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Getting Started with Gateways

All incoming first-year students at MBC have the benefit of membership in gateway programs that offer support, direction, and connection. National data demonstrate that such focused first-year experience programs enhance student success. Mary Baldwin has found this to be true and we firmly believe in the value of each student being part of a smaller, personal community.

New students move-in and participate in an orientation program with their Gateway as part of our Week of Welcome at the start of the academic year. Each student has a faculty advisor, staff advisor, and peer mentor they will get to know as part of the Gateway leadership team. Every week students meet with their faculty advisor for MBC 101 (Orientation to College) and Gateways as a whole meet throughout the first year for social, community service, and academic activities.

Admissions counselors can help students choose a gateway based on their interests and passions. Students who travel from abroad to study at MBC are automatically enrolled in a gateway for International Students.

The American Experience

The American Experience

As a student from another country, I welcome support from student mentors, faculty and staff, and members of the larger community as I adjust to life in the United States.
International Student Gateway

Spencer Citizens

Civic Engagement

Community service and outreach to others around the world is important in my life.
Spencer Citizens Gateway

 

Creative Expression

I’m passionate about the arts and believe in the power of originality and fresh thinking.
Arts Gateway

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Cultural Identity

I am an African-American woman and want to connect with my culture and the local community.
Ida B. Wells Gateway

Women for Healthy Lifestyles

Health and Wellness

I want to pursue wellness in body and spirit and will value the support of others in making healthy lifestyle choices.
The Lois Blackburn Women for Healthy Lifestyles Gateway

Interfaith Explorations

Interfaith Exploration

I am curious about how spirituality, faith, or even the absence of faith, inspire people all around the world.
Coexist Gateway

Latino Culture

Latino Culture

I want to explore Latino heritage and culture.
Latino Culture Gateway

Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership

Leadership

I seek physical and mental challenge. I want to become and leader and make things happen.
Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership Gateway

Program for the Exceptionally Gifted

Radical Acceleration

I am ready to dive right into college instead of finishing high school.
Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Gateway

Suburbanites

I want to stay informed and connected as a commuter. I know there are a variety of ways to get involved on campus, and I want to immerse myself within the college community.
Commuter Gateway

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office.