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Reviews 966 total reviews with an average rating of 2.8

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i have not lived off campus yet.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: i was always too broke to eat off campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: the party scene isn't that bad, you just have to know people and get out there.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The University's administration arrested 2 of its own students for a peaceful non-violent protest.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: the food isn't that bad

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the campus housing that I have.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I went to a party or 2

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I play softball and I get a lot of stuff

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have a house lined up for junior year

3 College Freshman

Administration: this was umws worst year

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people here carry a morally superior elitest attitidue. It kind of comes with the hipster territory. What I just said is not a fact, but merely an opinion about the people here ( a very popular opinion might i add). If you go against the grain, you will be punished (usually online in the form of cyberbullying).

Anyways, discovery day should be renamed to manipulation day. The school brings out all of their good food, mop floors well, pick up garbage etc only when they know prospectives are coming. Once they leave they go straight back to negligence. My favorite is that they sent out an email to all its students to try to sell the school to prospectives (ex: ".the entire campus should assume the role of the host." blah blah blah "the impression and decision to attend UMW depends on how they feel while they are here." "#bestdecisionever") and basically telling students to be on their best behavior and tyr to hype the school up. You know the schools hurting when it resorts to national advertising and to begging the students to sell the school when it itself cannot because it cannot. The school doesnt produce what it should so it resorts to selling an illusion that doesnt exist.

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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: A student was just murdered today. Google it.

People warn and warn prospective students about how just ***** this school really is but its unfortunate that they dont listen.

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school locks you into a 2 year on campus contract meaning you HAVE to live in the overpriced crappy dorms (they only show you the good dorms during tours or the good rooms that students pimped up and volunteered to show off; very misleading to potential students). The school, from what I hear, is requiring ALL incoming freshman next year to purchase the unlimited meal plan which costs like $600 extra. Most freshman, girls have trouble finishing the 150 meal plan. Most guys have trouble finishing 275. The unlimited ONLY allows you to eat at the all you can eat place (which has limited serving hours). So generally, even big eaters will only eat twice a day here since its all you can eat. You also wont eat here every day because you get sick of the food thats served with little variety every day and go off campus to eat or buy groceries. Do the math...EVER IF you at their every single day: 16 wks in a semester x 7 days a wk x 2 meals a day = 224 meals. Why in gods name are they forcing the unlimited plan *now*? MONEY. The school is on the down slide and everything they do now-a-days is to nickel and dime the students. They've already shrunk the cup sizes in HALF at the nest. You also CANNOT use your unlimited meal plan at the nest; only at the all u can eat. So if you need food on the go...SORRY, you need to use extra money or spend your limited flex dollars.

Now you cannot spend the meals YOU paid for to feed your friends either (whether you are on the unlimited plan or not). It is considered an honor violation to my knowledge. You have 5 guest meals per semester, thats it. Its really dumb you cannot spend the money you pay for on your friends.

As for the UMW divest thing i talked abouits all over the news, and to look up the several videos posted online. Its ironic UMW loves to exploit/sell the image of civil disobedience (J. Farmer) but arrests students who do the same for PEACEFULLY protesting.

This school is fake. They sell an image, not a product.

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1 College Junior

Administration: Ignore the trolls who post positive reviews about this school; my bet is they work for the school. This schools got very low enrollment and a huge transfer drop out rate.

In other news, trending on facebook right now: UMW divest students were arrested while peacefully protesting as ordered by the campus administration. The cops look like they even have guns. There is video footage too. Students were ziptied, put in chains, and taken away.

So much going wrong at this school. This is NOT the school to be at. The only positive is that people confuse this school with william and mary sometimes (a legitimate school). The degree here is worthless.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally would not know since I live on campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining options are within a reasonable distance, and are great.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Administration on campus is really reliable, and is the best.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really go to parties so I personally wouldn't know what the party scene is like at UMW.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was okay I didn't get as much as I needed, but I was able to get a smart loan from sallie mae.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall the food at Seacobeck Dining Hall is amazing as well as the Underground. Both provide healthy options for food to eat, and have a great campus vibe. The only place that might not have the most healthy food is WOW in the Nest. I don't go there at all, but everything else is great.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: University of Mary Washington is an amazing campus. The residence life is so organized, and are a family. The friendliness, and social atmosphere is so great it makes UMW your home away from home.

1 College Junior

Majors: You know the student body is bad when the biggest controversy at the moment isnt the fact that a student killed himself the otherday but the app called yikyak. Cyber bullying is out of control here. I see it on facebook all the time as well. its more prevalent on yik yak because its anonymous. the student body here is so negative and filled with gossipy people who do nothing but bring others down. You see it online and in person. Its amazing how the school has to address the students to be nice to each other. Its like Highschool over here hahahahah (oh basically is ). The students here act are all +18 but they act like 6 year olds.

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1 College Junior

Majors: not really good. just professors all reading straight off a powerpoint slide and telling you this book or that book is required for a class so you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on the book at the book store only to find out you really actually never use the book. Huge money trap for the school.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus, so I am not sure. Hoping to live off campus one day.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of diverse options with really different ethnicities.


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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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