Mary Baldwin College: Narrative Description

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201 East Frederick St.
Staunton, VA 24401-3610
Tel: (540)887-7000
Free: 800-468-2262
Admissions: (540)887-7019
Fax: (540)886-6634
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1842. Setting: 54-acre small town campus. Endowment: $35.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7949 per student. Total enrollment: 1,718. Faculty: 134 (79 full-time, 55 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,307 applied, 75% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 38% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 1,033 students, 97% women, 3% men. Part-time: 491 students, 84% women, 16% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 5 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 21% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 81% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Seven-College Exchange Program. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $25,680 includes full-time tuition ($19,811), mandatory fees ($180), and college room and board ($5689). College room only: $3554. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $325 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 48 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Baldwin Program Board, President's Society, Black Student Alliance, Stars. Major annual events: Apple Day, Junior Dads Weekend, Christmas Cheer. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 760 college housing spaces available; 658 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: women-only housing available. Grafton Library with 140,466 books, 69,644 microform titles, 11,889 serials, 6,668 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $153,195. 227 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Staunton, one of the oldest cities west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, originated the city manager form of government. Annual snowfall here is 16 inches. All modes of commercial transportation are available. Community facilities include a public library, YMCA, hospital, many churches, shopping areas, and civic and service organizations. Recreational activities include golf, tennis, skiing, horseback riding, bowling, swimming, fishing, and hunting. Some of the points of interest are the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the Old Trinity Church, and American Frontier Museum. Opportunities for part-time work are available.

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