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University of Mary Washington


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David
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Psychology and Business programs. We also have a very good biology and chemistry dept.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Psychology and Business programs. We also have a very good biology and chemistry dept.

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

Your first choice isn't always the right one. Go to the school that really gears towards your interests and not those of someone else.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is driven to suceed in whatever field they choose.

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

Small public school with a friendly campus body in a rather sleepy town... not a college or super college friendly town. Ver...

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

Small public school with a friendly campus body in a rather sleepy town... not a college or super college friendly town. Very small endowment fund which often seems to limit us in comparison to our fellow but larger state schools. Administration is ok... from personal experiance find them un-helpful and extremely frustrating to deal with. Food sucks, campus is very pretty. Lots of extracurricular clubs but almost no weekend life... very boring. Mostly good senior professors but also lots of bad adjunct prof. Do an overnight stay before you decide... even if its your 1st choice.. wich I had.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Im not really sure. Definitely someone who wants a small school atmosphere. Its easy to make friends and if they have a club you like easy to get involved. Do an overnight stay or atleast talk to several students who aren't your tour guide because they have to say all "the right" things but you get a more realistic idea from students along the way and even better idea if you do an overnight... warning.. there isnt much activity on the weekends.

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

Be open minded. You may have in mind what you want like size of school or location, but look at several different "genres" of schools. Do an overnight stay at at least your top 3 schools and talk to students and teachers, even alumni if you can, doing an overnight can really make or break your idea of the school you like and is very helpful. Make a list of things that are really important, aside from your academic goals that are must haves like good food, school spirit, campus weekend life, and then a list of things you'd like to have but maybe aren't necessary like single rooms, campus transportation, etc.. whatever is important to you. Don't not apply to a school just because of cost be it private or public, lots of schools are ready and willing to meet your financial aid and even if they can't meet all of it there are lots of additional scholarships out there. Lastly, if you have an idea of your major, go and meet with professors who teach that subject and pick a school with several interested options.. you never know when youll change you mind!

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

There is no football team! We are avid rugby fans, though.

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

There is no football team! We are avid rugby fans, though.

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

Go with your gut instinct. People seldom know for sure what they want to do for the rest of their lives while they are still in high school, so try a little bit of everything. Don't worry about declaring your major your freshman or even sophomore year (unless you have to) - life will catch up with you soon enough. Make friends with your professors! They are probably very nice and would love to get to know you. Don't be afraid to join clubs and eat alone between classes if you have to - everyone else is just as scared as you are, and that's how you make friends. Get a random roommate if you live a dorm your freshman year - you'll be surprised just how awesome random people can be, and it will help you a lot in the future. Most of all - HAVE FUN. High school is nothing compared to this.

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

UMW has a tight-knit faculty and student body, and the campus is beautiful.

Megan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is a lack of school pride, which is one thing I would change. We have no football team so homecoming revolves around th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There is a lack of school pride, which is one thing I would change. We have no football team so homecoming revolves around the third division soccer team. I like that whereever I go on campus I know people, I'm never in a place where I see all unfamiliar faces. But sometimes, you don't want to see anyone you know and that is impossible. The size is awkward for one night stand hookups because you are bound to see the person on campus the next day and look the other way. Our school is also very white. There is a lack of diversity, and if you see a minority, they stand out because it is rare. I wish more people recognized the intensity of the academics, unfortunately most people have never heard of the damn school. The dorms are hit or miss which sucks, I got the party dorm last year but this year im in an isolated dorm at the bottom of a mountain-of-a-hill. The biggest controversy was our President getting fired for being caught under the influence while driving TWICE... in the SAME DAY. Yea, our President pregames harder than we party, we like to say.

Describe the students at your school.

There are two types of people on campus... the preps and the nerds. The majority consists of nerds/artsy people. The funny thing about Mary Washington is the normal nerds and outcasts in high schools who didn't have any friends can find a plethora of people like them, so they have the most friends on campus. The preps and sports players stick together like glue. 80% of UMW students are from Northern Virginia (it seems like, at least). When I go home, I see people from my dorm in Chipotle or at the movies... that can be good, or bad. Most people are from humble backgrounds because UMW is actually the most affordable in state school. Many people are on financial aid and loans, and attend the school for financial reasons. Minorities would feel out of place, they call our school "Mostly White College..MWC" Students are politically aware, mostly liberal although the town itself is highly conservative.. I've seen groups of people dressed in Confederate attire.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

there are a lot of lesbians and gays on campus, but you find that anywhere... college is the first place many people feel comfortable living a gay lifestyle. There's a shortage of guys (only 30% of the campus is male) so the guys think they're hot shit and the girls fight over them. There are parties but you have to know the right people and being on a sports team helps a lot. And yes, most people on campus ARE socially awkward.

