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

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3 College Junior

Transportation: We have two vans: one runs between Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College and another runs between Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College. The vans have awkward times and run at some hours one day but not the same hours another day. It can be frustrating when you have a class and have to wait hours (especially for the bus to and from Swarthmore), but otherwise, it is nice to have an option without having to use public transportation.

1 College Junior

Athletics: We are a Division III school and our sports are horrible. it seems to stem from poor coaching and a disorganized program and student disinterest. Some of the students work hard, but there are also student prone to going to parties before games and they may claim to not drink, but will still stay out very late at night and then are upset when we lose our games.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid department is filled with nice people, but they are a little disorganized. I turned in everything on my online list and a couple of weeks later I received an e-mail saying I still needed things, which was very frustrating as I would have taken care of it when I was dealing with everything else. I received a decent amount of aid, but it was a complete hassle going through the process.

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2 College Junior

Parking: I do not own a car to use or park with on campus, but the parking on campus is all right, there seem to be enough spots for students, but they are strict about where students are allowed to park their cars.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Bryn Mawr is not a bustling town, but a nice quiet one. The main attractions are on a main line strip and there is a small movie theater, restaurants and small business shops. I love going into town with my friends and exploring the little shops and eating at different restaurants. However, we are also not far from Philadelphia which has numerous things to offer in the way of entertainment and the train station to take us there is not a ten minute walk from campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: fun, unique, quirky, interesting, frustrating, comfortable

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5 College Freshman

Weather: While Bryn Mawr gets the occasional rainy day the weather's hardly noticeable. The dorms are kept warm and the classes are less than a two minute walk from the dorms. The winters get some snow, but the campus pathways are kept clear and the Blue Bus never stops running. That being said if you want to take advantage of the weather you can! Every winter you can see at least one snow man standing guard over the spacious lawns. Plus the beautiful campus makes the weather that much more enjoyable. Bryn Mawr is stunning all year round, and every girl has her own favorite season, though I'm quite partial to Spring and Fall. If you get the chance to visit, which you should, I suggest you do so during those times.

4 College Senior

Facilities: May Day – This campus-wide holiday is a fun break before the craziness of finals. Its characterized by laying in fields among Cherry Blossom petals, wearing white dresses, hanging with friends, and breaking the bonds of the patriarchy.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Although this dorm is known as "the ugliest building on campus," it is my personal favorite. I lived there happily for three years enjoying its unusual architecture, cavernous hallways, and student dining hall on the first floor.

4 College Senior

Facilities: General Campus Aesthetics – Bryn Mawr's campus is known for its beauty in all seasons. Its overall sense of serenity keeps students calm even during the most stressful times of the semester. There are not many paths, which can make the daily trek to class a little muddy sometimes, but Bryn Mawr's lack of concrete makes its sprawling fields that much more spectacular.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: College Food – Unfortunately, the campus has reduced the options to only two dining halls. They're never open past 8pm, but there's a small cash eatery in the campus center or the Lusty Cup cafe in the library for late-night study fixes. Overall the food is decent, healthy and accomodating, with more vegan options than any other school I've been to. You don't have to worry about choosing a meal plan freshman year; everyone starts on unlimited. (They all cost the same, but other plans give you different options in terms of guest passes, etc.)

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Get Out of the Bubble! There is definitely plenty to do, with the full force of Philadelphia only a short train ride away. That being said, some people stay within the small main-line towns surrounding the school. It's cute, friendly, very walkable, and it has all of the necessities - great pizza places, fun thrift shops, and bigger name stores.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The most unique thing about Bryn Mawr is the history of traditions. From Lantern Night to Hell Week, new students are the focus of a whole lot of lovin' from their upperclassmen! Most students end up really enjoying the experience, but like everything else at BMC, traditions are optional. There are plenty of other reasons - great professors, small class sizes, beautiful campus - to choose Bryn Mawr.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Blue Bus – The blue bus is the between-campus transportation with Haverford College. It makes it very easy to take classes at both schools. There is only one pick-up/drop-off location at Bryn Mawr. The schedule is generally fine for coordinating classes, but limited for social events in the evenings.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honor Codes and Campus Enforcement – One of the most defining things about Bryn Mawr's campus "strictness" is the honor code. This is most evident in the way that people feel comfortable leaving laptops in the library or keeping their doors unlocked. There isn't an extensive list of school policies or a hyped-up security force patrolling parties. It all comes down to mutual respect, among students and with the staff and public safety officials. They're there to protect you, to help you - not to turn you in for underage drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not So Much – If the drug scene is big at the school, then people hide it well. There are a good amount of people who smoke and drink more often than others, but it's never to a degree that is noteworthy enough to change the school's reputation. There are parties and drinks, but less prevalent that in other schools. Most of them are typically held in the neighboring/trico schools (Haverford or Swarthmore). There isn't really peer pressure to drink, and the school enforces responsible drinking.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Fairly Diverse – Diversity is a plus. There are many students not only from all the over the U.S., but also from abroad. Bryn Mawr embraces different cultures and beliefs in the clubs and events supported by the school.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Small Town Suburb Close to Major City – There are numerous restaurants near the school - from tasty burgers, to Greek-style cooking, to exotic Asian cuisines. Even more great eateries in Philly are just a train-ride away.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Deteriorating quality – The quality of our dining hall food continually decreases as dining services needs to cut their expenses. Rhoads dining hall was closed, leaving the other two dining halls overcrowded and noisy. The Mexican bar turned into a mashed potato bar, the short-order grill at dinner was discontinued and the take-out option was restricted. Expensive food items such as grape tomatoes, grapes and organic peanut butter have been discontinued or are served infrequently, and the quality of our fresh vegetables is... well... I wouldn't exactly call them fresh vegetables.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports Are Low Key – The athletic scene is low key but the athletes are very committed. They play because they want to play, not because of academic scholarships or crowds cheering them on - both are non-existent at Bryn Mawr. Bring a friend if you want someone to watch your match. Few students participate in intramural sports once they are done with their mandatory 8 quarters of physical education.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: What Dating Scene? Half of the students don't care about their looks. Why should they, with no dating scene around?

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Not for the Science Majors – I came to Bryn Mawr in search of a strong science education in a place with no gender stereotypes against women. What I found instead were science classes so watered down that even women can succeed in them. Haverford's upper-level science courses are typically taught at twice the pace and assign much harder homework than the corresponding courses at Bryn Mawr. The graduate courses are a bit better, but they still cover less ground than related undergraduate courses at Haverford. Bryn Mawr's science programs appeal to the students who would not typically consider a science major. The stronger students take most of their classes off campus or have a boatload of independent study arrangements.

I still give the academics a B instead of a D because my professors have been very encouraging and supportive. They have challenged me personally and academically (outside of class) and helped me find amazing summer positions.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Between the tri-co there are lots of parties if your under age however after a year or two it can get old, but then again by that time I guess you can go to a club in the city.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – We have 4 computer "labs" one of which is open 24 hours, their are 4 places to print. There is wireless internet throughout the campus,with great connectivity. Computer access is great here, you can even check a laptop out from the library.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety at Brynmawr College – I have never felt unsafe at Bryn Mawr, public safety takes their job seriously. Because it is a small all woman's college it is easy to recognize people and easy notice people who are out of place. Also public safety is here to help no matter what even if your drunk.


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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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