Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues
University of Mary Washington
The University of Mary Washington has the third highest graduation rate among "very competitive" Southern schools, according to a new national survey. In the same category, James Madison University in Harrisonburg placed first. UMW’s graduation rate is 76 percent; JMU’s rate is 81 percent. The American Enterprise Institute study of 1,385 four-year schools found that on average 53 percent of freshmen graduate within six years. In Virginia that number is 56.7 percent.