The University really does have excellent academics that should be more recognized. UMW reaps the small-school benefits of having an intimate, focused atmosphere with professors who are genuinely interested in making sure the students fully understand the material. When it comes to questions, an answer is just a quick email or even a phone call away, as the professors are easily accessible and dedicated to their classes. Due to the small class sizes, professors really pay attention to their students. Some will even curve your grade if they see that you actively participate in and attend class. However, this is not to say that every professor on campus is ideal. At every University, there will be good professors and bad professors. Choosing classes without doing some research on www.ratemyprofessor.com or playing by ear is like playing a game of Minesweeper—you will either hit or miss. The downside is that getting a top-notch professor will be hard since the school is small and makes it more competitive during the registration process. This makes it pivotal that you sign up for classes as early as possible, as spaces run out quickly.
All of your work can stem from primarily one or two classes, while you may have little to no work in other classes. While it is possible to get by with being a slacker in some classes, for the most part, there will be regular homework that should be done consistently to keep up with your classes. It is not easy to slack off at UMW, but again, it all depends on the rigor of the classes you select. When it comes to education at UMW, you will get what you put into it.