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Read more about MBC’s unique approach to educating adults and the background of our Adult Degree Program in the Summer 2014 issue of Boldly Baldwin.

You went to work early and came home when the kids were already asleep. You were a regular at enrichment classes offered by the local library. You launched your own business. You spent time away from family and friends as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

You may not have been enrolled in college, but you have been learning.

The full-time advisors in Mary Baldwin College’s Adult Degree Program are ready to put that knowledge to work. Share your story with them, and they will build a customized educational plan to get you where you want to go.

Your advisor will help you maintain Mary Baldwin’s high academic standards while creating a schedule that includes flexible learning options such as weekend, evening, and summer classes as well as independent and online options to fit into your busy life. In addition to providing practical guidance about how to complete an authentic degree, advisors understand their students on a personal level.

I could tell that seeing me earn my degree and become a successful career woman was as important to my advisors as it was to me.
– ADP Graduate Lizetta Staplefoote

 

Get credit for what you already know.

Transfer Credit from Accredited Colleges and Universities

One of an advisor’s main objectives is to simplify the process to transfer up to 90 credit hours from another accredited college or university. Mary Baldwin’s unique agreement with the Virginia Community College system provides that any student with a transfer-oriented degree from one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges with a GPA of 2.5 or higher may qualify for guaranteed admission

Credit by Examination

Another way to earn credit is by taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. If you score at or above the appropriate level on a CLEP test, you receive three to six semester hours’ credit to apply toward your degree.

Prior Learning Portfolio

Your Adult Degree Program advisor is eager to help you determine how professional experience, continuing education courses, and knowledge gained in other settings can also translate into credit.

The prior learning portfolio, which is submitted to faculty for evaluation, can incorporate:

  • On-the-job experience.
  • Volunteer service, reading, travel, and other pursuits.
  • Service in the military or medical fields.
  • Specialized training.

Nationally Standardized Assessment

Formal learning experiences sponsored by such non-collegiate agencies as the military and the American Institute of Banking can be assessed and awarded credit according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education.

> Find the regional center nearest you to start talking with an ADP advisor today.