June 1, 2015 by
The University of Mary Washington has been named as the top ‘hidden gem’ college in the state of Virginia by College Raptor. College Raptor aims to help students find their best fit colleges, academically, culturally and financially. The platform named the top hidden gem college in each state to bring attention to small colleges around the country. To determine the top college, College Raptor looked at every four-year college in the United States and found the highest ranked colleges based on factors like selectivity, graduation rate, average debt upon graduation and other factors. Colleges included in the search included those that receive fewer than 5,000 applications per year, but have an enrollment of more than 1,000 students. College Raptor included a profile of UMW on its website detailing admissions, cost, academics, majors, campus life, safety and rankings. The full profile is available here. Other regional colleges named to the list include St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Davidson College in North Carolina. A full list of College Raptor’s hidden gem colleges in the United States is available online.
December 18, 2014 by
The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public College” for 2015. The university ranks sixth among Virginia’s best values and 92nd out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. The ranking cites four-year schools that provide a quality education at an affordable price, according to the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at kiplinger.com/links/college. “We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.” Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation. Other Virginia schools on the in-state “best value” list include the University of Virginia (2), the College of William and Mary (7), James Madison University (21), Virginia Tech (26) and Christopher Newport University (89). UMW has consistently appeared on the list since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.
September 12, 2014 by
Washington Monthly magazine has ranked the University of Mary Washington 25th among master’s universities in the nation in its 2014 College Guide and Rankings. The university was listed among 671 other schools across the nation and was one of only two Virginia institutions to make the top 25. The Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good. The criteria includes social mobility that encompasses recruiting and graduating low-income students; research that produces cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s; and service that encourages students to give back to their country. “Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” wrote editors of the Washington Monthly college guide. “Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it? Are they trying to become more productive—and if so, why is average tuition rising faster than health care costs? Every year we lavish billions of tax dollars and other public benefits on institutions of higher learning. This guide asks: Are we getting the most for our money?” The University of Mary Washington’s academic reputation has garnered national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks including U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.”
September 10, 2014 by
U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate program fifth among public southern universities in the “Top Public Regional Universities – South” category in its 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university has been ranked in the top 20 among southern universities for eight consecutive years and currently stands 13th among all southern universities in the same category. The listing was announced Sept. 9 in the magazine’s online edition. U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. For the full list, visit www.usnews.com. In addition, Virginia Living magazine’s State of Education issue for September cited the University of Mary Washington among its list of Old Dominion’s featured high schools and colleges for 2014. The university was noted for science, math and technology due to its new master’s degree program in geospatial analysis. In recent years, the university has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.”