The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership thanks you for celebrating 20 years of women who lead by example and become a force for change in any community they call home.

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As the nation’s only cadet corps of its kind just for women, VWIL is a premier leadership program that includes military preparation, not a military program with leadership training on the sidelines. Whether you are interested in commissioning into the U.S. Armed Forces, guiding a classroom of students, running a business, or finding exciting work in another field, the VWIL approach will get you there.

In the VWIL program, you learn the principles of leadership and you develop your own leadership style. The foundation for our leadership preparation is a liberal arts education. The heart of leadership development is the training you receive in the corps of cadets, in ROTC, and in the governance of your class. Physical training, sports, and the leadership challenge program round out the VWIL experience.

The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership is open to all students in the Mary Baldwin College for Women. Your academic record,  physical fitness, and leadership performance will contribute to your selection into the program. Learn more >>
The leadership studies minor required for all cadets, combined with an academic
major of your choice, prepares you to take the helm in the board room, the classroom,
or the briefing room.
In addition to your freshman academic schedule you will also take:
  • BOLD 101: Orientation to College and to the VWIL Program
  • ROTC: Army, Air Force, Navy/Marines
  • Physical Education: Leadership Challenge, Wilderness Adventure, Advanced Fitness

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Cadet Life
As a nULL (first-year cadet) you will participate in three formations each week, march in parades each month, and attend leadership seminars oriented towards career interests and leadership development. Activities such as drill team, marching band, Honor Guard, and color guard are optional. Evening study hours are required.

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VWIL Marks 20th Anniversary with Pomp and Ceremony

The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL), the nation’s only all-female corps of cadets and the premier college-level leadership program for women in the United States, on Friday celebrated its 20th anniversary at Mary Baldwin. Current VWIL students, members of the inaugural class, alumnae, community members and distinguished guests attended a special parade sequence, reception, […]

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