Fredericksburg, VA
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$21,620 ($9,306)
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Reviews 782 total reviews with an average rating of 2.7

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As others have said, this school is a complete sham. I have no idea how anyone can endorse this school. Ie: They say the professors are the best yet have never been to another school (What does this say about the intellect of the people making these ignorant statements?).

Very boring with no much to do so people just gossip and spread rumors about each other; like on yikyak.

Odd...Sandy Nicole, the featured writer did in fact transfer to Vtech.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most of the people I know are stuck working service level jobs. You'll see a lot of UMW grads working at local stores when you walk around town. Dead end degree.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The Fredericksburg area is very reasonably priced. There are plenty of places to live around the college because the campus is right in the middle of the town. I was able to easily obtain an apartment that was 50 meters away from the campus. The area is generally very safe and we rarely have issues.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UMW has amazing academic programs. You can read an online rating about our academics, or you can experience the true drive for knowledge and success by attending our schools. UMW was not my first school, I transferred into it my Sophomore year. I chose to become a biology major. This school has pushed me to become a better student and person through their programs. I am finishing my degree a much more rounded, accountable, and critically thinking individual. The small class environment allows you to be able to interact with other students and the professors, something you couldn't do at a bigger school. While this will help you grasp a better understanding of the material, it also makes the professors hold you to a higher standard because you aren't a number at UMW. You are a student with a name, face, and personality. I can talk to every one of my previous professors at UMW and they still remember who I am. As for my other school, I don't recall ever meeting them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I can honestly say that the professors at the university are some of the best around. They not only know their material to the fullest extent, they an actually teach! Also, if you ever need help with the material, they will take time out of their busy schedules to help you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The athletic facilities have really come a long way in the past few years. They just added the Anderson center which is beautiful! We were able to hold part of the NCAA tournament here this past year. The student gym has everything that a student needs to be able to lift from machines, to free weights, a power lifting platform, bench press, squat racks.... there really isn't anything missing. In addition, the athletes weight room is fantastic and they too have made many new renovations (including a new strength and conditioning coach). The library has 3 floors and it appeals to the needs of those who need complete quiet and also to those who need to group study and talk. The campus is beautiful as it has many trees and spots to sit and relax on campus walk. The architecture has stayed true to its original time frame, and it is simply one of the most amazing campuses I have been on.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different places that you can eat around town. Quite a few are in immediate walking distance, and the others are in walking distance but a little farther. If you want a chain restaurant, there is an endless variety in Central Park. If you want something unique, downtown Fredericksburg has very many privately owned restaurants that are unique and tasty!

1 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym equipment hadnt been inspected in 2-3 years past its due date. Rumor has it they are getting new equipment though. Either way, horrible safety issue. The weight lifting belts (so you don't tear a muscle in your stomach lifting heavy) are velcro so they come undone easily so they are worthless.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good luck lol

Did anyone else notice Sandy Nicole transferred to Virginia Tech? Fb her...

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Horrible. Virtually no parties. I've been to a few "parties" and its usually like 5 people sharing 2 beers and dancing to kesha.

I never thought it was possible for a college to have such terrible parties.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They can only be described as eating natural laxitives. Takes about a few weeks for your body to adjust. Till then you'll have some terrible diarrhea. Very overpriced and every year they raise the price because the school is "losing money" even though they sell a bottle of naked juice for 4 bucks and 95% of girls have over 100 meals unspent which they pay for and go to waste.

Costs 5 bucks for a 6 inch sammie/pb and j with a few slices of ham, chips, and a drink. Rip off. But the school is "losing money"

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Good luck finding a parking spot- which are also expensive as heck! Tough to find a house/roomies.

The featured writer on this site Sandy Nicole transferred to Virginia Tech, that's how bad this school really is and how bs the review is. Facebook her to verify.

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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People don't realize just how unsafe this campus really is. The doors to all of the dorms, with the exception of Eagle Landing and MAYBE randolph and mason can be pried open if you give it a good yank and put your foot to the wall. There are no staff to check to make sure the person entering the building is a student or a resident. Every so often you'll find a homeless person in the common shower room. There was a guy who pretended to be a pizza man who'd come into dorms and put peoples computers inside the fake pizza boxes to steal them.

I know of many people who have been sexually assaulted on this campus. The campus tells you to report it to them and not to the actual police because the actual police will "just turn you over to campus police." The school doesn't do anything about it because if it gets known/proven then it makes the school look bad. I went to a sexual assault support group event on campus called take back the night and dozens of girls went up and talked about their experience being assaulted. The ones who went up were just the ones brave enough to speak up. It's really sad actually. A girl was raped on campus while walking back to her dorm by a non-student who jumped her from behind a few years back while in the parking garage. It went to court and I'm sure you can google it.

No security camera's anywhere except in Eagle Landing.

Frequent homeless people on campus asking for money/favors.

You get emails on a monthly basis to take caution because there was a shooting near campus.

Do not walk out into the city at night alone. Although this applies anywhere, especially HERE.

The food at WOW wingery is often undercooked. Some guy had metal in his food at seaco. If you look up the state Health report on seaco, you'll probably never want to eat there again. Definitely do NOT eat the sushi.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: its really lame...basically non-existent. They seem alright but not party'ers. However, most of them say if it wasn't for the frat they'd of transferred because this school is lame. Which I couldn't agree more.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few little eateries downtown and central park basically has any food chain you're craving if you don't want campus food.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial Aid does its very best to help students afford college, but at the end of the day College is expensive! Ultimately you really just need to make sure to get all of your relevant documents in ON TIME and constantly check your email or Eaglenet for any incomplete items. It really makes a difference in how much aid you receive.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The buildings are old, but you know that coming into UMW. Not a lot of the rooms have AC but it doesn't really bother anyone.

College Senior

Greek Life: UMW does not have greek life.

College Senior

Guys & Girls: I'm not sure why I'm being asked to review this when everyone person is different...

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on the campus.

3 College Senior

Diversity: UMW really tries to be diverse. Tries.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: You can't live off campus until you are a junior.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Fredericksburg is great because it is so close to so many shopping areas and somewhat close to D.C..

3 College Senior

Athletics: UMW does not have a football team so focus is on other sports.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Fredericksburg has a large number of restaurants downtown.


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Sandy Nicole
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Students tend to find their experience at Mary Washington to be a unique one. It really is what you make of it. With its small-school benefits and focused education, if you want to be academically-focused, it is possible. By meeting people through various sports and clubs, if you want to be socially focused, this is also possible. There are complaints from a decent portion of the student body that the social scene is lacking, but people who are enjoying themselves at the University tend to turn a deaf ear. While the social scene isn't exactly bumping in comparison to other bigger universities, you can still have fun here, even if it takes that extra push to find ways to have fun.

Due to its small size, you will never feel like just another number at this school. It's common to frequently run into people you know and to recognize anonymous faces you see regularly, just by walking to classes. A few students will claim that the school is too small, but with a regular high school size of 4,000 students, many students tend to find the size comfortable. The size may be awkward for one-night stands, as it's no surprise to run into the person the next day at the dining hall, but it is beneficial in that there is easy access in getting notes from familiar classmates. Also, creating a more personal relationship with the professor is a benefit of Mary Washington's size, as instructors are usually willing to answer your questions or sometimes even curve grades. The small-school atmosphere may not be for everyone, but it certainly has its upsides.

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