UMW Student Leadership Gets $25K Grant

The Honor Code is at the heart of the University of Mary Washington’s new Student Leadership Colloquium. Supported by a $25,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, the initiative aims to introduce students to the principles of leadership and social responsibility and to enhance critical-thinking skills. A special focus of the project will be increasing understanding and acceptance of the Honor Code and the ways in which the concepts behind it impact leadership. AT&T Mid Atlantic President Michael Schweder presented the grant to President Richard V. Hurley in August as Mary Washington representatives and Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William Howell looked on. “I can assure you that honor is very much alive on the UMW campus,” Hurley said. The Student Leadership Colloquium is open to all students but aims to engage at least half of the underrepresented population of the entering class of 2011. The program also will target first-year students and those at risk of failing to … [Read more...]

Top of the Ranks

University of Mary Washington alumni have always recognized their alma mater as one of the best. This year, the annual college rankings lists got it, too. The U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Colleges guide ranked UMW sixth among public, Southern master’s-granting institutions and 15th among all Southern schools in the same category. Similarly, The Princeton Review included UMW in the 2012 edition of its national wrap-up, The Best 376 Colleges. Many of the rankings focused on the University’s great value, with the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 calling UMW one of America’s 49 “best buys” in public education – the only university in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C., to make the list. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Mary Washington among the 100 best values in public colleges for 2011. UMW ranked 26th based on in-state tuition costs and 28th when comparing out-of-state tuition costs. The accolades don’t stop there. Newsweek and The Daily Beast named UMW … [Read more...]