Fredericksburg, VA
University of Mary Washington


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Recent Reviews

Daniel
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were generally very engaging and we got along very well both in class and during group work.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were generally very engaging and we got along very well both in class and during group work.

What kind of person should attend this school?

If you are looking for a small school with enthusiastic professors that you will get to know than you should go to University of Mary Washington.

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

Don't go immediately for what people tell you to. The right college is all about where you feel the most comfortable and have the best opportunity to expand your horizons.

Sirena
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are attentive, eager to learn, willing to share knowledge, accessible, and great study buddies.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are attentive, eager to learn, willing to share knowledge, accessible, and great study buddies.

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

That unlike some university we do not have seperate schools within the University of Mary Washington for particular majors. For example, it would be nice to have a Business and/or Education schools. It would allow more focus and emphasis on these subjects and broaden the majors that the school now offers.

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

Visit the school more than once. Talk to students who are currently enrolled and ask them questions. Sometimes you make think you want a big school, but then feel more secure at a smaller college or university. On making the most of their college experience, I would say never close your dorm room door. Make friends, and don't just attend parties, but also lectures, club meetings, and on-campus events (fairs, sporting events). Everyone there is there for the same reason. College is a place to discover who you truly are. Don't let oppurtunities pass you by - try everything once! Also, attend class - you're paying for them.

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

The most important thing to know while applying is that there is no perfect school. There is a lot of valuable information av...

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

The most important thing to know while applying is that there is no perfect school. There is a lot of valuable information available and it's smart to take advantage of any resource that you can to find the best fit, but the truth is: it is the responsibility of the individual to make the most of the college experience. What's more, I believe it is possible to succeed in that venture at a whole range of schools. My college did not serve every need that I had to perfection. Socio-politically I found myself at odds with a number of my classmates and I found the administration difficult to work with. But more importantly, I found a great group of friends with whom I felt completely at home - and I had the most incredible professors who opened whole new worlds for me. But I believe that I could have been just as happy at a number of schools. The key is shouldering the task of seeking out what interests you and what drives you to do well, and being open-minded to new experiences and people. There is more to every school than meets the eye.

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

That the professors at UMW are amazing, and that I should seek them out for any help I needed rather than bothering with the backwards administration.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is interested in Greek Life, Football, or a big city. Fredericksburg is a medium sized historical town, with Div III sports, no football team, and no fraternities or sororities. Also, there are a lot of General Education requirements, because it is a liberal arts school. So if you are not interested in taking a little bit of everything, you shouldn't apply. Despite any reputation UMW may have, pretty much everyone fits in here and finds their crowd - but the school is unfortunately not very ethnically diverse.

Kimberly
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were like my best friends, focused and upbeat.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were like my best friends, focused and upbeat.

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

Spend the night for a weekend, alone with no parents. Ask the current students what they like and don't like about the school. Go to the school and eat. Always consider size, space, and cost of the school.

Christine
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Relatively small classes, even in introductory classes where there only about 70 students in the lecture hall. The labs are a...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Relatively small classes, even in introductory classes where there only about 70 students in the lecture hall. The labs are all small and the professors always seem to be available if any student needs help.

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

For a student, name brand schools are not all the important. What is important is finding a school where you can exceed academically, but as well give you a good step to finding your career path. Choose a school not just for what it has, but you can get out of it. When in college, take advantage of extracurricular activities that may interest you, try something new because college is a time where you should be adventurous and exploring new opportunities. If the college you choose has research opportunities take advantage of them because they definitely give you a different perspective on an interest you may have. Internships are great opportunities as well that I think every student should complete because they give real world experience before you actually graduate and can help any student in deciding their career path before graduation.

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

The campus is predominantly white, which doesn't really promote the school well enough to those of other ethnicities. Also the campus doesn't have enough housing on campus for students that many are put into forced triples. And the off-campus housing tends to be quite far away meaning you need a car and the school doesn't help students in finding decent off-campus housing.

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

Nothing. College is an experience, and I wouldn't want to know what my experience would be like before, I'd rather live it

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

Nothing. College is an experience, and I wouldn't want to know what my experience would be like before, I'd rather live it

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is a driven individual who likes to ahve fun. Those that are ready for a stong courseload and can handle the pressue. There are lots of intelligent students here, but also creativity is a huge aspect.

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

Your college experience changes your life forever. I was a completely different person from my Senior year of high school until now, and that is because of the challenges and experiences college has given me. Through studying all night for tests, working hard to win an Intermural Flag Football game, or attempting to win against our big rival in the college softball game, I became who I inteneded to be all along. I am a more developed adult and a more conscious worker. I know what it takes to get the grades now, I know what I need to do to succeed, and I know what college is all about. College helps you become the adult you need to be in your life after school. In choosing the right school, look at the surroundings, look at what your interests are and what they offer at the school as close to those. Look at the departments and the teacher's credibility. Most of all, when you visit, see if you could see yourself walking down campus walk just like those students. Comfortableness is the main key, as well as visibitlity.

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

It is a small liberal arts school with an emphasis on academically rigorus courses.

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

It is a small liberal arts school with an emphasis on academically rigorus courses.

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

First, start by making a list about all of the things that you enjoy about going your school now. Then make a list of all of the things which you consider important to have in order to enjoy your college experience . The select a number of prespective schools with these traits and go vist their campus to get a feel for what it is like. If you have any freinds or aquantences who go there ask them what they like and dislike about the school. If you pick the school that seems the closts fit to your wnats and needs then you will ave an increadbly enjoyable college experince no matter where you go.

What's unique about your campus?

The small class sizes because they allow the teacher to focus on teaching and allow the chance for more indivdual help on work.

Matthew
What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who doesn't want to feel oke a number. Someone who wants to know people and be known back. If the student likes histor...

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who doesn't want to feel oke a number. Someone who wants to know people and be known back. If the student likes history its a great fit for them.

What's unique about your campus?

There are to many things to choose. I Love the sports. I love the acidemics. I love the social aspects.

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

Go to the college and listen to your heart.

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

It's very important to visit the schools in which you are interested. Nothing is more honest in determining the size, friend...

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

It's very important to visit the schools in which you are interested. Nothing is more honest in determining the size, friendliness, and pride of a school. A visit will show you whether or not you need to plan your classes around how fast you can walk. Touring the academic buildings allow you to see where the school invests it money most: in the theater department or science department. Make sure to like the environment and feel comfortable. Generally, it doesn't matter where you earn your undergraduate degree. If you have no idea what you want your major to be, make sure to visit schools with a wide variety of majors. If you finally decide your major while at one college, you can always transfer to another school with a better program. To limit yourself by what's available at your current school denies you get the best out of college.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Residence Life. If there's a problem, thenit takesto long before the situation getson the adgenda of those working ResLife. When a situation is finally noticed, it takes too long for them to do anything, and more often than not, they just wait until the end of the semester when the living situation can be changed through more standard procedures. I don't appreciate waiting for them just because they're too lazy to do paperwork. When I come up with my own solution, they don't let me pursue it because it's not how they would do it.

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

No hang-outs. People either gather in dorm rooms or people's off-campus houses. There is hardly anything to do on weekends, especially nights, if you don't have a car. The things nearby are shops and stores, and these close early (9 PM), and besides, not everyone likes shopping. There need to be more community events in Fredericksburg, especially more things to do other than shops and movies. Also, an entrance fee may be a deterant, but the smaller the better. It would also be nice to visit other schools and cities for a weekend. City exchange perhaps?

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