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Bryn Mawr, PA
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1,309
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$42,246
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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Academics: Classes are intimate, so the quality of the class depends a lot on the quality of the group of students in it.

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Academics: The professors at Bryn Mawr offered me more than I could have ever hoped for in four years. They were engaging, interested, accessible, and always ready to challenge, as well as reward. I not only learned a lot about the subject at hand, but a lot about myself and my abilities. Each one of my classes, no matter what discipline, gave me an opportunity to think critically, work independently as well as in groups, and practice the research and writing skills that are valued in a work environment.

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Academics: Most classes here are interesting. They are not generic subjects but are focused on a few central questions or ideas, even survey courses. Sometimes this means you get less breadth, but you get plenty of depth.

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Academics: Teachers were prepared for class, engaged, and excited about what they were teaching. They all had very high standards, but were understanding and practical in their construction of the course. Professors focus on our potential and success. They always had time or made time, for one-on-ones. No professor was `easy.'

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Campus Strictness: There is a lot of trust on this campus, so if you want to drink and you're underage, or if you want to use drugs, chances are the campus police aren't going to hunt you down or find you. BMC is a very free place.

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Campus Strictness: Bryn Mawr is very big on letting students govern themselves, so they don't do much about drugs and drinking. However, in my experience, people tend to be responsible enough about these activities that they won't bother you. If they do, students normally stop on request.

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Campus Strictness: Public Safety seems to genuinely care about the students at BMC. They make themselves visible during the big parties. There will always be, however, those students who make poor decisions about how much they should drink.

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Campus Strictness: Security here is the opposite of strict. Rock on.

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Campus Strictness: There is little to be strict about here. On events such as May Day or Rhoads Halloween, where there tends to be some drinking outside, unless you are running about drinking from a Jack Daniel's bottle, they will look the other way.

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Campus Strictness: Public Safety is usually very chill about drinking on campus. Most students are mature women and are treated that way. Only when situations get out of hand does Public Safety step in.

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Campus Strictness: I once saw the campus police helping a girl with a keg. Another time, a half-empty keg sat in front of the library for a few days. Girls drink, but it is not real loud, obnoxious, or obvious. There are many small, personal parties. Big parties are probably no more than 75 people throughout the course of the night.

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Campus Strictness: Bryn Mawr has a wet campus, so those over 21 are allowed to throw wet parties. Public Safety is usually pretty lax, though, and it is easy to feel safe drinking if you are underage on campus.

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Campus Strictness: You can smoke pot on Taylor steps in broad daylight. Public Safety breaks up parties before the police arrive. They are very lenient.

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Campus Strictness: Drugs aren't that much of an issue, so I don't really know about Public Safety's policy on them. They do not tend to get involved with underage drinking unless students get sick or violent. The Social Honor Code seems to have an unwritten rule that if you're going to drink and you're under 21, you're on your honor to do it responsibly and not get yourself in medical or legal trouble.

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Guys & Girls: The women at Bryn Mawr are some of the most amazing people I will ever meet. They are caring, funny, unique, independent, intelligent, confident, and ambitious.

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Guys & Girls: The main reason why Bryn Mawr was my first choice and I chose to attend was the women I met during my visit. Everyone was beyond nice and helpful. My fellow Mawrters have made me a better person. In addition, Bryn Mawr's alumni network is always willing to help. The alums have been completely open with their time and patience to give undergrads the opportunity to experience a work environment. There is nothing like the bond between Mawrters.

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Guys & Girls: The campus is so diverse, but we are united by the fact that we are all compassionate, highly intelligent, motivated women who walk with a purpose. Mawrters believe they can and will change the world someday.

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Guys & Girls: There are definitely a lot of weirdoes and a fair amount of preppies, too.

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Guys & Girls: The girls on campus are extremely nice and friendly, and making friends is not hard at all. We all tend to study very hard and share the same goals to strive to do the best we can. About whether they are hot or not, you will have to ask someone else on that matter-probably the Haverford men.

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Guys & Girls: There are hardly any cliques here. It's amazing that you can strike up a conversation with anyone and it's like the two of you have been friends for ages. Mawrters are all special people. I really like it here.

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Guys & Girls: As is expected when you have over a thousand girls in one place, there's a wide variety of personalities and temperments. I find that there are a higher percentage of `nerdy' girls than in the general population, by which I mean that there are a lot of people into reading, watching science-fiction/fantasy movies, and other such things. Still, there are people interested in just about everything, so you should be able to find someone out there who you'll get along with. As for being hot, pose that question to the large numbers of lesbians on campus.

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Guys & Girls: I would not characterize Bryn Mawr as a `lesbian school,' but there are quite a few girls who like girls on campus. But certainly, the dating pool is much wider here if you like girls than it would be at a coed institution.

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Guys & Girls: The girls at Bryn Mawr are, in general, wonderful. There is a real community feel, and I have found that I didn't know what friendship was until I came here.

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Guys & Girls: There are a lot of intelligent, articulate, fascinating people here. I fell in love with the campus almost immediately as a prospective student, largely because of the students that I met when visiting. I like practically everyone I've met.

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Guys & Girls: The girls are hot-until senior year when you get tired of them and the drama.

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Kaitlin Menza
Hometown
New Brunswick, NJ
Major
Sociology
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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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