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  • 07/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 19 people found this review useful. 1 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Mary Washington is great for students who are looking for a smaller school, and and a school that provides an excellent education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that yes, college years are supposed to be some of the greatest years of your life. Its perfectly fine to have fun in college, but don't let anything distract you from the reason why you're truly there, which is to get an education. Take advantage of all the opportunities made available to you by the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition compared to other schools in Virginia, is really good. For a lower tuition, you're getting an excellent education, a lifetime of experiences, and a beautiful campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    It has been said that Mary Washington is a boring campus with absolutely nothing to do. Not true. College is truly what you make of it. There are tons of things to do at UMW; all you have to do is look around. There are over 100 clubs and organizations on campus ranging from Photography Club to African Hand Percussion Club. There is a club or organization on campus that represents everyone’s interests. Even if UMW does not have an organization on campus that you would like, you can create it. UMW holds several dances on campus throughout the year. There is the Homecoming Dance, and the other dances are normally held be sports teams, the different dance organizations, or community service clubs. There are many places on campus to hangout. There is a place on campus called the Washroom, where everyone comes to watch television, play video games or board games, eat, study, or get on the computer. The school has just completed another area for students called The Underground, which is set to open in the fall of ’09. At the Underground, students can come and eat, hangout, and many events will be held there, such as dances, live music, etc. Cheap Seats, an organization on campus, plays movies on campus that are about to be released on DVD, usually every weekend. It only cost a dollar to go see each movie. There are many other events held on campus. Devil-Goat Day, a carnival event, and The Multicultural Fair are two major events held in April. Fredericksburg is about fifty miles between Washington D.C. and Richmond, so that provides some fun on the weekends. We are near Central Park, an area with a lot of stores, restaurants, the mall, movie theatres, an ice skating rink, and many more. Within walking distance is downtown Fredericksburg. There are antique stores, restaurants, ice-cream stores, and events that are held downtown. It’s a fun place to hangout. Also set to open in the fall is the University Café, located downtown. Students will not only come to eat there, but students will get to experience exhibits of art, literature, and music, a goal of the University Café.

    Am learning a lot

    Students at the University of Mary Washington definitely learn a lot. There are about 4,000 students total in the entire school, so over 900 students in each graduating class. It is so beneficial going to a school that is smaller because classes are smaller, making it more comfortable to participate in class and ask questions. Professors also know who you are: you are not seen as just a number to them. Because classes are so small, they get to know their students: the different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses of their students, making it easier for professors to know how to help their students. Freshman year, we take a freshman seminar. There are many different freshman seminars to choose from and the purpose of these classes is to help freshmen adapt to college courses. By the end of that course, students know what college professors expect from their students. Students learn skills that improve their writing, public speaking, and overall participation in courses. There are several tools to help students be successful throughout their four years at UMW. The librarians can help you find credible resources needed for research papers. They inform you about the online databases available for student use, things that students just arriving at the school would not know about. There is free tutoring at UMW as well. There is the walk-in tutoring for chemistry and you can sign up to get a tutor in other courses. Writing and public speaking is very important at UMW. All students are required to take a certain amount of writing intensive courses and speaking intensive courses. To help students improve these necessary skills, there are two resources available to students: the Writing Center, and the Speaking Center. Students bring their essays to the writing center, where tutors, usually all English majors, look over them, and help students figure out what they did wrong on the essays and how to improve it. At the Speaking Center, students practice giving speeches and presentations.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 2 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who like the small school feel will love it here. It's big enough that it doesn't feel like high school anymore, but you're able to recognize people and the teachers will get to know your name. There is not a high amount of diversity here, but if the 2009 freshman class is any indication, the rate is quickly increasing. The students here have any and all types of interests, making it very easy to connect with others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although everyone wants to live in Alvey at first, due to its proximity to the gym and the fact that it has air conditioning, I would not recommend it. The rooms are actually very cold, you will wind up wearing sweatshirts in August. The dorm is isolated from the rest of campus, making it difficult to meet the rest of your class. I would recommend making Russell your first choice for dorms, it has the biggest rooms and closets, along with a lot of handy built in storage space. Try to avoid eating weekend meals at Seaco, with the exception of brunch, because the weekend food is worse than usual. The Nest is good to eat at for lunch, but the amount of food that constitutes a meal swipe there is not filling enough to be eaten for dinner. There are a lot of cheap places to eat within walking distance of the school. On campus jobs are great and extremely convenient, although not easy to come by once you are already a student due to the high amount of applicants. If you are offered a job with your admission, I advise that you take it if you think at some later point you would like to have a campus job.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of the education we receive is amazing for the comparatively low costs of tuition. The dorm rooms are pretty big, I've had friends at other schools who are surprised by their size and how nice the rooms are when they come to visit. While the school food is not great overall, it is edible. If you get to the dining hall at the very beginning of the mealtime, you will get the best food before it runs out.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the people here, everyone is very open and friendly. As a freshman it was very easy to get to know people, everyone in my dorm felt like family. When walking to class you are guaranteed to see a few people that you can say hi to, although there are enough students here that every day you will see tons of new people. For a small school there are a surprising amount of things to do. There are a lot of clubs and activities to participate in, when I'm at school I never feel bored. We have several concerts and carnivals a year, which are a great way to relieve the stress of finals and to have fun!

    Am learning a lot

    There are a wide variety of classes here, meaning that there is always something appealing to take. The classes get more specific and therefore, more interesting, the higher their level. The class sizes are small enough that you can get to know a lot, or in some cases all, of your classmates, and the teacher will remember your name. The teachers here are all very enthusiastic about their topics, which makes going to class a lot easier!

  • 06/15/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to learn and relax in a beautiful setting while still having access to the big city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Excellent price, seemed to me to be a private education for the public price.

    Will enjoy being here

    The most beautiful campus in Virginia! Easy to get around and an easy hike to DC to get nightlife, go to concerts etc.

    Will learn a lot

    The small campus offers small classes, free tutoring anytime for math and free tutoring for other courses if a request is received. The professors NOT teacher's aids teach the classes. Only undergraduates attend the main campus making it ideal. Internships in DC can be had during the school year with a train ride to DC from Fredericksburg. Students either go T TH or MWF and take classes the other days.

  • 11/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think UMW is good for all types of students but you will benefit more if you are a hard-working, motivated, charismatic individual.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advise to any prospective UMW students would be to read when the professors assign readings, they're not doing it because they want to...it WILL be on a pop quiz, test, or final. Believe me. And also to enjoy college. It's stressful but you will look back on it and remember the best times you had at UMW :)

    Bang for the buck

    Colleges are expensive, there is no way to get around it. But it's nice to know that you're paying a lot to get a good education and that's what counts the most. You could pay a lot of money anywhere but you have to know what's going to benefit you in the long run. Combine the awesome, educated professors, new expansions, and beautiful campus and you know that it is worth every cent of your tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was a transfer student, so my biggest fear was that I would be the outcast on campus since everyone has known eachother since they started. This is no where near true! All of the students at UMW are so welcoming! I feel like I have been here since my freshman year. There is also a lot to do. Between the sports and the 100+ clubs and organizations, there is bound to be something for everyone. Also, UMW is making a lot of upgrades. We are currently in the process of building a new gym and we just opened the new Eagle Landing which is gorgeous and has nice places to eat at the base of the building. UMW is a great place to attend school, I love being a UMW Eagle!!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at UMW are awesome! They are on the smaller side, but this is good because it gives the professors a chance to answer any questions you might have. Speaking of professors, they are awesome! You can really see the love they have for teaching when they lecture. The professors at UMW make you love your class, even if it is impossible. For example, I am currently taking statistics, math and I haven't always gotten along, but my statistics teacher is wonderful at making learning statistics seem easy. I enjoy going to statistics class because of my professor.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Fredericksburg is a nice town, but can also be dangerous so it's important when walking off campus at night that you're with someone else. Safety on campus is excellent and not usually ever a problem.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Mary Washington, but they are considering bringing it.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you really get involved in Student Life it can be great, but you really have to make an effort. The clubs here are small because it is a small school, so everyone has to really get involved and try hard at making events happen. Mary Washington is Division III, so there are many D3 sports you can participate in, some of which are really good. The girls lacrosse and basketball team have consistently been very good in the past.

    Great for these types of students

    Mary Washington is great for students who really want to focus on academics in college and are looking for a calm and peaceful four years. It can also be great for people who are looking to keep playing sports in college and also want great academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Devil/Goat day is a long-lived tradition at Mary Washington. Every year we have a huge festival with many games, lots of food, and free give-aways. The even graduation years (2012) are the Goats, and the odd graduation years (2013) are the devils. The tradition began in 1926.

