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Colleges / University of Mary Washington

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate82%
Acceptance Rate82%

About Mary Washington

University of Mary Washington Overview

University of Mary Washington is a public, state school in the small town setting of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mary Washington was founded in 1908 and the school presently has around 3,957 students per year, including 3,660 undergrads. Mary Washington provides on-campus housing for up to 2,330 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 60% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

Student Involvement at Mary Washington

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Mary Washington's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Mary Washington students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Mary Washington does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Mary Washington has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Mary Washington on the Student Life page.

2022 Mary Washington Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 83%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 91%
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 91%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28%
In-State Tuition $8,938
Out-of-State $25,858
Percent of Need Met 43%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,000

Is Mary Washington a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what Mary Washington offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Mary Washington

Mary Washington is very difficult to get into. The university admitted 82% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 5,027 applications received in 2022, 4,118 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mary Washington

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 83% of students who start at Mary Washington come back for their second year of college. Around 68% of students who started at Mary Washington earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Mary Washington Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Mary Washington by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 42% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Mary Washington grads have an average starting salary of $46,660 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Mary Washington's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Mary Washington's endowment was valued at $70.7 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $4,043 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Mary Washington

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Mary Washington meets 43% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Mary Washington full-time are awarded $11,000 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $32,519 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Mary Washington.

Based on this information, is Mary Washington the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Mary Washington a good school for you?

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Where is Mary Washington?

Mary Washington is located in the small town setting of Fredericksburg, Virginia, less than an hour from Richmond; Washington and D.C..

If you are interested in seeing Mary Washington for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Fredericksburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Reagan National.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Mary Washington and Fredericksburg are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5358

Campus Setting: Small Town

Mary Washington Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Mary Washington is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Mary Washington ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 and Above


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26 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Mary Washington is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Mary Washington. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Mary Washington SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1320


Math SAT Range

540 - 640


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above


1140 to 1320


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mary Washington students is 1228. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mary Washington, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1320 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Mary Washington.

Mary Washington Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Mary Washington is like? There are approximately 3,956 students enrolled at Mary Washington, including 3,660 undergraduate students and 296 graduate students. 85% percent of students attend school full-time, 92% percent are from VA and 8% percent of students are from other states.


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