Mary Baldwin Shines in 2013–14 Rankings

September 18, 2013

Campus safety, military support, and emphasis on service highlight Mary Baldwin University’s place on several rankings lists for 2013–14.SU-Top10-VA


With a long track record of security, Mary Baldwin was named by the safest nonprofit, 4-year college in Virginia and ranked No. 5 safest among all colleges in the commonwealth. The website draws from crime reports submitted by college law enforcement during the previous year. The safety ranking comes at the same time the college is asking students, faculty, and staff to sign up once again for Baldwin Alert Messages, which keep the Mary Baldwin community informed in case of an emergency.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Mary Baldwin to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and their children and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.


“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Mary Baldwin’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.  “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” mil_friendly_2013


In addition to supporting the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership — the nation’s only all-female corps of cadets — Mary Baldwin offers credit for military training and experience and provides in-state tuition without residency requirements for active-duty military students. Weekend and evening programs lend flexibility to military personnel and their spouses.


In its annual college ranking report , Washington Monthly magazine asks not “what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.” Apparently, Mary Baldwin — with its Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement and long history of serving the community — is fulfilling this criteria, earning the No. 49 spot among the nation’s 684 master’s level universities.


VA_living_10.13Mary Baldwin’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance (S&P) made Virginia Living magazine’s list of top colleges in its October State of Education feature in the arts and humanities category. The editors highlighted the new S&P master of fine arts company model, which gives students responsibility for coordinating all aspects of production.


Mary Baldwin is also one of 138 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” section of the website feature, 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region, recommending 643 schools as “regional bests” across four locales: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. Regional best colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges and are selected — primarily for their excellent academic programs — from hundreds of institutions in each region.


princeton review logoU.S. News & World Report also recognized Mary Baldwin among its “Best Regional Universities” in the South. This year, the college moved up three spots to No. 36 in the category. The Best Colleges 2014 guidebook will be available on newsstands Sept. 24.