Whether you live on campus or take classes online or at our regional centers, you will be active and engaged in your education. You will find people and programs that empower you to make a difference in the world and prepare you for a rewarding career. And you will benefit from a liberal arts approach that values critical thinking and problem solving.
Mary Baldwin’s academic programs are grouped into four colleges to help organize the student experience. You’ll find most of your common curriculum courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, but don’t be surprised if you dabble in each area before choosing a major to explore in depth. All four colleges also include graduate studies and opportunities to accelerate your path to an advanced degree.
Faculty and staff know more than your name. They get to know your strengths and your dreams, and see potential you may not yet recognize in yourself. On the main campus, students benefit from the low student/faculty ratio (11 to 1) and small class size (average: 17). In Baldwin Online & Adult Programs, students get the same level of individual guidance through a variety of course delivery systems designed for working adults.
The opportunity to conduct original research as an undergraduate is a standard course component at Mary Baldwin, and students in the arts learn the art of skillful creative expression. Many students co-author papers with faculty members or present their work at national or international conferences.
Global perspectives are built into the curriculum, preparing you to be a contributing citizen of the world. International artists-in-residence teach courses and lead activities. Study abroad opportunities range from May Term in Ireland studying philosophy, to a teacher education practicum in Australia, to ornithology in Costa Rica. Mary Baldwin also has exchange programs and study abroad partnerships with colleges in Japan, South Korea, India, Tiawan, and the United Kingdom.
Mary Baldwin ensures that you learn to blend theory and practice through hands-on work in the laboratory, in the field, in clinical settings, and in business and community organizations. Internships, campus employment, and volunteer positions pay you to work at something that matters — such as environmental sustainability or helping the disadvantaged — while gaining experience that will help you in your career.
Mary Baldwin’s academic and service partners, local and international, offer students extraordinary opportunities. They include the world-renowned American Shakespeare Center and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, both located within a block of campus. The International Beliefs and Values Institute makes its home on our campus, and international partners include the Clinton Global Initiative University and Women for Women International.