Mary Baldwin College is a private, independent, and comprehensive four-year liberal arts women’s college in Staunton, Virginia
Mary Baldwin College was founded in 1842 by Rufus William Bailey as the Augusta Female Seminary.
Mary Baldwin College has a tradition of student governance embodied in three boards: Honor Council, Judicial Board, and Student Advocates, and a Student Government Association. Students at Mary Baldwin “won’t lie, cheat, or steal…you have their word on it, in writing”. Commencement weekend is celebrated with a ball and Graduation. The William G. Pannill Student Center was dedicated in 1992 and three honorary degrees were awarded at commencement in honor of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the College.
Each class has its own class colors, and the incoming first year class receives the class colors of the recently graduated senior class. The current colors are: 2013 – Lavender and White, 2014 – Scarlet and Gold, and 2015 – Green and White,2016 – Purple and Gold. Every year in Autumn, Mary Baldwin celebrates Apple Day, on which students collect leftover apples from various locations throughout Virginia. In recent years, the collected apples have been distributed to homeless people.
Mary Baldwin’s teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III. The Fighting Squirrels are a member of the USA South Athletic Conference (USA South). Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.