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Welcome to Mary Baldwin University, where students experience the big rewards of a small university. Founded in 1842 as Augusta Female Seminary with a belief in student potential and in the transformative power of liberal arts and sciences education, MBU combines the proven advantages of a close-knit women’s college with the opportunities and access of a multifaceted, coed institution. Our historic main campus is just steps from the vibrant downtown streets of Staunton, Virginia, and minutes from scenic overlooks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Administration Building

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Our virtual tour begins where many visitors start their campus tour - at the historic Administration Building. As one of the original structures of Augusta Female Seminary, the building served as the unofficial entrance to campus for many years and is still one of the first sites prospective students visit. The offices of admissions and financial aid, as well as the president and acadmic dean, call the Administation Building home.

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McClung Residence Hall

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Exiting the Administration Building at the back of the building, you cross North Court -- an inviting, shaded courtyard -- and head for McClung Residence Hall on your left. Named after Agnes McClung, Mary Julia Baldwin’s friend and colleague, the first floor contains a TV lounge, kitchen, laundry room, study room, and vending machines. The second and third floors have double- and triple-occupancy rooms, along with remodeled bathrooms.

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Carpenter Academic Hall

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Leaving McClung and heading back out through the courtyard, you enter Carpenter Academic Hall, one of the main classroom hubs on campus. With sunny alcoves and staiwells designed to invite impromptu conversations and more in-depth discussions, the building also houses faculty offices, a computer lab, and the writing center. The hall is named in honor of alumna Leona Bowman Carpenter '35.

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Page Terrace

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Continuing along the front campus walk, you'll find Page Memorial Terrace, most familiar as the spot where Mary Baldwin students receive their diplomas during Commencement each May. Charter Day and the commissioning ceremony for Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership cadets are other important events held on the brick veranda, named for Barbara Kares Page, administrative assistant to Mary Baldwin's fifth president, Dr. Samuel R. Spencer.

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Grafton Library

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Page Terrace leads into Grafton Library, which houses more than 170,000 volumes, 1,500 print and electronic periodicals, and 2,000 recordings, and provides access to thousands more resources through interlibrary loan and digital databases. In addition to rotating collections of bestsellers and popular DVD and Blu-Ray titles, the library maintains special collections including Mary Julia Baldwin's personal collection, poetry, digital archives, and rare volumes such as original works by playwright Ben Jonson, of particular interest to the scholars in Mary Baldwin's graduate Shakespeare and Performance program. The staff hosts special study- and research-related events, such as "11th-hour paper power" and supports a blog and informative Facebook page. Named for beloved former dean, Martha Stackhouse Grafton, the ground floor of the building is also home to the university's Office of Information Technology and the studio for local television station, WHSV.

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PEG Center

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Next to Grafton stands the PEG Center, home to many of the bright, young students in our nationally acclaimed Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG). Designed to meet students’ academic and social needs, the building features a study room, lounge, laundry, and small kitchen on each of its three floors. Student rooms are arranged in clusters, each supervised by a live-in staff member (a total of six staff members are on duty on nights and weekends). Office staff is also available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and doors are locked round-the clock. PEG students live in the Center until they are at least 16 years old.

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Pearce Science Center

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Adjacent to the PEG Center is Jesse Cleveland Pearce Science Center, the heart of science education at Mary Baldwin. A substantial renovation included upgrading the environmental systems classroom and research lab, mammalian vivarium, enhanced imaging suite with electron microscopes and senior research suite, adding a new classroom, and creating a new entrance to the first floor. Pearce Science Center is also home to one of the largest indoor gathering spaces on campus, James D. Francis Auditorium. The site of the president's annual opening address, the auditorium also hosts recitals, student Senate meetings, community forums, and lectures.

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Spencer Residence Hall

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From Pearce, a quick jaunt up shaded steps near North Coalter Street leads you to Spencer Residence Hall — a gracious dorm that houses first-year students and is named for MBC’s fifth president. Interestingly, the building's hallmark shape and semicurcular porch overlooking front campus almost didn't come into being. The building had to be constructed to accomodate a property dispute at the corner of two streets, leading to its signature curve. While bring built in 1962, the U.S. governement required that the building include a fallout shelter, requiring additional excavation and special air and water filters. During the Spencer presidency, the area was used as a lecture hall and faculty offices, and was later converted into a student lounge and recreation area called "the Chute." Today, the ground floor has a student lounge with vending machines, laundry, and offices for student organizations.accommodates two resident advisors, a lounge, kitchen, and a community television set on each floor.

