Latest Regional Center – in Northern Virginia – Set To Open

March 15, 2002

Mary Baldwin’s latest regional center – its fifth satellite campus – will open March 18 in Sterling in northern Virginia’s Loudoun County, bringing new educational choices to the Route 7 corridor. Classes begin June 3.

Mary Baldwin University joins a growing cluster of Virginia colleges and universities, public and private, along Route 7. “We are one among many, but we are unique,” said Kathleen Stinehart, dean for academic outreach. “In an area heavily focused on preparing people for technology-related workplaces, Mary Baldwin brings something different: many majors in the liberal arts as well as technology-oriented degrees built on the liberal arts.”

Mary Baldwin will be in Suite 240 in the Harmon Building in Countryside Commercial Center, 2 Pidgeon Hill Drive. Information may be obtained by calling 703-444-2524, by sending e-mail to , or simply to the college’s main web site, .

With its historic main campus in Staunton, the private, independent Mary Baldwin is marking its 160th year. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the college among the top master’s level institutions in the South.

Mary Baldwin will offer its Baldwin Online and Adult Programs, now in its 25th year. The Baldwin Online and Adult Programs allows adults to earn undergraduate degrees conveniently and efficiently. No minimum number of credits is required to start. Up to 84 semester hours may be earned as transfer credit. In many cases, employers pay at least part of the cost. Classes meet evenings and weekends. Independent and online study are available. The Sterling center also will offer teacher licensure and business-related certificate programs.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, 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, nonresidential 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.