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The biggest recent controversy on campus was when some freshmen put a racist poster in a kitchen, which was found by the clea...
The biggest recent controversy on campus was when some freshmen put a racist poster in a kitchen, which was found by the cleaning staff (who were mainly minorities). The school was very split on their opinion - some felt that the students involved should not be punished because they are exercising their right to free speech and others felt that racism should not be tolerated in any form on campus. I had never really encountered racism before, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that Mary Washington is a racist campus, it is more likely because I came from a smaller high school. In no way did this event diminish my opinion of Mary Washington, but it made me realize that there are still some "backwards" people out there.
There are all types of students at UMW, representing many races, religions, classes, and political affiliations. It is amazing to see so many different backgrounds and opinions. Something interesting, though, is that I live closer to the people I go to college with than I went to high school with.
Never take the Fred! Actually, take it once just to have a story to tell about how long you and your friends were stranded at a parking lot for some odd number of hours in the pouring rain.
YESSS!!! Race more so than gender.
In every class I have had, the professor knew all of their student's names (except for one intro class that had about 70 people) and they make a genuine effort to be available to help students out. Since most of my classes are relatively small (less than 20), most people do show up to class because teachers generally use participation to bump grades to a higher level. Overall, I get the sense from my friends that UMW is academically vigorous; however, I, personally, do not feel that is the case. A lot of people go to college not realizing how much effort is needed to succeed. A good thing that UMW has done, though, is they have made Freshmen Seminars a graduation requirement. These seminars are used to help transition students into a higher level of work.
The majority of students are white females.
UMW is too small. There is just about no diversity whatsoever on campus.Until recently there were very few things to actually...
UMW is too small. There is just about no diversity whatsoever on campus.Until recently there were very few things to actually do on campus and even still it is not enough.Not many people know about Mary Washington except that we had a drunk for a President.The administration is not very friendly and not helpful at all.There's very little school pride...I mean really what is there to be proud of?? They are way too uptight alcohol violations...they will get you in trouble if you put up pics of yourself in the dorm holding a drink that may or may not be alcohol.Whether it really is or weather your rights have been violated doesn't really matter.
Coming from a very diverse school,I was horrified when I heard white people dropping the N-bomb. There was very little respect for other races.Most of the people stick to their own groups.Sports teams and their groupies are the most popular.Any person of color would probably feel out of place and would never venture out if their group of 4 other colored friends on campus. Unless you are on the basketball team.
I suggest that if you have any choice don't waste your money on UMW.
Absolutely, there are not that many smart guys at UMW
The academics weren't bad. The classes were pretty hard...you have to go to classes to do well and you have to study. It helps if you had friends in you class.The professors were sometimes very friendly and accesible. Most of the time they were not...you have to put in some serious effort to get to know you.
There is not much to the social life of a UMW student. There really isnt anything to do on campus on the weekends other than to drink. And even then you better be quite stealthy because if they even suspect you you will be harassed nonstop.If you go to one of the three partys off campus on weekends if there are more than 40 people there it will get busted by the cops.Because there are so many girls...girls end up dating down from their normal capacity. The guys also think they can treat the girls like trash because if the girl doesnt do something they dont like or won't put out they move on to the other 10 girls fighting for their attention.They are no real frats just a fake one that is pretty lame.
That UMW is mostly white and pretty much all girls.If you are a girl it is extremly hard to get in...not so much for guys.
If you're looking for a school that's small but not too small, UMW is a good place to go. A lot of students complain about ho...
If you're looking for a school that's small but not too small, UMW is a good place to go. A lot of students complain about how our administration doesn't really listen to the students (which is true to some extent), but the administration is no different than at any other school. They get student input and then go on to do whatever they want to do. I would say that UMW is sort of a college town. Downtown has a lot of places to grab food and coffee and places to hang out. We also have great places to play football, Frisbee, or soccer in front of the dorms/academic buildings.
If you're thinking about transferring into UMW, know that you're probably going to lose some credits or have a lot of your credits entered as elective credits. Also, make sure you know about the gened requirements and what's required for your major before you transfer/select classes. Your advisor on Preview Day (when you select classes for the first time) will probably not be too helpful on those matters.
Sort of, a lot of students are from the Northern VA area and tend to be a bit preppie.
