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Colleges / University of Mary Washington

University of Mary Washington

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

Mary Washington Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Mary Washington, the fee for the application is $50.

Mary Washington Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Mary Washington's admissions stats.

Mary Washington 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 14%
Mean SAT Score 1228
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 28%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 6%
Waitlist Yes

University of Mary Washington Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Mary Washington.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 10
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 January 31

Applying Early to Mary Washington?

Mary Washington offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 10.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Mary Washington will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

The early decision acceptance rate at Mary Washington is 83%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 82%.

Mary Washington accepts around 91% of early action applicants and 82% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Mary Washington admitted 72 of the 87 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Mary Washington admitted 2,139 of the 2,34 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they believe it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Mary Washington Admissions

How To Get Into University of Mary Washington

Getting into Mary Washington is very difficult. Mary Washington evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Mary Washington accepted 82% of students, approximately 4,118 of the 5,027 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Mary Washington, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Mary Washington

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Mary Washington

Mary Washington has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Mary Washington Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Mary Washington

Curious about the factors that are considered by Mary Washington during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Mary Washington for more information on admission factors.

Mary Washington Application Requirements

To apply to Mary Washington, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Mary Washington's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Mary Washington?

Students admitted to Mary Washington have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7. Mary Washington considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 57.9% submitted a class rank. At Mary Washington 14% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31% were in the top 25% and 76% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Mary Washington, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 30.7%
3.75 and 3.99 19.62%
3.50 and 3.74 15.19%
3.25 and 3.49 15.19%
3.00 and 3.24 9.34%
2.50 and 2.9 9.49%
2.00 and 2.49 0.47%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Mary Washington directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Mary Washington considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 28% of Mary Washington's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Mary Washington?

To be competitive with other Mary Washington applicants, you should strive to score between 1140 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Mary Washington 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Mary Washington student is 1228.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Mary Washington students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Mary Washington students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Mary Washington?

To be most competitive at Mary Washington, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Mary Washington's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Mary Washington students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Mary Washington

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Mary Washington. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Mary Washington during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Mary Washington Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Mary Washington?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Mary Washington.

Does Mary Washington accept transfer credits?

✅ Mary Washington accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Mary Washington accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Mary Washington accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Mary Washington accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Mary Washington?

❌ No, Mary Washington is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to submit your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Mary Washington's acceptance rate?

✅ Mary Washington has an acceptance rate of 82%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Mary Washington?

✅ Mary Washington's early decision acceptance rate was 83% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Mary Washington?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Mary Washington was 91% in 2021.

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Mary Washington Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Mary Washington? Mary Washington is a very selective institution. The Mary Washington acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 81 out of every 100 applicants.


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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Mary Washington, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.71. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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