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Reviews 1053 total reviews with an average rating of 2.9

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a few that aren't the best and you have to wonder how they're still there. But most professors are amazing. They are helpful and want to see you succeed. They take the time to know your name, which isn't hard with the small class sizes. There is a good variety of courses, but availability can be a problem, especially for necessary courses.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Very expensive. Doesn't matter if it's a dorm or apartment because the $900 you save in the meal plan by switching to apartment goes towards the housing cost. It's worth making your own food though. Custis was very convenient on campus, but that didn't make up for the lack of a/c, loud neighbors, horrible furniture, and messy living spaces. We as a building were fined $10 because not everyone cleaned up after themselves, so we as a building suffered.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not much of a fan base for club sports, but the team is very supportive. They treat everyone like family (minus a few stragglers, but they usually leave). There's a great deal of school spirit and people receive incentives for the more involved they are. (Swim Club offers first picks to those who swim ~2 practices a week)

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not full of the best quality people. Very snobbish. One experience we had was with a sorority and they had a set time for occupying the pool (6-8). It is 8:30 and they are still there. We went in and they immediately kicked us out. No one had any control over it in the front desk and they were using equipment that should not go in the pool.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We haven't had many sexual assault reports or attempted kidnapping, but they're still there. Never walk alone at night. Campus security usually only cruises the main road from the bell tower as opposed to spreading out throughout campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I am aware that some people use alcohol and drugs more so in certain dorms than in others. Westmo is known for weekly visits from the ambulance for alcohol poisoning.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are several opportunities out there for jobs/internships, but no one is guaranteed a spot. Finding a job in biology is becoming increasingly difficult, so a consultant might be necessary.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It all varies but overall, I'd say it's the only part of UMW that lives up to expectations.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police people are great, calling for a safety escort late at night is wonderful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends where you live.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am very happy where I am at UMW. The people I've met are absolutely top notch and the academics are challenging. There isn't much it doesn't fulfill for me.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The fact that the school is so small is what hurts the value of a degree from UMW. However, the tuition is cheaper than some equivalent schools.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall safety is good, however there have been some worrying events that have happened on or around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Bushnell Residence Hall didn't have A/C and is an older building, but the A/C didn't matter much a month into school and the fantastic community in the building greatly outweighed the slight negatives.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved much with Greek life and am non-Greek myself, but I enjoy and appreciate the social aspect and events of the Greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I play baseball at the university and the facilities and benefits we get are equivalent to some Division 1 level colleges. We have a community that supports us and a university that cares about our success and well-being.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The small school feel of UMW is amazing. The campus is absolutely beautiful and Fredericksburg is an amazing surrounding area. There is plenty around and on campus to do and there are so many different types of people with different interests, it amazes me. The academic buildings are all very cool and unique and nicely equipped inside. The professors are fantastic and really care about each student they have and are willing to help them individually as much as possible.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: We really don't have a greek life on campus. The university does not recognize any of them but there are 2 that are off campus, but you don't hear about them often.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Most of the athletes seem pretty approachable. I haven't been to many sports games yet but they seem pretty great

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The teachers are absolutely amazing! But as a transfer student it seems hard to get to know people. Some times it feels a little to small than what I would like but it is not too tiny and you can get across campus by foot in 20 min. easily.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being a commuter student, things are different.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I was able to obtain a part-time job on campus very easily.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are many systems set up to ensure we feel safe.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The newer resident halls are nice.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not supported by the University.


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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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