Find Your Place during Virginia Private College Week

July 24, 2012

“The power of place” is often referenced at Mary Baldwin University — its historic hilltop campus is known for classical architecture and views of Staunton and the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Grafton Library

Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to be inspired with a tour of the Mary Baldwin campus and to attend information sessions about admissions, financial aid, and academics during Virginia Private College Week, July 30 through August 4.

“Visiting campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process,” said Robert Lambeth, president of Council for Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), which hosts the annual event. “I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter, and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach.”

Mary Baldwin is one of 24 colleges around the Commonwealth participating in Virginia Private College Week, which is designed to emphasize the quality of private higher education and to dispel common misconceptions about the cost of a private education.

Among the top myths many people hold is the notion that private colleges are too expensive. Last year, however, 72 percent of freshmen at Virginia private colleges demonstrated financial need, and their average financial aid package was $20,406 (including grants, work study, and loans). Virginia residents attending a private college in the state will also receive the undergraduate TAG award, which amounts to $2,800 for 2012–13.

And the right fit is paramount when students and parents consider where to spend their time and college fund.

“No single college is right for everyone,” said Andrew Modlin, associate vice president for enrollment management at Mary Baldwin. “It is important that prospective students take the time to explore a variety of colleges so that they are equipped to find the one that is the right match. The college search process is about finding the place where a student is able to connect and develop the skills to prepare her for the future and Virginia Private College Week provides an opportunity for high school students to explore different types of college options.”

In addition to its beautiful campus, Mary Baldwin, for instance, is home to programs and opportunities that students won’t find elsewhere, including the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the only all-female cadet corps in the country, and partnerships with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the American Shakespeare Center.

Virginia Private College Week sessions at most colleges, including Mary Baldwin, will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., daily (9 a.m. only on August 4). Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers, which may be used to apply to any three participating CICV colleges.

Mary Baldwin’s doors are open all summer long for prospective students. For more information, click or contact the Admissions office at 1-800-468-2262 or