UMW’s the Tops

UMW is one of fewer than 400 four-year schools to make Princeton Review’s 2021 Best Colleges list. Photo courtesy of Princeton Review.

University of Mary Washington got a nod in two recent college and university ratings.

Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings placed UMW 24th among Top Master’s Universities and 21st in the Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges category. And UMW is among the best in the country, according to Princeton Review’s The Best 386 Colleges guide. The 2021 edition of the rankings publication, released in August, lists UMW among the top 13 percent of the thousands of four-year colleges and universities in the nation.

Other rankings include:

  • Top Producer of Student Fulbright Awards, 2020. UMW ranked seventh in the nation among small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2021. This guide features more than 300 of the “best and most interesting” public and private colleges and universities in the nation, as well as Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.
  • Money Magazine, 2020. UMW ranked 228th among 739 schools listed as Best Colleges.
  •, 2020. UMW’s English program ranks No. 3 nationwide: “English is a major offered at virtually all liberal arts schools, but not all programs are created equal.”
  • College Factual, 2020. UMW ranked among the nation’s top 10 percent on the Best for the Money Without Aid list and among the nation’s top 15 percent on its Overall Best list of schools in the Southeast region and Best Overall Colleges for Veterans list; 56th out of the 580 programs reviewed for its Best History Colleges for Veterans list; among the nation’s top 5 percent for most-focused history programs; among the nation’s top 1 percent for most-focused English program; among the nation’s top 1 percent overall, top 1 percent for highest paid grads, top 5 percent for most-focused programs, and top 5 percent for veterans and returning adults for its geography program; and among the nation’s top 5 percent for highest paid grads for its political science and business administration programs.
  • College Factual/USA Today, 2020. UMW’s Geography program ranked No. 1 in the Southeast region, and the publication named its geography alumni to the top spot among the highest paid in the field.
  • College of Distinction, 2020-2021, Colleges of Virginia Distinction, Public Colleges of Distinction. UMW was praised for its innovative programming, attention to career development, sense of community, commitment to service learning, and outstanding faculty.
  •, 2020. UMW placed 16th on its “Top 50 Schools With Psychology Bachelor Programs” list.

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