About Mary Baldwin University

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University. is a Private college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,310 full time undergraduate students, and 438 full time graduate students.

The Mary Baldwin University Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 81 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Mary Baldwin University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate99%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee0
SAT Range860-1080
ACT Range18-25

Admissions at MBU are considered Less Selective, with ,13% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

81% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 49% were in the top quarter, and 20% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Mary Baldwin University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
9%
“We know about current events and vote”
70%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
13%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
30%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
43%
“All the time, including weekends”
9%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
30%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
57%
“I feel extremely safe”
33%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
25%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
9%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
41%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
45%
“We”re a very artistic group”
9%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
43%
“They keep regular office hours”
48%
“They”re always available”
83%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
4%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
9%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
57%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
22%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
22%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
74%
“There might be people who do”
4%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
9%
“We know about current events and vote”
70%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
13%
“We save it for the classroom”
13%
“Sometimes, but not often”
30%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
43%
“All the time, including weekends”
9%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
30%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
57%
“I feel extremely safe”
33%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
25%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
9%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
41%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
45%
“We”re a very artistic group”
9%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
43%
“They keep regular office hours”
48%
“They”re always available”
83%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
4%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
9%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
57%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
22%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
22%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
74%
“There might be people who do”
4%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    50 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    36 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    52 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    51 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    51 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 65 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    51 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    53 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    52 Students rated academics 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

Mary Baldwin University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Mary Baldwin University?

24 Students rated Mary Baldwin University

Jacob - 04/15/2021

Attending Mary Baldwin University was a very positive experience. I completed a Bachelors in Science of Nursing and was very satisfied with the small class sizes, uplifting culture, responsiveness/positive interactions with my professors. My only recommendation would be to price out tuition since the university is considered private.

Josie - 05/26/2020

This past semester was my first semester at Mary Baldwin University, but the forth semester in college (I attended a community college for two years, my last semester there was this spring but I went ahead and started at MBU as well). I actually am a online student, as well as many of there students are. And that can be diffcult, because I don't see my teachers in person. But MBU does such a great job at making sure I am doing what I need to at all times. There advisors have been so helpful, and never failed to answer my questions quickly (and I always have lots of questions). They provide me with lots of tools to be successful, such as scholarships and grants. And overall I truly love this school. This past semester was hard on a lot of students, but MBU stayed on top of things from the beginning, making sure keeping there students safe was the top protity. They made sure there students were provided with the tools they needed to do there work at home, and be able to finish this semester strong. Even though I was already online, many of my teachers understood how this was simply a unknown and scary time, and they gave us extra time to finish the work for the class. This school shows it students it cares, and that's what I love most about Mary Baldwin.

Amaya - 02/03/2020

From a score to 1 - 10, with 10 being the highest. I would say out of all the colleges I visit this is by far a 10. The people I met has been very helpful. The students appears to be friendly,. The instructors know you by name not as a number.. Mary Baldwin has smaller classroom side, means better education.

Jackson - 08/24/2019

This school is not a fun school. You go to class, study, and do it all over again. If you are a social person, this is not the place for you. There is a large diversity in school, but only less than 2,00 people who go here. This college is a very stereotypical liberal arts school with no activities.

Mary Baldwin University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Mary Baldwin University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Mary Baldwin University is 99%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Hit the ground running! Jump into new challanges and try new things. You will make new friends and keep your old ones. There will be people you connect with, and sometimes they'll come from unexpected places. Get involved! Your niche is there, just waiting for you to find it. Hundreds of opportunities are right in front of you, so grab them! Travel abroad, it's an amazing experience. But most importantly, try and figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life, and embrace it! Take chances. And be bold. (Boldy Baldwin!).

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  3. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone, specifically a girl, who would like to keep learning, enjoys trying new things, celebrates differences.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Diverse. We have a little bit of just about everybody. There is no judgement based on race, religion, gender, or sexuality. The students are wonderful and nice you just have to get out of your shell a little.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    I would describe my school as caring, helpful, beautiful, creative, strong, intellectual, logical, fun, friendly and unique.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    We are best known for our mascot Gladys the fighting squirrel.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Small class size, special program for early entrance. All women

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People should not attend this school if they do not intend to work hard, are immature, not friendly, and/or lazy.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I don't have very much to complain about, but the worst thing would have to be the general education requirements. I'm not entirely sure how they match up with other schools' requirements, but it just seems as if there are a lot. I transferred to Mary Baldwin during my junior year, so it's somewhat stressful to know that I only have two years to fit in my major and minor requirements and any missing general education requirements.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Social life

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  11. What's unique about your campus?

    GREAT teachers

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known more about the clique-ish dynamics so I started out making more of an effort to ingratiate myself with the important people. I also wish I had known for sure what my major and other interests were so I hadn't taken unnecessary and uninteresting courses.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I do not brag about Mary Baldwin. I am not happy with my experience there and I am hoping to transfer.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    VWIL, Ida B. Wells. Thats about it...

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Mary Baldwin girls are known for wearing ribbons and pearls. It's a stereotype that is true a lot of the time. There is also a stereotype that most of the girls are lesbians. This is not true at all. Of course there are lesbians on campus, but there are also straight females. Just because you go to a female college does not mean you are a lesbian. Also, because Mary Baldwin is a private college, many think that you have to be rich to be here. That is far from the truth. Mary Baldwin offers a huge amount of scholarships to most if not all students. So the students here are very diverse when it comes to income.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    The classes are small, maybe 15 to 20 students in each class. This school has some good teachers but they also have their share of bad ones.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    All lesbian, all very rich, "teacup" college, suitcase college

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  18. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    When I tell people I'm going to Mary Baldwin College, usually I have to include where it's located and by located I mean near what major city. (Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, etc.) The college is situated in a nice area of Staunton. Downtown is gorgeous and very vibrant. There is plenty of activities and events to get involved with that help or benefit the community. Also, you can have a lot of fun (clean, honest to goodness fun! No alcohol or drugs needed!)

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  19. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    No!

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  20. What are your classes like?

    The classes are generally smaller in size. The largest I've had was about 30 students and it was a general ed freshman class. The professors will either lecture or hold round table discussions. Generally, the classroom is very relaxed and an environment that promotes discussion and sometimes debates (which can be a lot of fun!)

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  21. When you step off campus what do you see?

    When you step off campus, you are in the beautiful, historic downtown of Staunton. There are small, locally owned boutiques that offer a variety of shopping and food options. Historic Downtown is also home to the Blackfriar's Playhouse which is a replica of the theatre Shakespeare had his plays performed in. On any given day, there is a performance going on there.

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Student Body

Students

92%

female

8%

male

1,310

Total Undergrad Enrollment

438

Total Grad Students

50%

Out-Of-State

50%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

34

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

40%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
22%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
57%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Mary Baldwin University receive some sort of financial aid. 61% were awarded federal grants. While 80% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$30,635

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$900

Books and Supplies

$9,230

Room and Board

40,765

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$14,602
$30 - $48K
$18,818
$48 - $75K
$15,187
$75 - $110K
$20,048
$110K & UP
$22,206

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