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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B-
101 E Frederick St
Staunton, VA 24401
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
USA South Athletic Conference
From Mary Baldwin University

At Mary Baldwin University, we're all about your greatness. But growing that greatness takes more than determination. It takes knowing. Knowing yourself. Knowing different. Knowing better. Knowing your potential, and how to use that potential to achieve anything. At MBU, knowing starts with a unique mix of academics, community support, and self-discovery that shapes and sharpens your best self, launching you from the place you are to the place you’re meant to be.

We also believe a college education should raise your potential while lowering your costs. That’s why more than 95% of our students receive scholarships or financial aid that total over $16 million every year. This kind of consistent support propelled MBU to the No. 9 ranking for Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast from Washington Monthly, who's rankings are known for their focus on social mobility and helping non-wealthy students earn in-demand degrees at an affordable cost.

Mary Baldwin University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
940-1120
ACT Range
18-22
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,879/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$25,398/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.27 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.37 responses
78%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses

Majors

Health Sciences at MBU

MBU’s health sciences major provides students with an understanding of human health as a complex cultural, biological, psychological, and social dynamic. This major prepares students for graduate work in the health sciences and employment in healthcare fields such as public health, governmental and community agencies, hospitals, the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, research, and more.

Online

Online Programs Offered
31
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
8
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
23
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    22%
  • On Campus
    39%
  • Online
    39%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
960Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
367
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
64%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
  • Dedicated, intelligent, and hard working female
    54%
  • Female, religious, maybe international
    21%
  • Outgoing
    8%
  • Unfriendly, entitled
    8%
  • Dropout, Moody, Mentally unstable due to previous
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
91%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.45 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.63 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Small
    48%
  • Dedicated
    19%
  • Friendly
    19%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Bad
    4%
  • Underrated
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $37,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    38%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses

    Mary Baldwin University Reviews

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    I haven’t been attending Mary Baldwin long, but every single person I have come in contact with through the college has been so helpful! I honestly don’t think I could have gotten any luckier and I know that I made the best decision by apply for this college. Everyone is always right there willing to help you in any way possible!
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    By now I have been at Mary Baldwin for three years. I personally think it is a wonderful school, and just like every school, it has its downsides. The Residential College for Women is amazing and very women empowering! The schools Liberal Arts programs are amazing, and I particularly love their education program. The small class size makes it perfect for students to be able to interact with the teachers within the classroom and gain help when needed. Overall, I have had a wonderful experience at Mary Baldwin and would defiantly recommend the school to others.
    I JUST RECENTLY FINISHED MY FIRST YEAR AT MBU. ALTHOUGH I DON'T LIVE ON CAMPUS, I FOUND IT REALLY EASY TO CONNECT TO THE CAMPUS LIFE AND THE ACTIVITIES AROUND ME. I FELT REALLY COMFORTABLE IN ALL MY CLASSES AND I FORMED GREAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH MY ADVISORS AND PROFESSORS. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE THREE YEARS AHEAD OF ME AND EVERYTHING THEY'LL HOLD!