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Bryn Mawr, PA
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$42,246
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Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia is quite close and provides a lot of diversions, even to a jaded New Yorker such as myself. Visit Fairmount Park, Philly Art Museum, Society Hill's architecture, Philly restaurants, and Philly in general.

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Local Atmosphere: For a real escape, Philadelphia is a great college town. I highly recommend University City's used bookstores, West Philly's Ethiopian restaurants, pay-what-you-want day at the art museum, the Italian Market, and Fairmount Park.

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Athletics: Due to the fact that our athletic facilities are lacking in quality, sports are not popular. Girls do not come to Bryn Mawr for the sports. We are Division III. Academics take priority. We are always studying or feeling guilty for not studying.

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Athletics: I know we have a good crew team.

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Athletics: There are varsity sports? Seriously, though, they're not that big of a deal to the community at large. If you want to play, you can. If you want to go to the games and cheer your friends on, you can. There's just no mania about sports the way there is at some schools. Therefore, there's no pressure to pay attention to something you don't care about.

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Athletics: Girls don't put a lot of emphasis on sports, although I've been hearing that the badminton team is amazing.

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Athletics: Sports are not very big here. Many students play sports for the fun and exercise of it, but there are not many spectators and supporters at events.

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Athletics: For me, sports were big. The coaches are dedicated, and the team members are, too. But we don't get a lot of money, and the gym kind of stinks. Play sports. It will be the best decision you ever made, and Bryn Mawr makes it possible for you to try new things. Playing sports was the best decision I ever made. You will have time, even with your immense workload.

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Athletics: Rugby games are always a good time if you don't mind violence.

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Athletics: Rugby and crew are their own little sub-communities.

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Athletics: I never paid much attention to athletics. The biggest sport tends to be rugby. The players are some of the most determined women I have ever seen.

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Athletics: Sporting events are not that well attended. Most teams are in the `okay' range, with a few being very good. Sports teams tend to have a mix of girls, from the super-dedicated that love it to the girls who like the sport and want to casually keep it up.

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Athletics: A lot of people play sports, largely because we're such a small school that you can join a sports team even if you've never played before. However, while a lot of people play, it's really more academically focused, and there's never a huge crowd at games or anything like that.

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Athletics: We are Division III. The teams work very well together and are fun to watch. IM sports are pretty non-existent. Students might as well go out for the school teams.

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Parking: Huge hints: it's easier to park in the visitor spots every day. Refrain from decorating your car with Bryn Mawr spirit. Refrain from buying a parking pass. And finally, park almost anywhere without a worry!

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Parking: The parking on campus is a bit Gestapo-like. Expect to be a commuter student or have a seriously good reason why you want to have a car. Many bring cars anyway and just park in visitor spots or on the road. Expect to move your car a lot if you do this. I have done just fine relying simply on my bike, the SEPTA train for Philly, and friends.

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Parking: My one complaint after four years at Bryn Mawr is that there is not enough visitor or student parking on campus during special times, like move-in day and graduation.

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Parking: It is difficult to find parking if you do not have a permit. Permits are hard to obtain. Public Safety is very strict about parking, and if you do not have a permit and park on campus, you might come back to your car to find it has a boot on it.

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Parking: It really sucks! There is simply no room to park. It's hard to park during the day. Public Safety gives out 120 or so parking permits a year, and for a campus of about 1,500, that's terrible. You have to file an application with reasons why you want your car on campus, and then it's left up to a committee who can come with a car and who can't.

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Parking: I don't drive, so I can't comment from experience, but I've never heard many complaints from people I know who have cars. You don't really need a car, as it's useless on campus. There's stuff within walking distance, and public transportation is excellent. It might be useful if you major at Swarthmore or Haverford, though.

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Parking: Parking on campus is very limited, so you aren't allowed to have a car unless you have a permit, but students tend to bring cars anyway, and they find their way around the parking issue. It is a hassle to find a parking spot, and permits are hard to get! Those students who live off campus can get a permit, though.

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Parking: It's not too hard to get a permit if you're not a freshman, but you'll probably end up in a very inconveniently located lot. It's better to try to park on one of the main streets around campus, but there's a good chance you won't find a spot, and if you do find a spot, you better be a good parallel parker.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's not so convenient. Most everyone stays on campus; it's easier. Most people end up with singles after freshman year. In fact, many freshmen have singles.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is not convenient and not really worth it. Nobody else will be living off campus, and you'll feel somewhat alienated. The college doesn't cater to off-campus people at all. I feel like I missed a lot during my off-campus year.

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Off-Campus Housing: Its not very convenient and almost everyone stays on campus. Senior year, a few people live off campus, but the nearest cheap housing is in Philly, and with the train fare, it's almost not worth it. I wouldn't live off campus because it's nice to be around other Mawrters. With pretty much a guaranteed single after freshman year, it's a wonderful experience. You have your whole life to live off campus.

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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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