Fredericksburg, VA
University of Mary Washington


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Recent Reviews

Jill
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Mary Washington was a far greater disappointment than I thought that it would be.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Mary Washington was a far greater disappointment than I thought that it would be.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Mary Washington, how I loathed thee, let me list the ways: lack of diversity, lack of classes, no minors, limited extracurriculars, limited internet connection, poor parking, poor transportation to both Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia, the administration's inability and / or its unwillingness to work with the student body, and, my personal favorite, the food.

Justin
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Mary Washington is a wonderful small town school, convienently located near the nation's capital, filled wi...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Mary Washington is a wonderful small town school, convienently located near the nation's capital, filled with friendly students and caring professors.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The University of Mary Washington is best known for its excellent focus on undergraduate students with a combination of small class sizes and professors who know every student's name.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I recommend students seeking the right college should first visit their in-state public universities to get a feel for what they desire in a school. Public universities can provide an excellent education, with a variety of campus types, while still being affordable to most people. After visiting several campuses and talking to students at each, you can develop a sense of whether you want a larger or smaller school, an urban environment or smaller town, and what type of general atmospere is best suited for you. With colleges narrowed down, it is simple to research which school has the best academics within your potential range and apply for it, making sure you apply to others as back-ups. The best advice I can give to future students is to never skip a class without a very good reason (after all, you are paying to be there) and to get a professor to know you really well every semester. Professors can find you internships, write recommendation letters, and help you get that first job after graduating, so make sure you impress at least a few of them. Work hard, but don't forget to have some fun too.

Jennifer
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Producing excellent teachers and being liberal.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Producing excellent teachers and being liberal.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Small class sizes and personable professors who care about their students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college is about finding what you're looking for. Just because a school looks great on paper doesn't mean you (or your child) will be happy there. Visit schools before you make a decision. Sometimes you'll walk onto a campus and realize it's just not for you. Especially conside the size of the classes you want to attend. Bigger schools have more money to spend on facilities, but your professor probably won't know you. Smaller schools boast more individualized learning, but some resources might not be as available. Once you're there, college is what you make of it. You can choose to make it a great experience, and you can choose to be miserable. No one is going to come looking for you in your dorm room to be their friend, but if you get out there and get involved, you will find the people with whom you will be friends for life. The ultimate goal: be able to look back in 20 years and know that you spent your college years making yourself the best person you could be.

Ashley
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be nervous about taking risks. Life is full of opportunities; take chances when you can!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be nervous about taking risks. Life is full of opportunities; take chances when you can!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how much time playing a Varsity sport was going to take away from other school activities.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The University of Mary Washington has the most accessible faculty. They are friendly, smart, and always have their doors open should you need to consult them with a problem (academic or personal).

Alexandra
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advise to parents and students searching for the right school would be to dig deep, look around the campus and make sure y...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advise to parents and students searching for the right school would be to dig deep, look around the campus and make sure you visit the actual campus and talk to students and professors or advisors. A student should feel welcomed at the school even if they have not decided where they wish to go, they should also feel like they will be in a wonderful learning enviorment, and a safe, friendly enviorment. To get the most out of the college experience, you must become involoved. Volunteer off campus, join clubs, go to sponsored events, and attend student held lectures or events. Finding the right college for you is sometimes difficult but makes all the difference in the world.

laura
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Well rounded, challanging academics balanced with campus and community involvement in a friendly and supportive environment.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Well rounded, challanging academics balanced with campus and community involvement in a friendly and supportive environment.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Administration is always friendly but not always organized.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit lots of schools and stay with students to get the real scoop

Leila
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's beautiful campus and giving a quality, private school style education for a reasonable price.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's beautiful campus and giving a quality, private school style education for a reasonable price.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure to visit the colleges that you are considering. Ask lots of questions and don't just talk to your tour guide, talk to students around campus, it will give you a much better impression of what the students really think of their school. If you have the chance try an overnight stay, you'll get a good look at what everday life is like at the school/s you're interested in. Try and keep an open mind while doing your college searching, you may find that your needs and preferences change as you visit different schools. Once you choose your school and start your first semester try to get out of the dorm and involved in different activities so that you can make friends in different places. Try to fit some studying in if you're a party animal because at some point all that work you didn't do will catch up with you. But don't worry too much, that class you're sure you're going to fail will probably not be as bad as you think it is. And remember to always keep a positive attitude, it can make or break a situation.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

There aren't enough guys at UMW, but I know that admissions is trying hard to boost the male population.

Jenna
Describe the students at your school.

Smart, reliable, and usually pretty friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

Smart, reliable, and usually pretty friendly.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of attention and finances put towards the arts.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go visit all of the colleges in person. Trust your gut. You'll know once you set foot on a campus whether or not it's right for you.

julie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Stick with your instincts. If you feel like one school just isn't right, don't commit to four years there. Also, make sure th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Stick with your instincts. If you feel like one school just isn't right, don't commit to four years there. Also, make sure that they offer a wide range of majors that interest you instead of just one. That way, if you want to change directions you can do so without changing schools.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The school offers very little engagin options for entertainment that don't involve parties and drinking. Most events, when offered, were of little interest to the students.

What's unique about your campus?

A strong sense of community, even among individuals of different social groups.

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $11,630
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