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Campus Quality


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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Good Aesthetic, everything else is boring.

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2 College Junior

Campus Quality: Don't go here lol. Theres already enough reviews telling you the reasons why. Every person I know who transferred said it was the best decision of their life and UMW was the biggest waste of time (and money). This school has a HUGE transfer rate so the freshman class is as large as the other 3 classes to account for the # of people who are disappointed in being conned to go here. They get told its one thing but it turns out to be nothing like they were 'sold' into believing. A good majority just cant transfer out because they cant get the grades, partly because the school accepts almost everybody who applies including subpar students.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Quality: No school spirit. No parties (no parties lol; okay a few every once in a while but they consist of 20 people huddled in a basement drinking keystone). Run down buildings (they show you the nice ones however like the convergence center which I'm pretty sure they built solely to attract students with the "shiny" new building). Horrible internet. Horrible dorms (they show you the nice rooms though). City hates the students. Sketchy city. Get frequent emails telling you to watch out because someone was shot or a place was robbed etc.Frequent hobos and beggars on campus which is uncomfortable. Pretty much homogeneous student body (social conformity is real!). Nothing to do on campus (it's not a coincidence every time you visit there isn't anyone out and about on campus unless its during the weekday when classes are going). Everyone goes home on weekends since there is nothing to do. The local bus aka the "fred" is late, never on time, and takes an hour for a normally 10 minute drive. The college tries too hard to try and sell itself as something it's not and people come here expecting what the school told them it would be and it just pisses them off because they don't get what they were told. What more can you expect from one of the lowest tier schools in Virginia (+80% acceptance rate). The common theme as others have said is to get good grades in case you want to transfer (most freshman do) that way you can transfer if you make the very unfortunate decision of coming here. Don't be that student who gives up and accepts his fate and stays lol it happens a lot here because transferring is tough.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The athletic facilities have really come a long way in the past few years. They just added the Anderson center which is beautiful! We were able to hold part of the NCAA tournament here this past year. The student gym has everything that a student needs to be able to lift from machines, to free weights, a power lifting platform, bench press, squat racks.... there really isn't anything missing. In addition, the athletes weight room is fantastic and they too have made many new renovations (including a new strength and conditioning coach). The library has 3 floors and it appeals to the needs of those who need complete quiet and also to those who need to group study and talk. The campus is beautiful as it has many trees and spots to sit and relax on campus walk. The architecture has stayed true to its original time frame, and it is simply one of the most amazing campuses I have been on.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: You have to know people if partying is your thing. But if it's not, there's something on campus for everyone. It's a small campus so it has a really home-y feeling to it.


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There are great, efficient facilities offered by the University for entertainment, exercise, and, of course, academic purposes. The gym and pool are brand-new and offer rows of up-to-date machines. The gym even has a few green-friendly treadmills that don't use energy. Working out at the gym is a great way to unwind after a long day or to relieve some stress during finals week. Entertainment-wise, there are pool tables, flat-screen TVs, and computers at The Eagle’s Nest. Conveniently, this is all located next to popular food services such as WOW Wings, Vocelli’s Pizza, and Joe Stacks, so students can grab a bite to eat using their flex points or meal plan on their EagleOne Card.