    Bang for the buck

    Mary Washington is the cheapest public Virginia school and has consistently been on lists for best value. The academics are great for what we are paying. The only reason why this got four stars is because they don't necessarily know how to spend our money. They raised the costs of meal plans, but the food didn't get any better. They also spent $16,000 on putting Eagle (the mascot) stickers on the streets, which peeled off after a year. These are just some examples of how they don't spend money on the smartest things, but that being said I think academics are the most important part and we do have great academics for the low cost of tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Fredericksburg is a small, but great civil war town. Five minutes away from the school is downtown Fredericksburg where you will find bars, restaurants, and many antique stores. Students love to spend time down there walking around shopping in the afternoon or going out to the bars at night. There are many activities on campus like Bingo, open mic night, and trivia that you can participate in almost every night. Washington, DC is also only an hour away, so you can go to many events such as concerts if you have a car or you can take the train!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is nothing special. It's definitely better than a typical high school cafeteria, but still not great. There are three dining halls: Seacobeck, a buffet style dining hall where you can get hamburgers, pizza, pasta, stir-fry, salad, and lots more. The Eagle's Nest, which has mainly personalized sandwiches and pizza. Then the Underground, which also has sandwiches and all the ingredients come from an organic farm.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is not the best, but with recent renovations, they should keep getting better. A lot of the freshman dorms don't have AC, so it's very hot at the beginning of the school year and towards the end. The older dorms don't have the greatest facilities, but most of the dorms are pretty big in size compared to other schools. After freshman year, you can live in some of the apartment-style dorms, which are brand new and very nice. You can have a single or share a room and a bathroom with one other person. And then share a common area with two other people where you have a living room and a nice kitchen.

    Academic Rigor

    Contrary to popular belief, Mary Washington's academics are actually pretty demanding. The sciences especially are tough and challenging, but it is still manageable. I think the reason why it can be managed is because of the great professors we have. They really try their hardest to make time for each and every one of their students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would really think about what you want out of college before coming here. If you want a huge social life and party all the time, this isn't necessarily the school for you. It definitely can offer you with some parties and the bar life is great, but it is no Virginia Tech or JMU. If you want a school where you can get to know your professors and really challenge yourself, this is a great school for you. Since the school is pretty small, you are really able to personalize your academic experience.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is an up and coming small liberal arts school. Although the social life can be lacking sometimes, the academics are superb in most departments. It's tough to get a job in the economy these days, and I think Mary Washington helps you grasp one.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is something Mary Washington is improving on. There are security escorts after dark that will either walk you to your destination or pick you up in a police cruiser. Even though Mary Wash is a relatively safe campus I would still encourage everyone to use the buddy system after dark or to call a safety escort.

    Greek Life

    Mary Washington is a Greek free campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mary Washington has so many different clubs and activities that you can join that finding something you are interested in will not be a problem. We even have a campus scout troop where you can get your Girl Scout cookie fix when it is cookie time.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who likes to get involved but doesn't mind working hard in classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone meets at the fountain. When you want to meet someone for lunch or something, the fountain is the best place to do so. It is located very centrally on campus so it is close to everything! We don't have a football team but we have a great Rugby team that a lot of people go out to cheer for. Don't walk over the seal in Trinkle Hall. It is said that if you do you won't graduate on time. So when you are in Trinkle you will find students avoid that as much as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    Mary Washington has been rated one of the top schools that gives you an Ivy league education for a reasonable price. It is one of the best priced public universities in Virginia. We have great professors here that are experts in their field and really know what they are talking about.

    What to do for fun

    Explore downtown Fredericksburg! Historic Downtown Fredericksburg is great. There are a lot of different shops there. There are several very nice used bookstores as well as a great coffee shop, Hyperion. All of this is within walking distance of campus so you don't need a car. Also, like I said before get involved. Often the clubs you join will periodically have events and things for you to go to. There is always Central Park, where everyone goes to shop and to find real restaurants. There are two movie theaters near campus that the bus can take you to for FREE as long as you have a UMW ID.

    Food and Dining

    Wherever you go you are going to find that campus food is not great. Think of your high school cafeteria with slightly more selection. Mary Wash has three main dining facilities. There is Seacobeck Hall, or Seaco as us students affectionately call it. Seaco is your traditional dining hall. It is all you can eat buffet style and has a variety of different foods. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We also have the Underground where you can find sandwiches, soups, and salads that have fresh ingredients. Then there is the Eagles Nest. The Nest has a Vocelli's Pizza, a WoW wings, and a sandwich section. This is where you are gunna find your traditional fast food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    You are always going to have some drama somewhere when you are living with someone for the first time. If this does happen don't fret it! We have excellent RA staff who are always willing to help if there is a problem. Once you find your group of friends everything becomes much easier. Mary Wash just re-did some of the dorms and is in the process of updating more of them. Not all dorms have AC but all of them have heat. I would not suggest going to one of the dorms that have AC because that can cause a lot of drama. We have two different types of housing, dorms and apartments. The apartments are nicer than the dorms and are reserved for juniors and seniors. The dorms are either in a suite style- two rooms connected by a common bathroom, or hall style- a cluster of rooms that shares a big bathroom. I had a hall style bathroom my Freshman year and found that I met a lot more people that way. You can't help but run into your hall mates on your way to or from the bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    Mary Washington can be hard, we have been placed near the top in academics. While Mary Wash can have difficult classes it isn't anything that isn't completely fair and doable. The professors make every effort to help you are one of your best resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! I can't stress this enough, for any college or University you attend. I have found that since I became involved in a club that I have met more people, had more fun, and had so many more wonderful experiences. While academics are very important, it is also important that you feel comfortable and accepted where ever you go. Mary Washington has so many different clubs and organizations that it is not hard to find something that interests you. Also, if you don't find something it is not hard to create your own club.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is a wonderful school that really gives you so many wonderful opportunities. We have professors here who have won awards, and if you are in the Creative Writing department we have Claudia Emerson as a Professor here. Not only do we have great academics, we have lots of fun here.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    our campus is really safe. from theft etc. we are very safe because of our honor code, however you do have to be careful with things on campus walk like bikes because people from off campus do come over and ruin our lovely system. the police are around but not overbearing.

    Greek Life

    there is not a lot of greek life on campus. we have one campus recognized fraternity but that's it. we have many off campus options for frats and sororities, which are extremely popular, but getting them to be recognized by the school is some work.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have tons of clubs and activities on campus and at the beginning of each semester there is a club fair where each club gets a table and you can sign up for info etc.

    Great for these types of students

    umw is great for almost all types of students. for those who want the bare minimum college degree there are classes that fit with that sort of lifestyle. for those who want to work hard, get all as and be challenged, there are plenty of options for that too. there are a lot of work hard play hard students here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have a rock by woodard campus center (the nest) which you can paint whenever you like with almost anything you like. many people paint it to wish friends happy birthday or to tell you about upcoming events on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    umw, especially if you are in state, is a great option financially. they give lots of financial aid for both need and merit.

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of clubs and activities to do for fun. get involved and you won't be missing out on anything from sports to parties to be a kid night where you get glitter tattoos.

    Food and Dining

    for our sized campus we have quite a few dining options, which can be nice. the food is usually pretty good, with the exception of seacobeck at certain times. there are increasing numbers of vegan and vegetarian options all around campus. for most of the semester there is eagle express which is a great way to use your flex and buy a muffin and coffee for breakfast without having to take the time to sit down and eat in a dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is good. i was put in a triple, but it really isn't that bad. some of the dorms aren't air conditioned, but they are renovating buildings to change that. if you are put in a non-air conditioned dorm like i was, just buy a couple good fans and you'll be fine for the couple weeks of va summer heat. dorms are social and fun places to be, but it is also nice if you can find some alone time/a quiet space to be by yourself. lots of people here just take walks around town/campus.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the classes you take, academics can be difficult or easy. getting your general education classes out of the way is easy but get it done early. as long as you go to class, participate, and do the homework then you should do just fine. some professors are very difficult though, so make sure you ask around for advice.

    Tips for prospective students

    get enough sleep. many students here fail to do so and you can see it affecting their academic performances and also making them too worn out to have fun on weekends. also, always go to sunday brunch. it is delicious and something that most students try to go to at least once a month.

    In three sentences

    mary washington is a nice and safe campus that has enough academic work to keep you occupied and learning without constant stress. it is an environment conducive to learning, being social, and getting a job. great all around school.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The actual campus is really safe with lighting everywhere, police patrolling 24/7, and escorts available whenever you want them if you feel unsafe walking somewhere. However, Fredericksburg gets a bad rep as one of the rape capitals of the world, and the areas around campus aren't all the best parts of town.

