Academic Life


Passion and purpose

You came to college to learn. At Mary Baldwin, your passion for learning leads to a life of purpose. The MBC academic experience connects our small, lively classes with hands-on learning in internships, service projects, trips abroad, on-campus jobs, and more.


  • Our 12:1 student to faculty ratio means that you will have real conversations with professors who are experts in their fields and, often, active researchers.
  • Experience the breadth of a liberal arts education though MBC’s common curriculum:
    • Learn goals related to understanding the liberal arts and sciences
    • Look at yourself in relationship to the broader community
    • Discover your ability to have a positive impact on the world
  • MBC’s wide variety of majors and minors offers many ways to hone in on your interests.
  • Find your voice by speaking up, asking questions, and testing your ideas in discussions.
  • Every student completes a research-based senior thesis, and the top projects are featured at the annual on-campus Capstone Festival.


  • MBC faculty members are great at networking with area professionals and connecting students with internships that integrate and apply classroom learning.
  • Service learning — or volunteering — is not an afterthought. With more than 100 community partners coordinated by the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, you will find the perfect opportunity to enrich your academic work.
  • The college’s annual theme that connect disciplines and extracurricular activities, as well as study abroad and exposure to global perspectives on campus highlight Mary Baldwin’s high-impact approach to education.


  • 95% of Mary Baldwin alumni are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation
  • Read several graduates’ views about the value of an MBC degree in the spring 2013 issue of Boldly Baldwin.