February 25, 2024

UMW Proceeds With Plans for In-Person Learning

Welcoming students back to campus is the right decision for Mary Washington. That’s what UMW President Troy Paino said in a video released late yesterday, in which he announced that, following a three-week delay of in-person classes, students will begin returning to campus on Sept. 10 and to limited in-person learning on Sept. 14. “I […]

McClurken Named as Special Advisor to UMW President

University of Mary Washington faculty member Jeffrey W. McClurken has been appointed as special advisor to the president. President Troy D. Paino made the announcement today, May 16, in an email message to the UMW community. McClurken is professor of history and American studies and also currently serves as special assistant to the provost for […]

Mikhalevsky Appointed UMW Provost

Nina Mikhalevsky has been named provost at the University of Mary Washington, effective July 1, 2017. She has worked at the University since 2006 and currently is serving as acting provost. President Troy D. Paino announced Mikhalevsky’s appointment today, March 31, in an email message to the UMW community. Paino cited her proven administrative capability […]

Welcome, President Paino!

Let’s all give a warm Eagle welcome to UMW’s new president, Troy D. Paino, who will join us officially on Tuesday, July 5.

Troy D. Paino 2016Dr. Paino and his family—wife Kelly and daughters Sophia and Chloe—will spend the holiday weekend settling into their new home after making the move from Kirksville, Mo.

Dr. Paino served as president of Truman State University for six years, and was that university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs before that. He also served as dean of Winona State University’s College of Liberal Arts, in Minnesota.

Dr. Paino earned doctorate and master’s degrees in American studies from Michigan State University. He holds a juris doctorate from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Evangel University.

His teaching and scholarly interests include American higher education, 20th-century cultural and social history and American legal history. He has written extensively on the history of American sports and published his book, The Social History of the United States: 1960s, in 2008.

The entire UMW community wishes the Paino family much happiness in their new home. We welcome them to the Eagle family!



UMW Announces Tenth President

Dr. Troy Paino leaves Truman State to take top job here.

UMW to Solicit Community Input on Presidential Search

The University of Mary Washington will host a series of open forums to solicit community input on the search for the 10th president of the university starting Tuesday, August 25. The forums will provide students, faculty, staff and the Fredericksburg community with the opportunity to provide thoughts on the characteristics and background needed in our […]

UMW Ranked as Best Bang for the Buck

The University of Mary Washington has been ranked among Washington Monthy’s “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges,” part of its 2015 College Guide published Monday, Aug. 24. UMW is placed 16thamong 288 schools in the Southeast category of the list, which the magazine describes as an “exclusive list of schools that that help non-wealthy students […]

UMW Education Professor Receives Topher Bill Award

Venitta McCall, professor in the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington, has been recognized with the J. Christopher Bill Outstanding Faculty Service Award for her contributions to the University as well as her involvement and leadership in the community. A member of the UMW faculty since 1987, McCall has compiled an extensive […]

UMW to Offer Early Decision Admission Plan

The University of Mary Washington will offer early decision as an option to prospective students applying for admission. The university’s Board of Visitors approved the plan during its August 8 meeting.

Donald Rallis' geography class, Thursday Oct. 27, 2011. (Photo by Norm Shafer).Early decision is a binding agreement between a student and the university.  Prospective students who apply to their first-choice institutions by the early decision deadline will receive prompt consideration of their applications. If accepted, the student commits to UMW and agrees to withdraw applications from all other schools.

“We wanted to give students another option as it relates to applying to the University of Mary Washington,” said Kimberley Buster-Williams, associate provost for enrollment management.  “For many students, UMW is their first choice so early decision is a great option. This option empowers high school seniors to tailor their college application experience from day one. ”

UMW will begin accepting early decision applications immediately. Currently, the university also offers non-binding early action and regular decision options for prospective students.

The early decision application deadline is Nov. 1, early action deadline is Nov. 15 and regular admission applications are due Feb. 1. Students will be notified in early December about their acceptance under early decision.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions.umw.edu/undergraduate or 540-654-2000.

UMW Ranked Among Best Colleges by Forbes & Princeton Review

The University of Mary Washington has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of “The Best 380 Colleges” and Forbes’ 2016 list of “America’s Top Colleges.”

PhotographerThe Princeton Review is a New York City-based education services company that annually publishes guidebooks ranking colleges, business and law schools. The annual college guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, including admissions selectivity, academics and quality of life.

In its profile, The Princeton Review says UMW students applaud the university’s commitment to academics and the strong sense of community that pervades the campus body.

Students say that UMW is about “finding what you’re passionate about and studying it through multiple disciplines and perspectives while building strong relationships with faculty and peers,” according to UMW’s profile. “Students rave about the ‘small, beautiful campus’ and ‘strong sense of community.’”

UMW was ranked 260th out of 650 colleges and universities in Forbes’ 2016 list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which is now in its eight year. It also is listed 52nd among schools in the South.

According to Forbes, the list of 650 schools is unique to competitors in the way it focuses on ‘output’ over ‘input.” According to the magazine, “We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?”

The full lists are available at www.PrincetonReview.com and http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/.