Staunton, VA
Mary Baldwin University


39 Ratings

Setting the standard for innovation with a purpose for 175 years, today Mary Baldwin University is an exceptionally diverse institution with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs for both women and men in locations throughout Virginia.

The Mary Baldwin College for Women is our historic, single-sex undergraduate program on the main campus, set on 58 beautiful hilltop acres in downtown Staunton, Virginia.

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Recent Reviews

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

Mary Baldwin is engaging, challenging, diverse, fun, and has some of the best professors around.

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

Mary Baldwin is engaging, challenging, diverse, fun, and has some of the best professors around.

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

I would tell myself not to be so concerned with what other people think. I would tell myself to work harder and and spend more time on homework and papers. Most importantly, though, I would tell myself to take advantage of every opporunity that comes my way.

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.

Megan
Describe the students at your school.

Girls that attend Baldwin are like a strand of pearls in that no two are exactly the same, but they're all beautiful.

Describe the students at your school.

Girls that attend Baldwin are like a strand of pearls in that no two are exactly the same, but they're all beautiful.

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!).

What kind of person should attend this school?

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

Jas
Describe the students at your school.

It really depends on the class and the students in it. Some are really intuative and get involved in the discussions, others...

Describe the students at your school.

It really depends on the class and the students in it. Some are really intuative and get involved in the discussions, others mostly take notes and may chime in a bit here and there, and others are just obnoxious.

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

Well, Mary Baldwin College is a private school, which is what I was looking for in the first place. But what makes MBC different from many other private schools is that it is a women's college. The campus is small which makes it easier for me to focus on my studies.

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

I would tell my self to prepare better, to study more, and to ask questions. I believe those are some of the most essential things that a college student needs to do in order to survive college life. It's been difficult for me because I've never had to ask questions before and now that I need to, I don't really know how to ask, what I should be asking, or how to go about explaining my confusion. I didn't really study much in high school either, but here it's necessary if I want to get at least a D on the test.

Morgan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

MBC educates the confident, compassionate, changemakers. From alums who went to Vietnam, to those who work with Project Hope ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

MBC educates the confident, compassionate, changemakers. From alums who went to Vietnam, to those who work with Project Hope today. MBC is helping strengthen women (and men) of today.

Describe the students at your school.

MBC students are from everywhere. Of course, predominately students are from Virginia, but the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (girls as young as 12 who skip high school) and our Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, draws from across the world.

What are the academics like at your school?

MBC has a low fac/student ratio and the average class size is 16.7. Right now MBC requires 132 credits to graduate ... often a difficult task, but when you've got May Term ... definitely doable! The theatre department at MBC is wonderful. You aren't just an actress or just a tech person. You can be all! With 5 shows a season (often one or two will be directed by students -- with a student-directed one-act play festival offered every other year), there are many opportunities to stay involved.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Baldwin Program Board keeps activities jumping on campus ... but we've also got the Minority Clubs United, tons of traditions (Apple Day is the moved favored -- classes are canceled we celebrate the apple!), and plenty of sports.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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

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

Mary Baldwin is a beautiful, open place where you not only acquire knowledge in great classes with incredible teachers but al...

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

Mary Baldwin is a beautiful, open place where you not only acquire knowledge in great classes with incredible teachers but also gain life wisdom through your new friends and comrades.

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

To Parents: Allow your kids some breathing space. Do not force them into a particular school or a particular major; that school or major may have been the perfect fit for you or may have been your dream, but let your child find their own perfect fit. Maybe they will have to try four different majors before they find the one that will lead them into a career that will genuinely make them happy...and that is okay because that is what college is for. However, do not allow them to waste their four precious years. Do not tolerate binge drinking, skipping class, or bad grades. Pull them home or withdraw your funding if you have to, but do not use their explorations of a new world as an excuse to tie them down unless it is actually going to harm them or lead to irresponsible behavior later in life. Maybe they need to be in a play, or take a sociology class, or leave the business department...it will be okay. They will find their niche, and you will be happier because they will be happier...even if they do not have the lucrative job you always dreamed about.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is willing to open themselves to women of many different lifestyles and backgrounds. Most people are liberal, but I had a wonderful time as a conservative. You learn to live with women from all walks of life because it is a residential campus and you learn to bond and stand by other women when the rest of world does not.

