The University of Mary Washington
The University of Mary Washington - Comments and Student Experiences|
Its also painfully obvious reading some of the positive reviews that the school writes their own reviews.If you would still like to goto this school all you have to do to get in is basically have a heartbeat. They accept almost everyone. They accept so many unqualified people that they have a transition program prior to freshman year to try to help these kids not flunk and drop out (money the school loses through tuition, books, etc). This school is a joke.
1) THIS SCHOOL IS BORING. I cannot exaggerate on that because it's true. It is *SO* boring and people go home on the weekends all the time. The campus is dead and SAE (the group in charge of making events) makes mediocre events. I've tried going, seriously. There are a few parties- but you have to make connections and sometimes they are really exclusive due to the athletic teams being annoying.
2) The students in the athletic department are really snooty, honestly. I met a few nice people, but they are just overall really exclusive. They have parties the majority of the time- but only THEY can go. I had a group of my friends somehow go to one of their parties, and one of the people said, "What are you doing here? This is an athlete party only." Like what??? That's just rude.
3) There's +100 clubs to join, but some of them are exclusive. And they hardly do anything. Ever. And it's hard to be active when you're focusing on classes. But it is possible to get involved.
4) THIS FREAKED ME OUT SO MUCH- one person wrote a negative review about the food with finding metal in it. One day, I was eating a wrap from The Nest (one of 3 dining options) and I found plastic inside of it. And I've also found plastic in ice cream from Seacobeck (another dining hall). It freaked me out so much that I got a panic attack.
5) Fredericksburg was not a college town at all. There is no "UMW pride" at all in the school or in Fredericksburg. Some of the local people are rude to the students, but some are friendly. There's NOTHING to due in Fredericksburg unless you have a car. And most people go home on the weekends, as mentioned.
6) I wanted to have a car my 2nd semester so I could take some classes at the community college so I could have the college experience, but get some of the classes I needed. However- I WAS DENIED. Apparently I couldn't have a car because it was "work or medical" related. That's not fair at all- I needed to have a car to take additional classes!
7) BE CAREFUL WITH CHOOSING CLASSES. There are certain classes you *NEED* before transferring: Math, Science w/ Lab, English, and History. These classes fill up, and sometimes not offered in the Fall or Spring. They also don't transfer sometimes. For an example: UMW's Biology 101 does not transfer to ECU, but a community college biology class will. It doesn't make sense.
8) The school is just way too small, and if you like that- awesome! But if not- I would highly suggest looking at places.
9) The food is not good. At all. There was a sickness spreading around at one point. Freaky.
10) NO SCHOOL SPIRIT OR PRIDE. At all. It was horrible. No one goes to any of the games because they are busy with school work, or just too lazy. I saw more VT apparel versus UMW apparel.
11) For dorm requests, they don't read them. They literally do it by random. It was kinda frustrating getting a choice not even listed on the request.
12) The administration is not very understanding about events on campus. They tend to shut down everything.
13) The police is worse. They bust parties before 12am 90% of the time.
14) Most parties are off campus and a 30 minute walk at least.
Now for the positives:
1) Even though Fredericksburg is boring, I felt safe there. I walked around at 3 am with a buddy- you just need to have a friend with you. There was only two UMW alert about a homeless drunken guy walking around on campus, and a rumored shooting off campus.
2) Some of the friends I've made here I still communicate with. They were really supportive about my dislike for the college. And about 80% of the people here are very nice and friendly. The people at UMW either LOVE THE SCHOOL MORE THAN LIFE or just HATE it.
3) Without a doubt, I loved the professors at this university. They were so helpful, kind, understanding, and always answered my emails. If you work hard, you can do well. This college is notoriously known to have the work load of UVA and W&M. I was failing Psychology half way in the semester, and managed to get a B with the class because the professor offered so much extra credit opportunities. My previous roommate transferred to GMU, and said she missed the professors at UMW.
4) Even though the food sucks, there is plenty of food at the bookstore and there's a grocery store across the street from UMW. That was pretty nice.
5) The dorms are either pretty nice or kinda gross, but honestly it didn't bother me much. I lived in a no-AC dorm, and was fine.
6) The campus is BEAUTIFUL. So pretty, and enjoyable to walk around in the fall/ spring.
7) If you're +21 there are a few clubs, but not much in the area.
8) If you want to leave UMW and transfer to another school- it's not hard. The staff is so supportive if the school isn't for you. The dean is so wonderful and he's great. He will schedule a meeting with you and have you explain on why UMW isn't for you. The staff will provide transcripts when you request them, and they are helpful. Just get the best grades you can, and GET ABOVE A 3.0 for transferring.
Those are my negative and positive points about UMW. I tried not to be too mean, but I wanted to be honest about the school. If you go to UMW, you will either love it or hate it. Good luck with the college process. If you are at UMW for one semester, and hate it- I would go to community college the second semester, or apply to other schools.