Baldwin Wallace University
Founded in 1845 with a gift from John Baldwin of “a five-acre campus, 30 village lots and 50 acres of land,” Baldwin Wallace was among the first colleges in the nation to admit students without regard to race or gender. In fact, the institution’s first graduate, Maria Poe, was female.
Baldwin, a wealthy quarry owner whose mother had been denied entry to an eastern university because she was a female, was joined by other business and civic leaders — James Wallace, Fletcher Hulet and Josiah Holbrook — as he launched Baldwin Institute, a school committed to education "regardless of race, gender, creed" or ability to pay. It became Baldwin University in 1856.
Baldwin University’s earliest classes included nearly as many women as men, and students who could not afford an education were offered jobs to help cover the cost of tuition.
Today, Baldwin Wallace University has some 4,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs on a 125-acre campus in Berea, at BW at Corporate College East and online.
While BW continues to innovate on many levels, the institution’s community of learners is supported by enduring values of inclusion, support, engagement and excellence.The result is a distinctive student-centered experience that supports each individual in achieving his or her full potential in pursuit of big dreams, meaningful careers and an extraordinary life.