Day 2: First Stop University of Mary Washington

Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Our day began with my son's early morning meeting with the baseball coach at the University of Mary Washington.  The campus has grown and they are making some significant investments in their facilities on the campus. There is a new facility under construction attached to the current gymnasium and the school has also purchased retail space behind that as well.  Eagle Village will be a pedestrian-friendly residential and retail mixed-use village for townspeople, students and faculty to shop, live, work and enjoy entertaining facilities, all within a sustainable “green” urban setting. The Anderson Center is a two-story facility designed to provide seating for more than 3,000 people for convocation events and approximately 2,000 spectators for athletic events. Monroe Hall is currently under renovation.

For the price, this is a school worth a serious look if you are considering a small to mid-size school with a student population of around 5000.  The price tag is reasonable and a good quality education as part of the Virginia state school system can be expected.  

Info Session & Tour: Our information session and tour began around 10:30.  The admissions officer exuded some personality.  We liked that because we feel that the admissions officers who do the presentations are a reflection of the school's personality.  Same with the tour guides.  Our guide, Kyle was a local Virginian with a sense of humor and he did provide great insights into the school. 

Travel Details to Next Stop: We left the UMV campus around 12:30 with about an hour's drive to reach Richmond.  Our next tour at University of Richmond began at 2:00.  We took Route 301 south (Richmond Turnpike)--a two lane road, but there were few cars on the road and it was a great drive.  We got to the campus of the University of Richmond a little late, but it is another school with busy construction projects underway, so not easy to locate the building signage.  It was a very hot and humid day, so walking around two campuses requires some stamina and lots of water. There is almost no time for lunch, so if you find yourself in that position, I recommend stopping at Kroeger's grocery store which can be found on Rte. 301 as you get closer to Richmond.   
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