- Class: Senior
- Major: Linguistics
- Gender: F
- High School: West Potomac
- Transfer Student: N
Granted our school is small and in a very quiet and historically important area of Virginia, therefore we can accept the lable of being a more conservative campus in terms of typical college campuses. We don't have greek life, but it's also not needed because of our small 4,000 population. We dont have a football team, but plenty of sport teams on multiple levels (varsity, club, intermural) to join, and we dont have huge raging parties, but that's why I decided UMW would be a good fit for me. The size leads to a tight close community where all students are involved in extracurriculars and therefore everyones social circle is huge. You know at least 5 people when leaving your room, and you can bet on having friends in every class you take. It makes the transition into college a little easier when you can make friends easily. On the down side being a smaller liberal arts school we dont have as much funding as larger schools would have so it leads to only two choices for food on campus, 40 majors, limited campus jobs and a library and gym that close "early".
UMW prides itself in its academics. All students strive for their very best performance, taking upto 18 credits every semester, making the dean's list, taking on multiple majors and studying in the library on Saturdays. This may seem overwhelming but when your teachers are as passionate about their students as they are their work any less would seem unfit. On average class sizes are 25 and student teacher ratios are 18:1. This makes it incredibly easy to get to know not only the rest of your classmates but your teachers as well. I've had great relationships with the majority of my professors in and outside of the classroom, as I've been known to bump into them at school plays and at the grocery.
Our "liberal arts college" focus has grabbed the attention of a special kind of person which makes up our student body. There is no one factor that can label the kind of students which attend the university but they are all passionate about their special interest whether it is in religious groups, cultural differences, community service, political views or sports. There is something for everyone at UMW to be involved in, and if we dont have it you can start it. The majority of the students at UMW are white. The school is not racist but does have low multi-cultural diversity, which is being worked on. What ever race you are does not limit the amount of friends one can have on campus, the classification of courses or clubs you can partake in. We have no religious affiliation or one overlaying political view. All views along the spectrum can be found to be represented at UMW. With the campus being as small as it is you become friends with the majority of students by the end of your 4th year.
The Best Things
placement of campus in beautiful fredericksburg va, great places to walk, hike, swim, sit and read outside etc
The Worst Things
Hours of opporation for food, bookstore, library, gym, etc