#7 Best Public Universities in Virginia

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, Virginia

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University of Mary Washington overview
Location Fredericksburg, Virginia
Online umw.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
University of Mary Washington overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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University of Mary Washington (UMW), located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a public liberal arts and sciences university founded in 1908. The institution is situated approximately 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., offering students access to both a quaint, historic city environment and proximity to the nation's capital. The UMW campus is noted for its Jeffersonian architecture, encompassing a blend of traditional and modern buildings that house a diverse range of academic programs. The university fosters academic rigor through a selection of more than 60 majors and programs, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate research and a liberal arts core. Popular majors at UMW include Business Administration, Psychology, and Biological Sciences. While the college has a moderately selective admissions process, it remains accessible to a broad range of students. On-campus living is championed through residence halls and apartments, reinforcing a cohesive living-learning community. University of Mary Washington does not place a central focus on athletics, but it does support a variety of NCAA Division III sports teams, known as the Eagles, for student participation.

In the most recent statistical year 4,709 prospective students applied, and 4,040 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 749 enrolled in the school.  3,080 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 677 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,938 plus fees of $5,296. Mary Washington College is ranked 283 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Mary Washington College is rated within the top 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Mary Washington overview
SAT 1170/1340
ACT 25/30
GPA 3.71

Applications Accepted

University of Mary Washington overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Mary Washington
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$5,296
Room and Board $12,090
Budget for Other Expenses$3,560
Total One Year Cost$31,084

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Mary Washington
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$5,296
Room and Board $12,090
Budget for Other Expenses$3,560
Total One Year Cost$48,004

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$55,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

71% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Mary Washington students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 19%
Business 12%
General Studies 11%
English and Literature 11%
Psychology 8%

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