University of Mary Washington: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Trinkle Hall at University of Mary Washington
Trinkle Hall at University of Mary Washington.

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The University of Mary Washington is a public liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 72%. Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, midway between Richmond and Washington, D.C., UMW was named after George Washington's mother. Students benefit from over 60 majors and programs of study, a 14-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and an average class size of 19.

Considering applying to University of Mary Washington? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Mary Washington had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making Mary Washington's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 5,909
Percent Admitted 72%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Mary Washington has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to UMW may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 650
Math 510 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of UMW''s admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Mary Washington scored between 540 and 650, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 620, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 620. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher is competitive for University of Mary Washington.

Requirements

University of Mary Washington does not require SAT scores for admission for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, note that UMW participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. University of Mary Washington does not require the essay section of the SAT. Note that applicants to the pre-nursing program, home schooled applicants, students applying from high schools that do not provide letter or numerical grades, and students applying for certain merit based scholarships are required to submit standardized test scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements

UMW has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to University of Mary Washington may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 21% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 29
Math 20 26
Composite 22 29

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of University of Mary Washington's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UMW received a composite ACT score between 22 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that University of Mary Washington does not require ACT scores for admission for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, UMW does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. University of Mary Washington does not require the ACT writing section. Note that applicants to the pre-nursing program, home schooled applicants, students applying from high schools that do not provide letter or numerical grades, and students applying for certain merit based scholarships are required to submit standardized test scores.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of Mary Washington's incoming class was 3.64. This data suggests that most successful applicants to UMW have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Mary Washington Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Mary Washington Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Mary Washington. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Mary Washington, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has somewhat selective admissions. However, UMW also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, UMW strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of University of Mary Washington's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of successful applicants had high school GPAs of "B" or better, combined SAT scores of about 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or better. The college tends to attract strong students, and you'll notice that many applicants had grades in the "A" range.

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