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Reviews 462 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Mary Baldwin has such a welcoming, comforting feel to it I can't imagine going to any other school.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is gross. Its on the opposite side of campus from everything else, and there is practically no equipment.Sports are kind of a joke. If you want to play a sport, you can, because sports are not competitive in anyway. I don't think we win things, like ever. It is nice that you can participate, just know we are not known for sports.

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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are literally no parties. I'm not kidding. Its not that they are hard to find, or exclusive, they are nonexistent. Many posts say "go to JMU", but I'm here to tell you that going to JMU is a joke. Unless you already know someone that goes to JMU, you wont find a party. My friends and I once went to a party there, we found it by driving around for and hour and half until we thought we saw a party. The party consisted of drunk frat boys, there was nothing special or fun about it in any way. If you like to go to parties, even occasionally, this is NOT the school for you.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few "fancy" tourist restaurants in downtown. They normally cost around $15 for dinner, which is crazy for a college student. There's a Gelato shop, but it honestly gets boring as it is where everyone goes. There are some decent coffee shops, but the coffee is expensive. There is a burger king within walking distance, but it is a completely uphill walk. There are some chain restaurants around, such as Chili's, Red Lobster, McDonald's, Sweet Frog, and Starbucks. The issue is that none of them are within reasonable walking distance, like 20-30 minutes. There is a really good Mexican restaurant, though its about 10 minutes away from campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The Administration is pretty decent. They aren't really overly strict about anything other than parking, YOU WILL GET A TICKET. Other than that, the security officers are very nice. Students eat lunch with them all the time. The Administration is really amazing with working with you about absences.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are only two on campus food options. Hunt is the large dining hall, and has very limited selection as well as terrible hours. The hours constantly changed, and at some points hunt was only open for an hour for dinner. During lunch lines are very long and can last up to 20 minutes, as there are only two lines. They often prepare the same meals over and over, such as the deli bar, which consists of lunch meat and white bread. The only plus is the salad bar, and the fact that it is close to campus housing. The Pub is even worse. The food is all fried and very greasy. The healthy option is normally a baked potato. It has very short hours, and the lines are often long. The portions are very small and severed in greasy paper containers. The plus side is that it is often not crowded as people get it to go.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got really good financial aid, and the process was easy. They worked with me with my military benefits, and were very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I stayed in Woodsen my freshman year, and would really recommend it. Its very close to the dining hall as well as the academic buildings. My room was a really nice size, and had plenty of storage as well as a sink. The hallways as well as the bathrooms were always clean. The laundry was free. Woodsen is not nearly as fun as Spencer, and you don't develop the same sense of Freshman camaraderie, as it is a mixed grade dorm. There is only one small kitchen, which is always dirty and was infested with ants. There were no good "study" areas, and the community areas are always taken up by people binge watching TV. It is also apparently haunted. Overall, the rooms in Woodsen are very nice, but the communal areas are lacking.

2 College Senior

Athletics: The teams are good and practice often but almost never win. The work-out equipment in the gym is horrible, limited, and small.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's cheaper to live off campus. There are high-end apartments available as well as low-end or houses you can share with roommates.

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1 College Senior

Party Scene: Some girls are so uptight that they report you if you're listening to music in the shower too loudly. It's impossible to have a 'party' on campus. Go to JMU for a party.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast-food. The local places are too expensive for college students. You need a car to get around.

3 College Senior

Administration: The campus is strict about all the wrong things. They recently took away students' rights to carry pepper spray. That is a right provided for by the United States, the college cannot take that away.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: This is hard to talk about because it is so different for everyone. Long story short: if you do not check over your statements each semester, they will make you pay more than you agreed. They add on extra fees and take away grants if you do not keep up. Do not trust them with your statements, make sure you look over it every time you receive it.

1 College Senior

Campus Food: Hunt as almost never passed health and safety. They have been caught cross-contaminating foods. Their chicken is frequently undercooked. The lettuce at the salad bar is often brown or unwashed or left in big pieces. Their dishes and utensils are often dirty or bent. Everything is over-salted because all of the cooks smoke. The food makes almost everyone sick and ruins your digestion. Even though the food is absolutely disgusting, they try to do 'portion control' but their portions are way too small. I have gotten food poisoning from the food on this campus. Pub has a bad smell, their grilled chicken looks like a sponge, the only good thing there is their fried chicken when it is actually cooked all the way through. The food is bad here... really bad. Watch Out for the rats and cockroaches that infest the building.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: The food will ruin your stomach, they close at 6:30 p.m., and have no late-night alternative. The dining facilities on campus haven't passed health and safety in a few years and they have been guilty for cross-contamination of the food. Also, cockroaches, flies, and rats are found crawling into the dining facilities at night and early in the morning. The town closes early (around 8 p.m.). The closest places to eat are approximately 1-3 miles away so you need a car. The places in town are too expensive for college students.

The dorms are falling apart, they're covered in mold, are infested with cockroaches, there is no air conditioning in the summer months and you can't open your windows because the screens have holes. The dorms also have no bathroom ventilation system and there is inconsistent house-keeping.

The school cleans up for visitors but does not clean up for the students. When there are events on campus, the students must relocate their vehicles as parking is taken away from students and given to visitors. Freshman parking is dangerously far away. Parking for Faculty is also poor as they often must park on Staunton streets and move every two hours.

There is also a huge disconnect between the board of trustees and the campus body. For example, throughout the years faculty and staff have mysteriously disappeared with no words nor explanation.

There is a serious problem with security as there are only two in-shape security officers currently employed. The rest of the officers are over the age of 50, smoke, and have health problems.

Tuition is too high for what you get, it is not of good quality for the money spent.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food is great, the prices are average, but the only drawback is the fact that there are no student discount for restaurants. The best places to go to are the DEPO, Split Banana, and Baha.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The people down in financial aid helped me every step of the way. They were able to show me what I needed to do to get more aid, and everything was smooth.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is not always the best, but it is edible and good food. The only major complaint that I have is the fact that the vegetarian section seems to be lacking in options a lot of times. I know about 1/3 of my freshman year, and even a few times this year there was only hummus as an option, and that does not constitute as a meal.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is always confused.I hate having to have to pay money still and I took out two loans, pell grants, and have scholarships.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: We have many lectures, which are great. The adviser does a lot of one on one meetings.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Parking is taken too seriously. I think parking passes need to be cheaper or nonexistent.

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1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't feel safe on campus. We need more lighting. And we need better security, ours suck.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I wish we had sororities but we don't and it makes the college experience suck.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: They need more sports. They need track and field, a lot of students transfer or don't apply here because they don't have a track team.

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