Academics at UMW are decent. I never found it to be particularly hard, but I went to a hardcore academic high school. Class size is pretty small. I had some classes that only had 6 students in them, but I also had some larger lecture classes with 30 or more students. Professors know who you are. Within my major (International Affairs), class participation was a significant part of the grade. I think most students study when they want to or when its necessary. Even though they were revised, our general education requirements are still kind of annoying, but I think they're better than most schools since they now include experiential learning. If you hate studying in your dorm room, there's tons of places to study on campus. Most of the academic buildings have good wireless service as does the library. People actually use the library.
We have a pretty decent sized amount of club sports and intramural sports. There's no football team, but there is club rugby. Fun things to do off campus are: wander around downtown, visit the nearby park, go to Central Park and shop, play mini golf, visit the battlefield.
lack of diversity
Theres no greek life, the town pretty much sucks and their isn't much to do if you don't drink. Students complain about the t...
Theres no greek life, the town pretty much sucks and their isn't much to do if you don't drink. Students complain about the town and how everything closes early.
There are alot of international students on campus, as well as many different cliques which are very wide-ranging. UMW also attracts alot of students from acrosst the country as well as just from VA.
I love it here, but if you aren't a very outgoing person or don't play a sport you are going to have a tough time finding much to do.
Class sizes are perfect, freshman year my largest class was less than 20 students. Teachers know your name and actually seem to care, office hours are held regularly and e-mail responses are always quick.
No football team, alot of alcohol abuse! Woohoo
Rich, Preppy, White
The best thing about Mary Wash is the campus i gorgeous in the spring. It is small, so you do not feel like a number. Howev...
The best thing about Mary Wash is the campus i gorgeous in the spring. It is small, so you do not feel like a number. However, there are a few number of cliques around school, that most people avoid. The athletic teams are very outgoing and friendly. The town around campus is filled with activities. Most students will go to Central Park to eat, see a movie, or laser tag. The most frequent student complaints are with the dining services. The Nest and the dining hall are filled most of the time and it takes a while to eat in both places. The latest controversy has been over our incoming president, we have been without one for a year because he got into trouble with the law. Also, the curriculum has been changed to get your degree and the required courses have been changed to allow the students to use their major requirements to fulfill their degree requirements. That is a plus about our administration; they listen to student complaints and will change to adjust to student needs.
The school is not very diverse, however it is gearing up to allow for more diversity in the future. Many different students interact. There are cliques on campus, but they are easily ignored because the majority of students on campus are more inviting and willing to help each other. The students are very politically aware, mostly because we are a liberal arts school, and most have liberal views.
No, we are not all liberal art majors, however, our school is not very diverse.
The size of classes allows for student-teacher relationships. I do know all of my professors by name, and as you go further into your field, the professors are help with decisions relating to your major. The new curriculum allows for freshman seminars, which really helps with getting adjusted to school. The class sizes are small and are designed for students to ask questions that can help them will their upperclassmen classes. There are many opportunities on campus to help students when they graduate, including job fairs and mock interviews provided by the school.
The most popular clubs are the Roteract, where students can do community service projects for the town. As well as the Judicial review board and honor council. The basketball teams are the most successful teams on campus, as well as the softball and soccer. People party all the time, and once a month, the off-campus fraternity will hold a party at a local club. Many of the students will go to the party at least once while they are in school. Off campus, there is Central park, which is filled with activities and food. I have met my closest friends in the dorms my freshman year. The most important time to meet friends is when you are a freshman because they don't know each other too.
We are all liberal arts majors. We are not diverse.
nope, well kinda
nope, well kinda
we are all white, we dont party
The best thing about UMW is the campus and the professors. I have (quite literally) spent hours talking with my professors du...
The best thing about UMW is the campus and the professors. I have (quite literally) spent hours talking with my professors during their office hours. It is a great feeling to walk into their office and have them call you out by name. I would change the meal plan (nobody really knows what is going on) and the slow internet. Just like in Goldilocks, the school is just right. It is big enough to accomplish what you need to but small enough to be personal.
Most of the student body is from northern VA or farther up. But dont let that stop ya! I am from (deep) southwest VA (as in 6 1/2 hours away from campus), and I have acclimated quite nicely.
Don't forget to bring air fresheners and lots of quarters. The laundry machines can be kind of tricky.
yeah- pretty much.
The business department is absolutely fantastic. They make fun of the english majors a lot, but it is all in good fun.
I love club tennis... We just got back from nationals in Carey, North Carolina and it was pretty much amazing.. Not going to lie- UMW is just like any other college- there are parties and alcohol.. But, if you do not want to get involved with that kind of stuff, you definitely don't have to.. There is no "official" Greek life on campus which (in its own weird little way) has actually turned out to be a plus...
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