Student Experience

Mary Baldwin is a place where you can be all in. Students from all corners of the globe come together and leave as proud members of our close-knit community. Find your people here. 

Living on Campus

When you live on campus, you immerse yourself in a community of learners. It’s easy to find things to do and make friends. Events and experiences are planned to complement your education. It’s a time in your life when you can grow both intellectually and personally. You get to discover who you are. 

On campus, you’re footsteps away from your classes, and you’re down the hall from your friends and study partners. You feel connected to the whole campus and part of the action.

Residential Life & Housing

Learn more about our available housing options, our amenities, and our living-learning communities.


Whether it’s a quick cup of coffee, a dinner with friends, or lunch between classes, you’ll find what you need.

Campus Safety

Learn about the steps we take to ensure you’re safe throughout your time on campus.

One Mary Baldwin, many experiences

Our Murphy Deming campus

The Murphy Deming college and campus offer our graduate health sciences students an immersive and interprofessional experience just minutes away from the main campus location.

The online experience

You don’t have to be on campus to get the full Mary Baldwin experience. Our flexible online courses and degrees are designed to keep you engaged and connected.

The online experience

Students making MBU on the hill

Ways to get involved

Student Clubs and Organizations

Mary Baldwin boasts over 40 registered student groups and clubs. From academic clubs and performance groups to civic and cultural engagement groups, you will find your people here. 

See our clubs & organizations

Student Government Association (SGA)

The SGA is your chance to get involved and have your voice heard. The SGA is made up of:

  • Student Senate 
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA) 
  • Baldwin Program Board (BPB) 
  • Inter-Club Council (ICC)
  • Appropriations Committee
  • Student Standards Board (SSB)

There are over 100 leadership positions available. Join the SGA and make a difference in our campus community. 

The Capstone Festival

The Capstone Festival gives a select group of seniors, nominated by Mary Baldwin faculty for their academic excellence, the opportunity to present their scholarly and artistic works to the wider campus community and the public.

Business student presents at networking event

Diversity is the key
to our strength and creativity

Ida B. Wells Community

The Ida B. Wells living-learning community is for women of African descent who want to explore culture, identity, leadership, and civic engagement.


The Promoting Excellence and Reinforcing Success in Student Transitions (PERSIST) program is a living-learning community for African American male students


Mary Baldwin University offers a variety of resources for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students.

Our Home in Staunton

Mary Baldwin’s main campus is located in picturesque Staunton, VA in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Staunton is a small town with a vibrant cultural scene, great dining options, and plenty to offer outdoors enthusiasts. 

Undergraduates who live on campus benefit from all the “Queen City” has to offer, plus the convenience of living just steps away from classes, friends, athletic events, and more. 

MBU softball


13 Division III teams. Thousands of Fighting Squirrels fans. Won’t you join us?

Holistic Wellness

From our 40,000-square-foot gym to our Sun Room meditation space, we create ample opportunities for students to nourish both mind and body.

every student 

McCree Center for Life Success

Meet with advisors to discover your unique strengths and passions. Map out your academics and real-world experiences for the career you want. Together, we’ll chart a path forward that is unique to you.

Academic Resource Center 

Everyone, at some point in their academic journey, can benefit from a little extra help. At Mary Baldwin, it’s easy to get the support you need. Our advisors are there to assist with writing, subject tutoring, and more. 

Leading with
confidence, integrity, and purpose.

Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL)

The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) at Mary Baldwin University is the nation’s only all-female corps of cadets. Through its regimental system and ROTC program, VWIL offers comprehensive leadership training, emphasizing accountability, adherence to standards, and the chain of command. 

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC provides students with the chance to participate in military training while pursuing their college education. You can either commit to serving after graduation or participate in the program for a shorter period without any post-college obligations.

Mary Baldwin College for Women (MBCW)

The Mary Baldwin College for Women is a one-of-a-kind program focused on preparing women to be leaders. Drawing on the long legacy of Mary Baldwin as an institution dedicated to empowering women, the College for Women offers women-centered programming relevant to current events, and experiential learning to build confidence and empathy.

See for yourself.
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