Fredericksburg, VA
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$21,620 ($9,306)
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Reviews 780 total reviews with an average rating of 2.7

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College Sophomore

Diversity: Personally, I don't understand how student diversity can be rated as good or bad for a school; the school is either very diverse or isn't very diverse. I don't understand how a school's diversity can be rated as "it's great" and mean that there is plenty of diversity. Yes, UMW is diverse, but it's not the diversity that makes it a good community. As long as it's accepting of minority groups, I don't see why it "needs" to be so diverse. I feel that a school shouldn't advertise its diversity to attract students. I think the way it should work is that an accepting school will simply attract diverse students, and not that a diverse school will attract accepting students. Acceptance already be present in a community before it can have diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Central Park is probably the biggest mall complex that students regularly visit. Last year, I would go with some friends once every 2 weeks on average. There is also Washington D.C. about an hour or so up the road. I went to two Washington Capitals hockey games sponsored by the street hockey club. It's not very feasible to go one your own to a D.C. sports game, but once a semester, the hockey club got two buses to take a students up and see the Caps play. There were also trips to see Washington Nationals baseball games.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only incident I've had was someone stole the cash from my wallet. I forgot it on a table outside the Nest dining facility, and while it was finally turned in to an RA from my building, the 19 dollars was gone. The police were very accommodating and were ready to issue me a new ID if my wallet hadn't been turned in. While the thief was never caught, at least he/she left my cards untouched.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Whether it's a late night McDonald's run for a quick snack or a sit-down, dress-up meal in historic Fredericksburg, there hasn't been a single off-campus meal I haven't disliked. There honestly is something for everyone, even the pickiest eaters.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Coming from a private high school with a graduating class of 59 other students, I knew I would feel most comfortable in a smaller college setting. I knew everyone in my grade during my high school days, and - while it's a bit harder to do the same with one's college class - I still feel like I developed a strong and close friend group during my first year. It's great to walk through campus and actually know more than just a single person's face; in fact, I have often found myself recognizing ten or more people by face and greeting up to half a dozen of them by name.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I suppose this is true for almost any community, but one difficulty I have experienced when flirting with girls is knowing which ones aren't gay. Though I have no problem with gays, there is certainly a larger gay community here than I initially realized. Also, there is a fairly diverse student body ethnically.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I'm pretty sure the locals hate us.

Shopping is pretty good with the mall and Central Park (which has just about everything), and you could just ride the Fred to those places if you don't have a car.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The school is always talking about diversity but it's a little hard to see it sometimes.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are dorms with air con and there are those without. It's VA so the heat in late summer/early fall is awful. Rooms without air con can feel like a sauna but just get some fans. It doesn't last that long and then you won't even notice it. Those room tend to be a little bigger. Rooms with air con are the newer ones so the dorm overall is nicer but the rooms are smaller. You win some you lose some.

4 College Junior

Facilities: You have to know people if partying is your thing. But if it's not, there's something on campus for everyone. It's a small campus so it has a really home-y feeling to it.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There's something in campus for everyone if you just gt out there and look for it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really like it here. I hear a lot of people complain about how the school doesn't have this or that. Or how they did this and aren't doing that, or how it seems like no one cares but I knew what I was getting into before I came. I'm not complaining.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It has its good and bad days. However, after a while, you'll get tired of having the same things over and over. Go to Seaco for the holiday meals though; they're great.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: they will find you if you do something bad, but I've never really heard of anyone getting in trouble

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2 College Freshman

Parking: like every school PARKING IS A BITCH

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: most dorms are great however there are some older ones

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: we have it... but just join a sport or club

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4 College Freshman

Weather: its Virginia.... so you can get all 4 seasons in 1 week

3 College Freshman

Computers: I hate paying for printing but i thinks that pretty normal at schools

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are or are friends with a student athlete Mary Wash has some great parties.. however if not you may be spending your night in your dorm or worse.... the "frat house"

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: the school my lack school spirt, but being a student-Athlete at mary wash is the best

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had, one but i know the school helps students find a good one for them.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love my program, i am not sure about mu future career yet

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The staff at Davis and Elkins do not provide drugs or alcohol to anyone under 21.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know what it is like to find housing in Elkins WV.


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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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