February 28, 2021

Mary Washington Classics Program Shines as No. 1 Among Student Rankings

UMW senior Ruth Wilmot poses with the Primaporta Augustus statue, honoring the first emperor of the Roman Empire, during a study abroad trip to Rome prior to the pandemic. Mary Washington’s classics program just earned the top spot on a student-curated list in College Magazine.

UMW senior Ruth Wilmot poses with the Primaporta Augustus statue, honoring the first emperor of the Roman Empire, during a study abroad trip to Rome prior to the pandemic. Mary Washington’s classics program just earned the top spot on a student-curated list in College Magazine.

University of Mary Washington sophomore Brooke Prevedel considered dozens of schools in her quest to study ancient Greece and Rome in college. What she learned about the classics program at UMW catapulted it to the top of her list and convinced her to move 2,000 miles across the country from Colorado.

“Now that I’m attending UMW and have gotten to meet my professors and peers, I can honestly say that I would make the same choice again and again,” Prevedel said.

Other students agree. Mary Washington has earned the top spot on a student ranking of classics programs, besting schools like University of Chicago, New York University and Yale on a recent list by College Magazine. The online publication, written by students for students, features rankings of U.S. colleges, academic advice, student health information and career tips.

In an article this month titled “I Came, I Saw, I Crushed This Major: Top 10 Best Classics Schools,” reporter Danielle Falco, a St. John’s University student, sang the praises of UMW’s classics major and the Department of Classics, Philosophy and Religious Studies (CPR). “Among the University of Mary Washington’s 60-plus major options, its classical program shines like the Golden Fleece,” Falco wrote. Read more.