    Greek Life

    Almost non-existent...we have three fraternities although one is technically co-ed but usually is referred to as a sorority due to the mainly female membership.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs, it's actually one of the reasons I decided to go here...but the membership (whether for better or worse) in these clubs is consistently low. You can find a list of all 160+ of them somewhere on the school website, and there are also quite a few IM sports leagues.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Devil Goat Day started...I think in the 1930's when the junior class decided they wanted a goat for their mascot. The seniors then decided they would make a devil their mascot and stole and hid the juniors' (live) goat somewhere in Fredericksburg. Ever since then there has been a competition between the even year Goats and odd year Devils.

    What to do for fun

    Giant Productions always brings at least two big concerts per semester (including the free Homecoming one); there's Cheap Seats that hosts $1 movies every weekend, almost always something else going on on the weekend, plenty of bars within walking distance of campus, and movie theaters on the bus route. There's plenty to do on campus but most people just don't seem to want to do it for whatever reason.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good as far as school food goes, but it can get boring. I know our current contract with our food provider has run out, so that may change, but I wouldn't count on it. Otherwise they seem to be fond of changing up the dining halls every year, so at least that's something different--if not always for the better.

    Dorm Life

    The only downside is that half of our dorms still don't have AC, but otherwise I think they're pretty good compared to most colleges. The buildings are never over five stories, and generally the rooms aren't very cramped--some buildings even have rooms that can feel too big.

    Academic Rigor

    Sure we're nowhere near Ivy League material, but UMW definitely isn't easy either. Even if you're a genius, there's lots of tedious work that your grades depend on that will keep you plenty busy--and that's just for the language requirement.

    Tips for prospective students

    Again, this isn't really a party school. Fredericksburg is one of those places that's a strange mix between retired Civil War enthusiasts and enthusiastic college kids that don't always mix well. On the other hand, if the idea of a huge school intimidates you, then this is the right place. We have a good variety of majors, 90% of the professors are great, and we've been undergoing renovations for the past few years that are making life here even more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    UMW is a close knit, if small, community. Everyone here cares about and probably recognizes everyone else, and the campus is beautiful too. If you're looking for a party school, go somewhere else but if that's not important to you then UMW is a great choice for anyone.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    When I walked around, I felt safe, and it is always nice to see the friendly campus police patrolling around.

    Clubs and Activities

    all are inviting and spirited.

    Great for these types of students

    social and unsocial people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Baby pools filled with ice cream during orientation.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the cost!

    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends or walk around

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely delicious, and the Seacobeck Dining Hall is always inviting.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful. The housing staff make sure we are safe and equipped with anything we need or may need.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are always willing to help, and they take the time to actually get to know you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of things and don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    The faculty members are really nice and helpful. The students are kind and respectable. I absolutely love the feeling of community in the campus.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights located all over campus. Also, I walk across campus from my friends' dorm and I never feel any danger. If you would like an escort, however, the police are more than willing to walk back with you and are very friendly towards you.

    Greek Life

    There is a Greek Chapter off campus, but not recognized by the school. There are about two fraternities that people can join and they do not cause any trouble. They are very respectful of everyone here at UMW.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to choose from! From Quidditch to Student Senate, there is a club for everybody, and they always make you feel welcome.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for Historic Preservation or History majors. Being in the middle of Fredericksburg, there is so much history. You cannot walk without touching some historical moment in time, whether it be from the Revolutionary War or the Civil War.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the spirit rock is serves as a sort of billboard where the campus clubs advertise for upcoming events. I have also seen many birthday shout outs on the rock and just to say welcome back to UMW during the fall semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a little pricey, but I definitely think you get what you pay for here. You pay a little more, but the professors here are very knowledgeable in their fields and extracurriculars are very fun here.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs to join here at UMW. Also, we are smack dab in the middle of Fredericksburg, so there are plenty of things to do off campus. There's Historic Downtown with quaint little shops, to Central Park with the latest and most modern shops and malls. There's never a dull moment!

    Food and Dining

    There are currently three places on campus that take the meal plan, but they are building a new facility. There are numerous options, so everyone is satisfied here.

    Dorm Life

    I am a Resident Assistant and we try as hard as we can to create a welcoming environment. My freshman year I felt like I was welcomed into a new home and new family.

    Academic Rigor

    It gets challenging here, but they also have excellent tutoring opportunities here and speaking and writing centers to help you improve in difficult subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I have is to join clubs! That is a sure way to make friends here. Also, don't be afraid to talk to people sitting alone, that's how I made my closest friends here.

    In three sentences

    Overall, UMW is a great school. It is successful in housing, dining, and academics, all of which are an important part of college.

  • 04/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is wonderful here, everyone is so kind and nice. No one is excluded and everyone has fun here whether through sports, school council, clubs, theatre, and more. As long you work hard in school and keep up with your work given everything will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming students, come prepared, get involved and interact. The academics makes you work so its not so easy but there are people and students around willing to help out. Get to know the campus to get around before move in day, and especially visit the school before you decide to go. Overall, choose the school that makes you feel like this is the college experience you want.

    Bang for the buck

    At Mary Wash, it's a public college with a private school atmosphere. The school is reasonably priced, especially the items that they sell. Textbooks are cheap and now the bookstore is doing a rent the textbook program. As well tuition is not that high compared to other colleges and with almost the same educational experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    Mary Washington is such a beautiful campus and students here are so nice and outgoing. There are so many activities that go on throughout the year and every day, whether at the Great Hall, the Underground, or at Ball circle. Students love to interact and get involved with each other, I know I do. I have made so many friends and I have joined plenty of clubs and done many activities such as Rugby, College Republicans, PRISM, Hall council historian and President of Arrington, and intramural sports. As well, near the school is Central Park with many restaurants and places to shop and then there's downtown Fredericksburg which is very colonial and nice during the winter.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning a lot here. I plan to be a Biology/Pre-med major and the professors and everyone around is so helpful. Some classes have a lot of work but you know you're learning something because the professors apply the information to real life situations. All of the subjects we learn are so interesting and fun. Sometimes we get lots of information and it's like overload but really the professors are so passionate and enthused about thier field of study that you don't mind all the information. Plus, at Mary Washington, the classes are smaller in size about 20 students and it makes it easier to learn because you can have a one on one with the professor and get help if needed as well as have a personal relationship with the students and professors.

  • 08/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those that like smaller schools, smaller classes, motivated students

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition seems to always be rising but I think Mary Washington is a good value, especially being a public school. The professors are of great quality and there are great resources available to students. The school food is pretty good, there is a pretty good variety and vegetarian options. Make sure you get textbooks online or rent them whenever possible and you will save a ton of money on books.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy being at Mary Washington. The students are open and friendly and making friends is pretty easy if you put yourself out there. The Club Fairs are held twice each semester and are a great way to find other students with your interests. There is a good variety of clubs so chances are you will find something for you. Campus ministries are an option and can provide a home away from home for religious students, and are welcoming to those who are not. I have a lot of friends who love the Civil War reenactment club, and there are club sports for students who want to stay active but don't have the time commit to a varsity sport. Besides clubs, there is still a lot that the school has to offer students, such as dollar movie night, or bands that come to play at the Underground, one of the campus dining centers. If you like to play pool or air hockey, check out the Wash Room in the Woodard Campus Center. Mary Washington is not a huge party school but there are parties for students who are interested. Campus is absolutely beautiful any time of the year. I do have a complaint in regards to the administrative staff: they are nice and willing to help but can be unorganized and ineffective, especially when it comes to transfer credits, so make sure you stay on top of your own administrative needs. Fredericksburg is a great area; there are plenty of places to go out and eat or explore, especially if you’re interested in the history the area has to offer.

    Am learning a lot

    It really is up to you how much you get out of your education, but Mary Washington is a good place to focus on your studies without too many distractions, especially because it isn't a huge party school. The professors I have are generally very intelligent, give interesting lectures, and are thrilled to see students during office hours. Free tutoring is available, especially for math, and the Writing and Speaking Centers are excellent resources for students working on presentations or papers. I would not recommend night classes for students unless they get a really good professor (check it out on ratemyprofessor.com) or that is absolutely the only time available, because they tend to drag on quite a bit and it really saps your interest in the subject.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mary Washington has the highest number of students enter the peace corps per student population than any other school in the nation. So if you are a student that wants a well rounded education and that has dreams to make a difference in the world, consider The University of Mary Washington.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because Mary Washington is small and not as known as other colleges does not mean it is not a great hidden gem in a slew of great Virginia colleges. Don't write it off, if you go here you'll find out what I mean...

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state tuition, Mary Washington is affordable and you get a good education out of it. For out of state students it is a bit pricey, and can easily match up with other schools. However, the Historic Preservation Program is different than any other school, and well worth the trip and price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Mary Washington's location for some is said to be boring, however if you are serious about your studies, academics here are very exceptional. Not to mention surrounding areas offer great opportunities for internships being so close to the Washington D.C. area. Being in Historic Preservation, Mary Washington offers a unique program that no other schools have, with enriched history in Fredericksburg to intern at and volunteer, as well as great Study Abroad programs that are affordable and students will not regret.

