Mary Washington Application Essay

UMW may be the perfect school for you to complete your four year American college degree. Our location an hour to the south of Washington, DC provides easy access to both cultural opportunities and travel. Our student body of over 4,000 gives you the opportunity to gain new experiences all four years but within a community that is both supportive and engaged with one another. Take the next steps toward applying for admission.

International Admission Checklist

These are the items required of international applicants for admission consideration.

1. The Application

Apply online through the The Common Application  or the Coalition Application and your essay/personal statement, plus your $50 application fee or approved waiver.

Remember to apply by the suggested filing date:
First Year applicants – Jan. 1 for priority admission or Feb. 1 for regular admission
Transfer applicants – Oct. 15 for spring and April 1 for fall

UMW accepts applications after these deadlines on a space-available basis and considering visa processing timelines.

2. Transcripts and/or Exam Scores

Send transcripts and/or exam results – matriculation/secondary school certificates, mark sheets, diplomas – with a certified copy of the English translation, for high school work you have completed. If you are applying as a transfer student, a transcript from each college or university you attended is also required.  Original documents are preferred; copies must be certified and attested by the U.S. embassy or notary public. Agencies offering translations include:

3. References

Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher, using the Common Application Secondary School Report.

4. English Language Proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency should be sent directly to UMW from the evaluating organization. These exam scores will get you in the running:

If your first language is English, your native country names English an official language, you’re graduating from a secondary school in a native English-speaking country or from an International Baccalaureate secondary school, or you scored well on the SAT verbal portion, you may request an English language requirement waiver.

5. Financial Support

Students are required to demonstrate financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses and pay your enrollment deposit before being issued an I-20 by UMW.  Financial documents must be in English showing available liquidable funds (readily converted into cash) and cannot be older than three months.  Examples of appropriate documents may include:

  • Bank letter specifying the account holder, date, monetary currency, and amount of funds available.  The letter cannot simply state the client has “sufficient funds.”  Letters must be on official bank stationary, stamped and signed by a bank official.
  • Bank statements must show name of account holder, total available balance, and be on official bank stationary.  An on-line screen-shot or print out is acceptable, as long as these elements are included.
  • Funds must be liquid (readily converted into cash)
  • If a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident is providing all or partial support, an I-134 Affidavit of Support is required.  The I-134 can be found at Submit the completed I-134 to the CIE office.

Documents should be sent to:
University of Mary Washington
Center for Internation Education
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Please take a look at the Next Steps for Admitted International Students.

We can’t wait to see your fresh face at UMW, hear your bright ideas in our classrooms, and get your unique perspectives in our labs. We might even be more excited than you are, but embarking on an international education takes planning. Before jumping in, get familiar with the main components of the international first-year applicant process.

  • Materials: You’re going to need a lot of “stuff.” A completed Common Application, an essay, and your $50 USD application fee or approved waiver are just for starters. See the International Admissions Checklist for a complete list of required documents. Keep in mind the suggested application filing dates of Jan. 1 for priority applications and Feb. 1 for regular decision.
  • English proficiency: Students whose first language is English, whose native country names English an official language, who are graduating from a secondary school in a native English-speaking country or from an International Baccalaureate secondary school, or who scored well on the SAT verbal portion may request a waiver of the English language requirement. Otherwise, sufficient results are required from one of the following:

Students who meet academic requirements but whose IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, or ACT scores are insufficient may be offered a conditional Letter of Admission and required to attend ELS Language Centers, which partners with UMW.


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