Campus Life

College is academically rigorous, for sure, but the Boldly Baldwin life is about so much more than time in the classroom. From iconic traditions — such as Apple Day — to our strong tradition of student government, life at Mary Baldwin College is built on community and connection.

Close to Campus


Mary Baldwin’s proximity to Staunton, Virginia’s vibrant downtown means you’ll find shopping, dining, art, and ways to enhance classroom learning just a few steps away.

Authentic recreation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Playhouse

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Vibrant theatre community

Frontier Culture Museum

Shenandoah National Park  and George Washington National Forest

Find even more recreational and cultural activities on our Close to Campus page.

Living at MBC
Mary Baldwin College is a residential campus, and most students eat, learn, and play right here. While living on campus, you will help define our community and discover your role in this dynamic place. First-year students typically live in Spencer or Woodson residence hall (steps away from Hunt Dining Hall) or the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Center. Learn more about housing options  — including nearby apartments and houses.

The World at Your Doorstep
Residence hall corridors, the intimate dining hall, the student pub, and numerous outdoor terraces naturally draw people to socialize and continue classroom discussions. You’ll find engaging activities, global perspectives, and a reflection of American diversity right outside your room.

  • At the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, you can connect with international causes such as Women for Women International, have a conversation with a Fulbright scholar from abroad, and explore opportunities to volunteer in the greater Staunton community.
  • For nearly 85 years, Mary Baldwin’s Student Government Association (SGA) has helped shape life on campus and served as a point of honor for student leaders. The college is also home to more than 50 student-led clubs and organizations. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Bring your idea to student Senate, and start your own.
  • Traditions — annual events that highlight a unique aspect of MBC — are a big part of Baldwin life. Before you know it, you’ll be wrapped up in the festivities of Spring Fling, Founders Day, and Junior Dads and Family Weekend.
  • A sustainable meal plan that includes vegetarian options and dishes made without gluten — in contrast to an all-you-can-eat buffet — and the opportunity to sit with faculty, staff, and campus visitors make dining at MBC an important part of social life. Hunt Dining Hall, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook campus and Staunton’s downtown, is the main eat-in venue on campus. Students can also eat at the Ham & Jam Pub or pick up a to-go meal at the Nuthouse.
  • Nationally and internationally renowned artists, scholars, and experts regularly visit campus as part of our annual lecture series and through Fulbright visiting scholar programs.