Our Mission

The University of Mary Washington is one of Virginia’s outstanding public liberal arts universities, providing a superior education that inspires and enables our students to make positive changes in the world. We are…

Rigorous

We are a place where faculty, students, and staff share in the creation and fearless exploration of knowledge through freedom of inquiry, personal responsibility, and service. We regard the provision of rigorous, high-quality instruction as a privilege and our most important function.

Through a professionally-engaged faculty, we support ongoing research appropriate to the development of student abilities and faculty interests. We especially champion the participation of undergraduates in research.

Passionate

Our size, enthusiastic and dedicated faculty, and historical commitment to fine teaching foster a culture where both undergraduate and graduate students benefit from genuine relationships with their faculty and multiple opportunities for active learning.

Community-oriented

We are the heart for engagement among vibrant, diverse communities and we are dedicated to supporting professional advancement and economic development and to improving the regional quality of life.

We fulfill our mission by fostering students’ intellectual and creative independence, facilitating their immersion in local, regional, national, and international communities, and by instilling the values of honor and integrity. Our graduates are models of adaptive learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, caring service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.

Fast Facts

We are a premier, selective, coeducational, public institution that offers:

  • Rigorous academics in small, highly interactive classes.
  • Innovative and accessible master teachers.
  • Three colleges – arts and sciences, business, and education – which produce graduates who are critical thinkers prepared to succeed.
  • A supportive campus community that values honor and integrity.
  • A civically, socially, and intellectually engaged community.

Location

We are located in Fredericksburg, Va., within an hour’s drive of both Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., providing students with unique internships, research excursions, and recreational opportunities. UMW has two other nearby campuses: one in Stafford, Va., which caters to graduate and adult degree programs; and another in Dahlgren, Va., which offers continuing education and professional development courses for the region’s engineers, scientists and administrative professionals.

Student Body

  • Approximately 4,000 undergraduate students
  • Students from about 34 states and many foreign countries
  • About 26 percent of self-identified minorities
  • About 56 percent live on campus in one of 17 residence halls or campus apartments
  • 327 enrolled in professional studies and graduate programs

Faculty

  • 86 percent have earned a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field
  • Master teachers inspire our high-performing students—no graduate teaching assistants ever
  • Eight faculty members have received Fulbright Awards to teach and research abroad since 2006.

Class Size

  • Average undergraduate class size of 19 students
  • 14 to 1 student:faculty ratio

The First-Year Experience

First-year seminar courses introduce students to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry. Seminars are designed to let students interact with outstanding faculty members while exploring nontraditional topics in nontraditional ways. Specific topics will vary from course to course, but all promise:

  • College as you imagined it: a life of the mind taught by faculty
  • Small classes, capped at 15 students each
  • Active, discussion-based formats
  • The development of writing and speaking skills

Study Abroad

  • One-third of UMW students study abroad before graduation
  • More than 15 programs are led by UMW faculty
  • 7 exchange programs
  • 147 approved programs in 51 countries
  • $183,980 granted in UMW study abroad scholarships in the past three years

Student Life

More than 100 student clubs and organizations are centered around academic themes, the arts, sports and recreation, student government, cultural diversity, and other interests.

Programs taught in:
English

This school also offers:

Bachelor

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Biochemistry

Are you drawn to the chemistry of life? Biochemistry studies life on the molecular and atomic levels – deep inside of each living organism at its most basic components. It encompasses not only the structures of the chemical components of living matter but also the metabolism of living matter and molecular genetics. If you find that interesting, this might be the major for you.

Areas of Study

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Biology

As a University of Mary Washington biology major, you might collect samples on the Rappahannock River one day then contribute to a class discussion on ecology the next. Our biology major goes beyond molecules and microscopes, feeding your curiosity about living things, fostering the scientific process, and challenging you to find fresh approaches to research.

Areas of Study

Course offerings include human biology, organism function and diversity, botany, chordate anatomy, plant ecology, animal ecology, entomology, histology, genetics, nutrition and metabolism, microbiology, parasitology, animal behavior, neurobiology, endocrinology, vertebrate zoology, ornithology, virology, the biology of cancer, and more.... [-]

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Chemistry

Our bachelor’s program in chemistry takes you beyond beakers and test tubes, deep into a discipline that touches every aspect of our lives. Core courses in organic, analytical, and physical chemistry spark important connections between physics and math, biology and medicine. Hands-on opportunities and research in our-state-of-the-art labs put you in a position to make breakthroughs that matter.

Areas of Study

UMW’s bachelor’s program in chemistry covers societal, organic, physical, and environmental chemistry, and offers courses in biochemistry, chemical analysis, chemical outreach, and more.

Internships

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Communication and Digital Studies

Communication and technology are in constant motion. Our bachelor’s program in communications and digital studies teaches adults – and tech-savvy teens – to share ideas in a media-driven world. A cutting-edge curriculum targets emerging technology and teaches you to create powerful messaging, design multi-media campaigns, and build a digital identity.

Areas of Study

Pair core courses in communications and digital studies with an exciting array of electives, including Introduction to Film Studies; Games and Culture; Approaches to Video Art; Social Media; The Graphic Novel; and History of the Information Age.

Requirements

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Computer Science

Want to write cutting-edge software? Code the next killer app? Computer scientists find innovative solutions to complex problems. Our bachelor’s program combines theory, application, technique, and design. Explore computer architecture, multi-threaded programming, and software engineering, and choose from electives in networks, 3D graphics, computer security, and more.

Areas of Study

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Environmental Science – Natural Science

UMW’s environmental science — natural science major explores the relationships between biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and Earth science. Our interdisciplinary program encourages undergraduate research and fosters the analytical, critical thinking, and communications skills you’ll need as a working scientist or graduate scholar.

Areas of Study

The environmental science-natural science major gives you a solid background in biological, ecological, chemical, and geological principles. With this foundation, and with guidance from faculty advisors, you’ll craft a course of study that meets your interests and career goals.

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Geography

As a University of Mary Washington geography major, you’ll take classes in cultural, political, economic, and physical aspects of places around the globe. You’ll learn how humans interact with their environments, both human-made and natural, and you’ll have opportunities to broaden your life experience by studying abroad. Thanks to UMW’s strong liberal arts program and interdisciplinary approach, you’ll gain communication and technical skills that will enhance your career — and your whole life.

Areas of Study

The geography major has three areas of emphasis:

Globalization: A focus on the geographies of globalization and its political, cultural, and economic dimensions. Community, Development, and Culture: A focus on how people living in specific places and regions experience and affect social, cultural, economic, and environmental processes. Nature and Society: A focus on the climatologic, geomorphic, biogeographic, and social processes that shape the natural environment and affect human life. Internships ... [-]
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Business Administration

Major in business administration at the University of Mary Washington and you’ll position yourself to succeed in the corporate world or as an entrepreneur. You’ll learn ethics, strategy, legalities, and more from master teachers, some who’ve worked for Fortune 500s. And our research and internship opportunities will give you the real-world experience you need to make a difference.

Areas of Study

UMW’s bachelor’s program in the College of Business allows you to major in accounting, general business, international business, or marketing. In addition, the program covers information systems and applications, applied statistics and business research, legal environment of business, principles of management, federal taxation, organizational behavior, human resource management, decision analysis, principles of finance, commercial law, consumer behavior, leadership theory and practice, negotiation, and more.... [-]

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