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

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

Mary Baldiwn College is an academic school built for women to learn and comprehend the information taught at the school; whil...

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

Mary Baldiwn College is an academic school built for women to learn and comprehend the information taught at the school; while building bonds with their "sisters" and maintaining friendships that will last for an eternity.

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

I would advise students to actually imagine themselves attending the school, and visiting the college. Some schools offer prospecitves to stay overnight to see what student life is like, or to sit in on classes that you might be interested in, or taking a tour of the college. Many people are steered away from a women's college, but it's better than what people say. I strongly advise parents to encourage students to go to a smaller college/university. With a smaller college/university, you have a chance to meet professors and actually have a first and last name, where as other schools you are a social security number, or student ID number for the first 3 years of your undergraduate studies. Also, look to see ways your student can get involved on campus, is it competitive to get involved, or is it available? are questions you should ask an admissions councler when calling schools. Lastly, I would also encourage your student to obtain course catalogs from each school, so they know what school offers the type of classes they would like to take.

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

The worst thing about Mary Baldwin College, would be the walk to class, everything is up hill or down hill.

Jackie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being an all girl private school, having a great basketball team, its academics, and its theather.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Being an all girl private school, having a great basketball team, its academics, and its theather.

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

The advice that I would give to any new coming family is find a school that you feel is closest to what kind of environment that you would like. If you like the tiny town with barely anything new to do is for you then try a tiny school, but if you like the city life then look out for more of those. But within your search you also need to pick a couple of the oppsite just so you can try and expand your mind and search. I would also go for what types of activities that you like, although school work is the most important thing to do in college many students wont be consumed into it for their entire four years, so having safe on campus activities to do is a must and a ton of fun. The enviornment and activites are what make or break a college experience, because if you are having fun in an area that you enjoy you will follow in the footsteps of you company, but if you're in an area thats not for you then you'll try and find more things for your taste and not worry about school.

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

What I was getting into, it is a great school with great people but it is much different then I had expected.

Tiffany
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are extremely diverse.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are extremely diverse.

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

As a maturing adult or an already mature adult you need to first know your own needs and limitations and have set expectations. From that you must search without relent or lowering your standards to find a college or university that keeps your needs and expectations in mind and high priority. Finding the right college or university is like finding a soulmate, at times we think we want one thing or can settle but in the end, not fully pursuing what we know to be necessary for ourselves will only shortchange one person.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Determined, open-minded, culturally aware and adaptive,accepting.

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

It's a lot smaller than any other school I looked at. MBC is very class oriented, if your going to go there be ready to stud...

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

It's a lot smaller than any other school I looked at. MBC is very class oriented, if your going to go there be ready to study.

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

I would encourage parents/students to look at as many schools as they can. Keep your financial abilities in mind, but do not let that limit the schools you consider. Students should follow their heart and gut feelings about a school because if you're not comforatble there you are going to regret making the decision to go there. Never sacrifice athletic programs for academic programs or vice versa. Visit the school twice, once on a guided tour, and once on your own to get the true feeling of the school.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who likes a small school environment, small classes, and can ignore drama. If your very focused on your studies and getting the best education you can MBC is for you.

Grace
Describe the students at your school.

A lot of my classes had less than 10 people in them, so my classmates felt like family of sorts.

Describe the students at your school.

A lot of my classes had less than 10 people in them, so my classmates felt like family of sorts.

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

An American Council on Education survey reported that 92% of college graduates thought their education was worth it, and 78% would go back to the same institution if they could do it all over again. This means that whatever college one chooses, one is more than likely to overall be satisfied with their degree. Of course, there are some decisions of balancing that students/parents have to make: smaller classes and interested professors that know all of their students vs. a more diverse faculty with more classes to offer, the campus never stops partying vs this campus is dead on the weekends, etc., but I cannot say which is the best for everyone. What's important is what the student does when one arrives. 1. Attend your classes. It's the best pressure to do one's work. If one's social life is preventing one from attending classes, one might not be ready for this level of work quite yet. There is plenty of time to have fun and do work. 2. Get involved. One will only have so much work. Being helps one stay out of stupid dramas. Study. Stay focused. Have fun. The future will be great.

What's unique about your campus?

Despite excluding half the population from our student pool, this school is extremely diverse. As a female college, we have a large or at least louder population of lgbtq students. Additionally, some of our college's most popular clubs are ethnic based. Moreover, we have the VWIL's and the PEG's. Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership is a ROTC program. PEG (Program for the Exceptionally Gifted) is a program for girls to skip all or parts of high school, so we also have a bunch of 14-year-old geniuses running around.

Allison
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It seems to be well known for being well known. Everytime I mention to an adult that I'm attending MBC they tend to say "Oh y...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It seems to be well known for being well known. Everytime I mention to an adult that I'm attending MBC they tend to say "Oh yes, I've heard of them. Good school." without actually knowing anything about it.

