Undergraduate Admission and the Undergraduate First-Year Experience

Mary Baldwin offers two options for students’ undergraduate residential experience: Mary Baldwin College for Women — which is all-female and emphasizes women-centered leadership development and includes the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership and the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted; and University College — which offers all of MBU’s majors and minors in a co-educational residential setting. Mary Baldwin also offers undergraduate programs designed specifically for those with jobs, families, and other responsibilities through its MBU Online Programs, as well as graduate programs in business, Shakespeare and Performance, health sciences, and education (see the College of Education, Shakespeare and Performance, Master of Business Administration, or Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences sections of this catalog for information on graduate admissions).

If you are applying for an undergraduate program, you can apply for admission after your junior year in high school, for admission to the fall or spring semesters, or as a transfer student. You may enter with advanced placement, dual enrollment credit, or credit for advanced work by the International Baccalaureate or by tests of the College Entrance Examination Board. You may attend full-time or, if you live in the area, part-time. As an especially gifted student, you may enter well before completing high school. If you are 18 years or older, you may enter MBU Online Programs, with special provisions for learners who have many demands on their schedules and energies. Please see the Mary Baldwin University website or the Contact Information at the beginning of this Catalog for more information on admission to each MBU program.

First-Year Admission
Admission to Mary Baldwin’s programs is based on a student’s academic potential; achievement in secondary school, when applicable; strength and maturity of character; and any special talents and abilities. In judging academic ability, the secondary school record, when applicable, is the primary factor considered. Candidates for admission should have completed at least 16 college preparatory courses. The university recommends that candidates include four or five academic subjects in their course loads each year in meeting the following recommended school program:

• English, four units;
• Foreign language, two units (preferably two consecutive foreign language courses);
• Mathematics, three units;
• History and social studies, three units;
• Lab science, two units.

Scores considered in the admissions process are those on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the American College Test (ACT), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

All students who enroll at Mary Baldwin University agree to abide by the rules, regulations, and standards set and established by the university. The university in turn will offer a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in nursing (RN to BSN), or bachelor of social work; master of letters or master of fine arts in Shakespeare and Performance; master of business administration; master of science, master of education or master of arts in teaching; or master of science in physician assistant, master of science in nursing, master of healthcare administration, doctor of occupational therapy, or doctor of physical therapy to those who meet the established standards, and will attempt during a student’s tenure to lend advice and support as solicited and/or needed.

The Declarations section of this catalog states Mary Baldwin’s policies on nondiscrimination, student privacy rights, and other important provisions.

Personal Interviews
A personal interview on campus with an admissions counselor is suggested for Mary Baldwin College for Women and University College students seeking admission. Appointments for an interview and tour of the campus should be made in advance. Refer to the university calendar in this catalog for the dates when the university is in session. The Office of Admissions is open Monday through Friday all year, except for short periods during the Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. During academic sessions, the Admissions Office is open on Saturday mornings. During the summer months, it is not open on Saturday. Visit the website, go.marybaldwin.edu, or call 800-468-2262 or 540-887-7019 to schedule an appointment.

Transfer Students
Mary Baldwin will consider students for admission to the freshman, sophomore, or junior class by way of transfer from colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting agencies or the American Association for Liberal Education. A transfer application must include transcripts of all college work taken and a transcript from the secondary school.

Applications for the fall semester should be submitted to the Office of Admissions during the prior winter or spring, and notification will be made when the file of credentials is complete. For entrance in the spring semester, applications should be received before December 1. An evaluation of credits will be made after the final transcript arrives from the institution from which the student is transferring. A non-refundable advance deposit of $300 must be received by December 30 for students entering in January.

In evaluating transfer applications, emphasis is placed on the previous college record. As a general guideline, transfer students should have an average of 2.0 or better in their college work in order to be approved for transfer to Mary Baldwin. Only courses with grades of “C-” or higher will be accepted for transfer credit, and each course will be considered separately.

Transfer students coming into Mary Baldwin College for Women and University College must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours at Mary Baldwin.

Transfer students should send their official college transcript(s), official final high school transcript, and application to Mary Baldwin University for full consideration. Students with 25 credits or less of transfer work should also submit SAT or ACT scores. Official college transcripts must be mailed or electronically sent directly from the Office of the Registrar from all previously attended institutions; and prospective applicants should request the transcripts be sent to Mary Baldwin as soon as possible. We will notify students of the status of their admission application within two weeks. Mary Baldwin will consider transfer students with some college and no degree and those with an associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of arts and sciences.

Important information:

  1. Students must be academically and socially eligible to return to the school they are currently attending or in which they were previously enrolled.
  2. Mary Baldwin has articulation agreements with the Virginia Community College System.
  3. Students with less than 24 hours of college-level course work will be evaluated for admission based on their academic performance in high school as well as their college-level course work.
  4. SAT or ACT test scores may be taken into consideration.
  5. If a student enters with 18 or fewer credit hours, the student’s academic work will be evaluated to determine the appropriate orientation course for the student.
  6. Official Mary Baldwin University transcripts will show course titles, grades, and credit hours earned on transfer credit for which MBU has comparable courses; however, grades from transfer coursework are not factored into the GPA. In evaluating graduation requirements, the Registrar will determine if certain transfer credits can be used to satisfy general education requirements. All students must satisfy the core requirements and other graduation requirements set forth in the catalog under which they enter Mary Baldwin University.

