Mary Baldwin Signs Guaranteed Admission Agreement with Virginia Community College System

October 3, 2006

Mary Baldwin University, a private four-year college in Virginia, has entered an agreement for a guaranteed admission transfer program with the Virginia Community College System.

Mary Baldwin University President Pamela Fox and VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois approved an agreement that provides for guaranteed admission to the on-campus residential college or the adult degree program at Mary Baldwin for community college students who obtain a transfer-oriented associate’s degree.

“Mary Baldwin has had close relationships with specific community colleges where we have regional offices, but this agreement allows us to extend those connections throughout the system of Virginia’s 23 community colleges,” said Dr. Fox. “We are so pleased to partner with the VCCS to enhance the educational opportunities for its graduates turning their two-year degrees into four-year degrees.”

“This gives community college students one more avenue to success,” added Chancellor DuBois. “Mary Baldwin is a tremendous partner with our colleges, especially in the Shenandoah Valley. We look forward to working with them even more closely for the benefit of our students and their families.”

Those who qualify will have completed a transfer-oriented associate’s degree program with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point-average (GPA). In addition, students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each community college course that is part of the degree program.

To be admitted to the residential college, students must be women; to be admitted to the co-ed adult degree program, men and women must be at least 21 years old. Mary Baldwin is waiving application fees for Virginia community college students under its agreement. Students also are asked to declare their intent to transfer to Mary Baldwin after a minimum of 15 credits toward the transfer-oriented degree is completed but before applying for graduation from the community college. Students will have the same access as Mary Baldwin native students to competitive programs, financial aid, scholarships, housing, parking or any other opportunities open to students with junior standing.

The guaranteed admission agreement is one of several statewide agreements adopted over the past two years with various public and private senior institutions, including the University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary, Longwood University, Sweet Briar College, the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Science at Virginia Tech, and Norfolk State University.

Interested students should contact their counselors for assistance in participating in the guaranteed admission program and for additional information about transferring to Mary Baldwin.

The State Board for Community Colleges is the governing board for the Virginia Community College System, which is made up of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia’s community colleges serve more than a quarter-million students in credit courses and more than 325,000 in credit and noncredit courses combined. Visit the Web site at .

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers throughout the state, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate residential programs for women — the Residential College for Women, which includes the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership — as well as a coeducational, nonresidential Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. A top tier master’s level southern university, Mary Baldwin also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance in partnership with American Shakespeare Center, and post-baccalaureate teacher licensure (PBTL).

By Susan Hayden, director of public relations, Virginia Community College System