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Reviews 1053 total reviews with an average rating of 2.9

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are Eagles and we are definitely proud of it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UMW is beautiful and very welcoming.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very safe overall. Every now then you hear about something happening but those instances are few.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's a good school. As others have pointed out, it can be boring at times, but if you're the type of student who would rather focus on their studies than party then this may be an ideal school for you. Most professors are knowledgeable and engaging but there are also a handful that honestly should not be teaching. Definitely check Ratemyprofessor before you sign up for a class so you don't run the risk of damaging your GPA by taking an ineffective teacher. Food is okay but nothing to write home about.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Again, this is something you can be involved in if you choose. Downtown Fredericksburg offers a lot of local and unique bar and restaurant options just a 10 minute walk from campus.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties are definitely a social addition to the student life at UMW; you can be apart of them if you choose to do so.

5 College Junior

Academics: Academics are amazing here-- already reviewed them thoroughly other places. They are high quality, rigorous, and I will be honored to have a degree from UMW.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Coming to UMW caused me to meet a lot of people who are different from me-- racially, religiously, ethnically, sexual orientation, politically. It is good to be a in a place where you meet people who are different from you. It will teach you a lot and make you a more accepting and well-rounded individual.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: This is very personal choice students make when they attend college. Drinking will always be an issue on any college campus; but it is an individual choice as to how you use and react towards it. UMW does a lot to try to prevent underage consumption, but students will always find a way to beat the system. You can choose to be apart of whichever crowd you want to be-- drinking or non-drinking.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Academics are the best and I have loved my academic experience here the past 3 years. The class average size for a 100-200 level class is 22; for a 300-400 level course, it's 17. Our professors here are 65% full time and 85% have doctorate degrees. When you take a class at UMW, it will never be taught by a Graduate student or TA, it will be your professor every time. Professors are also required to have something called Office Hours throughout the week during the semester-- it will be 3-4 hours a week where they will be in their office for their students as a resource outside the classroom as well. While most people believe UMW is an easy school to be accepted into, the academics are serious and rigorous once you are a student here. There are high expectations and heavy course loads-- professors expect a lot, but they help you get there as well.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm part of the Secondary Education Program, so my degree from Mary Washington will be of great value. UMW was founded in 1908 as a teaching college for women, so its roots are in Education. However, that makes all degrees valuable form UMW.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is addressed in many ways. All Residence Halls are locked at all times, only those who live there and RAs have access to the specific buildings. Also, the Blue Light Safety System is implemented on campus-- anytime you were to feel unsafe, you can push a blue light button and automatically be connected to one of our on-campus police officers who will come and escort you to any building on campus. There are also student-driven golf carts around campus at night as well. In terms of sexual assault, all students are required to take a sexual assault training online, which teaches students more about it and how to prevent it and take care of those in need.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great experience. It connects students to events going on on campus and allows students to be active participants in the student body. Residence Halls include great amenities, such as study rooms, laundry facilities, kitchens, and Resident Assistants available for any reason. Some are suite style, some are hall style, but all foster a great community and are a great part of college life.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is an okay school! Not too far from home which is why I chose to go there. Its a good education for me and works fine.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I love the athletic vibe that is on campus. You aren't forced to participate or attend sporting events, but they are still an active part of student life if you want them to be. It's ok if you don't go, but it's also really fun to be apart of the student section when you want to.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My time at UMW has been amazing. I love the size of the school-- it allows for engaging classrooms (class average size is 22) and awesome relationships with classmates and professors. Professors never have TAs or Graduate students teach their course, it's always the professor. Furthermore, UMW isn't a research college-- professors come here to teach and educate, not to do their own research. Professors genuinely care about their students and seek to foster relationships with us. The campus is absolutely beautiful all times of the year and downtown Fredericksburg is a safe, community-based town that has so much life-- and only a 10 minute walk from campus! I am so honored to be able to graduate from a school like Mary Washington.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't know. I don't partake, but things seem to be close

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mary Wash is not a party school, but there's always something going on somewhere.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: We are a pretty liberal school.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For young adults, I think we're pretty chill about it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's not perfect, but I feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are respected in their fields and can help a lot when it comes to recommendations and networking.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are older, but are great!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about the Greek Life on campus, but for what I've seen and heard, they make a good impact.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: UMW is a DIII university, but has great sports and facilities considering.


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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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