Fredericksburg, VA
University of Mary Washington


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Recent Reviews

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?

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

U. Mary Washington is a place for people looking for a liberal arts education, and in that regard it is pretty well rounded; ...

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

U. Mary Washington is a place for people looking for a liberal arts education, and in that regard it is pretty well rounded; the campus is spread out and beautiful and the people are for the most part very friendly, professors are as well very approachable.

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

When looking for the right college, definitely have an idea in mind of what you would want to study and find the college that has the best to offer in that field. When I decided to go to this relatively small liberal arts university, I thought going to a small school would be the bes choice, and in reflecting I don't think a larger school would have been a bad decision either, communities of interest form easily thus making it less daunting. In order to make the most of your experience get involved in what you find interesting, it is much easier to do at the beginning, and then weed it down to what you find will continue to be important to you in the future. Never be afraid to take chances, as they help to make you who you will become, and this is a huge time where the importance of taking a chance will give direction to your future. Be open-minded, and if the going gets tough, don't transfer unless you are in a bad place for your major. I knew a lot of freshmen transfers who transferred back soon after, its a transitional difficulty.

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

That I could have applied to more schools outside of my state and applied for more scholarships. I kept it to applying to three schools in Virginia and believe that I narrowed my horizons a little, although not enough to substantially affect my future.

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

You have to retake general education requirements, like math and science. I always thought I'd be done with that in highschoo...

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

You have to retake general education requirements, like math and science. I always thought I'd be done with that in highschool.

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

I love that we have such small sized classes, but it makes getting into classes difficult. Getting into certain courses is impossible unless you are an upperclassman.

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

There are so many things about college that are difficult to predict or even fathom before getting there. In today's heavily competitive college application process, it's easy to lose sight of one of the most important things in choosing a school: it needs to be right. So many will do anything to get into their "reach" school, will over-commit in extracurriculars, will live and die by who and what institution accepts them. Always keep in mind the end result. Barely making it into a competitive school means you may feel overwhelmed your entire time in college. When looking at a school, most people take a tour and walk around. While this is important, there are places people don't think to look at that will matter much more to you, should you attend that institution. Check out the campus career center. After all, college is your gateway to employment. On a similar note, try to find statistics on attendace of students at graduate schools and programs. Dig deep to find out about campus clubs. Some of the most active and biggest campus clubs are often neither recognized nor advertised by the school. Most importantly, talk to professors!

Brittany
Describe the students at your school.

They are helpful and kind. They are open to new friendships. Great study groups.

Describe the students at your school.

They are helpful and kind. They are open to new friendships. Great study groups.

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

When choosing a school, the size of the school is the most important aspect that shapes all college experiences. I am so glad to have chosen a smaller school with great relationships between professors and students. When students feel appreciated and their hard work is noticed, they are more motivated to work even harder, verses being just a number. It is crucial to know the school size and the students preference, as it is the factor that can make a student like or dislike a school and their entire college experience. Another important point is to know about the college town; as grocery stores, boutiques and malls make the college experience much more enjoyable. Also, the town surrounding the college hints as to what the college experience may be like at that school. It is crucial that the students visit the campus before making a final choice. The online pictures and brochures can make the school look like a dream come true, but actually getting a physical feel for the college's environment will allow for the student to make the important decision.

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

I wish I had known more about my own major and what I can do with it.

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

That a lot of the students don't really do anything and are boring. That all the women worth dating are taken.

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

That a lot of the students don't really do anything and are boring. That all the women worth dating are taken.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone used to a big city might not do well here.

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

Unless you know what you want to major in, just pick a college. If it turns out that they don't offer what you want to major in, you can transfer.

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

It is a gorgeous, scenic, liberal campus that always has unique, different people walking around comfortably and proud.

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

It is a gorgeous, scenic, liberal campus that always has unique, different people walking around comfortably and proud.

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

Make sure that it has a variety of classes to be able to have a diverse education. Also, always keep in mind how the student learns best, whether in bigger class settings or in smaller ones where there is more of a relationship between the teacher and the student. Be honest with yourself in regards to how much studying you want to do vs. how much of a social life you would want. Also, always think about what type of environment one wants and sees oneself happier in (in/near a city to be able to go out and have more culture, or a more rural area where people mainly stay on campus).

What kind of person should attend this school?

Liberal, open-minded, politically savvy, someone who wants to be a big fish in a small pond, a person not interested in the greek life nor football,

Kelly
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The University offers very small class sizes. It s location in Fredericksburg is also allows the campus to be a hot-bed of po...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The University offers very small class sizes. It s location in Fredericksburg is also allows the campus to be a hot-bed of political activity.

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

I wish I would have paid more attention to the political climate. Being a Conservative student is not very easy on this campus.

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

I would suggest that students spend a lot of time finding out about extra cirricular activites that a certian campus provides.

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

I was very disappointed. I haven't learned much of anything or experienced a "college experience." The professors are extre...

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

I was very disappointed. I haven't learned much of anything or experienced a "college experience." The professors are extremely unhelpful and you are required to take an absurd amount of ridiculous classes. One I had to take told you how to make the sounds of consonants and vowels. We also had to howl daily in class. I'm not kidding.

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

You should go to the school and see if they allow you to observe a class in progress. Don't rely on what the tour guide says, or how the buildings look from the outside. Tourguides are paid to say that the school is a wonderful place for every single type of person known to man. You should research the schools you are very interested. Talk with real students, on campus, don't just read the messages the school releases saying "these are thoughts from real students!" They have had editors select the essays that make the college look the best. Above everything, go with your gut feeling about a school. It will usually lead you in the best direction.

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

The professors, and the classes/type of classes they teach are the worst. Like I said a lot of the classes you are required to take, and pay for books, and tuition for are repetitive classes you have already had throughout public/private school career. The rest are simply absurd. The professors aren't helpful, and don't answer questions. My science professor even stole my entire research project (and method I had created), after I had it approved by him, as a class assignment. Another claimed that one 'theme' was wrong when it just restated an identical correct one.

Lyssa
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is known for it's beautiful campus, fairly rigorous course schedule, small classes, engaging professors, socially...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is known for it's beautiful campus, fairly rigorous course schedule, small classes, engaging professors, socially dead weekends, crazy freshmen, virtually drug-free environment, plenty of volunteer organizations, and an incredibly non-diverse campus.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone seeking a solid liberal arts education at a small school for a good value should consider going to Mary Washington. It's quaint, quiet, and provides its students with plenty of opportunities during and beyond undergrad.

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

I would advise students to narrow down their college choices alone or with the help of a guidance counselor before discussing sticker-shock with their parents. If the student is pretty much set on what he or she wants to do, choose a school with a well-developed program for that career (i.e. pre-med or pre-law). Consider the size of the school, the teacher-student ratio, the type of campus (urban, suburban, or rural?), financial aid opportunities, scholarships, campus diversity, research opportunities, the social scene, and location (think weather and distance from home!) when researching schools. Once you've narrowed down your search to 8-10 schools, VISIT THEM! This is SO important! You learn more in a day or overnight visit than you can from all the college search books and college websites combined. Once you've chosen your final schools, be sure to tailor your applications to each school. Pick up a college newspaper during your visit, and understand the ongoings of that campus. If you search for what you want, and choose a school that is good for YOU, you will have no trouble with that first semester away from home!

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