Fredericksburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$21,620 ($9,306)
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3 College Junior

Facilities: Not many options, but then again, I have my own style of life.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Don't mind it, but often very dirty.

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1 College Sophomore

Facilities: old, broken down, homeless shelters. Upon first glance they look alright but when you go to this school and start noticing how old they are...its a completely different feeling. Goto fitness center and you'll notice much of the equipment hasn't been inspecting in several years. Library has only TWO MCAT books. Neither are subject studies, practice questions, etc. What a joke.

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2 College Sophomore

Facilities: Really...nothing. Maybe just that the facilities, social scene, academic programs, etc are really bad. There's really no redeeming qualities about this school.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: library is nice but thats pretty much the only good thing i can say. gym is below average-even the athletes gym isnt anything special. Campus activities are lame/boring

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 557th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 599th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 621st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 959th
    Best Library
  • 1186th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandy Nicole
Grad Year
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There are great, efficient facilities offered by the University for entertainment, exercise, and, of course, academic purposes. The gym and pool are brand-new and offer rows of up-to-date machines. The gym even has a few green-friendly treadmills that don't use energy. Working out at the gym is a great way to unwind after a long day or to relieve some stress during finals week. Entertainment-wise, there are pool tables, flat-screen TVs, and computers at The Eagle’s Nest. Conveniently, this is all located next to popular food services such as WOW Wings, Vocelli’s Pizza, and Joe Stacks, so students can grab a bite to eat using their flex points or meal plan on their EagleOne Card.

Inevitably, there also needs to be a place where students can study. The Simpson Library has become a favorite place for many of the University’s students, with its popular treehouse-styled cubicles on the third floor, rows of computers, and vast collections of databases, books, articles, and movies. Not only is Simpson Library a comfortable place for studying, but it can also be a quiet place to watch a movie or read a book during your free time.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
176 acres
Student Centers
The Eagle's Nest
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Simpson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Ball Circle
  • Dorms
  • The Eagle's Nest
  • The fountain in the center of campus
  • The Underground
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
The students are pretty satisfied with the University's attempts at being green. UMW Dining Services has been named a "Green" restaurant by the Virginia Green initiative. Plus, the University has reduced the amount of paper goods used in all locations and whenever possible utilizes compostable greenware papergoods. The Dining Services uses Ecolab's Apex dishwashing system to conserve water and energy.
School Slang
  • Ball: Ball Circle, the center of campus where people like to throw Frisbees and lay on the grass when it's warm
  • A case of the Shitcos: This refers to unfortunate stomach problems you get after eating at Seacobeck Hall.
  • The Fred: The bus that gets you around town. It's free for students.
  • MDub: A clever way of abbreviating Mary Washington (MW); the "dub" stands for "W."
  • Seaco: This refers to Seacobeck Hall, the buffet-style dining hall
  • Treehouses: On the third floor of the library, there is a big array of cubicles that are two levels high. If you choose a cubicle on the second level, you can overlook the top of all of the bookcases on the third floor.
  • Bingo: There is a game of Bingo at The Underground every week at 8 p.m.
  • Devil-Goat Day: At breakfast one morning in 1926, the junior class chose a green goat as their symbol, and the senior class, not to be outdone, shortly thereafter settled on a red devil to represent them; the students solidified class affiliations that endure to this day. Today, the tradition has dwindled from a week of intense competition back to a Devil-Goat Day. Mary Washington's community has a carnival-like atmosphere on the last Thursday of classes. Most come for a funnel cake or a free shirt.
  • Multicultural Fair: The event exemplifies the University of Mary Washington's commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness. Every year around 3,000 to 4,000 people are attracted to this event. During which, foods and activities from all over the globe are offered at the fair.
  • Open Mic Nights: The Underground, located in Lee Hall, is the premier entertainment spot on UMW's campus. Open mic nights occur on Tuesdays at The Underground, where people will perform acoustic songs on stage.
  • Sports on the Big Screen: On Monday, The Underground shows sports on its big screen.
Urban Legends
  • If you stand in a certain place by a brick circle near Virginia and Willard halls, you can hear yourself echo due to the acoustics.
  • If you walk in the center of Trinkle, you won't graduate on time. (You will graduate no matter where or what you walk on-just take enough credits and do well in school!)
  • Virginia Hall is haunted by a girl that hanged herself from the third-floor staircase.
Favorite Things To Do
Ball Circle is a popular place to hang out when students have free time. Students like to throw a football or Frisbee at Ball Circle in between classes. When the weather is nice, you will see a bunch of students in bikinis laying out and tanning on the lawn of Ball Circle.
Student Newspaper
The Bullet
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Many students are actively engaged in the campus and organizations at the University, as it seems to be a convenient way of meeting new people and participating in activities regularly. The club sports are very popular on campus, especially the rugby team which does exceptionally well. Athletes who decided against the intensity and commitment of joining a varsity sport at school tend to affiliate with the club sports, as these sports are less demanding but still fun. There are also many organizations ranging from political ones to ethnic ones set up and led by students.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 37% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 40% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 6% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 31 responses

  • 16% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 42% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 32% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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