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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.

3 College Senior

Academics: The professors care once you get to the upper levels. They are adding a lot to the system right now

1 College Freshman

Academics: Yeah. Are they adding it anytime soon? Nah.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Its OK. I was never impressed. People always praise how great the professors are here yet they have no professors to compare them to since they've only taken classes here. I've taken community college classes and I found the professors there to be equally impressive. I know transfer students who have said the same. There are nice professors, mean, good, and there are bad professors here just like anywhere. The "amazing" professor theme gets hyped up a lot, the students will geek out over small things (ex: teacher says the word "rad" and all of a sudden he's soooo cool), and whatever people drink the kool aid. Theres really not much to pride oneself over at this school so I guess the students grasp on to what little they have.

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3 College Junior

Academics: read word for word off slides.

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The University really does have excellent academics that should be more recognized. UMW reaps the small-school benefits of having an intimate, focused atmosphere with professors who are genuinely interested in making sure the students fully understand the material. When it comes to questions, an answer is just a quick email or even a phone call away, as the professors are easily accessible and dedicated to their classes. Due to the small class sizes, professors really pay attention to their students. Some will even curve your grade if they see that you actively participate in and attend class. However, this is not to say that every professor on campus is ideal. At every University, there will be good professors and bad professors. Choosing classes without doing some research on or playing by ear is like playing a game of Minesweeper—you will either hit or miss. The downside is that getting a top-notch professor will be hard since the school is small and makes it more competitive during the registration process. This makes it pivotal that you sign up for classes as early as possible, as spaces run out quickly.

All of your work can stem from primarily one or two classes, while you may have little to no work in other classes. While it is possible to get by with being a slacker in some classes, for the most part, there will be regular homework that should be done consistently to keep up with your classes. It is not easy to slack off at UMW, but again, it all depends on the rigor of the classes you select. When it comes to education at UMW, you will get what you put into it.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 42%
  • 20 to 49 students: 54%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • English Language Studies: 5%
  • Foundations of Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • The cubicles in Simpson Library
  • In the lounge
  • In your room
  • A local coffee shop
  • The tables in the laundry room
  • The treehouse desks in Simpson Library
Tips to Succeed
  • All-nighters and studying the night before are bad ideas. REM sleep is necessary to process information, and you'll find yourself more successful if you consistently study.
  • Attendance isn't mandatory for every class, but it is highly recommended. The classes are so small that professors usually notice when you're not there. Also, because you only have the class two to three times a week, if you skip, you end up missing a lot more than you think you would.
  • Avoid situations that would cause too much stress. In other words, don't force yourself into a situation where you'd have to cram in material the night before the test or not know what classes to take during the registration process.
  • Classes are important, but so is being happy. Balance your social life and academic life. Students find that a good way to meet people is through clubs.
  • Don't freak out if you don't get all of your classes during the registration process. If you are diligent, you can usually end up getting a spot in the class during add/drop week by constantly refreshing the registration page.
  • Take advantage of the fact that this is a small school and that professors can pay individual attention to their students. Email them questions, go to their office hours, and (if necessary) call them.
  • Whether it's the treehouses in the library, outside on the benches, or in the laundry room in the basement, finding a place you can concentrate on work is important.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 55 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 30 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 30 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 30% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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