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Bryn Mawr, PA
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$42,246
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Average
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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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Off-Campus Dining: I'm from New York City, but I still think Beijing Inn has the most delicious Chinese food I've ever eaten. If you want good burgers, there's Ruby's Diner, which is a mere two train stops away.

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Off-Campus Dining: I've spent a lot of time and money in Starbucks studying and you'll find many quaint little restaurants around the Main Line. There aren't that many good places around Bryn Mawr, but in Philadelphia, you definitely need to try Marrakesh and Penang.

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Off-Campus Dining: Lourdas, a Greek restaurant by the train station in Bryn Mawr, is great. It is a little pricey, and you need to make reservations. When you want to go out for a special occasion, Lourdas is a terrific choice for good food and a cozy atmosphere.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple of good places around campus. Bertucci's is good. Così is great for drinking iced vanilla lattes and writing papers on your laptop.

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Off-Campus Dining: I love to hang out at Così and the Point. There you'll find some good eats!

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Health & Safety: Safety services at Bryn Mawr are brilliant! You can do whatever you want, and you're perfectly safe.

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Health & Safety: No campus could be safer! While firm and effective, Public Safety is very lenient with every Mawrter's idiosyncrasies. Public Safety is not the Big Brother on campus, it is the Big Bro-always looking out for Mawrters without intruding in our independence.

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Health & Safety: I can honestly say that I have never felt unsafe on Bryn Mawr's campus, even walking between dorms at 3 a.m. Public Safety is very vigilant and professional, but also very friendly. They are ready and willing to help whether it's transporting a drunk student to the Health Center or rescuing a bird from a laundry room.

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Health & Safety: I always feel safe on Bryn Mawr's campus. However, I have been disappointed with Public Safety's efforts to keep students safe once they step off campus. I have been stranded at Swarthmore because of snow with nowhere to stay and no way to get home. Public Safety did not seem too concerned with getting me home to Bryn Mawr.

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Health & Safety: There are very, very few major incidents here. Bryn Mawr is a very safe environment. I never felt threatened or frightened walking around campus at night, and most of the time, I felt my possessions were safe, even if I left them out in the dining hall or library.

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Health & Safety: The safety and security at Bryn Mawr are excellent. I enjoy fitness running, but as I generally have a very busy schedule during the day, the only time I can go for a jog is after dark. I have been doing this for two years and have never once felt even slightly unsafe.

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Health & Safety: Not only are we located where no danger is present, there is heightened security at all times, and Public Safety is always developing better ways and making more changes to keep us safe.

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Health & Safety: All the girls receive rape whistles at the beginning of the year, and I've only used it for lifeguarding.

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Health & Safety: This is an incredibly safe campus. The only reason I've had to go to Public Safety all year is that I keep losing my keys!

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Health & Safety: I feel absolutely safe on our campus. Let's face it: this is the richest area in Pennsylvania. There is not much crime. It is very safe here.

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Health & Safety: Security is adequate here. There are enough patrols and call-boxes.

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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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