Looking to the future. Honoring our past.

Mary Baldwin

College for Women

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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.

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Distinctive Experiences
Signature Programs:

  • Ida B. Wells Living-Learning Community
  • Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG)
  • Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL)

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

Class of 2018

Here’s how


Experiential Learning Grants

Study abroad, conduct summer research, or get a paid internship.


Thanks to a donation from alumna Angela Corley ’67

Leadership portfolio

Access resources to prepare for leadership roles on campus and after graduation.

Mentorship program

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.

Signature programs

Participate in the Ida B. Wells Gateway, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted or the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership

Ida B. Wells Gateway

A unique living-learning community for women of African descent.

Named for the noted civil rights activist, suffragist, and journalist, the Ida B. Wells Gateway is for women of African descent who want to explore culture, identity, leadership and civic engagement as the foundation for their active participation in the college community.       

The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership

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.        

Program for the Exceptionally Gifted

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.