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Mary Baldwin College

Posted on May 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

A private, independent and four year liberal arts women’s college located in Staunton, Virginia, Mary Baldwin College has over 2500 students enrolled. Ranked as top tier master level university by the United States News and World Report, the college has already earned a venerable place in the United States college directory and it provides many exclusive programs for women.

Campus Features

Presently the college has one main campus and five satellite campuses at Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, and Weyers Cave. It became a junior college in 1916 and a four year college in 1923.

Brief History

Founded in 1842 by Rufus William Bailey, a minister and teacher from Maine, as the Augusta Female Seminary, Mary Baldwin is one of the oldest institutions imparting higher education for women in United States. First charter to the seminary was granted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1845. First building of the campus was built during its initial years adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church of Staunton and in 1872 the land and building of the church were given to the school. Known as Waddell Chapel till its demolition in 1962 and had baptized Thomas Woodrow Wilson in 1857. Name of the institute was changed to Mary Baldwin in 1895 in recognition of the contribution of its Principal.


High school transcript, SAT/ACT scores or TOEFL, and filled out application forms are the requirements for admission to the college. No interview is required. One can view the details on the college website and the college directory.

Programs Offered

Only full fledged Health Care administration program in the entire nation is hosted by Mary Baldwin College that also offers pre-professional programs in law, medicine, ministry, as well as in ROTC. Unique among the programs offered is the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership program for female cadets that are affiliated with the nearby Virginia Military Institute. Program for the exceptionally gifted is designed for girls in the age group of 12-16 years for earning a bachelor’s degree.

Besides, the college also offers Masters Programs in Shakespearean subjects in conjunction with the American Shakespeare Center. Last but not the least there is co-graduate and adult degree programs for men and women. Sociology, Psychology, History, Asian Studies, Art, Communication, Health care administration, Political Science, English, and Business are most popular majors offered.

Financial Aids

More than 90% of the students in the institution are availing some types of financial aids. A unique offer is the student stimulus packet offered by the college that includes scholarships, Julia’s list, Leadership Gateway awards, Federal Grants, State Grants, ROTC scholarships, work study assistance with change-makers initiatives and loans. For details one can visit the comprehensive website of the college.