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Bryn Mawr, PA
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1,309
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$42,246
Admission Difficulty
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Weather: Bryn Mawr has a moderate climate. The summers can get up to 100 or more, while the winters can be 20 below. Fall and spring are the best seasons, when it's not raining.

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Weather: The weather here varies. It's very hot and humid in the early fall and late spring and cold and damp during the winter. You should bring everything in your closet! And don't forget an umbrella and raincoat.

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Weather: Generally, Pennsylvania is hot and humid during the summer and cold during the winter. Variety is key in what clothing you pack.

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Weather: The weather is nice. It stays lighter and warmer longer than New England, but not much longer. It can get into the 90s at the very beginning of the school year and possibly at the very end. The winter lows usually require a jacket and hat.

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Weather: The weather is mainly rain and snow-a lot of snow. Although it does cool down after summer, there is a month here and there where summer clothing can still be worn.

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Overall Experience: I love it here. For a small liberal arts education, it is most assuredly one of the best, and the all-girl situation is not all girls. Guys from Haverford and Swat can take classes at BMC, and we can go to those schools.

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Overall Experience: Bryn Mawr College offered me everything I wanted in one package: small-town life, big-city fun, efficient transportation, challenging professors and classes, travel opportunities, lots of learning and growing, skills for the future, friendships that will last a lifetime, and what might be the most stunning college setting with the most memorable traditions I've ever experienced.

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Overall Experience: BMC is a hard place to be sometimes. You will most likely be more than happy to be away from it when you graduate, but eventually, you'll appreciate it again. I really liked it until my senior year, but now that I've graduated, I see how I sacrificed a lot of fun and quality of living while I was there.

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Overall Experience: Bryn Mawr is a good school in just about every way. It's small and sometimes full of itself, but the environment is friendly and welcoming. There's always someone around to be your friend and help you out if you need it, whether it's a professor, a supervisor, or a fellow student. I don't really wish I had gone somewhere else, but I think I could have made more of my time there than I did.

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Overall Experience: Adjusting to Bryn Mawr was rough for me. You have to actively seek a social life if you want one, and it is easy to isolate yourself here. However, the classes are amazing, the professors top quality, and the mix of students always keeps things interesting.

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Overall Experience: I wanted to transfer at first. The social scene was not right for me. But there is something about this school that I know I couldn't get anywhere else, and that is the education I am getting. Having taken courses at several other distinguished universities, including Penn, I know my money is best spent here, and I am being challenged to the utmost of my abilities. It will, in the long run, be the best preparation for grad school, my career, and life in general.

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Overall Experience: I would never change my decision to attend Bryn Mawr. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, it opened doors for me, and it gave me beautiful women to spend time with for the four best years of my life so far.

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Overall Experience: In the long run, BMC has been amazing. The small school has allowed for a lot of personal attention and interaction with professors. I found the political science department had a great range of engaging and relevant classes. The alumni and industry connections allowed me to work in my field, both in the U.S. and abroad. The girls here are genuinely nice and interesting people. In your fourth year here, though, you tend to find the small size a bit too small, and you long for a bigger group of people. I wished the school was coed at times, but nearby schools have provided mixed company. Finding someone to date has not been a problem for anyone I know, though many tend to find the Haverford and Swarthmore men very sophomoric, as they get older. I have found keeping my outside friends from home to be a key factor in maintaining a healthy social life. Going to other schools to visit them provides welcome breaks and changes of scenery. The social life here is entirely what you make of it. Bryn Mawr's social scene allows you to grow as a person, from freshman `frat' parties at Haverford, Swarthmore, and Nova to taking advantage of the culture and social life of the city when you are older.

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Overall Experience: I would not want to be anywhere but here. This school is an amazing place for women, and I think it does the best job of preparing women for careers of any college I have visited. It was kind of random chance that got me here, but I don't think there is a better school for me. I think attitude has a lot to do with it. Wherever you go, believing that you will like it is an important first step in having the time of your life.

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Overall Experience: Yes, you will find women who are willing to go off campus and party with you. I love Bryn Mawr! I am receiving a superior education in a beautiful setting with some of the most amazing friends. Also, I feel like I'm totally a part of this invigorating community with my campus leadership. I have also made friends at Haverford, Swarthmore, Penn, and Villanova-so I feel like I have a life beyond Bryn Mawr. Get ready to have the time of your life and enjoy every minute of it. These four years fly by.

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Overall Experience: I should have gone to Haverford. Students there are less uptight and fanatical.

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Overall Experience: When I was a freshman, I wanted to transfer. I felt like Bryn Mawr deceived me. It seemed to be full of really sheltered women who wanted to come to a women's college to find empowerment because they really needed it or were afraid to be in a college setting with men. I am very assertive, energetic, extroverted, and comfortable around guys, so I felt totally out of place. I also hated how people did work all the time and never made any time to party. I envied my friends at schools such as Cornell, Dartmouth, and Penn, who told me how much fun they had been having all year. However, I soon realized that Bryn Mawr is a very diverse place. Yes, there are some women like the ones I noticed, but also a lot of women like myself. You just have to go out and find your niche. The thing to do freshman year is not just stick with your roommates and customs group. True, you should value these friendships, but don't forget to go out and join groups that interest you. Look into things that you were passionate about in high school (i.e., debate team, writing for the newspaper, dance, and so forth) and continue them at Bryn Mawr. Or try new pursuits that you find exciting. By doing this, you will meet people you have more in common with.

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Overall Experience: I've had a lot of positive experiences at Bryn Mawr and Haverford. I wish I was a Haverford student because I like the atmosphere over there better, but I'm happy with the schools in combination. I think I underestimated how much I prefer a coed environment.

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Off-Campus Dining: Bryn Mawr is fairly barren when it comes to good restaurants. Philly has some spots quite comparable to NYC cuisine. For those used to a very high culinary level, Philly does surprisingly well.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a handful of affordable spots to grab a bite around the Mawr-Starbucks, Cosí, Fuji Mountain, to name a few. Restaurants like Tango are better for special occasions and deeper pockets. One place not to miss is Mikado, a wonderful and affordable sushi restaurant that is like a trip to Japan in itself.

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Off-Campus Dining: I don't really eat off campus that often. We're on the Main Line, so many restaurants are expensive, although the food is excellent. There are some really nice places in Philly and at the mall, though, and people go all the time.

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Off-Campus Dining: Peace a Pizza and Hope's Cookies are always a good bet. For the moderate spending binge, Bertucci's is only a few blocks away. In addition, Tango is deceptively priced, having the atmosphere of an expensive restaurant for probably half the price. And there's always Pat's for cheesesteaks, Krispy Kreme for doughnuts, West Philly for African food, and Chinatown for Kosher, vegetarian, or Chinese food.

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Off-Campus Dining: I don't go out to eat that much. I like Thai Pepper.

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Off-Campus Dining: Food here is very tasty. There's a wonderful Greek place and a Bertucci's pizza. Peace a Pizza and Hope's Cookies and ice cream were always favorite spots of mine.

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Off-Campus Dining: I highly recommend Peace a Pizza and Beijing Inn for something close by and fast. Also try Fellini's in Ardmore and the Gryphon Coffee Co. in Wayne. Actually, there isn't really any restaurant or café I don't recommend. No matter how good BMC's food is, it is always refreshing to dine off campus with friends or family.

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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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