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Hunt Dining Hall

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Leaving Spencer and passing Woodson Residence Hall - another freshman dorm - you reach Hunt Dining Hall, perhaps the most recognizable building on campus. The dining hall's hilltop location, massive double-hung windows, and iconic cupola capped the college's hillside panorama when it opened in 1961. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with a focus on local and sustainable sourcing, Hunt's spacious, high-ceilinged east and west wings are ideal for large gatherings and annual events. On the ground floor, the campus store offers university merchandise, and Hunt Gallery provides exhibit space for students and professional artists.

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Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement

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To the right of Hunt Dining Hall is the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement in Wenger Hall. Live music, international-inspired dance, and energetic speeches heralded the opening of the center in 2008, and, since that event, hardly a day has gone by without news from the center, which serves as a resource for service projects and study abroad — more and more often being combined for life-changing experiences. Decorated with flags from around the world and photos of the Mary Baldwin community engaged in service projects, the center highlights and enhances the diversity of campus life, regularly hosting Fulbright scholars, panel discussions, international café dialogues, community service speakers, and student club meetings. International students and the university’s Argentine and Indian artists-in-residence also call the Spencer Center their home base.

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Rose Terrace

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Just up the hill from the Spencer Center is Rose Terrace, one of a few buildings on the MBU campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When built in 1874, this architectural gem was reputedly the “most costly house in Staunton.” Acquired by the university in 1919, the six-chimneyed brick building has been home to professors, presidents of Augusta Female seminary and Mary Baldwin College, and various student groups. It is currently used by students, faculty, and staff in the graduate Shakespeare and Performance program, as well as the chaplain and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Undergraduate Research. The lush, walled-in lawn adjacent to Rose Terrace provides an ideal setting for several events throughout the year, including the Ajani Ceremony during Commencement Weekend, which celebrates diversity programming and inclusive excellence.

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King Residence Hall

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Down a short hill from Little House on King Drive is one of the most sought-after upperclass housing options, King Residence Hall. Named in honor of revered Mary Baldwin Seminary business manager William Wayt King, the building originally housed a gymnasium, auditorium, and pool. Today King features loft-style rooms as well as an elevator, air-conditioning, suite-style accommodations, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and a large TV lounge. The first floor includes two large conference rooms.

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Pannill Student Center

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Follow Academy Street through the campus' main parking lots to arrive at a group of buildings that includes Pannill Student Center, where students collect their mail, grab a bite to eat at Ham and Jam pub, and meet with friends under the shade of mature trees. Administrative offices for the College of Education call the second floor of the Pannill Center home. The building looks out onto Tyson Terrace, named for Mary Baldwin's eigth president, where outdoor dining is available and small concerts are held during May Term.

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Kable House

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Right next to the Pannill Center is another histoically significant building, Kable House, where you'll find Student Life and Career Services offices. Once part of Staunton Military Academy, the building includes the office of the vice president for inclusive excellence and the Rosmarie Sena Center.

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President's House

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Just across the street sits the President's House. Once home to the leader of Staunton Military Academy, the house overlooks the beautiful Mary Baldwin University campus and downtown Staunton. Several activities connected with Reunion, Commencement, and other events are held at the residence throughout the year.

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Deming Fine Arts Center

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At the corner of Deming Drive and Prospect Street on upper campus is Deming Fine Arts Center, the site of painting and sculpture studios, a fiber room, photo and computer labs, music rooms and labs, the black box Fletcher Collins Theatre, and work areas to create costumes, scenery, and props. Named for alumna and trustee Bertie Murphy Deming '46, the building was also once part of the Staunton Military Academy.

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Physical Activities Center

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Hurdle across Prospect Street and trek across the track and its inner field - used as a parade ground by the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership - on your way to the Physical Activities Center, or PAC. The 40,000-square-foot facility and surrounding fields are host to NCAA Division III teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, as well as club sports and offices for coaches and physical education faculty and staff. Amenities include a gymnasium; weight and cardio room; a multi-purpose auxiliary gym used for dance; fencing, and yoga; racquetball courts; and a fully equipped lab to assess motor-skill development.

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Blackfriars Playhouse


Just steps away from MBU's Staunton campus stands the world's ony recreation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, home of the American Shakespeare Center - one of the university's most important programmatic and cultural partners. Opened in 2001, the theatre serves as a second home and a shared laboratory for graduate students in the Shakespeare and Performance program, playing host to thesis presentations, workshops, the Blackfriars Conference, and other events. Many students are introduced to the Blackfriars during orientation activities.

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Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

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A short drive from main campus is Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, which welcomed the university's first doctoral students to its branch campus in Fishersville in 2014. Equipped with a human anatomy lab, high-tech networked classrooms, a similuation suite, and a life skills laboratory, the facility supports graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, as well as a bachelor's degree in nursing.

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