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

Make sure you thourghly investigate the school first. Visit the campus and find out if you can sit in on some of the classes to help you get a sense of class-size and how the proffessors operate. Once you're there, join clubs. Just one or two at first, so that you aren't overwhelmed once you start having a lot of schoolwork. This, and attending school functions such as sports games and dances, is a good way to make friends and integrate yourself into campus life. While you may feel homesick at first, it is best not to go home too often during the first semester as this can only make it worse. College can be a wonderful time to grow. Try new things - join clubs you might not have participated in back in high school. Try to have fun. Getting all your classwork done is important, but make sure you balance it out with social events. This will help to make college a more enjoyable and memorable experience. It's a good time to make friendships you will maintain into adulthood.

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

Administration can be inflexable when helping students with a problem they're having with a system, be it housing or food. The president wastes money painting the outsides of buildings and recarpeting her house while the roof on the art building colapses and there are huge holes in the walls in the science building.

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

Finding the right college is never easy. It will never be and easy process either. The only advice I can give anybody is to f...

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

Finding the right college is never easy. It will never be and easy process either. The only advice I can give anybody is to follow your gut instinct. If you fall in love with a college and or university just go for it. Another thing for the parents is to always trust your child no matter how much you dont agree with them. They will be the ones that have to live and study there so dont try to talk them out of it. One big thing about college is getting envolved. Try an join all the things that you've always wanted to try because this is your last chance. Just dont overload yourself because you want to leave some time for yourself.

What kind of person should attend this school?

To attend this school you must want to learn and make life long friends. This school has a lot of opportunities for people that want to succeed in life. Also, it has many activites on campus that will keep you ocuppied.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The type of person that shouldn't attend this school are those only interested in parties. If your from a big city and aren't acustom to the small town life you really wouldn't want to attend this school.

Andrea
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are fun to hang out with outside of class, and helpful inside of class.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are fun to hang out with outside of class, and helpful inside of class.

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

When it comes to finding the right college, alot of it is about the "fit" in so many aspects, and those aspects must be balanced. One must find a school that caters to their academic/professional interests, as well as challening the student to explore new horizons. There must also be a balance of academic and social activities- students are at the school to further their education, but without an outlet for stress and opportunities to relax, academics are likely to be the last thing on the student's mind. Price is also a very large deciding factor for many parents and students. Many institutions will offer financial aid that does not have to be paid back, and this is something that should be researched in full before a decision is made. Essentially, it comes down to the student's personal preference- large class size or small? Friendly professors and obnoxious classmates or disorganized professors and sociable classmates? Awesome dining hall and tiny dorms? Party on the weekend or a movie? Pay back loans for the rest of my life or pay out of pocket now? These are all things students and parents should consider before making a final decision.

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

That its Christian affiliation was in name only, and not in practice.

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

When choosing a college, consider what is best suited to you, in terms of academics, logistics, and campus life, rather than ...

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

When choosing a college, consider what is best suited to you, in terms of academics, logistics, and campus life, rather than names or prestige. Choose a school that has multiple fields of interest so you're not tied down to one major, since it is likely that your major will change. Take location into account; is it rural or urban? Does it offer a lifestyle you can handle? Once you're in college, be sure to go to all your classes. Even if there's not a strict attendance policy, you will have an easier time and you will learn more--which is kind of the point. However, don't spend your time solely on your studies. A social life is also an important part of the experience. To this end, start making friends right away; go ahead and chat people up. Everyone is eager to make friends, so they'll be grateful you reached out. The rest of college is balancing your academic and social life. You'll learn to do this with practice.

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.

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

I can't say that I brag about it much...I guess getting good grades and getting into plays.

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

When searching for the right school for your child or yourself make sure that the school will be suitable to his/her person, ...

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

When searching for the right school for your child or yourself make sure that the school will be suitable to his/her person, emotion, and spiritual needs. Be sure to find a school that will allow the student to express his/her beliefs and opinions and has a friendly, openminded student body. Also look for a school that has close off-campus entertainment and a nearby hospital in emergency situations. To make the most out of your college experience, get involved. Sign up for clubs, participate in school-sponsored events, and get to know your roommate and other students on your hall. It is also great to get to know people of different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. They can expand your knowledge far beyond that which you learn in class. Speaking of class, you should also save a little time each day to study. Find a quiet area, free of distractions, to go over notes and review lectures. All of these suggestions can help you fiind a school and make the most of your experience there. The most important thing to remember is to have fun! You will always remember your college experience so make the most of it!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If you are conservative and not open to exploring views other than your own, this school is not for you! This school may not be for you if you do not wish to explore different cultures and if you are not open to homosexuality.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The pricely tuition is perhaps the most frustrating thing about my school.

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