August 3, 2020

Mary Washington Earns Spot Among Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’

The University of Mary Washington has once again been named among the nation’s best by The Princeton Review’s annual publication, The Best 385 Colleges. The 2020 edition of the leading college guide, which debuted today, profiles only about 13 percent of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.

In it, students gave UMW high marks in both campus life and academics, praising Mary Washington for providing the “strategies and tools necessary to think critically and succeed in the workforce” and “professors [who] go the extra mile to help students.” They also bragged about the research opportunities, dedication to community service, school spirit and quality of life they found on campus.

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Princeton Review Ranks UMW as a Green College

The University of Mary Washington has been ranked among the nation’s top “green colleges” in a report published Thursday, April 16, 2015. The ranking appears in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges. The University of Mary Washington was recognizedPhotographed April 20, 2010. (Photo by Norm Shafer) for its robust on-campus sustainability program, which has been spearheaded by the UMW Sustainability Office and the President’s Council on Sustainability. The Princeton Review also recognized UMW for the following achievements:
  • 100 percent of new campus construction has been LEED-certified.
  • 18 percent of the university’s food budget is spent on local and organic food.
  • The university has a waste diversion rate of 30 percent.
  • 10 percent of graduates have taken a sustainability-related academic course.
“We strongly recommend the University of Mary Washington and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher. In the past year, UMW has participated in Virginia’s 2015 RecycleMania competition, hosted community shred events and collaborated with the City of Fredericksburg on a campaign against cigarette butt litter. Mary Washington received international recognition in the annual RecycleMania competition and was named a Virginia Green Travel Leader. Currently, the university is working on a Tree Campus USA designation for the Fredericksburg campus, a certification awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation. This annual publication identifies colleges with exemplary commitments to sustainability. Selected from nearly 900 institutions, each school is rated based on a 2014 survey of college administrators that asked about sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. To see the full list of institutions included in the guide, visit www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

Princeton Review Rates UMW Among Nation’s Best Values

The University of Mary Washington has been ranked among the nation’s best value colleges by Princeton Review.   "Photographer"UMW is listed in The Princeton Review’s Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition, which went on sale Tuesday, Feb. 3. The university has been recognized as a Best Southeastern College and one of Princeton Review’s Best 379 Colleges. The Princeton Review is a New York City-based education services company that annually publishes guidebooks ranking colleges, business and law schools. Colleges That Pay You Back is an expansion of Princeton Review’s former Best Value Colleges and selects schools based on a unique “Return-on-Education” rating that measures 40 weighted data points covering the areas of academics, affordability and career prospects. The rating was based on data collected in 2013-14 from more than 650 college administrator and student surveys and responses conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools. “We salute and highly recommend all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and lead author of the book. “They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both. Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.” In addition, UMW has been ranked third in the state and 140th nationally by the Social Mobility Index as a school providing pathways for social and economic mobility. The index ranks schools based on their “policy towards increasing access to higher education” with consideration for tuition and economic background of the student body, graduation rate, early career salary and endowment. For a full listing of Princeton’s Colleges that Pay Back, visit www.princetonreview.com/colleges-pay-you-back.

Share UMW’s Story

Please encourage students to help tell the UMW story by taking the Princeton Review student survey at http://bit.ly/UMWsurvey. They will have a chance to influence the way the University is perceived by prospective students, parents and the public.

The Princeton Review currently is conducting its 2013-14 undergraduate survey. The survey provides valuable information about UMW for an upcoming edition of the Princeton Review, which includes the Best Colleges Books for college-bound high school seniors. Feedback from current students forms an important part of the narrative about UMW for the next three years.

The survey must be completed by Feb. 14, 2014. Please remind students to take time to seriously complete the survey and thoughtfully consider any comments they make. Their actual remarks may be included in the published narrative.

By completing the survey, they will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of 10 Apple iPad devices awarded nationally.

UMW Among Best Colleges, According to Princeton Review

The University of Mary Washington has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges.” The Princeton Review is a New York City-based education services company that annually publishes guidebooks ranking colleges, business and law schools. PhotographerThe 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 small student body and class sizes for fostering close interactions with faculty members. “Students believe UMW is ‘a hidden jewel that delivers on a historical campus’ and say courses are ‘engaging and intellectually stimulating,’” according to UMW’s profile. “Overall, students agree, ‘Mary Washington is all about getting a well-rounded education while becoming a part of a great community’ and point out that ‘professors are included in that as well.’” Princeton Review 2014Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys,” said Robert Franek, author of “The Best 378 Colleges” and Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.  It is their opinions that college applicants often value the most, particularly on (or in the absence of) campus visits. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.” The full list is available at www.PrincetonReview.com.

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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer

Seven Professors Named to “Best 300” List

Seven University of Mary Washington professors have been named to the Princeton Review’s inaugural publication of “Best 300 Professors.” The list of best professors, announced Tuesday, April 3, features 300 teaching faculty members from 122 public and private colleges and universities.

Profiled in the publication are Beverly Almond, adjunct professor of English; Dan Hubbard, associate professor and chair of accounting and management information systems; Miriam Liss, associate professor of psychology; Jeffrey McClurken, associate professor and chair of history; Warren Rochelle, professor of English; Gregg Stull, professor and chair of theatre; and Steve Watkins, professor of English.

“We are thrilled to have seven professors recognized among the top in the nation,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “Our more than 350 talented and dedicated master teachers inspire our students daily, and their work in and out of the classroom underscores the university’s commitment to be the best public liberal arts and sciences university in the country.”

For biographies of all seven professors, read the full news release from Tuesday, April 3.

UMW Listed Among Top 150 “Best Value Colleges”

The University of Mary Washington has been named to the Princeton Review’s 150 “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition.” The list of best value colleges, announced Tuesday, Feb. 7 on the Princeton Review website and in USA Today, features 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities.

Mary Washington is listed among the nation’s 75 “Best Value Public Colleges.” The Princeton Review bases its rankings on surveys of administrators and students at 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. The selection criteria examined more than 30 factors in the areas of academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, using data from surveys conducted from fall 2010 through fall 2011.

“We are delighted that once again the University of Mary Washington has been recognized for delivering a top quality education while providing a great value,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “An investment in a UMW education is an investment in innovative teaching and development of intellectual curiosity. Our students are exposed to rigorous academics that prepare them for the real world. In a time when it is so important to seek the greatest return on our investments, Mary Washington’s place on the Princeton Review list reaffirms this commitment to our students.”

Other Virginia public schools on the list include Christopher Newport University, the College of William & Mary, James Madison University, Longwood University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Princeton Review Ranks UMW Among Nation’s Finest

The University of Mary Washington has been named to the Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.” The 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.

The University of Mary Washington has received national recognition through consistently high rankings in selective publications and many college guidebooks, including most recently the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The university has also received been recognized in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, U.S. News & World Report and Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and Universities.

Read the full news release.