All incoming first-year students at Mary Baldwin have the benefit of membership in gateway programs that offer support, direction, and connection. We firmly believe in the value that each student has in being part of a smaller, personal community.

New students move-in and participate in a specialized program with their Gateway as part of our Orientation at the start of the academic year. Each student has a Gateway director, faculty advisor, and peer advisor they will get to know as part of the Gateway leadership team. Every week students meet with their faculty advisor for BOLD 101 (Baldwin Opportunities for Leadership and Development, Orientation to College). Gateways as a whole meet throughout the first year for social, community service, and academic activities.

Admissions counselors can help students choose a gateway based on their interests and passions. Students who travel from abroad to study at Mary Baldwin are automatically enrolled in a gateway for International Students. Transfer students are also automatically placed in a transfer-specific gateway.


I am passionate about the arts and believe in the power of originality and fresh thinking. Learn more


I am ready to explore all things Mary Baldwin with an open-mind and broad focus.

Ida B Wells

I am an African-American woman and want to connect with my culture and the local community. Learn more
* additional application required

Program for the Exceptionally Gifted

I am ready to dive right into college instead of finishing high school. Learn more
* additional application required

Spencer Citizens

Community service and outreach to others around the world is important in my life. Learn more

Transfer Students

College is not new to me. I just need to know how to navigate Mary Baldwin.

Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership

I seek physical and mental challenge. I want to become a leader and make things happen. Learn more
* additional application required

Women Entrepreneurs

I want to develop my leadership skills in a focused fast-track program to earn my bachelor’s and MBA in four years. Learn more *additional application required