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The Blue & Gray Press | December 17, 2018

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Class of 2015 Continues UMW's Push for Greater Diversity Levels

Class of 2015 Continues UMW's Push for Greater Diversity Levels

The University of Mary Washington has continued its push for greater diversity within its student body with this year’s entering freshman class being the most diverse yet, according to numbers provided by the Office of the Registrar.

Of the 982 entering freshmen, 22 percent identify as African-American, Asian, American-Indian, Hispanic/Latino or multiracial, according to the Office of the Registrar. That number is up from last year’s 20 percent identifying as a minority in the class of 2014.

Additionally, UMW maintained its academic standards for admittance, with the average GPA being 3.57, identical to last year’s incoming freshman class.

The university received criticism last year for lowering their admissions standards from 3.59 to 3.57 between the fall of 2009 and fall of 2010.

The average SAT scores of the incoming freshman class are also nearly identical to last year’s, with the only exception being a small decrease in the average Math SAT score with the middle 50 percent falling between 510 and 600.

The median Math SAT score for the class of 2014 ranged from 530 to 600.

There are also slightly more transfer students enrolled this year compared to last fall. The incoming class has 243 transfer students, compared to 231 transfer students from the fall of 2010.


  1. Cassandra

    Although I graduated from Mary Washington several years ago, it looks as though little has changed — UMW can still be characterized as a University of Mostly White students. Why aren’t greater efforts being made to increase levels of diversity?

  2. Old Male Alum

    Excuse me: no mention here of the male/female ratio. Gender is an element of diversity as well.

  3. UMW: Where we flaunt our diversity (only racial, might I add) so much, that it’s stupid.

    Focus on the individual incoming students and their contributions to society, rather than individuals based on their standing in a racial group.