Mary Baldwin College is a women-centered university emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, where tomorrow's changemakers are empowered with the confidence to lead, the compassion to serve, and the courage to change the world.
A radical belief in student potential and in the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences has guided Mary Baldwin College since its founding as Augusta Female Seminary in 1842. Our history began with founder Rufus Bailey and what was then a revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated. A generation later, namesake Mary Julia Baldwin took the reins during the Civil War; afterward her cutting-edge innovations made the institution thrive. This history continues today with students who dare to make a difference, engage in service to their communities, and boldly initiate change in our neighborhood and around the world.