Bryn Mawr, PA
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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I Love the Libraries! We have three libraries for students to use. The resources in our system and the people there to help are both equally helpful. They try to stay up-to-date with technology, and have recently replaced a lot of the computers. There are lots of couches and places to get comfortable while setting, but also hundreds of private study carrels. My favorite library is Carpenter because of its architecture, and huge windows.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Probably Wouldn't Come Back – Let's be honest: the social atmosphere is not everyone's cup of tea. Half of the campus struggles with mental health issues. If you are into chicks, you will probably have a rich social life; the opposite is true if you are into guys. But the real deal breaker for me are academics. Everyone feels entitled to As, yet few students actually buckle down and do their work. Instead, they whine whine whine until the professors give in. The professors are awesome though. If you are willing to work, they will make your success a priority!

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1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Basically Nonexistent – Bryn Mawr is an upscale residential neighborhood, not a college town. There are a few restaurants within 2 miles of campus for an occasional dinner off campus, but you will want to have most of your meals on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Bryn Mawr just had their gym and theatre completely renovated and they're amazing. The whole campus is beautiful.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Very Safe – Public safety is very good about education the students about the dangers of Philadelphia but when it comes to on campus safety I have never felt threatened.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The department is very qualified and knowledgeable about their various fields of study. In addition, you can major at Haverford if you want to focus on a different aspect of biology.

1 College Senior

Nightlife: Almost Non-Existent – We don't really have a night life. Most girls here go to Haverford and Swarthmore to meet guys and go drinking. We have some parties here, but they are few and far between.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Buildings Like Castles – The buildings on campus are in the traditional ivy league school stone castle structure. The rooms in each dorm vary in size and have their own unique charms. We do not live in rooms like those classic cinder-block ones of larger universities.

4 College Senior

Academics: Highly Regarded – I came to Bryn Mawr to be an English major, but after taking a few art history classes, I fell in love with the program and switched over. The professors that I work with are always available for help. I have taken a number of classes in several different departments and can say that Bryn Mawr grants you a very well-rounded view of the world that I treasure very much.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Perfect for Science Majors – I have to strongly disagree with another reviewer, Anonymous001, for saying that Bryn Mawr offers "watered down science that even women can do". Besides from insulting everything Bryn Mawr stands for in a single statement, I've found the opposite of that. As a Chemistry major with a minor in Biology also taking Physics classes, I've found Bryn Mawr classes are substancially harder and require more work than both Haverford and Penn classes. Bryn Mawr science classes are so great, not because they "water down the science" (something which the high scores we achieve on GRES, getting into top Grad Schools, and getting hired by the best companies would contradict) but because the professors offer so much support that it makes learning and retaining the concepts so much easier. Being in an advanced PChem class with 5 other students and having the professor at your disposal for problem sets and questions is something Haverford and Penn don't offer.

Of course, I can't speak for all science classes. Some of the Intro level courses are easy, and I've never taken a computer science class. However, if you're that good at science, simply place out of the Intro classes, expand your options by taking Penn/Haverford/Swat classes, and enjoy actually learning difficult science that you retain.

In addition, the research oppertunites are amazing and give you a leg up when you want to enter grad school/start working.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I never know if a good score on here means yay a lot of drugs or yay no drugs. Either way, I'd assume Bryn Mawr is in the middle of the pack. Drugs don't dominate the scene, but I'm sure you could find what you were looking for.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Gotta Love Ardmore! Bryn Mawr and the surrounding area is awesome to live. Having spent my senior year in an apartment in Ardmore I can say that it's a really nice area to live, within walking distance of great stores, such as Trader Joe's, Apple, Urban Outfitters and get restaurants and bars.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Your typical north east weather, cold winters warm summers. Not great but not at all terrible.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: First of all, Bryn Mawr's campus is so small, you don't need a car. That being said, I had one and drove from Erdman to Park every day, limiting my walking time to about 2 minutes. Tickets are annoying if you park illegally, but the lots are so close to buildings, there's really no need.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Bryn Mawr itself isn't much of a party school, but if you're one who enjoys going out there are plenty of oppertunities. Under 21, Haverford is close, as are Penn, Drexel, and Swat. Over 21, there isn't a better area to be. Bryn Mawr has plenty of fun college bars, and Philly is a close 20 min train ride away.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Available for Some, but Not Others – Bryn Mawr had a great amount of financial aide available, but others were not able to get access. It was difficult to convince Bryn Mawr that you needed the aide.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diverse but Still the Same – For the most part, Bryn Mawr is diverse in its religious and ethnic background. However, there was a problem with economic backgrounds and political affiliations in that most people were from the same background in both areas.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: A Helpful Community – A nice community filled with various local hot-spots. Unfortunately, they do not offer student discounts,yet are not terribly expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: No Community – While the campus is quite beautiful, the suburban location is quite stifling. The proximity/accessibility to Philly and relationships w/ the bi-co/tri-co are completely exaggerated and much harder to pertain then I originally imagined coming into the school. Very easy to get into a rut and just stay in your room, limited interaction with the opposite sex. Students are exclusive and stick to their dorm rooms. Not a very cohesive community, hardly anybody on campus. Very, very boring. Excruciatingly boring. Girls are so feminist it boarders anti-feminism, people are too open and expecting, yet not very accepting. Students are very unattractive, overweight, and completely negligent to their overall appearances. There are a few gems out there, but hard to find. All that said, the academics are great. I absolutely love my teacher and classes. Work is very manageable if you have good study habits.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – You can really do anything, there are no adults and HAs don't care. However, Deans make a big deal about little things, such as moving furniture.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very very safe! Do not have to worry about anything while on campus, somewhat of a bubble. Mawters never lock their doors / leave their laptops out anywhere, not really practical for the real world, watch your stuff / lock your door.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Bryn Mawr is a woman's college, but boys from Haverford and Swarthmore can take classes (and vice-versa at their schools) and the schools are close enough that we can indulge in their campus activities as well.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Our facilities are well kept and pretty up-to-date, we just remodeled our gym and it is a lot bigger and nicer than it was with more equipment. There are three libraries on campus that are not up-to-date, but not built so long ago and very nice. The campus itself is very beautiful built in Oxford style and it looks like a castle (or as many students like to call it, Hogwarts!)

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3 College Junior

Computers: There are many computers on campus. We have PCs all carrying Windows 7 software and there are also an abundance of Macs. There is always one open wherever you go.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Bryn Mawr is a beautiful school filled with quirky students. We also have big school traditions that everyone on campus gets excited about. It is nice because they always come at he right time when stress levels are high and students need some time to relax and be in the community. We are also a small school, so having these events really solidifies our experience and sense of community.

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Kaitlin Menza
New Brunswick, NJ
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Like any highly-rated liberal arts college, Bryn Mawr provides a stellar education to a vibrant student body on a campus so beautiful that sometimes it looks surreal. During the school year, especially in the dead of winter, it is easy to overlook these tremendous offerings and instead focus on the massive amount of work, as it contrasts to what can seem like a dearth of social opportunities. These are the times where some freshmen consider transferring.

Traditions help lighten the mood on campus, and despite what seems to be stress oozing out of every pore, most students manage to do a lot more than just handle their school work-though everyone agrees that academics is a priority. In the end, students are most proud of their academic work, but also fond of the school and experiences that they had here. Mawrters come to Bryn Mawr to benefit from the faculty and coursework the school is known for. Some women find the lack of boys on campus difficult to adjust to, or they find the general smallness of the campus undesirable, but in the end, most stay for the same reason they came: academics. When it's over, few look back on the decision with regret.

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