College is academically rigorous, for sure, but life at Mary Baldwin University is about so much more than hitting the books. We realize that being a student is just part of who you are, and MBU’s range of extracurricular activities represents the amazing diversity of our student body.
Every experience is set up to encourage your natural potential for leadership (there are actually more than 570 ways to lead on campus!). We guarantee that you’ll learn just as much when participating outside the classroom as you do while studying.
On field and court, Mary Baldwin University athletes — members of the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference — gain the confidence to compete and the courage to support their teammates as well as their opponents. MBU offers varsity athletics in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
From community service organizations, to singing in First Presbyterian Church, to giving the speech at Opening Convocation, student life is enriched by involvement in a wide variety of groups, some of which are unique to Mary Baldwin, and others that are nationally recognized.
Student Government Association
The rap of a gavel brings a weekly Student Senate meeting to order in Francis Auditorium, placing the importance of student governance front and center. From discussions of residence hall issues to campus-wide event planning, members of MBC’s Student Government Association (SGA) shape student life as they have for more than 85 years.
For more than a century, students have established, enjoyed, and reshaped Mary Baldwin’s beloved traditions. From our historic Apple Day festivities to the brand-new practice of ringing a bronze bell after Commencement, traditions create family-life bonds between students of different backgrounds and connect current students with MBU history.
Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement
Decorated with flags from around the world and photos of the Mary Baldwin community engaged in service projects, the center highlights and enhances the diversity of campus life, regularly hosting Fulbright scholars, panel discussions, international café dialogues, community service speakers, and student club meetings. International students and the university’s artists-in-residence also call the Spencer Center their home base.
Go to the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement Homepage
Encompassing visual arts, theater, music, and dance, Mary Baldwin University’s arts scene is rich and diverse. The university frequently partners with arts and cultural organizations in the local area to produce impressive events, exhibitions, and performances.