June 28, 2022

Princeton Review, Money Magazine, Forbes Rate UMW Among the Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington has recently been ranked among the nation’s best colleges by the Princeton Review, Money Magazine and Forbes. UMW has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges” and has been recognized as a best regional college. 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. “University of Mary Washington ‘lives up to its reputation’ while providing ‘rigor­ous education in a fun and engaging atmosphere,’” according to UMW’s profile. “Students rave about the ‘small, beautiful cam­pus’ and ‘strong sense of community.’” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. Money Magazine, which just released its first Best Colleges Rankings, also included the University of Mary Washington. UMW is ranked 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. Lastly, UMW is included on Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list. The Forbes’ list ranks 650 colleges and universities and focuses on what students are getting out of their college experience. “This year it comes down to small, student-centric, liberal arts colleges vs. large, brainy, research-oriented universities closely associated with science, technology, engineering and math,” said writer Caroline Howard in a Forbes press release. “The…ranking reveals higher education in flux, ongoing debate between the value of liberal arts vs. STEM degrees and a winning formula of high student satisfaction and graduation rates, alumni career success and low student debt.”    

Fiske College Guide Names UMW Among Nation’s Best

The University of Mary Washington is the only institution in Virginia and the District of Columbia to be named as a “best buy” in the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges. This is the fifth consecutive year for UMW to be awarded this distinction. “I am delighted that, once again, UMW is being recognized for the high quality institution that it is,” said UMW President Richard V. Hurley. “The distinction confirms what we long have known: This University offers a tremendous return on investment.” Mary Washington is among 44 public and private institutions designated as a “best buy,” delivering outstanding academics and the most reasonable prices. FiskeBestBuy_1The 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 22 public and 22 private schools singled out as “best buys” in the 2015 edition of the guide. “Mary Washington could easily be mistaken for one of Virginia’s elite private colleges. It offers just as much history and tradition—for a much lower price. . . On the selectivity chart, UMW ranks behind only UVA and William and Mary among Virginia public universities,” according to the Fiske Guide, which has been compiled annually under the direction of Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of The New York Times. “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.” 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/.

Kiplinger Names UMW Best Value in Small Colleges

The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “30 Best Values in Small Colleges” for 2014. The university ranks sixth among public colleges on the list. The ranking is part of Kiplinger’s new College Finder tool, which complements the magazine’s annual “Best Values in Public Colleges” and “Best Values in Private Colleges” lists and also reveals the best college values in each region, best values among different-sized campuses and best values under $30,000 a year. In December, UMW was named one of Kiplinger’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2014. The university ranks fifth among Virginia’s best values and 61st out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. UMW has consistently appeared in Kiplinger since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.

Kiplinger’s Magazine Rates UMW Among Nation’s Best Values

The University of Mary Washington is listed among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2014.

NS-Fall-2-1The university ranks fifth among Virginia’s best values and 61st out of 100 four-year public institutions nationwide. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value, according to the February 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s. The list is available online at http://www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

“The college landscape today is very different – tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This year’s top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students.”

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 (4), James Madison University (22), Virginia Tech (27), George Mason University (72) and Christopher Newport University (84).

UMW has consistently appeared on the list since 2006, and continuously ranks high in selective college guidebooks.

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

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate program fifth among public southern universities in the “Top Public Regional Universities – South” category in its 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university ranks 13th among all southern universities in the same category. Mary Washington has been ranked in the top 20 among southern universities each year for seven consecutive years. UMW is ranked fifth among public universities in the south, according to U.S. News & World Report. The listing was announced Sept. 10 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. UMW also is named in a list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” for schools ranked among the top three-quarters of their peer groups in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings that admit a meaningful proportion of non-“A” students. For the full list, visit www.usnews.com. 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 2012 edition of 150 “Best Value Colleges” and the 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges.”

