Mary Baldwin Nears Top 20 in U.S. News

August 20, 2009

Buoyed by a laudably low student-faculty ratio and strong peer assessment, Mary Baldwin University has earned its highest marks in five years in U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges issue.

U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges badge Mary Baldwin maintained its status as one of the nation’s best colleges and universities, coming in at number 21 among master’s-level universities in the South. In the eight 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 117 ranked schools in the South in 2009.

Mary Baldwin will also be highlighted in the August 24 issue of U.S. News & World Report for 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 the U.S. News ranking formula — and Mary Baldwin comes in at No. 7. In 2008, 73 percent of student received need-based aid at an average of $18,320 per student. Mary Baldwin University is also featured in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and The Princeton Review’s online “Best Colleges: Region by Region” listing. The college has for several years been included on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and Mary Baldwin is noted as a “College of Distinction” by Student Horizons, Inc. for excellence in undergraduate 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.

The complete 2010 America’s Best Colleges guidebook will be available August 25. View the complete listing by U.S. News & World Report (updated 8/20):

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Local news coverage of the rankings:

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The Augusta Free Press

The News Virginian