Lee Hall on the campus of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg

UMW Rated ‘Best’ by Princeton Review, Money, Forbes

by | Jul 29, 2015 | Schools & Education

By Susan Larson

The Princeton Review, Money Magazine and Forbes have each ranked the University of Mary Washington (UMW) among the nation’s best colleges.

UMW earned recognition on The Princeton Review’s “The Best 379 Colleges” and was named a “Best Southeastern College.”

Money Magazine ranked UMW seventh among Virginia public schools and 107th overall among more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities.  Money based its first “Money’s Best Colleges” list on educational quality, affordability and career outcomes.

UMW ranked number 255 overall and number 53 in the south on Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges 2014.”  The list of 650 schools is based on “output” over “input.”  “We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college,” the magazine wrote about its methodology.
University of Mary Washington
The University of Mary Washington has an undergraduate population of about 4,000, according to the school.  The liberal arts and sciences program provides more than 40 majors and programs of study. The school’s degree programs are Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis.

In state tuition is about $9,720 annually, while out-of-state tuition is $22,590.

UMW is named for President George Washington’s mother.  The school was founded in 1908 as Mary Washington College, a woman’s only institution. It became coeducational in the 1970’s.  In 2004 the General Assembly of Virginia renamed the institution University of Mary Washington.
Top 10 U.S. Colleges
The “10 finest schools in America,” according to Forbes, are:

Williams College
 Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Princeton University
Yale University
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pomona College
U.S. Military Academy
Amherst College

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