What are the academics like at your school?

Class sizes are really small, usually 15-20 people per class. Class participation is usually dominated by two or three loudmouths in the class. But you can't sleep in class cause the teachers can see you, and they WILL remember you. I feel like I am in a noncompetitive environment... in fact, I feel like many people are just plain ignorant and dumb. I did a survey for a paper this year and half of the 40 people I surveyed did not know what the word "amnesty" meant... God help me. The general education requirements are obnoxious but they help "undecided" people determine which field is appealing to them. I really feel like taking courses I may not have without the requirements has opened my mind and expanded my views. Most interesting/unique course was Social Problems... our final consisted of Pornography, Homosexuality, and Prostitution... THAT was fun to study for!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are no sororities or fraternities recognized by the school, save one underground frat. This is one place that always has its doors open, but its a mile from school and most freshies walk... not fun in the rain. The frat guys there are creepy, they were like misfits that united to try and get ass cause they couldnt without their title of 'frat guy'. I met my closest friends down the hall and at church. The dating scene is weird. About 10% of the campus dates... although it seems like more. The misfits and socially awkward people find each other and the preps date in their own circle. The girls fight over the 30% guys... who, of the 30%, are 10% gay, 10% players, 5% unattractive/nerdy, 5% in relationships. The good guys go fast so get em while they're available. Note to self...'one night hookups do not lead to relationships'. In fact, most guys take advantage of the ratio and get as much ass as possible with as many girls as they can.... and they can. Soccer events are the main sporting event on campus and there's usually only 100 or so people at the games, besides homecoming. guest speakers events are well attended, and UMW does a good job of having major concerts (Eve 6, Plain White T's, etc) and comedians on campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

the girls are all lesbians, there are no guys, the parties suck, and the people are all socially awkward

Blake
What is your overall opinion of this school?

UMW is great because it is very close to Washington DC, because Fredericksburg has a lot of fun bars, and because it has a be...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UMW is great because it is very close to Washington DC, because Fredericksburg has a lot of fun bars, and because it has a beautiful campus. I think the administration has a lot of red tape, which makes it hard to get certain things done. There is some school pride, but the lack of fraternities and a football team kind of limits this. Our basketball teams have been doing very well though, which has helped the athletics department a lot. If I could change one thing I would add at least one more academic building -- even though most classes are small (capped at about 20-25 students) they tend to be cramped because the number of academic rooms has not been increasing at the same rate the student body has.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is without a doubt very racially homogenous. The LGBT community is fairly large (about 15%) and very active and accepted on campus. Most students come from middle and upper-middle class backgrounds. Students do interact between groups, but it is also common for them to form small, close groups of friends and stick to them. During the warmer months a lot of girls on campus will wear sundresses; polo shirts, skirts, t-shirts and jeans are all popular. In the winter hoodies are the norm. The political groups on campus are very active, but they do not dominate the student body in any way. Class council is also very active, and sets up a lot of fun events, bbqs, concerts, and speakers. We also have a great group on campus called GIANT, which brings in a lot of comedians and performers. This year we got Lupe Fiasco, which was really an amazing concert.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

mostly, however with regard to cliques and parties, students can avoid/overcome them

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors definitely know you by name, and most of them make class a lot of fun. Freshman classes tend to be the worst of the 4 years, because they are mostly large (70+ students) intro classes with grades essentially based on 2 or 3 tests. My favorite class at UMW was a Philosophy of Religion course -- the professor who taught it is awesome (he drew great pictures!) and there was a lot of discussion and debate. In most of my classes throughout my time students tended to participate a lot which made class more interesting. Students are generally not very competitive. Everyone tries to do well of course, but we like to help each other out with study groups rather than fight each other for grades. It is not uncommon to spend time with professors out of the classroom -- be it during office hours, to talk about our futures, or at an academic picnic... many of which include kegs. Academic requirements were a huge pain for me, but the school has implemented new, more lenient requirements for future incoming classes which is a definite improvement

