Mary Baldwin Rises to Universities Category andRanks in Top Tier of Master’s Level Institutions

September 7, 2001

U.S. News & World Report ranks Mary Baldwin University in the top tier of Best Universities – Master’s in the southern region. Mary Baldwin weighed in at number 21 among 131universities. This is the first year in which Mary Baldwin has been listed in the “Universities – Master’s” category; in previous years it has been included in the southern liberal arts colleges grouping.

Mary Baldwin University now qualifies for the master’s level universities category because of the strength of its graduate offerings. The college established its first graduate program, offering the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, in 1992. This fall, the college inaugurates its second master’s program, the Master of Letters / Master of Fine Arts (M.Litt./MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, which is offered in partnership with Shenandoah Shakespeare.

“It is gratifying to be listed in the top tier, along with institutions like the University of Richmond and James Madison University, in our very first year in this grouping,” comments Crista Cabe, Associate Vice President for College Relations. “The change in category is an official recognition that we are no longer only a residential undergraduate college – although we certainly are that – but now are so much more. We have moved up into the ranks of universities and offer a wealth of opportunities and programs. The most important factors in getting into that top tier are our excellent academic reputation, our low student/faculty ratio of 11/1, and our small class size, which allows us to offer individual attention, one of our hallmarks as an institution.”

U.S. News & World Report changed the category in which Mary Baldwin University is ranked as a result of redefinition by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an independent organization that is a national and international center for research and policy studies about teaching. For information on this, see the foundation’s web site at

The rankings appear in the newsstand book, America’s Best Colleges, which contains all of the U.S. News college rankings and is slated to go on sale September 10. Many of the rankings and some of the articles from the book will be in the September 17 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which also goes on sale September 10. Full listings are also available on the web at

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, VA and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.