See what students say:

Academics

Mary Baldwin University is a small and "beautiful" liberal arts school with "rolling hills and Greek revival buildings" in the Shenandoah Valley. Students "are able, even required, to pursue all areas of study available." But not all areas of study are equal in students’ eyes. "If you go to Mary Baldwin, the best education is going to be in psychology or sociology." Math, on the other hand, is "terrible." As a former all-women’s college, it’s hardly surprising that "Mary Baldwin is all about women’s empowerment and leadership." And they start that empowerment especially early: The PEG [Program for the Exceptionally Gifted] allows students to skip as many as four years of high school and enroll directly in college. While some traditional students find the program innovative, many of them "question the validity of taking girls out of high school to place them in the harsh world of college academics." The students of Mary Baldwin can count on "individual attention" from professors and administrators alike. "It is not uncommon to be given your professor's home or cell phone numbers, and they really do want you to call if you need to." But professors are not pushovers. "Teachers are understanding, yet they push us to succeed no matter what program we are apart of, ethnicity, religion, or age." Additionally, "Everyone knows the President by face and name and are constantly invited to her house for a variety of events."

Student Body

The students of Mary Baldwin are "focused." "We have a lot of strong leadership types," and each one "has a genuine interest in her education and a desire for success in her studies and eventual career." "The typical student has lots of friends and is very studious, keeps a well-balanced schedule, but knows how to have fun." Many students are "very liberal and feminist," yet at the same time "very compassionate and open-minded." The school is "a very diverse school in terms of gender identity, sexual preference, religious preference, race, and personal expression."

Campus Life

Mary Baldwin is located in Staunton, Virginia, "the quintessential friendly Southern neighborly town." "Downtown is cozy and there is definitely a sense of belonging for Mary Baldwin [students] within the community." "There are two theaters within walking distance, so many people go there." But mostly, just "walking around downtown and spending time at the park, Gypsy Hill" is a "popular" way to pass time. "Traveling to Harrisonburg and Charlottesville to the big malls is popular as well." "Life at Mary Baldwin is rather calm and relaxed," one student says. "If you want a huge party scene, Baldwin is probably not what you’re looking for. However, with five colleges and universities within 45 minutes, it’s certainly not hard to find a big school atmosphere." Students do wish that the school would keep the dining hall open a little later. "Dinner is over at 6:30 in our main eatery," so if you "lose track of time" while studying, you’ll "have to go out to eat instead of eating on campus." Also, "The physical fitness center could use upgrading." It’s "in desperate need of a new track," and more than a few women would like them to "build a swimming pool."

Overview

Applicants
6,371
Acceptance Rate
100%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

25%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 540
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
221
with Terminal Degree
137

145
Women
76
Men
23
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
45%
Graduate in 6 years
47%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Fine and Studio Arts Management.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Paula Lambert
Entrepreneur

Susan Schmidt
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist

Caroline Rose Hunt
Hotelier & Philanthropist

Louis McNamee
Advertising Executive

St. Clair Wright
Historic Preservationist

Judith Goodwin
Abstract Painter

Tallulah Bankhead
Actress

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
45%
Graduate in 6 years
47%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,994

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,495

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,069

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
86%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,097

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,169

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,690
Required Fees
$395
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,130

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,410
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,327
Foreign Countries Represented
6

Demographics

1.37%
Asian
24.30%
African-American
9.09%
Hispanic
53.34%
Caucasian
5.39%
Unknown

86% female
14% male
27% are out of state
72% are full time
28% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
50%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jenny Joczik

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
48
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Squirrels)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Virginia Military Institute
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Virginia Military Institute
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Virginia Military Institute

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
PO Box 1500
Staunton, VA 24402

Phone
540-887-7019

Email
admit@marybaldwin.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement
University Cafe
Grafton Library
Physical Activities Center
Staunton Military Academy/VWIL Museum

Most Popular Places Off Campus
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum
By and By Cafe
Downtown Staunton

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
by appointment
by appointment
540-887-7019

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
During and after tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admit@marybaldwin.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
only one night

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
MBU is accessible by transportation services from airports in Weyers Cave (Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, 15 miles away); Charlottesville (Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, 45 miles away); and Roanoke (Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, 85 miles away). The Amtrak Station is located five blocks away from the main campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Coming from the North:Take I-81 south to exit 225. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 262W. At the stoplight, turn left onto Rt. 11 south. Bear right at the first fork (Rt. 11 Business). Bear left at the next fork (N. Coalter St.). Pass the Mary Baldwin soccer field and main entrance. Turn right on Frederick St. Follow signs to admissions parking on the right. Coming from the East: Take I-64 west to exit 87. Stay in the right lane of I-81 for 1/2 mile. Take exit 222, merge right onto 250 west. Go two miles, merge right at the fork in the road. Get into the center lane to go under the overpass. Proceed up the hill and you will see the college. Turn left onto Frederick St. Follow signs to admissions parking on the right. Coming from the South: Take I-81 north to exit 222. Follow the directions from the third step under “Coming from the East.” Coming from the West: Access from I-64 or I-81.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Inn, 1302 Richmond Ave., Staunton, VA 24401, 877-424-6423 ; Days Inn, 273D Bells Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 800-329-7466 ; Econo Lodge, 1031 Richmond Ave., Staunton, VA 24401, 540-885-5158 ; Howard Johnson Express Inn, 268 N. Central Ave., Staunton, VA 24401, 800-446-4656 ; Quality Inn and Suites, 200 Frontier Dr., Staunton, VA 24401, 540-887-0200 ; Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market St., Staunton, VA 24401, 866-880-0024 ; Best Western, 92 Rowe Rd., Staunton, VA 24401, 800-752-9471 ; Hampton Inn by Hilton, 40 Payne Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 800-HAMPTON ; Holiday Inn Staunton, 152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, VA 24401, 800-465-4329 ; Red Roof Inn, 42 Sangers Ln., Staunton, VA 24401, 540-885-3117 ; Sleep Inn, 222 Jefferson Hwy., Staunton, VA 24401, 800-488-8750


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