Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
What is the size of the Mary Baldwin University campus?
What is the geographical distribution of the traditional age students?
What are the most popular majors?
- Asian Studies
- Health Care Administration
- Political Science
- Social Work
- Criminal Justice
What are the advantages of attending a school the size of Mary Baldwin?
Student to faculty ratio: 12 to 1. | Average class size: 17
Very close association between faculty and students.
More than 200 leadership positions are available on campus and are all filled by women.
Opportunity to do individual research and complete an internship.
What courses do freshmen take?
PHED 100 fitness class is also required for graduation, students are encouraged to take it during their first semester.
Otherwise, there are no other freshman requirements. There are, however, graduation requirements. Freshmen are urged to explore and expand their academic opportunities, whether or not they have chosen a major.
How many students go on to graduate school?
45 – 55% go within 5-10 years after graduation.
Are there computer labs on campus?
Students are encouraged to have their own computers in their rooms. There are more than 200 work stations in the labs outfitted with hardware and software appropriate to current courses.
Do you have the same advisor all four years?
Is financial aid academic or need based?
What is the deadline for submitting the FAFSA? School Code 003723
Do I need to file the FAFSA to get a campus job?
When is new student orientation?
We also offer BOLD 101. This required course includes information on study skills, motivation, time management, use of the library, and self-esteem. This is a part of continuing orientation in the freshmen halls throughout the year.
Is there a career and placement office?
What opportunities are available for study abroad?
May Term travel in the last few years have included:
- Italy – Renaissance Studies
- London – Theater/ London – Criminal Justice
- France – French Civilization/Art Appreciation
- Japan – Modern Japan/Asian Studies
- Australia/New Zealand – Sociology
- Spain – Spanish in Madrid or Costa Rica
- Russia -courses TBA in St. Petersburg
- Bulgaria/Turkey/Greece – Colloquium
How do I get an application and catalog?
What are the requirements for applying to Mary Baldwin?
- high school transcript
- SAT/ACT scores or TOEFL (Mary Baldwin code for SAT: 5397, Mary Baldwin code for ACT: 4374)
- Mary Baldwin University application for admission (see above)
Is a formal interview required?
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The deadline for transfer applications is August 1. Spring application deadline is December 1.
How important are the grades before my senior year?
Is it better to get an A in a regular course or a B or C in an AP or IB course?
What are the GPA requirements?
What is the required SAT score?
Do you accept the ACT instead of the SAT?
Does Mary Baldwin superscore?
Are achievement tests required for Admission?
How do AP and IB credits count?
Can I spend the night on campus?
To what other schools do Mary Baldwin applicants apply?
- James Madison University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- George Mason University
- Radford University
- Old Dominion University
- Christopher Newport University
- Longwood College
- Hollins University
- Mary Washington College
- Howard University
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
What is the yearly tuition at Mary Baldwin?
The tuition for the 2016-17 year is $30,240.
What is the cost of room and board?
Room and board for 2016-17 is $9,230, including local telephone service and long distance access as well as an Internet hook-up.
What is the student organization fee?
This fee, $395, provides seed money to the Student Government Association and the over 30 student-run organizations that create so much vitality — and such great opportunities for leadership skills development — on the Mary Baldwin Campus. The breakdown is $275 for the student activities fee (mentioned above) and $120 for a technology fee.
What is the total, comprehensive fee for one year?
The direct cost for 2016-17 is $39,865.
99% of students receive some form of financial aid, with an average aid package of more than $22,000 including loans
What about financial aid? Fees? Scholarships? Campus job opportunities?
Mary Baldwin offers a number of merit-based scholarships valued up to $20,000 a year.
There are on-campus work-study job opportunities available in the dining hall, mail room, and administrative offices, among others. These are included as part of the financial aid packages. Financial aid funds earned on working are not applied to the tuition, room and board bill from the Business Office. Students receive a monthly check for hours worked.
How are residence hall rooms chosen?
After a student makes her housing deposit ($300) to the Admissions Office, she receives an incoming housing form in May. This form asks several questions about personal habits and also describes all the housing available for freshmen. Freshmen students have a choice of two residence halls: Woodson and Spencer.
May students request specific residence halls?
Yes, students can list their first choice.
Transfer students will room with other upper classwomen.
May students request to room with someone they know?
Yes. Both students must make the request when filling out their housing forms
Can students have visitors in their rooms?
Up to three guests per student can visit for up to 72 hours (three days), afterward guest(s) must leave campus for 72 hours. There is NO visitation during exam weeks or in designated study areas on campus.
What can be done if my roommate and I don’t get along?
The first option is to try to work out your differences. If there is no solution, both students must request a change and meet with the director of residence life.
Are freshmen allowed to have a car?
Yes, all students may have cars on campus. There is a designated parking lot for freshmen. Each year students must pay a fee for a parking permit. Parking Information and fees.
Do students need a computer?
Computers are recommended but not necessary. There are several well-equipped computer labs on campus.
Is the campus safe?
Mary Baldwin provides 24-hour security. Security phones are located in parking lots and near dormitory doors. The surrounding area and Staunton provide a generally safe environment. Mary Baldwin has one of the best campus safety records in the country.
What about alcohol and drugs?
Federal and state laws are supported by the college’s policies.