Mary Baldwin Reports Record Fall Enrollment

August 30, 2002

Despite national economic and other uncertainties, Mary Baldwin University has record enrollment this fall:

  • About 900 undergraduates in on-campus programs at the main campus in Staunton
  • 132 undergraduates in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the only all-female corps of cadets in the world
  • 77 undergraduates in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, the only residential college program for women as young as rising ninth-graders
  • About 95 graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program
  • 17 graduate students in the Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance

The 160-year-old institution, ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top tier of master’s level universities in the South, is the largest women’s college in Virginia and one of the largest in the country. The overall count of students, including the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs, is about 2,165, close to a record. Men are admitted to the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs and to graduate programs.

New students on campus – freshmen and transfers – total about 320. They represent more than half the states and several foreign countries. Mary Baldwin continues to have one of the most diverse student bodies. Minority and international students compose nearly a third of the on-campus undergraduate enrollment.

Average SAT scores of incoming first-year students continue to rise, going up 20 points to 1070 – well above the national average – after a 40-point jump last year.

The Baldwin Online and Adult Programs, one of the oldest, has added a sixth campus – Sterling in northern Virginia’s Loudoun County. Other campuses are in Staunton, Roanoke, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Weyers Cave.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program, observing its 10th anniversary this academic year, now has four locations: Staunton, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Richmond.

In just its second year, the M.Litt./MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance has more than doubled its enrollment, drawing students from all over the country, including California, Florida, and Oklahoma. That program is offered in partnership with Shenandoah Shakespeare and its Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. Blackfriars is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre.

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