Ready for the next chapter?
We have more than 175 years of dedication to helping women launch lives of purpose. And now we want you to be part of the next chapter in our legacy. The new Mary Baldwin College for Women reasserts our commitment to women’s education, leadership, and empowerment, while at the same time building on the larger university’s strengths.
Who you are
You are a woman who is politically aware, who wants to learn how to solve social challenges and enact change. You want to be part of a larger community and conversation, work with others, and make connections.
Who we are
We’re here to show you that equality in society is an achievable reality. The Mary Baldwin College for Women gives you access to a community of like-minded, forward-thinking women and men, to projects that are worthy and fulfilling, and to thoughtful planning for your future. You’ll graduate ready to change the world.
Be part of something bigger
Get ready to enhance your college experience. As a student in this close-knit community, you receive support from dedicated instructors and mentors, live in female-only residence halls, and have the opportunity to participate in signature programs — all while retaining access to a great liberal arts education, and the resources and culture of Mary Baldwin as a whole.
The world is changing. We’re here to help you navigate all aspects of it, and empower you to lead in your career, your community, and your own life.
The opportunities I found here have been numerous. The relationships I forged here will last a lifetime. The education I received here will prepare me for anything. And the confidence I developed here will get me anywhere.Mary Ruth Wossum-Fisher
Experiential Learning Grants
Study abroad, conduct summer research, or get a paid internship.
Thanks to a donation from alumna Angela Corley ’67
Access resources to prepare for leadership roles on campus and after graduation.
Receive guidance from the MBCW dean, faculty fellows, upper-class peers, and a network of alumnae professionals.
Distinctive first-year experience
Academic and student affairs help you focus on self-efficacy and self-awareness and invest personally in the College for Women experience.
Signature service project
Undergo Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s “See the Girl” empowerment training and participate in community outreach with local at-risk K–12 girls.
Thanks to a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Annual collaborative leadership symposium
This symposium will highlight your leadership experiences with the support and participation of faculty, student, and alumnae mentors.
Experience MBU for yourself during our admitted student visit days.
- Dean Carey Usher and current students host info sessions just for Mary Baldwin College for Women
- Option for an MBCW overnight stay on April 7
- Meet with a financial aid counselor to learn how MBU can help make college affordable
- Tour our beautiful campus
Meet the Dean
Read a welcome letter from Dr. Carey Usher, dean of Mary Baldwin College for Women.
The College for Women, our legacy of more than 175 years, offers a women-centered residential experience and unique opportunity for leadership development, with the added resources of MBU as a whole.Dr. Carey Usher
Participate in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership or the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.
The ONLY all-women corps of cadets in the nation.
The VWIL program’s main focus is leadership training, together with military preparation, fitness improvement, academic success, and community service. Some students in VWIL commission into the armed forces, while others plan for a civilian career. All VWIL women thrive on discipline, camaraderie, and scholarship.
The FIRST to go to college
Challenge is your bread and butter. Learning is your passion. Fellow nerds are your best friends. Mary Baldwin University has the place for you, where you can continue to exceed all expectations.
For the brilliant minds in MBU’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, college comes early. With an average age of 14, students entering the PEG program are looking to get a jump start on advanced degrees or their career.