University of Mary Washington

We strive  to create a climate of genuine acceptance and will promote the values of diversity and inclusiveness.We value diversity in all forms— including diversity of age, culture, disability, economic background, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, opinion, political affiliation, race, religious background, sexual orientation and veteran status.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (13)
Social Sciences (9)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Founded in 1908 and named for the mother of our country’s founding father, we have built a rich history of traditions and accomplished academic excellence. We have evolved from our beginnings as Fredericksburg’s State Normal and Industrial School for Women to one of the nation’s premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences universities today.


The University of Mary Washington’s College of Education is committed to guiding all candidates through a transformative experience by which they become skilled, reflective and responsive practitioners well-prepared to meet 21st century challenges.

The College of Education of the University of Mary Washington prepares educators for the 21st century who are knowledgeable, skilled, collaborative, reflective, and sensitive to diverse learner needs. In upholding the mission of the University, the College of Education is dedicated to providing educational programs to the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.


We offer students the opportunity to undertake individual or collaborative research projects in the pursuit of a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education. We are proud to provide several excellent research facilities and collections of scholarly materials to support our students and enrich these educational undertakings.

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Housing services

The University of Mary Washington believes that living on campus is an integral part of a student’s complete educational experience; therefore, all full-time students who are admitted as residential students in their first year are required to live on campus for two full academic years. Transfer students admitted in the fall as residential students are required to live on campus for two semesters, and transfer students admitted in the spring as residential students are required to live on campus for one semester.

Library services

The UMW Libraries constitute the knowledge center of the university - a physical and virtual manifestation of the institution’s mission of connected and engaged teaching, learning, research, and service. Specifically, the Libraries are:

  • spaces where people collaborate, gather, research, and share
  • technology- and human-enabled engines, showcases, and catalysts of innovation

ICT services

Located in on the first floor of the HCC in room 112, the IT Help Desk provides centralized technology support to faculty, staff and students. Services include assistance with password resets, connections to UMW systems, repair of computers and AV systems in labs and classrooms, and troubleshooting hardware issues.  Phone and walk-up service is available during our operating hours.

Medical services

The Student Health Center (SHC) is a weekday health clinic for UMW students. Our care focuses on routine and acute health care needs of our student population.  This would include initial diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and/or injuries with appropriate follow up for most short-term illnesses.  

Student Life

Campus life

The striking North Building atrium and 2,700 square foot divisible University Hall with a catering kitchen and IT/AV control room accommodates up to 250 guests seated theater-style and up to 200 guests seated banquet/meeting style. State-of-the-art instructional technology systems, video conferencing capabilities, and wired and wireless internet access are available throughout the buildings that host upwards of 150 professional events each year in addition to academic classes and professional development programs for educators and business professionals.

Sports facilities

UMW sport clubs are student-run organizations that are open to all full-time University of Mary Washington students,  regardless of skill level. The clubs are advised by the Department of Campus Recreation and are designed to provide recreational, instructional, and competitive opportunities for students. All clubs are open to men and women unless otherwise indicated. Whether recreational or competitive, there’s a UMW sport club for everyone. The qualifications to participate in a sport club are little, but the value gained from this experience is great.

Student clubs

The University of Mary Washington offers more than 150 clubs and organizations for students. Participation in clubs, programming, and other activities outside classes helps to develop democratic principles and critical thinking skills that make our students the best leaders and citizens they can be.


  • The University of Mary Washington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
  • The UMW Chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to offer certified degrees in chemistry.
  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of Mary Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Student Reviews

Life of a Mary Washington student.
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It does well with its science programs, but any others, such as the arts or philosophy, they only have the bare basics, and not that much variety

University of Mary Washington Fragmented
Provided by ESN rated 4 out of 5 stars

A small liberal arts school about an hour from the nation's capital of Washington D.C and the state of Virginia's capital Richmond. A lack of school community and spirit, a fragmented student body with an annoying about of scholarships directed towards athletics even though it is a liberal arts institution with the majority of students having no interest in sports....

Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States

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