Life at Staunton Campus

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.

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.

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

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 list of clubs and 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. 

Inclusive and diverse

Mary Baldwin knows that our diversity is the key to our strength and creativity. We provide a number of programs and opportunities that reflect our foundational belief in the dignity of all people.

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.

See yourself here

The best way to get to know Mary Baldwin is to experience it for yourself. Schedule a campus visit to get a better feel for what it’s like to be a student here.

We take care of your mind, body, and spirit.

We know that the best learning happens when we feel good, connected, and fulfilled. That’s why we want to encourage you to be the best version of yourself. Our environment is designed to support healthy practices and self-care. 


Mary Baldwin offers counseling, psychological, and wellness services to support and improve your emotional well-being.


Join the Fighting Squirrels and challenge yourself to reach new physical heights. Mary Baldwin offers you numerous opportunities to stay active and increase your fitness.

Faith and spirituality

Mary Baldwin University offers numerous opportunities for you to explore the spiritual dimension of life.


Empower your journey towards impactful leadership at Mary Baldwin University, where mentorship-driven education and a supportive community inspire individuals to lead with confidence, integrity, and purpose.

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. 

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.

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.

Find your level-up at MBU.
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