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

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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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Off-Campus Housing: It's better not to live off campus. I did it, and the school is really built around the idea that students will remain on campus. Meetings and classes take place at odd times-late at night or on the weekends. Just getting regular homework done can be difficult without access to the library. There are student-friendly apartment buildings around, but the ones nearby are fairly expensive.

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Off-Campus Housing: I think there is no reason to live off campus at Bryn Mawr. It's not a very happening town, so I think living off campus would just be isolating.

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Off-Campus Housing: Since students are guaranteed on-campus housing for all four years, I recommend living on campus for at least three of those years. Sometimes it's nice to be able to get away, and sometimes you can feel fairly isolated from the `real world' if you don't get off campus occasionally.

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't think you should live off campus at Bryn Mawr. The dorms are nice, and the school keeps you busy enough that it is just more convenient to stay on campus. It is cheaper to live off campus, but buying groceries is so expensive, and there are hardly any good places near campus to do that.

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't know very many people who lived off campus, but I know that there are many apartment buildings on the Main Line. I think living on campus allows you to have your friends close, but having a single allows you to still have your own space.

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Transportation: The town of Bryn Mawr is only three blocks away, and there are two trains into Philly, the R5 and R100.

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Transportation: The transportation department runs a shuttle to the train station at night, and often Public Safety will give you a ride if you get stranded in Philly or somewhere else. There's a weekend Blue Bus run that stops at the grocery store in town, as well, if you don't want to carry groceries. Blue Buses that run to Haverford do so regularly from 6 a.m. until after midnight.

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Transportation: Bryn Mawr is just a short ride on the rail system from Philadelphia. This system also enables BMC students to travel to all of the other Main Line towns including Haverford, which is also accessible by the free and consistently running Blue Bus. Vans also run to Swarthmore. These are free, but they run less frequently than the Bi-College Blue Bus.

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Transportation: There is no public transportation to speak of for Bryn Mawr and the Main Line. You will walk, bike, and meet friends with a cars. The school runs shuttles to Haverford and Swarthmore, though. There is a SEPTA train about a block from the school that goes directly into Philly which is fine. Once in Philly, walk-or use the paltry excuse for a subway if you really, really must.

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Transportation: The train station is a few minutes walk off campus, making it easy to get around Philly. You can pretty much walk to any place in Bryn Mawr. You can even take the train right up the road to Haverford or Ardmore for around $2.50 if you want.

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Transportation: I come from New York City, so I'm used to a very convenient system, but at Bryn Mawr the situation is pretty good. The R5 train stops two blocks from campus and can get you all along the Main Line, including right into Philadelphia. At Bryn Mawr, there's also the Blue Bus, which can get you to Haverford in five minutes, as well as the Swat Van that takes students to Swarthmore. Both run very frequently and are free.

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Transportation: It's very easy to get into the city on the train, but getting around the suburbs can be challenging sometimes. SEPTA isn't great, but you can get to most places without too much difficulty.

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Transportation: Public transportation is open to suggestions for expanding their route and doing independent hauling of people when they have the time. However, since cars are expensive and a pain to park, plan on going on foot.

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Transportation: The SEPTA train is very convenient, and it runs up and down the Main Line and into Philly. It is a little expensive, though.

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Transportation: The SEPTA system is quite good for going to nearby towns, but it's a tad expensive. The Blue Bus takes students between Bryn Mawr and Haverford on a regular and usually convenient basis, and the campus shuttle is good for getting to the far corners of campus; not that you really need it, but it's nice if it's raining or dark or something. The Swarthmore Van takes students to Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore campuses on an incomprehensible and usually inconvenient schedule, but one which it's possible to deal with if you have classes at Swat.

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Weather: Philly's weather is erratic. For first semester, I bring almost all shorts, T-shirts, and tank tops, maybe one pair of pants. I put my winter clothes in a box and have my parents mail it to me usually in October.

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Weather: In general, always have one outfit ready for hot weather and one for cold. Last winter it was freezing for weeks, and then one day it was 70 degrees. You never know how much snow you will get, so bring some snow shoes.

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Weather: The weather last year really sucked. It was cold and rainy forever. Bring warm clothes. Don't wear flip-flops in the winter. It inevitably rains and then you fall.

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Weather: It's pretty hot until October. After that, you'll need your sweaters. Winters are never terrible. You'll see snow, but this isn't Cornell! So, if you've never experienced a real winter, fear not.

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Weather: The weather is fairly moderate here; cold in the winter, hot in the summer, rainy and variable in fall and spring. We had snow up to our waists last winter, but that's exceedingly unusual. Bring a fan for the first and last week or so of school, as there's no air-conditioning, and it can get oppressively hot and muggy.

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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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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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