    Am learning a lot

    The education I am receiving is going to make me a well rounded person with a bright future ahead of me. I feel like I am at a small but academically minded campus that is going to prepare me for a career ahead of me, or graduate school. Interwoven with rich local history, the Fredericksburg area is a great place to go to school, not quite a small town, but not a huge place either. Mary Washington has its ups and downs with facilities, dorms and faculty, but what school doesn't?

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 52

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    mall, movies, dinner.

    Food and Dining

    not many dining options

    Dorm Life

    many have no a/c. roommate issues. hallmates can be loud.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging so you feel like you are getting a good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you like small schools. make sure umw has your intended major. be involved in clubs.

    In three sentences

    an academically challenging school. caring and well-trained professors. financial aid office is very unhelpful.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The school is fantastic and very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs on and off campus, and there are many shopping centers and the historical Fredericksbug that you can walk to from the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    The application isn't difficult but make sure you ask any question you have.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is very polite and nice to anyone that has a question. The campus is beautiful.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are very helpful and friendly. The campus is a safe, clean, and welcoming environment. The campus melds into the town of Fredericksburg and with the FREDD transportation it is easy and safe to get around.

    Greek Life

    No greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities cover all from frisbee to anime. There is a club for everyone to find their fun or just explore something you have never done. The clubs welcome old and new members as the same!

    Great for these types of students

    UMW is great for the acadmic student who likes to have fun and join their peers in fun and community supportive opportunities

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Goats vs Devils day is a great time. Freshman orientation is the best and most fun that provides all kinds of activities with other freshman as you rule the campus for the first days before the upperclassroom arrive.

    Bang for the buck

    UMW provides a well-rounded education on a historical campus supported by a great president.

    What to do for fun

    UMW provides concerts, festivals, and many other opportunities for fun around campus. BINGO night is sure to excite the crowd with the variety of prizes offered and the occasional visit from the UMW President to be the caller.

    Food and Dining

    You will have a variety of foods to choose from. The Sunday Brunch option is a great time to meet with friends and have a great meal!

    Dorm Life

    The choices provided offer you many opportunities to support what style you prefer in dorm life. You can choose from all girl, co-ed, to apartment style.

    Academic Rigor

    Mary Washington is looking for that student that wants to continue learning. The classes are challenging and will get you prepared for any academics you continue to persue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your years in high school by balancing your academics along with your club and sports participation. Mary Washington supports the well rounded student.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is a progressive and historical liberal arts college. The atmosphere is one of learning and an appreciation of its historical foundation. Students receive support from their peers and teachers in this awesome learning environment.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 52

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    When there aren't any on campus events going on, you can head downtown for some shopping or relaxing in any of the antique shops, cafes, or lounges. If more intense shopping is your flavor, you can take the FRED bus (free of charge) and head to Central Park or the Spotsylvania mall.

    Food and Dining

    We have three major eating venues on campus, and all three contain a variety of food so you don't have to be bored with the same food all year long.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and convenient. I've been living on campus for the past 3 1/2 months and I love it. I'm very close to on campus social events, and off campus we have a lovely downtown area within walking distance.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be very challenging. The workload is not light, but there are plenty of resources at your disposal should you need it. Such as the writing center, multiple tutors, and even the professors themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you grab every opportunity UMW gives you to visit and don't be afraid to check out everything! Orientation week is packed full of opportunities for you to meet people, get involved in the community, and build long-lasting friendships.

    In three sentences

    The academics are challenging and the professors are willing and able to help you achieve your goals as a student. Plenty of clubs and social events to get you involved in the community. Friendly vibe, great challenges, and beautiful campus make UMW a perfect college.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is no official school approved fraternity but there is a co-ed fraternity off-campus that is mainly women.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening, on or off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good. One dining hall on campus is called Seacobeck and I do not eat there because the food isn't that great, but I lot of people go there because it's one meal and all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is not that great. Being a freshmen, I live with lots of immature people. Not all of the dorms have air conditioning or even full kitchens, but they are nice as long as everyone keeps them that way.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be kind of hard, but just because there is sometimes a lot of work at one time. Keeping up can be a little hard but it is nice to have a challenge!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to school prepared and eager to learn. Laptops are very helpful if you need to go somewhere quiet to work.

    In three sentences

    The University of Mary Washington has a beautiful campus and is nice and small. Most teachers are pretty helpful. Do your part and the faculty will do theirs!

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is in the middle of old Fredericksburg. All the doors are locked to all except students with EagleOne cards, there are blue safety phones throughout campus, and if you want a ride, the campus police are always willing to supply you with one after dark.

    Greek Life

    The school is not affiliated with any fraternities or sororities, but there are some nationally recognized chapters here on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's basically a club for anyone and anything on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Mary Washington is great for students who are genuinely interested in getting a great education, who are motivated, honorable, and spirited.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One quirky little tradition (among several) happens during spring carnival. Everyone who graduates on an even year is called a Goat and all who graduate on an odd year is called a Devil. At the end of the carnival, Devils and Goats play a series of games and challenges to see which team comes out on top! Go Goats!

    Bang for the buck

    Mary Washington is one of the cheapest schools in Virginia, yet one of the best quality!

    What to do for fun

    Campus life is always bustling with opportunities to have fun. There's always people playing pick-up Frisbee, soccer, and football games in the lawn. Also there's the cinema cheap seats where you can see newly released movie for a dollar! Often, there are concerts, plays, or sporting events to watch as well.

    Food and Dining

    No matter what you're hungry for, it's here on campus. Dining facilities are very accommodating to allergy and nutrition needs so there's always something healthy and delicious. Of course, if you're looking for a great slice of pizza or hot wings, that's always available too!

    Dorm Life

    Living in a Residence Hall can be an amazing experience. There are halls to suite every need and every style of life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, but the professors are so open to helping and so engaging that it makes learning the material easier. Everyone is known by name in class, so you're held accountable for knowing your stuff. In the Honors Program, the rigor kicks up a notch, but everything is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming freshman, do not wait until registration opens up to sign up for your classes. Go online beforehand, make a few possible schedules, and wake up early to register.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington was my number one choice for college, and I have not regretted my decision to attend. The atmosphere on campus is so positive and inclusive. No matter where you go, there are familiar faces to encourage you and wish you a great day.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Its a good price for in-state tuition but their financial aid is awful.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm used to coming from a suburb area with no downtown but im a city girl at heart so i think that being able to live on a campus that is close to DC and a historic downtown will be amazing

    Will learn a lot

    I think that UMW's liberal arts program is one of the best in the state. It is an underestimated program at times when compared to those schools like UVA and VT but their programs are just as strong

  • 07/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    21 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Theatre kids :) People with a passion for history (the school is located ON a civil war battlefield called battle of Sunken Road) anyone who wants a small, friendly environment for college

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit!

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, the tuition is reasonable, but there aren't many scholarships offered through the school. :/

    Will enjoy being here

    The first time I visited UMW at least ten people came up to me to ask hey, are you on a tour? Do you have any questions? You're going to love it here!. Everyone is so ridiculously friendly.

    Will learn a lot

    I sat in on a class taught by Professor Romero in the classics department and was so impressed. The way he taught made it interesting and fun to learn Latin- something that's not so easy to do. :)

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is a police station right on campus. there are police cars surveying the perimeter throughout the day and there are safety poles with emergency buttons all throughout campus. its a very safe environment due to the small campus size.

    Greek Life

    there are only 2. one sorority and one fraternity. they are more like clubs.

    Clubs and Activities

    anywhere from fencing to step team. if you dont see a club for you, mary wash gives you the opportunity to form your own!

    Great for these types of students

    if you dont want to be just a number. if you like a smaller town feel. if you want to be apart of a close-knit community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a secret tunnel in one of the freshman dorms that runs all through campus. there are tons of cool shortcuts. there is this certain place on campus where if you whisper, you can hear it echo really loudly!

    Bang for the buck

    it really does feel like home. the buildings are beautiful as well as comfy classrooms. no class is too far to walk (10 min at most). it snows a lot too! who wouldnt like that???

    What to do for fun

    downtown fredericksburg is nice to walk to when you just want to get away from campus. mary wash has carnivals, movies on the lawn, movies for $1 in the winter in one of the buildings, sporting events, pageants, lip syncing contests, bingo, karaoke and more! its never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    our food is actually pretty great; its nothing like a home cooked meal, but its pretty satisfying. if campus food gets boring you can always call in for chinese or pizza; there are plenty of places that deliver free for mary wash students. if all else fails, downtown fredericksburg is a 10 min walk from campus which holds tons of restaurants and little places to grab a bite.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are in great locations. the longest time it would take you to get from your dorm to class would be 10 min. bushnell is the best freshman dorm!!

