The University of Mary Washington is a public university in Virginia that focuses on undergraduate education in the liberal arts
The core of its main campus of roughly 4,000 mostly residential students in Fredericksburg, Virginia is the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers degrees in various liberal arts disciplines. A College of Education and a College of Business offer advanced degrees. Around 450 students are enrolled in the University’s graduate programs.
In their 2010 rankings of the best Master’s Universities in the Southern United States, U.S. News & World Report placed University of Mary Washington second out of all public schools and second overall. Forbes ranked UMW 13th among public colleges and universities in the United States in its 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” and 121st overall. The Princeton Review deemed the university one of the “Best Southeastern Colleges” in the United States. Kiplinger’s Personal Financemagazine ranked the university as the 2nd best value public college in 2009.
The University of Mary Washington’s policy debate team has consistently ranked in the top twenty policy debate teams over the past ten years. The Mary Washington debate team is currently ranked tenth among colleges and universities in the northeast region of the Cross Examination Debate Association. The team ranked 3rd overall in the National Debate Tournament.
A high percentage of University of Mary Washington alumni have worked in the Peace Corps. In 2008 it produced the sixth greatest amount of volunteers to the organization among small schools in the United States.