers, visit the bookstore’s site.
Where will I purchase books?
Barnes & Noble operates a bookstore in Lee Hall. Its focus is on UMW’s priorities around student success, including competitively priced course materials with scalable and various delivery options. The My College Bookstore smartphone app – highlights sales and provides notifications for orders and rentals.
Can I request to live with a certain person?
Absolutely! Please bear in mind that requests can be honored only if both people request each other on their respective housing agreements.
How do meal plans work?
Visit the dining website to view meal plan options.
Since cars aren’t allowed for first-year students, how do I get around?
We understand that this can be a real concern. Students can ride the Fredericksburg Regional Transit Bus (FRED) free with their student IDs and take the Eagle Express. The University worked with Fredericksburg’s city to develop this special weekend bus that travels on a rotating hourly schedule from campus to downtown Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Towne Centre, and Central Park shopping center. Historic downtown Fredericksburg is within walking distance of campus.
I live far away. How can I arrange transportation home?
UMW is minutes away from both a Greyhound bus station and an Amtrak rail station. Additionally, UMW is 50 miles from Washington, D.C., home to Reagan National, Dulles, and BWI airports.