Location
Staunton, VA
Undergrads
1,034
Tuition
$28,020
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 354 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: To get financial aid you must complete FAFSA on time. Turn in all financial aid paper work the college sends you during summer. As well call and talk to the student's financial aid and students account office, and they will be more than happy to assist you in any questions you may have over the financial aid process.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Staunton is a local farm-to-table hot spot. Good restaurants downtown, but no student discounts. Driving distance has all the usual chains.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek activity is very low-key. There aren't many chapters on campus.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's a very quiet and safe campus. Many students are international and from fairly religious backgrounds. No real party scene that I'm aware of.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I've heard of other students having problems, but I never have. It's been great for me.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's a women's college. There have been one or two parties broken up by cops, but it's generally quiet and very much a safe space for women.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The team name is the Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels, and it always comes up in lists of strange sports names, which has created a deep love for the name. I don't care about sports at all, but I'm proud to be a Fighting Squirrel!

4 College Senior

Weather: Virginia is pretty temperate, with four well-defined seasons. Winters are generally mild, but it will snow a few times. Summers are generally okay, but getting hotter. Spring and fall are absolutely gorgeous, especially fall in the mountains. "Leaf-peeping" is popular for tourists in the fall.

3 College Senior

Computers: There are labs in the library that are pretty much empty all day. I've never, ever had a problem getting an open computer. Library hours, though, aren't great, especially on weekends and during break, so you might not be able to get in. Printing and copying are free up to 1,000 copies, and I'm a grad student and have never run up to that limit, so I doubt an undergraduate ever will. You should have your own computer unless you want to be dependent on library hours. The network works all over campus.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love my program because it's small, intimate, friendly, and you have great contact with professors (who genuinely care about you and your success). The downside is that it doesn't have a lot of money for scholarships and when you clash with someone, the program is too small to hide the tension. If you're coming from a really large college, you'll be shocked at the way some things are handled (e.g., seemingly over-complicated), but the things that matter generally work and everyone is willing to listen to feedback.

3 College Senior

Majors: It's a growing program, so the admissions bar is not set very high--they want everyone they can get. On the other hand, only people who love Shakespeare and theatre apply, so the quality of the students is nonetheless very high. Everyone is passionate about why they're here. Tips for admission: write beautifully and love theatre.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There is no campus-based transportation, but that's because it's a very small campus, all within a 2-3 block radius. You won't have to walk far. There is a city-wide trolley. It only runs every 20 minutes or so, but it goes right past the campus on two sides and it's completely free.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing consists mostly of rooms or apartments in old Victorian buildings. The buildings are often very beautiful: tall ceilings, hardwood floors, etc. This is a small rural town, so rent is dirt cheap. Everything is walking distance to a lovely downtown. You will have to drive for groceries, but that's it.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go out much.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Sometimes you need to not have guest because you need to focus on your work.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I had a terrible experience with security walking around with dark colors at night which is not a good thing to do.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Its in the middle of no where.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You have to do a lot just to live off campus but most people enjoy it as far as what I know.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Many people still sit in cliques of their own race but that is how everyone gets along.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is great for upper class men but for freshmen and some sophomores it is bad.

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2 College Freshman

Majors: I go to a liberal arts school so every major is ont offered there so it is kind of hard to be satisfied.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: There is not much to chose from.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are only attended when the weather is nice due to my school being on a hill.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: You mostly have to have your own car in order to get around and go places that you need.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have greek life at my school.

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