February 26, 2024

Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Mary Washington is the only institution in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia named as a “best buy” in the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges. Mary Washington is among 41 public and private institutions designated as a “best buy,” delivering outstanding academics and the most reasonable prices. The selective guidebook features more than 300 colleges and universities. The listing was based on questionnaires sent to administrators and a cross-section of students. UMW is among 21 public and 20 private schools singled out as “best buys” in the 2014 edition of the guide. “Mary Washington has gained a reputation as one of the premium public liberal arts colleges in the country and continues to attract bright students from around the globe,” according to the Fiske Guide, which has been compiled for the past 30 years under the direction of Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of the New York Times. The Fiske Guide is available in bookstores and as an iPad app on iTunes and a web app on CollegeCountdown.com. For more information, visit http://www.collegecountdown.com/.

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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer  

UMW Receives Accolades for Affordability

The University of Mary Washington is listed among the top colleges and universities for affordability in two new online rankings. AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) includes UMW in its 2013 rankings of the 50 “Most Affordable Colleges with a High Return on Investment (ROI)” and EducatedQuest.com named UMW to its list of 2013 “Best Buy Public Colleges and Universities.” ACO used data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the Carnegie Classification to rank four-year, non-profit institutions based on cost and estimated ROI. UMW is No. 44 on the list. The online resource Educated Quest based its ranking of colleges and universities on several criteria, including freshman retention rate, six-year graduation rate, in-state and out-of-state tuition rates, and student indebtedness levels. UMW is one of 17 institutions on the list.