Key Facts


  • Private, liberal arts university founded in 1842
  • Highest degree conferred: Doctorate
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, USA South conference
  • School colors: White and Yellow


  • Historic main campus located in downtown Staunton, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley
  • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences campus in Fishersville, Virginia (about 10 minutes from main campus)
  • Regional centers in Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Clifton Forge, Emporia, Glenns, Kilmarnock, Richmond, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, South Boston, South Hill, Staunton, Warsaw, Weyers Cave, and Williamsburg

TUITION (2017–18)

  • Tuition and Fees (Mary Baldwin College for Women and University College) — $31,085
  • Room and Board (Mary Baldwin College for Women and University College) — $9,410
  • Baldwin Online and Adult Programs per Credit Hour — $460
  • College of Education (MAT, MEd) per Credit Hour — $495
  • Shakespeare and Performance (MLitt, MFA) per Credit Hour — $750
  • RN to BSN Credit Hour — $460
  • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MHA online program*) — $650
  • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (DPT, OTD, MSPA) — $34,500 per year
  • Undergraduate residential students can receive merit awards of up to $22,000, plus need-based aid
  • MBU awards $16 million+ every year in scholarships and financial aid


  • 95% of alumni say they were prepared as well or better than other new employees or students in grad school
  • 95% are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation
  • More than 33% hold advanced degrees


U.S. News & World Report 2018

  • #43 in Best Regional Universities South
  • #26 in Best Colleges for Veterans, Regional Universities South
  • #19 in Best Value Schools, Regional Universities South
  • Best Ethnic Diversity, Regional Universities South

Best Southeastern by Princeton Review, 2018

America’s Top Colleges 2017 by Forbes

The first four-year university to be certified as a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) educator

Phi Beta Kappa chapter established in 1971



  • 538 residential undergraduate students in Mary Baldwin College for Women and University College
    • Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1
    • Average Class Size 17
  • 506 in the Baldwin Online and Adult programs
  • 216 in graduate education programs
  • 53 in graduate Shakespeare & Performance programs
  • 331 in the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
  • 31 in the Master of Business Administration program
  • 1,675 TOTAL


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (BA/BS) — 185
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) — 19
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — 18
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) — 37
  • Master of Education (MEd) — 15
  • Master of Letters (MLitt) — 15
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) — 11
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) — 31
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) — 33


  • Mary Baldwin University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Education programs accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
  • Social Work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • All programs of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences have initiated the appropriate accreditation process; current status is posted on the MDCHS Accreditation page
  • Mary Baldwin IPEDS report