The University of Mary Washington is one of Virginia’s outstanding public liberal arts universities and is dedicated to the goal of providing a superior education that will enable our graduates to make positive changes in the world.

As a liberal arts and sciences university, the University of Mary Washington offers a broad approach to learning designed to help students deal effectively with complexity, diversity, and change. The word “liberal” traces its root to the Latin “liber,”meaning “free.” True to that origin, UMW’s academic programs will help you free your mind for an infinite range of possibilities. A liberal education helps develop a sense of social responsibility, and also builds strong and transferable skills in communication, analysis, problem-solving skills, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings.