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University of Mary Washington (

The coeducational state-supported University of Mary Washington (540/654-1000) is known for its undergraduate liberal arts program, graduate programs and professional development courses. Enrollment is about 4,500 students.

UMW’s 176-acre Fredericksburg campus houses the traditional undergraduate program, which includes the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and the College of Education.

The Stafford County campus (540/286-8000 or 866/261-4458) on U.S. 17 is home to numerous graduate degree, certificate and noncredit programs designed specifically for working adults.

UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research in King George County opened in January 2012. It is designed to support the continuing educational and professional development of the region’s engineers, scientists and administrative professionals by providing educational programs, services and leased facilities to the Naval Support Activity South Potomac commands, defense contractors and the professional community.

UMW’s Simpson Library on the main campus houses more than 380,000 volumes in the social sciences, humanities and sciences; more than 77,000 electronic books to read online; electronic databases that provide access to millions of articles from magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals; popular books (current fiction and nonfiction); maps; and federal and Virginia government documents.

UMW also has a second library at its Stafford campus. It specializes in books, periodicals and electronic resources in business and education. The library owns selected ERIC documents on microfiche from 1966 to 1990 and a complete set from 1991 to 2003. A children’s literature collection of fiction and nonfiction works includes winners of the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King awards. Community members can use the libraries’ resources in-house.

Battleground Athletic Complex on Hanover Street plays host to lacrosse, soccer, tennis, field hockey, track and field, baseball and softball, and is regarded as one of the finest facilities of its kind in Virginia. The unpaved surface of the track is available for the public, and fields can be rented for local sports camps.

The Indoor Tennis Center on Hanover Street includes six courts adjacent to 12 outdoor courts that are part of the Battleground complex. Random court times can be reserved.

UMW has two art galleries that are open during the academic year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 1–4 p.m. on weekends;

DuPont Gallery presents faculty and student art shows, rotating exhibitions of national artists and educational events for the college community and general public.

Ridderhof Martin Gallery offers a variety of exhibits each year from other museums and from its permanent collection of more than 5,000 works.

Strayer (

Strayer University’s Fredericksburg campus is at 150 Riverside Parkway, Suite 100 (540/374-4300). Undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as accounting, business, education, health services administration, information systems, and public administration are available.

Old Dominion


ODU is a state-assisted institution in Norfolk that has sites throughout Virginia including Germanna Community College. The distance learning program offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs for full- and part-time students. This is a 2 + 2 program where students complete their first two years at a community or other accredited college and transfer to complete an ODU degree. Courses are delivered via satellite, video streaming and online. Sites and programs are listed at Contact 540/834-1045 or

Community colleges



Germanna Community College ( serves a total head count of about 12,000 students from the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, Culpeper, Orange and Madison. The original Locust Grove Campus is on State Route 3 in Orange County, 18 miles west of Fredericksburg (540/423-9031). The college’s Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania is off the U.S. 17 Bypass near Cosner’s Corner (540/891-3000). The Joseph R. Daniel Technology Center is in Culpeper (540/937-2900). Germanna also offers classes in North Stafford at its Stafford Center at Aquia Park, 2761 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 107 (540/288-8830). The Caroline Center is in Ruther Glen (540/891-3012). All locations offer credit, workforce training and continuing education classes. Locust Grove offers nursing classes as well.

Rappahannock (

Rappahannock Community College has an enrollment of more than 5,000 students, with campuses at Warsaw in Richmond County (804/333-6700 or 800/836-9379) and Glenns in Gloucester County (804/758-6700 or 800/836-9381).

RCC serves a 12-county area in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. The school also has evening classes at King George High School. The King George site (540/775-0087) offers full services to students in that area.

In combination with RCC’s online program, students seldom have to leave King George for courses or a degree. Students can enroll in two-year associate degree programs. There are also a variety of certificate programs, such as in emergency medical services.

In addition, RCC offers a number of noncredit training and professional development opportunities.


Fredericksburg Bible Institute and Seminary

The private school at 4430 Lee Hill School Drive (540/898-5077) in Spotsylvania provides degree programs in theological training for clergy and lay people. It is an affiliate institution of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

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