Mary Baldwin Claims Top 25 Ranking

August 22, 2008

Mary Baldwin University’s place in the top 25 again this year indicates that Staunton’s “school on the hill” is a national contender.

America's Best Colleges Mary Baldwin University maintained its status as one of the best colleges and universities, coming in at number 25 among master’s-level universities in the South inU.S. News & World Report’s2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges. In the seven years it has been classified as a master’s-level university, Mary Baldwin has never slipped from the top tier of the category, moving up from a ranking of 31 in 2005. The pool included 118 ranked schools in the South in 2008.

Mary Baldwin will also be highlighted in the September 1 issue ofU.S. News & World Reportfor being among 15 master’s-level universities in the South recognized as “Great Schools, Great Prices.” The higher the quality program and the lower the cost, the better the deal, according to theU.S. Newsranking formula. Mary Baldwin University is also featured in the 2008 edition of Barron’sBest Buys in College Education.

“At the core of our mission is the unshakeable conviction that an Mary Baldwin education transforms individuals, who then have the knowledge, skills, perspective, and desire to make a positive difference in the world,” said Mary Baldwin University President Pamela Fox.

Mary Baldwin students share a momentMary Baldwin was also recognized as one of the best colleges in the Southeast region for the fourth year in 2008 rankings byThe Princeton Review.The “Best Colleges: Region by Region” section — found only online — profiles colleges and universities that “stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning.”The Princeton Reviewsite also offers online college application.

Nationally acclaimed and unique signature programs, such as the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and a graduate program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance helped buoy Mary Baldwin’s high “peer assessment” — the opinions of presidents, chief academic officers, and deans of admission at other institutions. The percentage of Mary Baldwin freshmen in the top 25 percent of their high school class maintained at 43 percent after a big jump in 2007. Student-to-faculty ratio (10:1) and average class size (66% with 20 students or fewer) are better than most schools in Mary Baldwin’s ranking group; only one school of the 118 has a lower student-to-faculty ratio. Other criteria include retention rate, graduation rate, and average alumnae/i giving rate.