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University of Mary Washington Overview

University of Mary Washington is a public institution situated in Fredericksburg, Virginia. UMW is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is University of Mary Washington Known For?

1,116 Undergraduate Awards
$36,970 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UMW have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at UMW.
  • In 2017-2018, 66% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UMW bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $51,400 a year. That's about 26% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average UMW student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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University of Mary Washington Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UMW.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#15 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UMW has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Other Physical Science Graduates College Factual
#5 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#5 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#9 Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#9 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is University of Mary Washington?

Location of University of Mary Washington

Contact details for UMW are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300
Phone: 540-654-1000

How Do I Get Into UMW?

You can apply to UMW online at:

Admission Requirements for UMW

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMW?

73% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
73% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 73%, UMW may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 77%.

Average Test Scores

About 73% of students accepted to UMW submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Mary Washington  ( 550 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Mary Washington  ( 530 to 610 )
UMW received ACT scores from 26% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for University of Mary Washington  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Mary Washington  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Mary Washington  ( 22 to 27 )

Can I Afford University of Mary Washington?

$36,970 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMW is $36,970. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UMW, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,183 a year. That adds up to $28,732 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMW is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Mary Washington Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,876 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,410 undergraduate students at UMW, with 3,876 being full-time and 534 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UMW

There are also 317 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,876 full-time undergraduates at UMW, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UMW

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Mary Washington students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UMW Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 150
Black or African American 291
Hispanic or Latino 379
White 2,649
International Students 45
Other Races/Ethnicities 362

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at University of Mary Washington. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 22 countries are represented at UMW. The most popular countries sending students to the school are United Kingdom, Australia, and China.

Online Learning at University of Mary Washington

114 Took All Classes Online
490 Took At Least One Class Online
292.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 490 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UMW has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of UMW

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Mary Washington was 292.5%. This is the #203 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UMW regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Mary Washington Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 177 0 37 214
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 116 0 0 116
General Psychology 0 103 0 0 103
General English Literature 0 89 0 0 89
General Biology 0 76 0 0 76
General Education 0 0 0 76 76
Geography & Cartography 29 37 0 10 76
Computer Information Systems 0 59 0 0 59
History 0 42 0 0 42
Nursing 0 40 0 0 40
Sociology 0 35 0 0 35
International Relations & National Security 0 33 0 0 33
Political Science & Government 0 32 0 0 32
Mathematics 0 31 0 0 31
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 30 30
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 30 0 0 30
Fine & Studio Arts 0 27 0 0 27
Other Physical Science 0 25 0 0 25
Historic Preservation 0 24 0 0 24
Economics 0 21 0 0 21
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 16 0 0 16
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 15 0 0 15
Music 0 15 0 0 15
Anthropology 0 14 0 0 14
Chemistry 0 13 0 0 13
Area Studies 0 6 0 0 6
Physics 0 6 0 0 6
Classical Languages & Literature 0 5 0 0 5
Special Education 0 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 29 1,087 1 153 1,270


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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