#18 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, Virginia

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Mary Baldwin College overview
Location Staunton, Virginia
Online mbc.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Mary Baldwin College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Mary Baldwin University, founded in 1842 and located in Staunton, Virginia, is a private liberal arts institution that was originally established as the Augusta Female Seminary. Situated on a hill overlooking the scenic Shenandoah Valley, the university's campus encompasses historic red-brick buildings reflective of classical architectural styles and is approximately a two-hour drive from both Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Mary Baldwin offers a coeducational environment and is composed of multiple schools that provide undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, including programs in health sciences, education, and Shakespeare studies through the American Shakespeare Center. Known for its personalized academic approach, the university maintains a moderate level of application selectivity. Residential life is an integral part of the student experience at Mary Baldwin, with a range of on-campus housing options. While the university supports various student athletics, it is not predominately recognized for its sports teams.

  1,463 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 494 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,611 plus fees of $425. MBC is ranked 1040 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.


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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Mary Baldwin College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$425
Room and Board $10,320
Budget for Other Expenses$2,130
Total One Year Cost$45,386

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$38,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

49% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Mary Baldwin College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 18%
Business 18%
Psychology 15%
History 14%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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