Take a Walk

The beautiful natural scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley make it easy to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle. The Murphy Deming campus is also designed with a healthy lifestyle in mind with access to walking trails near Goose Creek.

Over the Mountain

Just a 30-minute drive east on I-64 across Afton Mountain is Charlottesville, offering more options for shopping, dining, nightlife, history, and culture. Spend the day visiting the homes of presidents, touring nearby wineries, strolling the Downtown Mall, and catching a show at one of the city’s concert venues.

Photo courtesy of Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oh Shenandoah

Located between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains in western Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley is known for its natural beauty, rolling green hills, open vistas, and outdoor recreation.

Photo by Woods Pierce

Home to Main Campus

Citing its history and modern-day cultural offerings, Smithsonian magazine names Staunton among its “20 Best Small Towns in America.”

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Small Town, Big Art

For years, Staunton has supported a large theatre community that has fostered the talents of residents and more recently, has become home to the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s legendary indoor theater. The Blackfriars Playhouse, located just two blocks from MBC’s main campus, has been called “one of the five most important theatres in the world.”

Photo by Woods Pierce

Close to Campus

While your graduate education will be rigorous, you’ll find the local scene can help you pursue a healthy work-life balance. The Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and at a crossroads of culture and beautiful natural scenery. Our hilltop campus is designed with a healthy lifestyle in mind — with walking trails, access to fitness facilities, and amazing mountain views. Murphy Deming is just a short drive from Staunton — named among Smithsonian magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns in America,” brimming simultaneously with historical architecture, cultural attractions, eclectic shops, and foodie-friendly dining. Nearby Waynesboro is home to the Shenandoah Valley Art Center. Travel a bit farther east on I-64, to discover an abundance of music, fine arts, theatre, and historic offerings in Charlottesville.

The local area is a hub for regional health and rehabilitation facilities. The Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, Western State Hospital, and Augusta Health are among some of the many excellent providers of health care services in this area. These facilities offer exceptional opportunities to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences for clinical/educational partnerships and research.

Where to Live

The surrounding area offers a number of housing opportunities for our graduate students. Incoming students will be provided additional information about housing options and resources to find roommates.

Outdoor Recreation

Opportunities abound for camping, backpacking, hiking (with trails ranging from easy to challenging), whitewater kayaking, biking (both on- and off-road), skiing, snowboarding, and horseback riding. It’s also a perfect setting for studying birds, wildflowers, stream biology, and ecology. Mary Baldwin is:

Nearby Cities

Waynesboro (6.5 miles)

Staunton (7.5 miles)

Charlottesville (33.5 miles)

Harrisonburg (30.9 miles)

Richmond (102 miles)

Washington, DC (160 miles)