Key Facts


  • Private university founded in 1842
  • Undergraduate options:
    • Mary Baldwin College for Women
    • Baldwin Online and Adult Programs (coeducational)
    • RN to BSN
    • University College (coeducational)
  • Graduate programs:
    • Master of Arts in Teaching
    • Master of Education
    • Shakespeare and Performance
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy
    • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
    • Master of Science in Physician Assistant
  • Locations
    • Historic main campus located in downtown Staunton, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley
    • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences campus in Fishersville, Virginia (about 10 minutes from main campus)
    • Regional centers in Charlottesville, Emporia, Glenns, Kilmarnock, Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, South Hill, Staunton, Warsaw, Weyers Cave, and Williamsburg


  • Undergraduate degrees in more than 50 majors and minors: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), RN to BSN
  • Three undergraduate pathways with same requirements for the bachelor’s degree:
    • Mary Baldwin College for Women
    • University College (coeducational)
    • Baldwin Online and Adult Programs (coeducational)
  • Three graduate programs
    • College of Education, including Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education
    • Master of Letters (MLitt) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Performance
    • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, offering a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Pre-professional programs in law, medicine, ministry, ROTC (Air Force, Navy, Army)
  • Undergraduate and post baccalaureate teacher licensure programs
  • Academic partnerships
    • American Shakespeare Center (Shakespeare and Performance program)
    • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (Public History program)
    • Virginia Program at Oxford
  • Phi Beta Kappa chapter and  17 other academic honor societies
  • Mary Baldwin IPEDS report



  • 656 undergraduate women in the Mary Baldwin College for Women
    • Student/Faculty Ratio 12:1
    • Average Class Size 17
  • 528 Baldwin Online and Adult program women and men
  • 577 graduate women and men


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science — 249
  • Bachelor of Social Work — 21
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) — 28
  • Master of Education (MEd) — 19
  • Master of Letters (MLitt) — 13
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) — 12


  • Tuition and Fees (Mary Baldwin College for Women) — $30,635
  • Room and Board (Mary Baldwin College for Women) — $9,230
  • Baldwin Online and Adult Programs per Credit Hour — $455
  • College of Education per Credit Hour — $495
  • Shakespeare and Performance per Credit Hour — $750
  • Percent undergraduates receiving financial aid: 100%
  • Average undergraduate annual aid package — $19,000


  • 95% of alumnae/i say they were prepared as well or better than other new employees or students in grad school
  • 95% are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation
  • More than 33% hold advanced degrees


Facilitated through the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement


  • Mary Baldwin University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mary Baldwin University.
  • Education programs accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
  • Social Work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • All programs of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies) have initiated the appropriate accreditation process; current status posted on the MDCHS Accreditation page

Major Rankings

  • Top tier master’s university in the South (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Barron’s Best Buy in College Education
  • Washington Monthly recognition as service-oriented master’s university
  • Princeton Review “Best in the Southeast”
  • Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • College of Distinction (Student Horizons) designation for engaged students, great teaching, successful outcomes, and vibrant community
  • Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges”
  • Safest residential college campus in Virginia — top 5 overall in Virginia (