Mary Washington College
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Admission: Tel 540/654-2000 or
Fax 540/654-1857

1,041 men/1,974 women
156 men/328 women
16 men/35 women

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V 599/M 581
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$2,160 approx.

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MWC is easily accessible, located only minutes from Exit 130-A of Interstate 95. Just 50 miles outside Washington, D.C., the College is close to three major airports, and there is an Amtrak station a few blocks from campus. Although students are permitted to have cars, there is a Fredericksburg regional transit system that MWC students may ride free and that provides regular service to Old Town and to outlying shopping centers.

The Honor System is one of Mary Washington College's proudest traditions. The system is run entirely by students and creates a sense of trust and mutual respect on the campus. All entering students must agree to abide by and support the Honor System.

MWC is the nation's only public, fully coeducational college named for a prominent female historical figure. Mary Washington was the mother of George Washington, who spent his boyhood years in the area. Today, Fredericksburg is a charming historical city, located in the most dynamic and fastest-growing area of Virginia.

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Mary Washington College
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Mary Washington College
Monroe Hall on the Mary Washington College campus houses the departments of business administration, economics, geography, history, political science, and international affairs.

College Description
As Virginia's public undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences, Mary Washington is unique. MWC is a highly selective college, enrolling approximately 3,700 men and women. The College features a beautifully landscaped 176-acre campus of wide lawns and traditional Jeffersonian architecture. Located on a bluff overlooking the historic city of Fredericksburg, MWC is only 50 miles outside Washington, D.C. Prior to the early 1970's, MWC was the female division of the University of Virginia. Since becoming coeducational and independent from U.Va. in 1972, Mary Washington has expanded its academic offerings in business, the sciences, and computer science. The College's proximity to the nation's capital provides outstanding internship opportunities, particularly in museum studies, law, political science, and international affairs. MWC is widely recognized for its distinctive combination of high quality academics, personal attention to students, and tuition value.

Academic Life
In contrast to many public institutions, MWC features small classes and a high level of personal attention from faculty. The average class size is 22 and freshman-level classes usually average 20-35 students. There are no graduate students or teaching assistants in the classrooms at MWC - all classes are taught by faculty members committed to undergraduate teaching excellence. The College offers the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, with majors in more than 30 areas. Students complete a broad general education program, with coursework in five "goal" areas and several "across the curriculum" requirements. The most popular majors include business administration, psychology, biological sciences, English, history, political science, and international affairs. MWC is well known for its programs in the sciences, including pre-med. The College offers a unique major in historic preservation, which is ideal for students interested in architectural preservation, museum work, or archaeology. MWC promotes undergraduate research, providing substantial grant funding for student research projects and presentations. Academic options include self-designed majors, teacher licensure programs, career internships, and numerous study abroad opportunities.

Campus Life
Nearly all freshmen, and most upper-class students, reside on the Mary Washington College campus. Sixteen residence halls provide a variety of coed and single-sex living environments. Because it is a residential college and because of its size, MWC offers a strong sense of community on campus. There are more than 90 different clubs and organizations, providing an array of opportunities for student involvement. The College features an active social life, with many concerts, parties, dances, and other entertainment throughout the year. Students participate actively in musical performance groups, theater productions, art shows, and debate. The Multicultural Center sponsors an annual Cultural Awareness Series, which brings to campus several nationally prominent speakers and performers. Leadership opportunities abound in the Student Government Association, the residence life programs, and the Honor Council. All MWC students must subscribe to the College's Honor Code and agree to participate in the Honor System. The college campus is situated in a suburban residential neighborhood, within easy walking distance of historic Old Town Fredericksburg, shopping centers, and transportation.

Facilities and Resources
All major buildings on the 176-acre campus are in neoclassical Jeffersonian design, of red brick with white columns. The campus is united by a wide brick walkway, featuring numerous park benches and a central fountain. Highlights include the Jepson Science Center. This $13-million state-of-the-art facility further enhances MWC's considerable reputation for excellence in the sciences. Simpson Library provides a superb collection of materials, including the latest in electronic research capabilities. The College has recently installed one of the nation's most advanced fiber optic networks, which provides full data, voice, and video capabilities to all areas of the campus. Students may utilize the network in their residence hall rooms for on-campus e-mail, unlimited Internet access, telephone service (including voice messaging), and cable television. Students may also use a variety of computer lab facilities located throughout campus, some of which provide 24-hour access. The Battleground Athletic Complex provides outstanding facilities for intercollegiate sports and recreational activities.

MWC is an NCAA Division III institution. The College plays in the Capital Athletic Conference, where it has won more conference championships than any other school. To date, the MWC "Eagles" have had more than 100 student-athletes achieve All-American status. Teams and individual athletes have won various state, regional, and even national titles. Men compete in the following nine team sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, riding, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field. There are eleven NCAA women's sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, riding, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Outstanding facilities are available in Goolrick Gym and outdoors on the Battleground Athletic Complex. These facilities are utilized for intercollegiate competition as well as for intramural and recreational activities. The College also features a number of very popular club teams, including the championship men's rugby club, women's rugby, men's and women's crew, and synchronized swimming.

Financial Aid
Mary Washington College is need-blind in its admission policy - that is, financial need is not a consideration in the admission decision, and students are admitted without regard to ability to pay. Despite its reasonable tuition cost, approximately 60% of MWC's students receive some financial assistance. The College annually administers more than $13 million in financial aid. The only form needed to apply for financial aid at Mary Washington is the FAFSA. In addition to need-based programs and loans, MWC offers a number of scholarship opportunities. The largest academic scholarship for freshmen is the Alumni Scholarship Program, which provides top students with renewable awards ranging from $500 to $3,500 annually. Many of the College's scholarships are awarded to enrolled MWC students based upon their demonstrated academic performance, leadership, and special talents.

Admission Requirements
MWC offers three freshman admission plans. The first-choice Early Decision option is available to students who have a strong commitment to attend MWC. The Early Decision application deadline is November 1 and notifications are made by December 15. Honors Admission is an early notification plan for academically outstanding students who submit regular applications by January 15. The normal suggested filing date for freshman applications is February 1. Students are notified of acceptance by April 1 and have until May 1 to confirm their enrollment. Admission to Mary Washington College is highly competitive. In reviewing each candidate, the Admissions Committee considers the strength of the high school academic program, academic performance (grades and class ranking), standardized testing, essays, extracurricular activities, and any other supporting information. The SAT I or ACT is required and at least two SAT II Subject Exams are strongly recommended. Applications for transfer from other colleges are due March 1. The transfer admission decision is based upon the total record, but with greatest emphasis placed on the most recent college work. Interviews are not required for freshman or transfer admission, but students and their families are encouraged to visit campus for information sessions and tours.

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