May 21, 2022

Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Mary Washington has been named a “best buy” in the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges. Mary Washington is among 47 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. […]

U.S. News and World Report Ranks UMW Among the South’s Top Universities

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate program sixth among public Southern universities in the “Top Public Regional Universities – South” category in its 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” UMW has been ranked in the top 20 among Southern universities for nine consecutive years and currently stands 16th […]

UMW Named Virginia’s Hidden Gem

The University of Mary Washington has been named as the top ‘hidden gem’ college in the state of Virginia by College Raptor. UMW Move In 2014College Raptor aims to help students find their best fit colleges, academically, culturally and financially. The platform named the top hidden gem college in each state to bring attention to small colleges around the country. To determine the top college, College Raptor looked at every four-year college in the United States and found the highest ranked colleges based on factors like selectivity, graduation rate, average debt upon graduation and other factors. Colleges included in the search included those that receive fewer than 5,000 applications per year, but have an enrollment of more than 1,000 students. College Raptor included a profile of UMW on its website detailing admissions, cost, academics, majors, campus life, safety and rankings. The full profile is available here. Other regional colleges named to the list include St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Davidson College in North Carolina. A full list of College Raptor’s hidden gem colleges in the United States is available online.

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

Money Magazine Ranks UMW for Best Graduation Rates

The University of Mary Washington has been ranked among the nation’s top 25 public colleges with the best record of graduating students on time by Money Magazine.   PhotographerGraduating 66 percent of its student population in four years, UMW ranked 18th on the magazine’s list. UMW was the third of four Virginia institutions included in the list. The University of Virginia, College of William and Mary and James Madison University also were ranked. According to Money Magazine, the average public college student takes 4.6 years to earn a degree. Just one third of public college students actually earn their bachelor’s degree in four years, cited by the U.S. Department of Education. The result is an estimated extra $12,000 for the average public college student’s additional semester, based on College Board data. Earlier this year, UMW was ranked in Money Magazine’s first Best Colleges Rankings. UMW was listed seventh among Virginia public schools and 107th overall among more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities. Money looks at educational quality, affordability and career outcomes to create its list. To see the full list of public colleges where students graduate the fastest, visit

UMW Named One of America’s Best Public Colleges and Universities

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized among the nation’s best public colleges, according to a national study published in The Business Journals on Thursday, Feb. 12. Placing in the top 75 best public colleges, Mary Washington ranks 67 out of a total of 484 four-year public institutions that provide academic excellence, affordability and diversity. “[The Business Journals’] 19-part formula pinpointed the public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students,” according to a statistical analysis by The Business Journals. “It gave the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.” The study was based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The Business Journals also considered recent rankings by Forbes, Kiplinger’s, U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly. UMW also was recently 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. The university was recognized as a Best Southeastern College and one of Princeton Review’s Best 379 Colleges.

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 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

UMW Rated Among Nation’s Best Values by Kiplinger Magazine

The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public College” for 2015.   Monroe Hall The university ranks sixth among Virginia’s best values and 92nd out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. The ranking cites four-year schools that provide a quality education at an affordable price, according to the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at “We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.” Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation. Other Virginia schools on the in-state “best value” list include the University of Virginia (2), the College of William and Mary (7), James Madison University (21), Virginia Tech (26) and Christopher Newport University (89). UMW has consistently appeared on the list since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.

Washington Monthly Rates UMW Among Nation’s Top Schools

Washington Monthly magazine has ranked the University of Mary Washington 25th among master’s universities in the nation in its 2014 College Guide and Rankings.   relay for life 02The university was listed among 671 other schools across the nation and was one of only two Virginia institutions to make the top 25. The Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good. The criteria includes social mobility that encompasses recruiting and graduating low-income students; research that produces cutting-edge scholarships and Ph.D.s; and service that encourages students to give back to their country. “Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country,” wrote editors of the Washington Monthly college guide. “Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it? Are they trying to become more productive—and if so, why is average tuition rising faster than health care costs? Every year we lavish billions of tax dollars and other public benefits on institutions of higher learning. This guide asks: Are we getting the most for our money?” The University of Mary Washington’s academic reputation has garnered national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks including U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.”

U.S. News Ranks UMW Among Top Five Public Universities in the South

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate program fifth among public southern universities in the “Top Public Regional Universities – South” category in its 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university has been ranked in the top 20 among southern universities for eight consecutive years and currently stands 13th among all southern universities in the same category.   geology 4The listing was announced Sept. 9 in the magazine’s online edition. U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. For the full list, visit In addition, Virginia Living magazine’s State of Education issue for September cited the University of Mary Washington among its list of Old Dominion’s featured high schools and colleges for 2014. The university was noted for science, math and technology due to its new master’s degree program in geospatial analysis. In recent years, the university has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.”