    Academic Rigor

    some classes and professors are tougher than others. professors dont allow laziness, but they are very approachable and really do want us to understand the material. if you ask for help, you will definitely get it in a reasonable amount of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    dont pick a college based on reputation or size; go and visit it first! dont be turned off by the small size of mary wash; because it isnt huge, you see so many people you know during the day. walk through mary wash's campus for a day; its absolutely gorgeous any season!!

    In three sentences

    mary wash is a top notch place to go to college. there is always something to do or events to attend. the professors honestly want us to succeed and would do anything to make that happen.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The Greek Life isn't very big at Mary Washington. There are a couple of non school sponsored ones but sport teams are more like

    Food and Dining

    There are many places that students can choose to eat. They offer different food and sometimes they have special events that students can try food from different countries.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty big compared to other schools and they are building new dorms for the students here. There are various dorms that students can pick from.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a smaller school with friendly students, UMW is the right place. The social scene and the education is well balanced and the student to teacher ratio is similar to high school's ratio. This makes it easier to get the professors' attention.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very, Very safe.

    Greek Life

    Not too big on that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a good choice for clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Great place for all students.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is average compared to other schools in Virginia.

    What to do for fun

    The university has a lot of sporting events to attend, plus concerts.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good.

    Dorm Life

    Rooms at Eagle Landing are beautiful!

    Academic Rigor

    Great Professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    The new Eagle Landing Apartments are great, you need to room there.

    In three sentences

    The University of Mary Washington is a very nice size campus. It is surrounded by lots and lots of historical past and present happenings. If you like history and visiting historical sights, this is the place for you.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Mary Washington campus is really safe. The are police driving around the campus constantly. In my first year, there were never any safety problems.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life doesn't play a major role in Mary Washington. We have one sorority that is approved by the school and two fraternity that are not approved by the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various clubs and activities to do on campus. I joined the Asian Students Association club and it is very fun. There are great Asian food to eat and fun activities to do in this club.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for students who want a good education and fun college life but not a crazy party life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mary Washington have the multicultural fair every year in spring which is really fun. The is a water fountain in the middle of the campus that I like to hangout at. Me and my friends also enjoy sitting under the cherry blossom trees in the spring.

    Bang for the buck

    Mary Washington provides great academics and food services but I wish they could improve the dorm life.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy hanging out with my friends in the dorms and sitting on the grass on a nice day. They are also clubs that you can join for fun. Sometimes we go eat at restaurants in downtown since there are many great restaurants there.

    Food and Dining

    I personally like the food on campus but many students didn't. There are various places to eat on campus and all of them serves very different type of food. Make sure that you eat some salad since many of the food served are not very healthy.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't really like my dorm because it was in the corner of the campus so it was far from almost everything like the library, dinning halls and academic buildings. It is also on the bottom of the hill so I had to walk the stairs everyday. There were people in my hall that were very rude and loud but the Residence Assistant did not do anything about it.

    Academic Rigor

    There are classes that are very easy but there are also classes that are really tough. It depends mostly on the professors and your interest in the course. But in general if you work hard and do all the homework, projects and study for the test you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mary Washington doesn't have a football team so don't expected it to be highly spirited like many larger universities. Also, you will tend to not finish your meals so make sure that you use them before the last week of the semester so you are not wasting money. I would also recommend picking your dorms wisely because some of the dorms are in a very inconvenient location.

    In three sentences

    I think University of Mary Washington is a good school for academics. It is different than many other universities since it is so small. But I like smaller schools so I enjoyed my first year there.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You always feel really safe around campus. There are blue light all around campus, and if there ever came a time that you don't feel safe. All you have to is press one of them and help will be on their way. The one year that i had been on campus i have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life on campus because we like for all our clubs to be inclusive. Although there are two fraternities and one sorority which is nationally recognized but not by the school

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs to choose from. You can find almost every club your looking for, and if there isn't any club of your interest it's easy to start one of your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. I think everyone will find what they are looking for here. I am a tour guide and based on my experience i can say that it's a school that both parent and students end up loving. If you are more concerned about heavy partying then maybe this isn't the best college for you

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Devil Goat day. It's an event where odd numbered classes are considered devils, and even numbered classes are consider goat and we compete again each other to see who win. Lots and lots of food, and free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Mary Washington a really pretty campus, friendly people, and helpful professors. It seems like a private school but for the price of a public school.

    What to do for fun

    - Bingo nights and Kareoke nights at the underground. - Parties hosted usually by school sport teams. - Lot's of store around campus to explore, and many different activities goes on depending o the week.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, weekend brunch is absolutely amazing Late night on weekends serving wings, chips, quesadilla's and other amazing foods. Have gluten free, and vegan options

    Dorm Life

    -Leave your doors open on the first week of school and you will make lots of friends that way. -Everyone is really nice so feel free to drop by people's door to say hello because that's why they leave their doors open. -Participate in dorm activities because it give you a chance to bond with all your dorm mates

    Academic Rigor

    You learn a lot but good grade are achievable. Tutoring sessions available and professor are willing to help

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, and visit them during their office hours. Go to class everyday, and do all assigned readings. Get involved in clubs and community services opportunities. Have fun, don't stress your self out to much.

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful campus. Helpful and supportive professors. Great sense of community.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Fairly easy and those who want to better their education have the opportunities to do so.

    In three sentences

    The thing about the University of Mary Washington that really stood out to me was the enthusiasm that the tour guides had. They were welcoming and easily answered all of our questions.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    28 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are safety phones everywhere you look. The campus police are always somewhere nearby and there are lights to light your way back to your dorm late at night.

    Greek Life

    None of which I know.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities are offered, and if you don't find one that you want to join, then just get a group of friends together and create one!

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious and friendly students are always welcomed.

    Bang for the buck

    The in-state tuition is incredible!

    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of events set up and games are going on all the time. The university is very much about their school spirit and it eventually becomes infectious.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and absolutely spectacular! There's such a variety, but it may not be for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on to which dorm you are assigned. Most dorms are in good condition with air-conditioning and heaters and a great view, while other dorms are pretty old and could use a little repair. Nonetheless, it depends on the people living there as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are everything I could have ever wished for, but they might not be for someone else pursuing a different lifestyle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up the good work and keep in contact with your admissions officer to make sure you're on the right track. Also, keep other options open. Even though it may seem like you have a pretty clear shot of being accepted to the college of your choice, something bizarre may happen and you're put on the wait-list. You might even find a college you like better!

    In three sentences

    UMW has a beautiful campus and many opportunities. The academics offered are numerous and amazing, as well as the athletics. The spirit of the university is infectious and everyone that goes there are great people to be around.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never felt like I was in danger walking around campus at any time of the day. There are blue light emergency buttons set up all around campus and officers are usually out patrolling at night. If you need help, you can get it quickly.

    Greek Life

    If you're really wanting to be a part of Greek Life, this probably isn't the best option for you. There's one sorority affiliated with the school and two fraternities that are off campus and not affiliated with the school. Greek Life isn't big here at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything here. And if you want to start something new, I'm pretty sure you just need ten like minded people and you can go for it. I'm a member of the Outdoors club, radio station, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Sign up for anything that sounds interesting to you and try it out. You're going to find something you like.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a smaller school where you can know a lot of people, but still see some new faces everyday this would be a good option for you. I know there are many athletes here, and the school is known for being very accepting to the LGBT community (there is gender neutral housing). I can't really narrow down what type of student should go here because there are so many different kinds of people here. If you want a big school or a party school this probably isn't the one for you. Just try it out, this school has great academics and I've met some awesome people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The main tradition you will hear about is painting the rock. There's this huge rock along campus walk by the nest that people use as a message board of sorts. It's used to promote activities, wish people happy birthday, remind students of an upcoming event, or even used as a blank canvas. Another tradition of sorts is chalking campus walk. A group of people will just write all over campus walk with chalk. Sometimes it's to promote an event, other times it's just for fun.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student this school was a little pricy for me. I've had to take out loans and apply for financial aid, but I would have had to do that at almost any school I went to.

