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About Mary Washington

University of Mary Washington is a public, state school that was founded in 1908. It is very difficult to get into Mary Washington. The institution enrolls around 4,293 students a year, including 3,993 undergrads.

Mary Washington offers early action and offers early decision.

Mary Washington Acceptance Rate

Around 75% of applicants get into Mary Washington each year. 8% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Mary Washington. In 2021, 4,543 out of 6,018 total applicants were accepted.

Mary Washington Application Deadlines

Early Admissions at Mary Washington

University of Mary Washington offers early decision. Mary Washington offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 75%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 8%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 26
Mean SAT score 1175
In-State Tuition $8,678
Out-of-State $25,104

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Mary Washington.

Financial Aid at Mary Washington

Mary Washington meets 41.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Mary Washington full-time are awarded $10,976 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve 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! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Does Mary Washington Provide Dorms?

Most Mary Washington students live off campus.

The most popular organizations for Mary Washington students to join are Class Council, Campus Programming Board and Community Outreach and Participation. Multicultural Fair, Devil Goat Day, and and Lip Sync are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Mary Washington.

GPA and Test Scores for Mary Washington

Mary Washington is considered very difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. The average high school GPA for a student at Mary Washington is 3.6 /4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1175 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 26.

Does Mary Washington Require the ACT or SAT?

Mary Washington has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 67% submitted the SAT. 14% submitted the ACT.

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Mary Washington Waitlist 2021

Mary Washington reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Mary Washington a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mary Washington

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Mary Washington, around 79% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 840 students who started at Mary Washington as first-time freshman, 459 graduate within four years.

Around 65% 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 Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 44 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $46,734 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $32,519 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Mary Washington sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Mary Washington a good school for you?

What is Mary Washington's Endowment?

Mary Washington's endowment was valued at $49,988,753 in 2021. The school spends $6,845 for each full-time student enrolled.

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Where is University of Mary Washington Located?

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

If you want to see Mary Washington for yourself, 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


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Mary Washington ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Mary Washington is 26. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Mary Washington. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Mary Washington SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1260


Math SAT Range

530 - 610


Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

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1260 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mary Washington students is 1175. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mary Washington, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 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 4,293 students enrolled at Mary Washington, including 3,993 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. 86% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from VA and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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