November 11, 2019

Buster-Williams Headlines Strategic Enrollment Management Conference

Vice President of Enrollment Management Kimberley Buster-Williams was a headliner at the 29th Annual Strategic Enrollment Management Conference, presented by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 3-6, 2019. An AACRAO member since 1996, Buster-Williams has more than two decades of experience in higher education, including senior administrative assignments at Northern Illinois University and the University of Michigan-Flint. Her background includes extensive work in strategic planning, enrollment management in the academic context, access and diversity, branding/marketing, and assessment.

UMW to Host Admissions Open House, Oct. 26

A message from the Office of Admissions: 

To the UMW Community:

On Saturday, October 26, 2019, the University of Mary Washington will host its UMW Admissions Open House. Approximately 250 prospective students (typically transfers and high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and their families will visit campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The estimated guest count is over 600 visitors.

A sample agenda is posted here. Visitor parking has been reserved in parking deck level 4 off of Route 1, the GW lot, along College Avenue, general visitor parking spaces on Double Drive, the Jefferson Framar Lot and Admissions visitor parking spaces on Double Drive. Primary event locations are the University Center, George Washington Hall, Lee Hall, the Hurley Convergence Center, and campus/residence hall tours in Mason. Expect to see increased foot traffic on campus and curious newcomers at the Top of the University Center (fourth floor), especially between noon and 2 p.m.

While the Office of Admissions sponsors these events, the entire campus assumes the role of host. Our visitors frequently comment on how “friendly, helpful, and engaging” our UMW community is. To this end, last year we enrolled 695 students who had visited campus. Our goal this year is to increase the number of students who visit by 10%.

We encourage you to show your support and tweet to @MaryWash. We would like to see #UMWOpenHouse trending throughout the day. If you’d like to be involved in Open Houses or have ideas, please contact Admissions at 540-654-2000 or email

Thank you for your partnership in showcasing all that is great about UMW!

Financial Aid Phone-a-thon Scheduled

The Office of Financial Aid mailed nearly 1,000 financial aid awards to admitted first-year and transfer students during the first week in January. Join us as we reach out to these students to confirm receipt of the awards and remind them of the steps they must take to enroll.

5-7 p.m.
Monday, January 29
Wednesday, January 31
Thursday, February 1

• Meet at Lee Hall, Fourth Floor, Admissions Operations Suite.

• Pizza and drinks will be provided each evening.

• Contact Melissa Yakabouski at to volunteer.

UMW Admissions Seeks Feedback

Did you have a senior in high school this year that embarked on the college admission process at UMW and/or other colleges and universities?  We’d like to hear about your experiences – what you thought worked, what was missing, what we need to improve on or keep doing!

Please join the Office of Admissions for lunch on either Wednesday, April 29 or Thursday, April 30 at noon to share your feedback.

To RSVP or for additional information, contact Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Melissa Yakabouski at 540-654-1669 or

Local High Schools Participate in UMW Workshop

Public-Speaking-WorkshopThe Speaking Center and the Office of Admissions co-sponsored the Public Speaking  and Advocacy Workshop Feb. 1, 2014. The workshop included instruction on effective speaking, delivery skills, handling communication apprehension, and advocacy, given by Anand Rao and Tim O’Donnell. Students gave a three to five minute speech that they prepared in advance, and also participated in a town hall debate. Speaking center consultants observed those speeches and debates and provided feedback to the students. A total of 20 students participated, including students from Colonial Forge High School, Mountain View High School, Stafford High School, Spotsylvania High School, Riverbend High School, and the Fredericksburg home school speech and debate club. You can find more information about the workshop at: