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UMW opening Dahlgren campus

The University of Mary Washington is opening its third campus on Jan. 3, the school announced today.

UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research off U.S. 301 will provide science, technology and math programs for professionals on and near Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, or NSF, as well as the general population.

“This is a natural partnership for UMW,” stated UMW President Rick Hurley. “We have literally hundreds of alumni working at the NSF, and many of our faculty members have been affiliated with Dahlgren. Being in even closer physical proximity, we look forward to many more opportunities to share ideas and resources.”

The 27-acre campus will centralize graduate science and engineering programs currently offered by state schools on the Naval base, according to a press release.

The Naval Postgraduate School and four state universities—Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason and Old Dominion—will offer engineering graduate courses.

The $20.4 million graduate school is two stories and 42,000 square feet. It will have 19 classrooms, a conference room and a divisible 2,800-square-foot multipurpose room with theater seating for up to 220 and instructional seating for up to 160.