Part-Time Degree-Seeking Students
Students who live close to the university and wish to complete their bachelor’s degree requirements by class attendance on the Mary Baldwin University campus may do so on a part-time basis. They are subject to the same admission requirements as other entering students.

The Undergraduate First-Year Experience

All new undergraduate students have the benefit of membership in a community-focused  program offering support, direction, and connection. The MBU Online Programs function as a community for adult students. International students also have their own community which includes intentional cultural, academic, and social immersion. Mary Baldwin College for Women and University College students, whether residing on campus or commuting, have support programs based on their common interests. Students enrolled in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) or the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), as well as students in the Ida B. Wells first-year program, have an immersive experience through these communities.

Our first-year curriculum includes a year-long orientation program which assists in the transition to college and helps guide students in career exploration. The Mary Baldwin College for Women offers that guidance with a focus on women-centered leadership. University College programming revolves around academic pursuits. Throughout the first year, students work closely with a team of faculty, staff, and peers to build successful studentship and strong relationships, to discover their passions, and to explore who they want to be. We bring these teams together around common curricular and co-curricular interests and activities while exposing students to the larger campus and all of its resources. Our first year experience supports new students in their transition to college and in their exploration and discovery of their best selves.

Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG)
Carla van Devander, Director; Christy Baker, Associate Director

This community is for students who have been accepted to the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG). PEG is a radical acceleration program that allows students as young as 13 to skip high school and dive right into college, living within a community of their intellectual and social peers. Students in this community are invited to participate in other age-appropriate co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that are social, cultural, or just for fun. PEG students live in the PEG Center, a living-learning community with adult advisors in the building 24 hours a day.

During the first semester, students have the option to take MBU 102, An Investigation of the Arts, which includes participation with the American Shakespeare Center actors and scholars at the Blackfriars Playhouse, in addition to their orientation class.

Note: Additional application and interview are required.

Ida B. Wells
Rev. Andrea Cornett Scott, Director, Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Named in honor of a 19th-century civil rights activist and suffragist, this community is designed to aid African-American students in their transition to college life. Participants learn to identify their skills, values, and experiences, and understand how their unique presence adds value to the MBU experience.

These new students will make a commitment to diversity programming by serving as student ambassadors for the Office of Inclusive Excellence. As a member of this community, students will also take a general education course taught by their advisor and engage in co-curricular programming focused on civic engagement and African-American culture. Ida B. Wells extended support system includes Ubuntu Student Mentors and Sista Friends alumni mentors, using a team approach to helping each young woman become her best self.

• PHIL 140 Community and Service Learning
• REL 232 African American Religion
• INT 177 Legacy & Tradition

Note: Additional application and interview are required.

Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL)
Terry Djuric, VWIL Commandant of Cadets (Brigadier General, retired)

Through ethical rigor, intense challenges, mutual respect and high achievement, VWIL is a four-year leader development program which integrates theoretical leadership instruction with practical application so that graduates have the knowledge, skills, character, and experience to assume positions of leadership in the military, public service, and private sectors in the United States and around the world.

Using a living-learning approach emphasizing moral and ethical development, VWIL combines military leader development through Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) with civilian approaches. VWIL’s leader development program integrates four major components: Academic Curriculum, Physical and Health Education Curriculum, Co-curricular Leadership, and Military Leadership (ROTC: Army, Air Force, Navy/Marines (commissioning optional)).

VWIL Advanced Leadership Certificate
The VWIL Advanced Leadership Certificate is awarded to VWIL cadets that have been active members of the VWIL Corps of Cadets for six-eight semesters, completed all requirements for an undergraduate degree at Mary Baldwin University and the Leadership Studies Minor, and currently hold a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The academic requirements for the VWIL Certificate beyond the General Education and Leadership Studies Minor requirements include: completing at least two semesters of foreign language courses or study abroad or an additional global studies course; completing an additional science class (total of eight science semester hours); completing two math courses (Math 155 or higher) and a statistics course (total of 9 quantitative reasoning semester hours), and a managing difference course. Additionally, VWIL certificates are only awarded to cadets that improve their physical fitness by completing five classes in physical and health education, participate in VWIL’s physical training program each year, and in their senior year earn a 70% on the Strength and Endurance Test or improve a total of 20% during four years. The leadership experiential requirements for VWIL certificate includes: attending yearly VWIL promotion boards and holding two leadership positions in MBU/VWIL for an entire academic year; one of the positions must be within the VWIL Corps. Final approval for VWIL Advanced Leadership Certificate is made by the Commandant of Cadets in consultation with the President and Provost. Cadets awarded VWIL Certificate wear a yellow and green cord with medallion at the commencement ceremony.