October 1, 2023

UMW Welcomes More Than 1,000 New Students

UMW welcomed more than 1,000 new students for the fall 2022 semester.

UMW welcomed more than 1,000 new students for the fall 2022 semester.

The University of Mary Washington welcomes new and returning students back to campus this week for the fall 2022 semester, starting with move-in for new students on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and culminating in the campus tradition of Eagle Gathering on Sunday, Aug. 21. Fall classes start Monday, Aug. 22.

Enrollment of both first-year and transfer students is up this year, with more than 750 expected to begin their college career at Mary Washington and about 300 switching from other schools. The 2022 entering class is the most diverse, with nearly 37% of incoming students identifying as racially or ethnically diverse. Twenty-five or so will travel thousands of miles, from as far away as Australia, Bangladesh and Uganda, and most new students will live on campus, with 85% making their college home in UMW’s residence halls. More than 70 will join the University’s prestigious Honors Program, celebrating its 10th year.

For first-year students, the fall semester begins with a First-Year Seminar (FSEM), with topics ranging from the art and science of human caring to working on democracy, and many more interdisciplinary offerings. Learning opportunities extend beyond the classroom as first-year students live with their FSEM cohorts. From academic and career exploration to rigorous coursework and co-curricular involvement, first-year students are immersed in an academic community that builds the knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary for success at UMW and beyond. This innovative core curriculum was recently recognized in the 2023 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Read more.