Mary Baldwin College

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New and Frederick Streets

Staunton, VA 24401

Phone: (540) 887-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#36 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Mary Baldwin College is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,526, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Mary Baldwin College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 36. Its tuition and fees are $28,610 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

MBC combines a high quality liberal arts education with professional training and close individual attention. We boast a highly diverse campus where international and students of color hold elected and appointed leadership positions and where the campus benefits from diverse cultural activities. MBC has a unique early admittance program for gifted young women (Program for the Exceptionally Gifted) and an innovative "24/7" leadership program (Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership) with extensive co-curricular as well as curricular components. In addition to the usual academic components of a liberal education, in line with our commitment to diversity, we offer Asian Studies with study abroad at our sister school in Kyoto, Japan, as well as academic programs in Arabic, African-American studies, Latin American Studies, and Women's Studies.

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School type private, women's college
Year founded 1842
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment $31,722,856


When applying to Mary Baldwin College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Mary Baldwin College is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 54 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mary Baldwin College is 12:1, and the school has 60.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mary Baldwin College include: Social Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Psychology; and History. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 17%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 14%
Psychology 13%
History 11%

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Student Life

Mary Baldwin College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,526, with a gender distribution of 6.7 percent male students and 93.3 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Mary Baldwin College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,804
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Mary Baldwin College offers a number of student services including women's center and health service. Mary Baldwin College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mary Baldwin College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Mary Baldwin College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Mary Baldwin College, 84.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,944.

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Tuition and fees $28,610 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,400 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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