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Students in dorms definitely leave doors open, and without a doubt the friends you make in your dorm freshman year will be with you for your entire time at school. There are a lot of popular groups and clubs on campus, including Student Government Association, GIANT productions, Class Council, PRISM (LGBT), and Young Democrats & College Republicans. This year Young Democrats organized for Bill Clinton to come speak which was great. If drinking isnt your scene, there is usually still a lot to do on the weekends. Battle of the Bands, comedy and improv shows, and student concerts are all popular. If you want some off campus fun there are go-carts, mini golf, bowling, a driving range, and 2 movie theaters near campus. You do, however, need a car to do most of these things, so freshmen, make sure you make friends with some upperclassmen. Cheap Seats is an on-campus movie group that shows recent movies every weekend for just a dollar!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Homogenous student body, not a party school, students tend to clique together, preppy

Michelle
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the size of Mary Wash is perfect - it's small enough that you can get to know people, and class sizes are great, but ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the size of Mary Wash is perfect - it's small enough that you can get to know people, and class sizes are great, but large enough that you can still walk down campus and see people that you don't know.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body at Mary Wash is not particularly diverse. However, there are few stereotypes on campus, and minority students generally fit right in. There are exceptions, of course.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Actually, there are tons of things to do on the weekends, and the majority of campus does stick around during weekends and holidays.

What are the academics like at your school?

I have had nothing but great professors. They really take the time to get to know you, and genuinely care about each and every student in their class. Classes rarely have more than 20 students in them, and even when they do, the professors still make an effort to get to know everyone's names.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

We don't have greek life, so any parties are house parties. They get busted fairly regularly, but the cops are all nice. People don't usually get in trouble. As far as extra curriculars go, we have pretty much everything, from an anime club, to cheerleading, to college republicans and young dems. Anything you want to be involved in, we have a club for it.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we are a suitcase school and that people like to go home on the weekends.

Mallory
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the best thing about UMW is the people. The students, professors, staff-- you name it, they're pretty amazing. I al...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the best thing about UMW is the people. The students, professors, staff-- you name it, they're pretty amazing. I also think its size is perfect. I was constantly meeting new people, but yet I wasn't just a number in the classroom. With the size of the school, you can establish personal relationships with the professors, and I think that's how I learned as much as I did. They're absolutely brilliant and extremely helpful. There is a considerable amount of school pride at UMW-- but that doesn't necessarily always translate into sporting event attendance. I think well above the majority of students have pride that they go to UMW-- I judge that by the amount of UMW "stuff" people wear-- and it's a good amount. Fredericksburg isn't a college town in my estimation. I think it's a medium sized town that does love our school, though. It's a fun place, small enough to where it's not overwhelming but big enough that there are things to do. And, I'm going to steal an answer from one of my fellow classmates in what I'd change about UMW: it's a Pepsi school, and I'd much rather it be a Coke school. As for an experience I'd always remember, I just can't narrow it down to one. There were far too memorable moments, but I can list a few: Devil/Goat Day, Junior Ring Week, Basketball Games, Grad Ball...

Describe the students at your school.

So many different kinds of people at UMW. Like I mentioned before, diversity is increasing (racially speaking.) That's about the only thing that I wanted to see happen in terms of diversity. Religiously, socio-economically, etc.-- it's pretty diverse. There are tons of differently people with tons of different views, but they're all extremely accepting. I never felt as though I was going to be judged or persecuted due to my beliefs. I think that's an important aspect of a college. In terms of political activity, I'd say it's pretty politically active. It's not in your face, though. And there are definitely substantial amounts of people that support both sides. I wouldn't characterize it left, right, or center-- I'd say it's fairly equal. And even if it does lean, it never showed. For example in my political science classes the professors never disclosed their political beliefs. That's not true across all the disciplines, but it definitely was true within my department.

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

Hm... anything left out? Um... don't think so. All I can say is I'm very proud to say that I am an alumni of Mary Washington-- I learned more than I could've ever imagined, both personally and academically, and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. It was top notch, it really was. Everything has its imperfections, but for me, those imperfections were definitely trumped by the many positives the school has to offer.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I'd say they probably were somewhat accurate years ago, but that's definitely changing. Racial diversity is, thankfully, on the uptrend. And in terms of diversity of personalities, beliefs, etc., Mary Washington is extremely diverse.

What are the academics like at your school?

