Early College Academy

Teacher with an Early College studentThe Early College Academy at Mary Baldwin University offers the opportunity for bright 16- and 17-year-old students to complete their high school degree requirements in tandem with college courses.

Students in the Early College Academy reside together in a freshmen residence hall that they share with other students and specially trained staff. In her sophomore year, the Early College Academy student participates in room lottery with all residential students and may elect to live on the sophomore honors floor in McClung Hall.

The Early College Academy was built on the success of Mary Baldwin’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, which has served students as young as 13 since 1985. Both programs are based on not only current research in educating gifted students, but evaluations by faculty and staff and feedback from student and parents.

A member of the Early College Staff can determine the path that best fits you.

Kathryn Laflin

* Meet Kathryn Laflin ’15

Kathryn Laflin ’15 traded her two hour commute to an honors school in Texas for the opportunity to start college two years ahead of her classmates. Far from home, she still finds solace in the Shenandoah Valley through getting involved with numerous community service projects on and around campus. “There is no way to describe ECA except to say that it has been one of the greatest times of my life. It is more than just a great academic opportunity, the friends and support that I have gained here are outstanding. It sounds cliche but looking back coming to ECA was the best decision I made, and I have no regrets.”