New Students Arrive to a More Diverse Campus at Mary Baldwin

September 5, 2000

This week, Mary Baldwin University welcomed new students to the Staunton campus. The record number of 292 freshmen arrived on campus for the start of classes Monday, August 28. Forty-two of the 292 freshmen are participants in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership. There were also 29 new students in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) and 33 transfer students, thus bringing the total of new on-campus students to 354.

Although total enrollment figures will not stabilize until mid-September, the college currently anticipates a total of about 2070 students. This figure represents the combined total enrollment in the traditional liberal arts program for women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL), the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs (Baldwin Online and Adult Programs), and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

The total headcount figure for on-campus undergraduate enrollment (not including Baldwin Online and Adult Programs or MAT students taking courses on campus) is anticipated to be 820 students. Included in this figure are 632 young women in the traditional baccalaureate program, 126 in VWIL and 62 in PEG. Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and MAT students take courses on campus as well as through the Mary Baldwin’s regional centers throughout Virginia.

Final enrollment figures will not be available until mid-September due to several factors including late acceptances and students who withdraw during the first week or two of the semester.

For the second year in a row, the Mary Baldwin admissions office was exceptionally successful in recruiting a diverse group of qualified students. Americans of color make up 34% of the entering group, compared with 27% in the fall of 1999, and a national average of 22.5% for four- year private colleges.

The number of students coming to Mary Baldwin from other countries rose this year as well. Fifteen new students from countries including Japan, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Ethiopia, Romania, Burma, Guatemala and Brazil enter this fall, compared with 11 last year.

Mary Baldwin President Cynthia H. Tyson sees this as a positive development, “When you look at our residence programs here in Staunton, Mary Baldwin may be a relatively small college in a small town, but we are also a window on the world,” she comments. “Racial diversity as well as a good number of international students adds to our ability to offer a truly global perspective for our students.”

Adding to the global experience available to Mary Baldwin students is the fact that several faculty members are natives of other countries, including Peru, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Cyprus, Brazil, Cuba and England.

For the second year in a row, the Mary Baldwin admissions office was exceptionally successful in recruiting a diverse group of qualified students. Americans of color makeup 34% of the entering group, compared with 27% in the fall of 1999, and an average in recent years of about 19%.

VWIL freshmen and transfer students arrived August 14, and were inducted into the VWIL corps, the only all-female corps in the country, this past Sunday, August 27. New PEG students arrived August 19 and traditional freshmen and transfer students arrived August 23. Upperclass students returned Saturday, August 26.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college with three residential programs for women–the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership–as well as the coeducational, non-residential Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and Master of Arts in Teaching program. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors as well as the M.A.T. degree with K-8 emphasis. The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 255 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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