University of Mary Washington

According to the school, the University of Mary Washington has long been known for its commitment to providing a stellar undergraduate, liberal arts education. Our faculty are devoted to teaching without teaching assistants and are able to provide individualized attention to their students. An education at UMW, with multiple opportunities for student research and service learning, prepares graduates for outstanding careers or for entry into graduate school. Internship opportunities abound not only in Fredericksburg, but also an hour’s drive away in either Washington, DC or Richmond, VA. A wide range of programs includes strong majors in political science/international affairs, English, biology, psychology, earth/environmental science, history, visual and performing arts, economics, and business. Also distinctive are historic preservation and a concentration in creative writing. UMW’s campus is one of the nation’s most beautiful, with classic Jeffersonian architecture, spacious grounds, and a park-like character. Historic Fredericksburg’s 40-square-block historic district is walking distance from campus. Several large, modern shopping and entertainment complexes are nearby. UMW provides a variety of residential options, from traditional residence halls to modern apartments. The university recently opened Eagle Village, a new retail center, which includes a premium garden apartment complex for students accessible to campus via a pedestrian bridge. More than 100 clubs and organizations are offered along with a top NCAA Division III athletic program. The renovated Lee Hall provides enhanced student services, an expanded bookstore, and a snack bar/coffee house. UMW students are bright, multi-talented, and involved. The University environment is friendly and welcoming, and UMW places great value on diversity within its student body.

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Student Life
Enrolled Students: 5,007
Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Annual Cost
In State Tuition: $7,172
Out of State Tuition $18,900
Books and Supplies $1,000
Students with Financial aid:** 59%
  • ** Refers to % of students receiving some form of financial aid
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