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

One of the most important decisions made throughout one's lifetime is the decision to go to college, and the one chosen is an...

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

One of the most important decisions made throughout one's lifetime is the decision to go to college, and the one chosen is an even greater decision. The "right" collge should make a person grow into who they want to be and shape their future career path. The college experience is one that should never be forgotten but also one that provides structure. However college is more than just an experience, it is what one gets out of it that determines how great their adventure afterwards. In other words, choosing the college that your child should attend is like choosing the first career path job after college. It is a decision that sticks with one for the rest of one's life, just like any other job experience. Everyone has their different preference in location, and I too would have chosen to be some place else, but the school itself is the most important. Therefore, the "right" college may not necessarily be first choice in secondary categories such as location, price, what the dorms look like, etc. Sometimes the ideal college is one that is second choice. The point is to always have options!

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

Exactly how liberal the school is and that almost all of the professors are naive enough to think every one of their students are too.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Straight republicans would feel so out of place not only at this school but in the small town of Staunton, VA.

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

There are a plethora of resources out there--and they're not all paper-bound books. The internet has so many resources to offer beyonf school websites as well. There are school rating sites where actual students and alumni from the school dish about what their school is really like...look at these sites. You'll see what kind of students have attended, and if the lifestyle at that school is right for you!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Mary Baldwin College is for liberal lesbians who don't give a crap or for Southern Bells who secretly hate the lesbians, but would never soil their social graces and say so.

Alexandra
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for developing strong, independent, opinionated women. Most of all they are best known for their edu...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for developing strong, independent, opinionated women. Most of all they are best known for their education. They also have a great networking system, which helps for graduates to achieve the jobs or internships they truely want.

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

The most important thing to do before deciding what college to go to, is to do as many college visits as possible!!! Think about what you want in a college, size, location (city, small town....), majority of gender ethnicity, religion, and financial costs. These are some examples of what to think of before you make your decision on a college or list of colleges. After you have picked your select few, take the time to make a visit, so you can actually visualize what it could be like. It is also a good idea to try to sit in a few classes or to spend the night at a college, so you can experience more than what a campus tour guide can tell you. Once you find the "right " college for you, one of the first departments to talk to would be the financial aid department. Usually if you really want to attend their school, they should do everything possible to get you there and help you financially along the way. Okay, so now your in college, what can you do to make the most of it? Number one, Don't be shy!! Do your best to be social.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is very school oriented and focused on achieving great things in life. Someone Who likes a small community that is respectful of our opinions. Someone who likes one on one contact with their teachers and other students, which provides learning based on group discussions, not just teachers lecturing. There is a lot of hands on learning and trips out in to the "real" world of their professional field.

Amanda
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Best known...for being an academically rigorous school.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Best known...for being an academically rigorous school.

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

I only considered one other school, and that was a conservative Christian school. What's unique about MBC compared with the other is that students here are much more open-minded and willing to accept belief systems that are not their own.

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

Don't choose a college based solely on academic programs, though these are very important--choose a school that will force you to consider things that you may have never considered, a school that forces you to think outside the box. The college years are the time most people begin to examine their worldview, so attend as many special events your school offers, and you will be better prepared to enter the world of conflicting ideas and opinions with an open mind.

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

Look at all of your options. But in the end, let your child attend the college he or she want's to the most. I believe that i...

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

Look at all of your options. But in the end, let your child attend the college he or she want's to the most. I believe that if a student has a strong desite to attend a college, they will suceed.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think that the academics are of qood quality, and I know that the majority of the teachers are knowledgeable and really care. The work load is hard, and the students truly learn a lot. Mary Baldwin is in a small rural town, and because of that I don't think it gets enough credit. The ratings aren't as high as the should be for the quality of education students recieve.

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