International First-Year Applicant Process

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International Student Scholarships

Upon admission, each student is automatically considered for a $3,000 USD scholarship based upon a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

All qualified ELS Level 112 graduates who transfer to UMW will be awarded with one of the following scholarships:

Academic Achievement Award – $2,500 annual award for students with a cumulative ELS GPA of 3.0=87-89. This award is renewable for up to 8 semesters while maintaining a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester.

Academic Excellence Award – $5,000 award available to students with a cumulative ELS GPA of 3.5=90-94 in ELS Levels 110 through 112. The award is available for a maximum of 8 semesters while maintaining a 3.0 GPA and a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester.

How to Apply

Submit The Common Application, essay, and your $50 USD application fee or approved fee waiver. Online applications require a credit card or e-check payment.

Suggested Application Filing Dates

Priority Application – January 1
Regular Decision – February 1


All records must be in English and should bear the original stamp or seal of the institution and the signature of a school official. Documents not in English must be accompanied by a complete, literal English translation certified by the issuing institution. Translations may be obtained through the World Education Services, Inc., Educational Credential Evaluators, or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Records cannot be returned or transferred.

Request that every secondary school, college, university, technical/vocational institute, or professional institution you have attended send your complete, official academic records or transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA  22401

Demonstration Of English Proficiency

Students graduating from a secondary school in a native English-speaking country or graduating in an International Baccalaureate secondary school may request a waiver of the English language requirement.  Standardized test scores are required, and students who have scored well on the verbal portion of the SAT may be exempted from the TOEFL and IELTS.

If English is not your first language, or if English is not the official language spoken in your country, the student must submit results from one of the following:

ELS Language Centers (ELS)

Applicants interested in improving their English language skills may study at the ELS Language Centers (ELS) before being admitted to UMW. Students who are academically admissible, but whose IELTS, TOEFL, or SAT, ACT scores are less than the required minimums may be offered a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA).   When granted conditional admission, the student is required to fulfill English proficiency by attending ELS Language Centers (ELS).  UMW partners with the Fredericksburg, VA ELS Center, for more information visit