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  • Academics
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    Co-ed. Student-Centered.

    We see you. And your potential. Arrive on campus, plug into opportunity. MBU helps you figure out the right questions and develop a solution. Making the world a better place and you a better you.

  • Community

    Your home base to exploration

    Whether you're experiencing the eclectic personality of downtown Staunton, hiking through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, or preparing for a semester abroad in India, MBU provides the perfect launchpad for exploration.

  • Faculty Connections

    Professors Focused on You

    MBU professors know much more than your name. Your experience is enriched by 1:1 connections with faculty as they realize your strengths and potential, inspiring you to achieve more than you thought possible.

  • Post-Graduation

    Making a difference in the world

    When employers identify their ideal traits for employees, they almost perfectly describe MBU graduates. Our graduates are ready …. to make change, do good, think forward. Our alumni do amazing things. And you will, too.

Students

VWIL cadets celebrate

Co-ed. Student-Centered.

We see you. And your potential. Arrive on campus, plug into opportunity. MBU helps you figure out the right questions and develop a solution. Making the world a better place and you a better you.

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Your home base to exploration

Whether you're experiencing the eclectic personality of downtown Staunton, hiking through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, or preparing for a semester abroad in India, MBU provides the perfect launchpad for exploration.

Professors Focused on You

MBU professors know much more than your name. Your experience is enriched by 1:1 connections with faculty as they realize your strengths and potential, inspiring you to achieve more than you thought possible.

Making a difference in the world

When employers identify their ideal traits for employees, they almost perfectly describe MBU graduates. Our graduates are ready …. to make change, do good, think forward. Our alumni do amazing things. And you will, too.


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Student Perspectives

  • Berra Kabarungi '14

    I continually experience things that remind me that life itself is a school.

    Berra Kabarungi, a former Rwandan refugee and Social Work graduate, was more than an international student. She uprooted her successful career and life for a new identity as a student at a small, liberal arts college that was unknown to her. Ask any student, alumni, faculty, or staff that met Berra and they'll tell you – she made every moment count.
  • Donté Montague '15

    I felt like a valued member of MBU before I even decided to attend.

    Donté Montague had earned his degree and found work, but then he realized he wanted more than just a job. He wanted to make a difference as a teacher. His MBU advisor encouraged him to pursue his master of arts in teaching, so he could earn a graduate degree and teacher licensure at the same time.
  • Emily Duncan ' 19

    I am excited to be at a school that cares about me and my future.

    Emily Duncan came to MBU from a large online undergraduate program, where she often felt like she was just a number, not a student. The first conversation she had with her new advisor in our Online and Distance Learning program was a breath of fresh air. They sat down, talked about her educational goals, and mapped out a personalized plan to reach them.

Student Perspectives

male graduate at work as a teacher

- Donté Montague, Class of 2015

I felt like a valued member of MBU before I even decided to attend.

Donté Montague had earned his degree and found work, but then he realized he wanted more than just a job. He wanted to make a difference as a teacher. His MBU advisor encouraged him to pursue his master of arts in teaching, so he could earn a graduate degree and teacher licensure at the same time.

- Berra Kabarungi, Class of 2014

I continually experience things that remind me that life itself is a school.

Berra Kabarungi, a former Rwandan refugee and Social Work graduate, was more than an international student. She uprooted her successful career and life for a new identity as a student at a small, liberal arts college that was unknown to her. Ask any student, alumni, faculty, or staff that met Berra and they'll tell you – she made every moment count.

- Jessica Gatewood, Class of 2000

being a scientist doesn't have to mean wearing a white coat.

Jessica Gatewood credits Mary Baldwin with shaping not only what she knows, but also her thought process and the way she approaches problems. She was encouraged – sometimes relentlessly persuaded – to come up with creative solutions.
Emily Duncan

- Emily Duncan, Class of 20 19

I am excited to be at a school that cares about me and my future.

Emily Duncan came to MBU from a large online undergraduate program, where she often felt like she was just a number, not a student. The first conversation she had with her new advisor in our Online and Distance Learning program was a breath of fresh air. They sat down, talked about her educational goals, and mapped out a personalized plan to reach them.
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