Prospective students should know that Mary Washington is not in the slightest bit a party school, but it still has parties. The most frequent complaint about the University is the nightlife, or rather, lack of it. That being said, the nightlife at the University isn't altogether nonexistent. There is a lot of truth to the "it's as fun as you make it" philosophy.
While there are no official fraternities or sororities supported by the school, various varsity sports and clubs often have parties off campus on the weekends. The downside to this is that if you don't have upperclassman friends who can drive you to parties, it can be a lot of walking. In addition, the few parties that do happen every weekend often get broken up by the police. There are a couple of bars within a reasonable driving distance, but there are no clubs, unless you are willing to drive 40 minutes to D.C. Aside from sports-affiliated parties and the occasional unofficial frat parties, students tend to just hang out together in small groups in either dorms or off-campus houses.