Inevitably, there also needs to be a place where students can study. The Simpson Library has become a favorite place for many of the University’s students, with its popular treehouse-styled cubicles on the third floor, rows of computers, and vast collections of databases, books, articles, and movies. Not only is Simpson Library a comfortable place for studying, but it can also be a quiet place to watch a movie or read a book during your free time.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
176 acres
Student Centers
The Eagle's Nest
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Simpson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Ball Circle
  • Dorms
  • The Eagle's Nest
  • The fountain in the center of campus
  • The Underground
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
The students are pretty satisfied with the University's attempts at being green. UMW Dining Services has been named a "Green" restaurant by the Virginia Green initiative. Plus, the University has reduced the amount of paper goods used in all locations and whenever possible utilizes compostable greenware papergoods. The Dining Services uses Ecolab's Apex dishwashing system to conserve water and energy.
School Slang
  • Ball: Ball Circle, the center of campus where people like to throw Frisbees and lay on the grass when it's warm
  • A case of the Shitcos: This refers to unfortunate stomach problems you get after eating at Seacobeck Hall.
  • The Fred: The bus that gets you around town. It's free for students.
  • MDub: A clever way of abbreviating Mary Washington (MW); the "dub" stands for "W."
  • Seaco: This refers to Seacobeck Hall, the buffet-style dining hall
  • Treehouses: On the third floor of the library, there is a big array of cubicles that are two levels high. If you choose a cubicle on the second level, you can overlook the top of all of the bookcases on the third floor.
  • Bingo: There is a game of Bingo at The Underground every week at 8 p.m.
  • Devil-Goat Day: At breakfast one morning in 1926, the junior class chose a green goat as their symbol, and the senior class, not to be outdone, shortly thereafter settled on a red devil to represent them; the students solidified class affiliations that endure to this day. Today, the tradition has dwindled from a week of intense competition back to a Devil-Goat Day. Mary Washington's community has a carnival-like atmosphere on the last Thursday of classes. Most come for a funnel cake or a free shirt.
  • Multicultural Fair: The event exemplifies the University of Mary Washington's commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness. Every year around 3,000 to 4,000 people are attracted to this event. During which, foods and activities from all over the globe are offered at the fair.
  • Open Mic Nights: The Underground, located in Lee Hall, is the premier entertainment spot on UMW's campus. Open mic nights occur on Tuesdays at The Underground, where people will perform acoustic songs on stage.
  • Sports on the Big Screen: On Monday, The Underground shows sports on its big screen.
Urban Legends
  • If you stand in a certain place by a brick circle near Virginia and Willard halls, you can hear yourself echo due to the acoustics.
  • If you walk in the center of Trinkle, you won't graduate on time. (You will graduate no matter where or what you walk on-just take enough credits and do well in school!)
  • Virginia Hall is haunted by a girl that hanged herself from the third-floor staircase.
Favorite Things To Do
Ball Circle is a popular place to hang out when students have free time. Students like to throw a football or Frisbee at Ball Circle in between classes. When the weather is nice, you will see a bunch of students in bikinis laying out and tanning on the lawn of Ball Circle.
Student Newspaper
The Bullet
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Many students are actively engaged in the campus and organizations at the University, as it seems to be a convenient way of meeting new people and participating in activities regularly. The club sports are very popular on campus, especially the rugby team which does exceptionally well. Athletes who decided against the intensity and commitment of joining a varsity sport at school tend to affiliate with the club sports, as these sports are less demanding but still fun. There are also many organizations ranging from political ones to ethnic ones set up and led by students.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 34 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 18% Dorms
  • 14% Leave campus and go home. Boring here.
  • 14% Blackstone
  • 9% The Underground
  • 9% The fountain in the center of campus
  • 9% Ball Circle
  • 9% Residence Halls
  • 9% Convergence Center
  • 5% The Eagle's Nest
  • 5% Still finding out different things to do

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 23% Devil-Goat Day
  • 23% Multicultural Fair
  • 18% All of the events are overhyped, Glamorized!
  • 18% Cheap Seats
  • 9% Open Mic Nights
  • 5% Bingo
  • 5% Drag show
  • 0% Sports on the Big Screen

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% All across campus there are underground tunnels
  • 18% That there are parties
  • 18% James Farmer taught at UMW.
  • 9% None
  • 9% Virginia Hall is haunted
  • 9% That UMW used to be be a good school

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Goodluck landing one
  • 25% Library
  • 8% The gym
  • 8% Writing Center
  • 8% Washington Guide
  • 0% Help desk

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 36% Talk about transferring with friends who want to
  • 36% Benching (sitting on benches and people watch)
  • 9% Benching exists because there is nothing to do her
  • 9% Go to club meetings
  • 9% Go to the gym

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 27% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 18% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 35 responses

  • 6% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 40% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 37% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 17% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 35 responses

  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 40% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 23% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 75% Dining services
  • 12% Gym
  • 12% Good luck landing that job


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