Virginia Living Magazine Names UMW Among Most Innovative Schools

The University of Mary Washington has been selected as one of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s top schools of 2013 by Virginia Living, the most widely read lifestyle magazine in the state. UMW is listed among 150 of Virginia’s most innovative educational programs in the magazine’s State of Education supplement in the October issue. BADGE_final_VaLivingThe list recognizes schools for excellence and innovation in five categories, including arts and humanities, science, math, and technology, co-ops and partnerships, athletics, and capital improvements. UMW appears in the science, math and technology category for its Domain of One’s Own initiative, the capital improvements category for the new Information and Technology Convergence center, and the co-ops and partnerships category for its partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. UMW’s Domain of One’s Own project is unprecedented in higher education. Starting this fall, the university provides each incoming student with the opportunity to claim his or her own personal web domain name and web hosting account. Under the guidance of UMW’s Department of Division of Learning and Technologies, students are able to define and control their online presence, managing coursework, developing e-portfolios and setting up databases that remain with them long after they graduate. UMW successfully piloted the program during the 2012-13 academic year, offering it to 400 students and faculty. Other institutions have taken an interest and are planning to emulate the project. The Convergence Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. One of the biggest construction projects at UMW is a $39 million Information & Technology Convergence Center, which will serve as an “academic commons” building. The center will be a place where technology, information and teaching resources merge in a modern, energetic and vibrant environment. The four-story building, expected to open by fall 2014, will connect to Simpson Library and will contain a data center, classrooms, offices, a digital theater, media labs, a café and countless collaboration areas. UMW and the Naval Surface Warfare Center have had a long, rich history of working together, starting in World War II and continuing through the present day. Among other initiatives, NSWC provides the Fredericksburg campus with a high-resonance nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, which is used cooperatively by the chemistry department and NSWC scientists. In addition, the Navy facility sponsors internships to computer science students, and supports STEM teacher training at UMW. UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research, opened in 2012, serves as an educational off-site location for NSWC and other base commands. The magazine will be available in bookstores on Friday, Sept. 6. More information about the State of Education list is available at http://www.virginialiving.com/.

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

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.

Peace Corps Ranks UMW Among Top-Producing Small Colleges

Once again, the Peace Corps has ranked the University of Mary Washington among the nation’s top-producing colleges for alumni now serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

UMW ranks third on the Peace Corps’ list of small schools or institutions with less than 5,000 undergraduates. Currently, UMW has 21 alumni serving around the world, the Peace Corps announced on Feb. 5.

Chad Chadbourn ’06 (right) taught a small business course to high school students as part of his Peace Corps service in Costa Rica

Mary Washington has been named to the Peace Corps’ list of 25 top-producing small schools for the 10th consecutive year. In 2012 and 2011, the university placed No. 1 among schools in the same category, with 30 and 32 alumni serving in the Peace Corps, respectively.

In all, 230 Mary Washington alumni have served the 27-month commitment around the world since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961.

For Chad Chadbourn ’06, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica from 2006 to 2008, UMW fosters values and skills that fit well with the Peace Corps’ mission.

“Mary Washington really encourages students to go about developing a better global mindset,” said Chadbourn, a 2013 MBA candidate at the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business. “The personal initiative, interpersonal skills and communication skills through the writing and speaking intensive courses really enhance one’s ability to be a Peace Corps volunteer.”

Bethany Farrell ’11 currently serves in Morocco as a youth development volunteer.

Bethany Farrell ’11 (first row, third from right) is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco

“I learned so much about myself and about the world during my time at Mary Washington, and I use that education all the time here,” Farrell said. “There are so many tolerant, respectful and open-minded people at Mary Washington, and I try to demonstrate those qualities each and every day of my service.”

For any interested students currently enrolled at UMW, the Peace Corps will hold an information session on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body. The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2012 data as of September 30, 2012, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. A complete list of colleges and universities can be viewed at Peace Corps’ Top Colleges.

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News release prepared by: Marty Morrison and Brynn Boyer