    What to do for fun

    UMW usually has something going on every night, whether that's a performance or a game of bingo. Check student activities or bulliten boards around the school for a heads up of what's coming up. If you aren't looking for a school run activity you could always throw a frisbee around with friends or lay out in the sun on Ball Circle. About a ten minute walk away from campus is historic downtown Fredericksburg. There are little shops and restaurants, as well as the coffee shop my friends and I frequent - Hyperion. If you know someone with a car, you could drive over to Central Park for a movie, shopping, or pretty much anything else you could want to do. UMW is also pretty close to DC and Richmond so you could carpool there for a day trip. If you don't want to spend any money, the Rappahannock River is pretty close to the school. You could walk or drive there and go hiking, swimming, kayaking, etc. Needless to say, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food here. There is a lot to choose from and there are plenty of healthy options. I would recommend the Underground - I ate there the most and it has many organic choices. Seacobeck (the main dining hall) has three different themed rooms for food choices. It also has a killer brunch on the weekends. The nest is the place to go for a quick meal or to pick something up to go.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't have the best time in my dorm this past year, but some of my friends had an awesome year in theirs. It really depends on how social you are combined with the dorm you get assigned. Try meeting your neighbors or make a friend in another dorm and hang out there.

    Academic Rigor

    I know a lot of people had troubles with academics their freshman year landing them in academic probation, but fortunately I wasn't one of them. Classes can be demanding, especially the in the higher levels. Keeping up with the assignments and actually attending class makes the work very doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to introduce yourself. Most everyone here is really accepting and wants to get to know you too. I was really shy my first semester and only talked to some people in my dorm, after opening up and meeting other people I found that I was happier and surrounded by genuine friends. On another note, don't only focus on socializing. Keeping up with classwork isn't hard if you make it one of your priorities. Have fun, but make sure your grades don't suffer for it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Mary Washington is a small public school with a tight knit community. You really have a sense of family while being here, not just with the students, but with the staff as well. UMW is not only a place of higher learning, but a place to discover who you really are.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons everywhere on campus that you can press whenever you don't feel safe. But my friends and I never had to. Also, there are many security officers around the campus and they will even escort you to your dorms if you ask them to.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs at the school that anyone can find something that suits their interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Mary Washington is great for anyone!

    Food and Dining

    Great! The school food is good and there are also many places to eat around the school.

    Dorm Life

    Great! Some of the rooms are very big and we have many renovated dorms with AC

    Academic Rigor

    Mary Washington is filled with hard working students

    Tips for prospective students

    All you have to do is to come with enthusiasm!

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington carries a sense of connection among everyone in the school. Everyone knows everyone and it's so hard to walk around the campus for more than a minute without seeing someone you know! This place is more than a school; it's a community, a family.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a big part of the Historic Preservation Club and I love it. Clubs in general are how people find their niche at UMW. There really is a club for everything!

    Great for these types of students

    Academics Friendly Justice-seeking Politically active

    Bang for the buck

    3 years in a row the only college in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to be named a Best Buy

    What to do for fun

    Look at my dorm comments

    Food and Dining

    Food is hard to explain. There are so many options for dining that anyone can find something that appeals to them. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at all of the dining facilities. Lately, the dining company has been doing a large push to make more of the foods healthy. They really do a good job with educating you on what you are eating.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are small, but they get the job done. There are always always events going on during the weekend for your dorm, your class, even the whole campus. Sometimes it's hard to live on a really small week to week budget for college, but everyone there is broke and goes to the free events too.

    Academic Rigor

    UMW will make you work. Classes are short, but they make you do your homework. I will spend most of my time memorizing paintings, and learning how to teach with museum exhibits and so much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the ratio of men to women intimidate you. I was honestly disturbed at first to have so many other girls on campus with me. College is not for boyfriends, but if you are looking for someone you can find it. Make sure you follow your dreams with school. Never settle because of money, family, or friends.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is a clean, open campus. From what I can see, everyone is welcome here. This is a place where thoughts are spoken and actions are taken to make a change.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 52

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Any events on campus is always fun. There are several of them each week. Central park is close to campus. It contains a mall, a movie theater and bowling alley to wind down in.

    Food and Dining

    There are several different place to eat. There are 3 on campus, seaco dining hall, the nest, and a coffee/deli place next to the nest. All of them have great food and are roomy enough to sit with all your favorite people or take time away to study. The campus is also really close to central park which is filled with student's favorite places to eat, like, chipotle, sweet frog, chik-fil-a, and chinese food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms and the apartments have always been fun. There are theme parties and events that each one holds so that everyone else around campus can meet everyone who lives there. Usually RA's are nice and chill, you will get the occasional stubborn one, but as long as you follow rules and don't do anything against the law then everything is fine.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a hard school and some of the faculty can be a little overwhelming. But it will always be worth it in the end. Professors don't like or want to see a student fail. As long as you are working hard and showing them that you are fighting, there will always be help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, or keep your distance, whatever you prefer. Mary Washington will open you up to every possibility and see to it that you have a rewarding experience. Have fun but balance, there is always something fun and new going on but don't forget your academics.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is home to the most spirited bunch I have ever seen. It has a beautiful and exciting campus. The faculty here is much like the student, in personality, where they hone in on the emotional and social impacts of the student body and are very supportive.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    super safe

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    a diverse range

    Great for these types of students

    all kinds

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underwear run where in the beginning of the fall semester people are in their underwear running around campus-super fun and funny.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a great school, a beautiful campus and a down to earth feel.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, movies, downtown, mall, and just hanging out with new people

    Food and Dining

    depends on the night at the cafeteria but good, there have been a lot of improvements.

    Dorm Life

    depends on what you want and the location of where you wanna live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but workable as long as you go to office hours

    In three sentences

    A great liberal arts school with a small class ratio, classes taught by actual professors, and people who actually care about how you do in school.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    34 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food sounds like it is pretty good. Worse case scenario, you are near a town with lots of food places.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard mixed reviews.

    Academic Rigor

    I've researched and found good reviews about it's academics.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus and is conveniently located in the Fredericksburg town area. UMW has a great athletic complex. Coach (girl's soccer) is really nice.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging, but everyone is there for you when you need help.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of emergency buttons, and I often see the police patrolling.

    Greek Life

    Basically non-existant.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many options and if you do mot find one you can make a new one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The outdoor amphitheater is a great place to go with friends, it is tucked behind so it is quiet and so beautiful.

    What to do for fun

    While there is not a large amount of things to do there is a river and downtown within walking distance, and another shopping center that the bus takes you. The school id gets you free bus transportation.

    Food and Dining

    There are three options on campus plus an occasional on the go cart. There is a grocery store across the street which they have added a bridge over the traffic. Also, on this side there are a few small restaurants that have specials for student and other good deals.

    Dorm Life

    When it come to dorms they have many choices, all girls, coed, sweet style, quad, and hall. Each one has it benefits, I personally have hall style and like it because we have common areas for when we want to hang out and our dorm room for when we want to be a lone.

    Academic Rigor

    They offer many different classes at many different times. Some of the classes are tough, but the professors are extremely helpful. If they cannot help at the moment they will send you to another professor or student that can help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit many different college campuses and visit the ones you like more than once. Also talk to as many students as you can. The ones showing the school are going to be happy and positive, but the other students will tell you about some of their challenges and how they overcame them.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school if you are looking for the small town feel. It is full of eager students, helpful professors, and many neighbors going on a morning jog or walking their dog. The best part is the chalk art all over campus; confessions, updates, and things that just make you laugh.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. I have never had an issue.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a huge variety of clubs available and funding available to them. There are some pretty cool events that happen on campus that are put on by various clubs.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs are a must! Campus activities are fun too. We have cheap seats ($1 movies) on the weekends. Fredericksburg is a cute little town. We are near enough to DC and Richmond that many people go there on the weekends. You find your niche and what you like.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not horrible, but not good. There is very little variety.

    Dorm Life

    While some dorms are old, there are some shiny new ones as well. The communities fostered in dorms are nurturing especially in freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    While freshman year may not be as challenging as you expected, once you become an upper class men, Mary Washington offers a demanding academic curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind and be ready to try anything!

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is a wonderful, small, liberal arts school. Academics are challenging, but most professors are engaging and very helpful. You must seek out people to have a life outside of class, however.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is pretty good. There's been a problem with theft lately, but otherwise campus security isn't strict at all.

    Greek Life

    There is no official Greek Life on campus; a few unofficial groups have sprung up, but I don't think they're very popular.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different activities and clubs available, from sci-fi clubs to academic honor societies and intramural sports.