I'm a huge nerd, but I loved the academics at UMW. Don't get me wrong, they're no walk in the park. At least within my major, you had to study. There was no way of getting around that. Sure, people skipped out on readings, but it generally showed in the classroom. The professors all knew my name, with the exception of a few random classes. But, within my department, my professors knew me. My favorite class was a political science/international relations class, but I have so many favorites. The faculty know that you can produce wonderful work, and they expect it from you. They push you to perform at the highest level. While that is difficult, I feel as though I've grown personally, academically, socially...all of the above due to my experiences at UMW. I'd say UMW students definitely have intellectual conversations outside of class. I mean, it's not all the time, but it definitely does happen a lot. I'm biased, but I thought my department was the best. The professors, beside being brilliant, were really cool people. I got the opportunity to spend some time with many of them outside of class, and that's pretty common for UMW. I think that's pretty amazing and a wonderful opportunity. They're also pretty hilarious. I'm an easy audience, but the majority of them cracked me up during class. The academic requirements, like I said, are tough at UMW. It's considerably difficult, but it's worth it. I have a job now, and I feel prepared. It's not just "learning for the sake of learning." My academic experience at UMW was challenging, fun, engaging, and overall-- awesome.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Most popular groups on campus? He..ck if I know. There are so many. I was involved with Cheerleading, and while it was time consuming it was well worth it. Student clubs are a lot of fun and they're very easy to get involved with-- you just have to make the effort! People in dorms definitely leave their doors open, especially in freshman dorms. You'll meet tons of people that way. I met my closest friends within my classes in my department, through clubs and activities, at sporting events, etc. People are very friendly at UMW, they honestly want to meet new people. Sporting events are somewhat popular, but could use more involvement. People have a lot of pride in their school at UMW but that doesn't always mean they take the time to attend sporting events. Uh, if I was awake at 2am on a Tuesday, I was studying. I doubt that's uniform across the board, but I'm a huge big nerd and studying was what I did during the week. The weekends, however, were different. If you want to party, there are parties within walking distance. If you don't, you don't have to. It's definitely not a party school, but there are certainly parties on the weekends that you can attend, and have a lot of fun. Downtown there are bars (if you're 21), and lots of other activities. Central Park has a lot of stuff to do as well, and if you don't have a car there is the Fred to get you there or you can use your upperclass friends. If drinking isn't your thing you will definitely find friends that feel the same way.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Well one common misconception is always that it is an all girls school. False! I suppose the only stereotype I can come up with is that we're all the same, not very diverse.

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I personally think that the best thing about UMW is its size. I love the atmosphere created by a small school, and that is e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I personally think that the best thing about UMW is its size. I love the atmosphere created by a small school, and that is exactly what UMW has to offer. Every time you walk down campus you will see someone you know, whether it be a classmate or professor. A lot of people think that UMW is an all-girls school, but believe me, it's not! There are more girls on campus, which should be even more of an incentive for guys to come! If I could change one thing about UMW, it would be to offer minors. UMW is one of the few schools I know of that does not offer minors.

Describe the students at your school.

There is a variety of people at UMW, and for me (I'm from a small town) there are a lot more LGBT groups than I expected. Everyone interacts with everyone. I don't think any student would feel out of place here, because there are so many different types of people. At lunch there are a variety of students at every table. From my experience, there are a lot of people who are from middle class families, more so than any other socio-economic group. There are two very active political groups on campus, and everyone is very politically aware. There are always a variety of political speakers every year, and each speech is well-attended.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I don't think it's accurate at all. It may seem less diverse compared to other schools, but UMW is also smaller than some of the most diverse schools. There are so many clubs that promote diversity on campus, all you have to do is get involved!

What are the academics like at your school?

If you are shy and don't like to talk too much in class, don't worry. Yes, the professors know you by name and they will know if you miss class, but they are also good about not calling you out. I'm a shy person and I love classes at UMW. There is a lot of participation in class, and in my classes I've found that it's mostly student driven, depending on the professor. UMW just changed/updated their requirements, and I agree with all of them. There are typical general education requirements like every school. Many of the students don't like the foreign language requirement, which requires students to reach an intermediate level in their language of choice, or four semesters of the language if you start at the beginning.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

One of the most popular organizations is Students Helping Honduras. It was started to help children in Honduras and provide homes and schools to certain villages. They hold an annual walkathon each spring to raise money, and there's always a huge turn out. I've gotten involved in a political group on campus, and I'm also a tour guide and RA. I love showing the campus to prospective students because that's one of the main reasons people love UMW. Being an RA, I meet a lot of people, and you meet the most people in your dorm, at parties, and through other friends. If you like to party, there are a decent amount of parties every week. If you don't like to party, there are plenty of other things to do. There are movies (that have been in theaters, but are not out on dvd) shown every weekend for $1 each, there's historic downtown with lots of shops, there's Central Park (that has a mall and tons of shops and restaurants), and you're about an hour away from Richmond and D.C. There's bowling near school and they have a college night. There is tons of stuff to do at UMW if you get involved!!!

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Many people say that UMW isn't diverse enough.

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