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Reviews 913 total reviews with an average rating of 2.8

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1 College Junior

Overall Experience: The acceptance rate is over 80% and rising. They have been spending millions on advertising on spotify, pandora, malls across the nation, and other places because they are desperate for students and (in my opinion) trying to "artificially" bring down the acceptance rate by having more people apply due to their ad's. The ad's are very "ITT tech" or "DeVry" university esque.

The largest class by FAR is the freshman class every year. More than half of the dorms on campus are exclusively for freshman meaning the other 50% are shared by sophs, juniors, seniors, and super seniors. Less than 10% of students are commuters and or choose to live off campus (I believe 93% of students live on campus the last I heard). This is significant because the school accepts so many freshman students because such a disproportionate large # of them transfer out after 1 semester or 1 year because they realize how awful this school is and they were conned into thinking this was a legitimate well-rounded school with things to do (run-on sentence, sorry lol). Other students drop out because they had no business being in college and only got in with the ridiculous acceptance rate. Others choose to goto a communiy college instead to save money and to transfer easier. The vast majority get broken down and just accept it when they realize how hard they have to work to get the grades needed to transfer.

Do not go here. Stay far away. Do not be tricked like all the other students! The featured writer on this website even transferred as a dozen other reviews have said. I checked facebook hahahaa says a lot about this school

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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is a serious national tragedy waiting to happen at this school with the lack of security. If I was a bad guy I could think of a million ways to do horrible things at this school. There is little to no security because generally nothing happens on campus other than like sexual assault (whch in itself is bad)

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: This is more a general review but I am CONVINCED many of the 'positive' reviews on here are written by school admins. They really are complete BS and its disgusting how they trick students into going here by selling themselves as a school they aren't and with these positive reviews. Just look at all the millions they spend advertising on spotify, pandora, malls, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is a very safe environment and professors show care for personal lives.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not a party person, but I hear about some here and there in class.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Many students on campus partake in sports and clubs in some way.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have saved a lot of money with the financial aid, but am still paying quite a bit out of pocket as well.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I grew up in this area and love everything about it from the original downtown Fredericksburg to the local shoppin mall.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Our campus contains a wide range of students from the theatrical type to jocks, and everything in between.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not a member of the Greek life. It doesn't effect my life so I don't see a problem with it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience with admissions and career services has been good so far and everyone is so nice.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus.

College Senior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: UMW is at an exciting point in it's history.

5 College Senior

Majors: College of Business is very supportive.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: After freshman year, draw to house parties wanes.

College Senior

Greek Life: Clubs that discriminate by gender are not allowed.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Between downtown and Central Park, you'll be full!

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Blackstone Coffee is a great new addition!

4 College Senior

Administration: Showing respect goes a long way.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most are off campus and difficult to get to

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: not a lot offer student discounts

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are open and helpful to everyone

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are rarely given out and are a hassle.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: Not all receive same punishments for same offenses


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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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