    Bang for the buck

    Mary Washington is public and rather inexpensive, even for out-of-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Most students go home for the weekend, but if you have a group of friends to do, then you won't get bored. The campus is close to downtown, and there is always some kind of event going on on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall is okay depending on the foods served, but Sunday brunch is always fantastic. The other areas on campus are decent, but not much variety.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on the dorm specifically because they all have their perks and detractions. Upperclassmen have the upper-hand in picking where they want to live, so more popular dorms go quickly. Freshmen dorms are average. RAs try to create a sense of community; whether they actually do depends on the RA and his/her residents.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor really, but all classes are based on critical thinking. They require effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Separate living and study spaces; it might be easy to study in your bed, but you will get sleepy while studying and restless when trying to sleep. Also be sure to see your professors if you have any questions; professors are more than happy to see and help you.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is a public university that feels like a small private school. The campus is beautiful and cozy, although administration seems to allocate money to the wrong areas of improving campus. Everyone is more or less friendly and welcoming.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    FRED NECKS. EMPTY COP CARS. WALK IN GROUPS

    Greek Life

    underground. two frats and a fake sorority like for real there is only one of these chapter sororities and that's at mary wash. PSI U throws the best frat parties just get to know the brothers. KAPPA KAPPA only does socials.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Devil Goat Day? still don't know what is is

    What to do for fun

    For me and the group of friends I met we enjoyed partying, so that's what we did on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Just no

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Russell hall and even though its the crapiest dorm, it was the best year of my life. Everyone knows everyone because the doors are always open. The people I met this year are now my best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I was a 4.0 high school student, academics have never been hard for me. When I came here however...well it was a different world. Make sure to check rate my professor before scheduling classes. Study your butt off every minute of every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends with those in your dorm. Don't go home every weekend.

    In three sentences

    Ehh, don't listen to the tour guides they are paid to build the school up. The academics rival those of UVA. Social scene, people complain but there is something going on every weekend off campus..just look.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 52

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go into town.

    Food and Dining

    Could have better food, a wider selection, and longer hours.

    Dorm Life

    Not a party school. Great place to make friends without doing illegal activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Easy unless you're in the Honors Program. The Honors Program is fun and engaging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP courses.

    In three sentences

    A fun and challenging place to go to college.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    41 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None!

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking to get to know their fellow students and professors. Fredericksburg is not the city, but with DC and Richmond so close and a train station in the burg your options are limitless.

    Food and Dining

    2005-2009 the food was eh. They were beginning to make improvements though.

    Dorm Life

    Nothing special, but solid housing with decent sized rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Even intro classes are smaller, don't expect to be lost in the crowd.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the sociology department :)

    In three sentences

    UMW is a wonderful place! Professors are extremely helpful, knowledgable, and invested. Campus life is certainly that of a smaller campus, but everyone is so friendly and inviting.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own police station on campus! And what we call Blue Lights, panic buttons really, just in case you cant call them!

    Greek Life

    We are currently debating on whether or not to have a Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything, but if you cant find yours, then create it in a few easy steps!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone willing to accept others and be open to the possibilities of more in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone has their own! Mine is meeting with friends at a specific dining option evey week to share our pain and rant about life! Then get something sweet and talk about how we wouldn't have it any other way!

    Bang for the buck

    With the low instate tuition, even the out of state, you do get so many options for things! And so many people willing to help. I believe that the opportunities are more than worth the cost, but again, you have to be out there to appreciate everything.

    What to do for fun

    Anything on campus can be fun! You just have to be open minded! There is also a mall and shopping centers near by, two movie theaters, and many other cities! Just be creative!

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually the same every week, but we do have multiple locations on campus as well as with in walking and driving distance and delivery.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms do not have AC, but almost of of them are close to buildings and life on campus. Theres always something going on, you just have to open the door!

    Academic Rigor

    Most 100's and even 200's are pretty easy, depending on the subject, but when you get to the 300's and 400's expect to meet with study groups, Professors, and other aids.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't have your mind set on one thing! Be open minded and prepared to change your mind over and over again!

    In three sentences

    Great school! Lovely campus and people, no pressure to join any one group. Free to do whatever feels right, with people willing to help along the way.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 52

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs!!! Go to Central Park, the mall, and down town fredericksburg

    Food and Dining

    When you're at school, you'll get tired of pizza, seaco, and the wow wingery, but once you go home for winter and summer break, you'll miss it, hahaha!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it. It's fun when you have a lot of friends in the same building but can get really noisy as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Dual Enrollment classes are the perfect examples for what kind of rigor Wash' has. Depending on the subject, if you receive enough pre-college training you'll be fine

    Tips for prospective students

    The first month will probably be the hardest but once you find a group of friends you get a long with, you'll absolutely love it. It will be especially hard for minority students if they're not used to being the only minority in most cases. You really can balance sleep, social life, and school. You just have to be disciplined. You'll probably do one more than the rest, but just get back on track.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is a small and cozy school. From corner to corner there isn't a part of Wash' that isn't beautiful. The emphasis on liberal arts program helps students to be well rounded and prepared for their careers after college.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus and patrols often. Also there are blue light systems where a student can press the blue light button and a police officer will go to that location to assist a student.

    Greek Life

    The University doesn't officially recognize Greek Life but there is a sorority and fraternity that recruits students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs. There is a list on the school website.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is unsure in what career path they want to go into and people with great leadership skills.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Devil v. Goat Day is a tradition every school year. Students that are graduating in an even year are goats and in an odd year are devils. They complete in different games and challenges to see with group of people are better. It is so much fun and everyone shows great school spirit.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is one of the cheapest in the state but you are still getting a great education. The teachers working for the school realize it is a small school so they can't treat classes as simple a lecture with no feedback. They teacher classes interactively which reinforces the material.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on whether it be on or off-campus. Downtown Fredericksburg is a short walk away and Central Park is a short bus ride away. The bus system is free if you are a student at the University! There are certain big events that the school hosts and they are a must not miss!

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining locations in campus. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, there are certain locations that cater to those needs. If you are a meat and potatoes type of person than this is a great place to eat. Come visit and try to eat at one of the dining locations to get a better feel of the school and its food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life doesn't really fit how students live on campus. It is a small school so it is more of a community than the traditional dorm life. Housing is based on your preference. There are new dorms that are beautiful and have great features and there are dorms that are older with a certain charm to them. I took a tour before attending the University and I walked into one dorm with a huge statue in the middle of the foyer. It was beautiful and just the kind of classical style I would want in a living situation.

    Academic Rigor

    Mary Washington has a great liberal arts program. It allows a flexible course load and you can even create your own major. For those who are on a more traditional path such a pre-med or pre-law, this school is a great start for that time of education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour! The best way to learn about a college is getting to know the natives and how they live. Sit in on a class. Mary Washington has small classes so you won't become a number. The teacher will get to know your name.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is a school that inspires students to be the best that they can be and promotes creativity. It has excellent academics that allow you to take a number of diverse classes. What ever you are going to school for or if you are not sure, this is the school to start your education.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police patrol regularly and there are police call boxes with blue lights everywhere on campus. Fredericksburg also is a very safe town, not a lot of problems.

    Greek Life

    Only one frat and one sorority on campus, not really a big thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge amount of clubs and projects to become involved in, from boxing to rugby.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Devil-Goat Day Underwear Run Multi-cultural fair Two days of Halloween

    Bang for the buck

    This college has been consistently rated by publications like Forbes, as a best value college. An undergraduate can obtain a degree here that carries the same prestige and recognition as one from a much more expensive school like VT or W&M without the crushing student debt.

    What to do for fun

    Fredericksburg or the college always have something going on, its very hard to get bored around here.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining options are very good actually. The main dining hall is not the best but is much better than anyone expects when they first arrive. Campus has several other on site options that are also very good but Fredericksburg has a wealth of incredible dining options that usually have student specials or even accept the college's pay card.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are a little older, but the social life within the dorms is always interesting. In Russell I have seen some very interesting things and made a great quantity of friends in only a few months. You will make friends easily at this school.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a high ranked and respectable school for a reason, the academics expect a lot from students but the eventual respectability that comes with the degree is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, that sounds simple enough but the classes can be difficult without considerable effort but they are worth the trouble.

    In three sentences

    The best way to describe Mary Washington is as a first rate school for a low rate price. The academics, professors, campus, and food have all been spectacular for me and the closeness to D.C. does provide many opportunities for internships. The small class sizes are also a great advantage, professors do actually know your name and they care about the success of their students.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 52

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The campus has many activities that has to do with clubs, off-campus activities are good for those willing to try different things.

    Food and Dining

    Good dining prospects, Seacobeck and the Nest are the two main dining halls, offer different kinds of foods for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Depends which dorm you live in, but all of the dorms are adequate.

    Academic Rigor

    Good academics, the professors are committed and well versed in their disciplines.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard but efficiently, use your free time for academics. Keep partying to a minimum. Focus on school and sleep most.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school with a nice reputation. Plenty of clubs and practices. Good social prospects for meeting others.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are clubs around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring rainboots!

