Mary Baldwin College
is a private, independent, and comprehensive four-year liberal arts women's college in Staunton, Virginia. It was founded in 1842 as the Augusta Female Seminary by Rufus William Bailey.
Mary Baldwin has developed into an exceptionally diverse institution with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs for both women and men in locations throughout Virginia:
- The College for Women is our historic private liberal arts college for women on the main campus, occupying 54 beautiful hilltop acres in downtown Staunton, Virginia
- Early college programs make the College for Women a premier opportunity for girls who are ready to skip all or part of high school and enter college before their peers
- The Adult Degree Program offers a flexible and affordable option for working adults with online and regional offerings as well as the opportunity to take classes on the main campus
- Graduate Teacher Education programs include master’s degrees and teacher licensure
- The Graduate Shakespeare and Performance program uniquely combines stagecraft and scholarship for those seeking to become professional actors and directors as well as teachers and dramaturgs
- The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership solidifies Mary Baldwin’s longstanding tradition of producing capable female leaders
Academic programs are organized through the four Schools of Excellence, which encompass undergraduate and graduate offerings as well as certificate programs. The schools integrate opportunities for civic and global engagement, experiential learning, original research, and creative projects into the academic experience.