    In three sentences

    Small beautiful campus. Water sewage isn't the best. Nice people all around.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 52

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own University police station that is always open and is always willing to help those who need them. They try to maintain safety on campus by running patrols and having bike regestration for anyone who brings a bike on campus. So far, there has not been any reason for me to go see them, but if I did I know they would be very friendly and helpful like most of the staff on campus. On the other hand we have our own health clinic that helps out during flu season by offering free flu shots to all students on campus. You can also make an appointment to see them for just about anything. Then, if you are in an emergency situation we have Mary Washington Hospital just down the street from our campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a few clubs for greek life, but it's not really a huge thing at UMW. However, there are so many other clubs and organizations that you won't really miss it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of both clubs and activities, you won't be bored.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Wednesday is red pepper gouda day in the Underground, so be sure to stand in line for soup and pita for a meal swipe. In the beginning of the semester there is a club carnival where all the clubs have stands and hand out flyers to get you to join (don't miss it). Every year the university has a holi festival (if you don't know what that means look it up, if you can't find it, don't worry, just join in; be sure to wear white). Also, almost everyone goes downtown to have coffee at Hyperion or dinner at Castiglias. If you want to find out about more of UMW's traditions feel free to come and join our community.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for UMW is not all that high compared to most colleges and the college provides quite a bit of financial aid if needed. For me, I earned enough financial aid and scholarships that I didn't have to pay for the entire first year of my college.

    What to do for fun

    UMW has quite a lot of student activities on Ball Circle, so be sure to jump in and enjoy it (especially when free food is involved). If you get bored, you can always join one of the many clubs on campus which give you a group of people to go do fun stuff with. On weekends I tend to go downtown and look at all the little stores which always are a surprise (I found a cupcake store last time). Also, if you are a biker I would recommend bringing it to campus because UMW is definitely a bike friendly campus.The Underground also hosts all kinds of fun and entertaining events that you and your friends can enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    As of right now there are three dining areas: Seacobeck, The Underground, and The Nest. Okay, first up is Seaco which is the basic buffet style dining hall that has three different rooms that vary in the times and the type of food they serve. Seaco offers a pretty good deal because you can get as much food as you want for only a meal swipe and the food is not too bad. The Underground is more of the natural foods type of place and serves lots of foods that have more healthy choices. I tend to eat at the Underground quite a bit for lunch even though you mostly have to use Flex to get any food there (I recommend the turkey club with chipotle sauce). The Nest has pizza, wings and sandwiches, there are three separate places for each type of food. The food isn't bad or anything, but for me it does get a tad boring and making dinner or lunch for yourself can spice it up from time to time (aka making microwave mac-n-cheese).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't spectacular or anything, but they provide you with what you need. Even the older dorms have kitchens that are suited to the college student's needs (meaning they have a microwave, fridge and a sink; trust me that is all you will need). The dorm I am currently in is an all girls dorm, and I love it not because it is all girls, but because it has a lot of character. My dorm room has really high ceilings which is perfect for me because I like my bed bunked. Each dorm room has several people known as RAs (Resident Assistants) which answer any questions you need and help to keep the dorm room community running smoothly.

    Academic Rigor

    The University offers a ton of classes and the only problem is getting into the classes you need from time to time. However, if you shoot the professors an e-mail they are always willing to try and accommodate your needs or even recommend other classes. UMW is not just about fun, the classes are rigorous and if you don't do the work at first it will come back to bite you later. The classes are rather enjoyable and the so far the classes I have taken have been very enjoyable. As I have probably mentioned before the professors are very helpful and willing to accommodate almost anything you may need (just ask).

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be stressed by the amount of paperwork you may or may not have to do. Take it one step at a time, if you have any questions our university has a lot of people who are available to help you out (you do have to make a phone call though) or you can look it up on our university website. However, (PLEASE) make sure you fill out all the necessary paperwork for important things like housing, dining and financial aid. Get started early because it will make it a lot easier on yourself.

    In three sentences

    UMW is not a huge college so if you are looking for tons of people, I don't suggest this college (however, our school is mostly female, so there are lots of single ladies). UMW is the type of college that everyone gets to know one another because we have a smaller community and the staff/professors really try to get to know their students. Our campus is one of the main things that drew me to the college, it truly makes me feel at home.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Someone who knows they will not have any problems studying plenty of material with little time and sometimes little preparation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A Bhangra beat event where students who are part of the bhangra team compete with other colleges/universities annually.

    Bang for the buck

    The price tag is high at about $5,000 for full time students, without pricing for possible dorm, books, food, parking pass. Parking can be hectic, plenty of faculty members park in the student areas making it almost impossible to find parking for the students. I have had times where I was looking for parking for about 20-30 minutes because most of the spots were taken up by faculty. But when you park in a faculty lot you get fined. When telling the administration about this situation they do nothing about it because most professors have tenure. You go in to some intro level (100 level) classes and are expected to know what you are doing about the subject within a few weeks.

    What to do for fun

    They do run a number of events at the school that are entertaining. Such as multicultural shows and events, dances, they have brought comedians in to entertain students before.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't too great and I find it to be over priced.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak much on this as I do not live in a dorm. But i have been told from fellow students that it's not too bad.

    Academic Rigor

    I understand this is a university but they make it almost impossible to focus on your education without stressing about something else they are doing with your academic career.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for financial aid make sure you have your grades together and have them very good because you will not be given financial assistance if your grades aren't up there.

    In three sentences

    Not very helpful when it comes to your academic standing and applying for financial assistance. You are not given too much assistance in continuing your education if you aren't doing very well.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMW is very safe. UMW has it's own police department which are constantly patrolling making sure everybody is safe. If you are walking home and its too late and you feel uncomfortable the police will come get you and give you a ride with a smile on their face. UMW campus safety is a great part of UMW.

    Greek Life

    There are some Fraternities that are not sponsored by the school on campus. The Fraternities are service oriented and they are a big part of school spirit.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs, including 30+ sports clubs, and tons more. You are definitely not going to be bored at UMW. At the Underground just about every night there is an event whether it be Bingo, or Trivia, or an Open Mic and Karaoke.

    Great for these types of students

    UMW is great for students who strive for academic excellence and for students who want a small community to support there endeavors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a big rock in the middle of campus that people paint to advertise events and even to ask people out. There is also Devil Goat Day but SHHHHH I can't tell you.

    Bang for the buck

    I think UMW really gives you a big bang for your buck. The students are driven and excited to learn and it creates an awesome environment to learn.

    What to do for fun

    If you are looking for fun things to do then join clubs. Most students at UMW are in more than one club and that is how they build their social lives. There are tons of acapella groups, and sports clubs, and cultural clubs. There is really something for everyone and that is no lie.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Mary Washington is pretty good. Seacobeck hall offers tons of options from an Italian room to a Grill, however, the hours of operation are pretty small. The Eagle's nest has a great sandwich place comparable to subway, as well as The Wingery where you can get chicken and fries and burgers, as well as Vocelli's Pizza which has GREAT pizza. The last option for dining on campus is The Underground which has healthy options including vegan and vegetarian options. The Underground has sandwiches, soup, smoothies, and salads.

    Dorm Life

    The Residence Halls at UMW are exceptional. UMW residence life is very restrictive about what you may and may not bring to your room. The cons of residence life is that some of the residence halls and new and clean and great to live in and some of them are old and run down and pretty hard to live in. If you request your housing early enough you are sure to not be disappointed.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics at UMW are pretty tough. UMW is a liberal arts school so you are exposed to many subjects that might not be something you are interested in but you are still expected to learn and study at the major level. Getting grades at UMW simple depends on showing up to class and putting in some time outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering UMW make sure you explore the majors and understand what UMW offers. Also, if you are coming to college to party and get wasted, then UMW is not for you. There is some partying but the students at UMW are focused on academics and driven to succeed.

    In three sentences

    The University of Mary Washington is a fantastic school for those interested in challenging academics and personalized instruction. The professors are not interested in letting you simply slide through the semester but rather they push hard to know each student and to challenge each student to their very best potential. The largest class I have had at UMW contained 30 students and the professor knew everybody's name the first week. UMW also has a beautiful campus and great food.

  • 05/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Amazing Security! You will be safe

    Clubs and Activities

    Not alot of clubs but you can get someone to sponsor you and start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Productive Students, Wanting to achieve greatness

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Devils Goat Race. Winter Carnaval

    What to do for fun

    go to any sports game, chill on campus alot of fun extra activites

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing!! there is usually a line during lunch time!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing you will meet alot of great people

    Academic Rigor

    Good on academics

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and don't slack in class! Ask questions if you need help.

    In three sentences

    Mary Washington is very into academic excellence you have to maintain atleast a 2.0 or you wont be able to receive financial aid which sucks but you can appeal the process. There are alot activities for students through the campus.

  • 07/23/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    LOTS to do in Fredericksburg! the town is within walking distance from the campus. It is always busy with live music/entertainment.

    In three sentences

    The professors that I had at UMW were outstanding. The campus is beautiful, Fredericksburg is an amazing town, and the other students at UMW are wonderful people.