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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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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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Health & Safety: The campus is well lit at night.

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Drug Safety: There is none that I perceive. There is likely some recreational pot use, as there is at any university in the world. There is somewhat of a stronger drug culture at Swarthmore.

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Drug Safety: A lot of people smoke cigarettes and/or drink moderately. The only other drug I've seen is marijuana, but it's not too prevalent. On the other side, there are lots of people who rarely or never take any drugs, so you can stay away from drugs without feeling left out.

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Drug Safety: There wasn't much to notice until my last year or so, when people's `extracurricular activities' started drifting out into the halls. But there really isn't much of a scene.

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Drug Safety: There is not a huge drug scene on campus, and there is definitely no pressure to do drugs.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene really centers on Radnor and is mostly pot. Around exam time, people seem to take a lot of those ADD pills to make themselves concentrate and do work-mostly seniors writing their theses, I think.

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Facilities: The facilities are gorgeous on campus, and hours are pretty amazing for the gym and all that. Also, as a dancer, I enjoy being able to use the dance space without too much of a hassle.

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Facilities: Mawrters are spoiled with a gorgeous campus: Gothic castle-like architecture, pink weeping cherry trees, dogwoods, Japanese elms, and gargoyles all make students feel like princesses in one of Aesop's fables. The buildings are beautiful and old, but typically nice inside and out.

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Facilities: The gym is old and needs to be modernized. The buildings here are nothing compared to the wonderful facilities at the other seven sisters, but they're good enough!

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Facilities: The gym gets very crowded at times and could stand to have more cardio equipment.

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Facilities: The student center isn't the most happening place at all times, but it's nice to relax, study, or meet friends there if you want. It can also be a lot of fun when activities are planned.

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Facilities: The dance studio is beautiful, and Thomas Great Hall is a wonderful place to see a speaker or a concert.

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Facilities: The gym's great, though it's inconveniently far from the center of campus.

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Facilities: The Campus Center is small but functional. It's a nice place to take a break from studying or to hold a meeting.

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Facilities: There is a good café in the student center and a great bookstore.

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Campus Dining: I really like the food. Sure, it might be repetitive and limited, but it's of good quality. I was talking to Steve, one of the managers earlier this summer, and he said we might have kangaroo. Cool.

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Campus Dining: The food is excellent. It's on a six week rotation. You do not eat the same foods that often. It is highly, highly vegan and vegetarian friendly. There isn't really anywhere else to eat but the dining halls.

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Campus Dining: I thought the food was really good at the beginning of the year, but toward the end, I started to get tired of it.

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Campus Dining: I love the dining hall food so much that I miss it when I go home. I prefer Erdman, where I work. The options are always plentiful, and BMCDS does a wonderful job of mixing up the menus every once in a while with theme dinners. Hours are good, and it seems like there is always a dining hall open between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Campus Dining: I think Rhoads has the tastiest food but the least amount of choices. If you want lots of choices, go eat at Erdman.

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Campus Dining: The food is really pretty good. The dining hall staff is friendly, creative, and accommodating. We have special Dining Services events, like the International Dining Series and Midnight Breakfast during finals. Some are wonderful and some aren't. I still have dreams about the luau-themed dinner my freshman year, but I could have lived a complete life without Cambodian night. Either way, it keeps things interesting.

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Campus Dining: Bryn Mawr College Dining Services is one of the best departments on campus. They know what is going on with students and what students want. The staff is incredibly accommodating. If there is something that you would like to see in a dining hall, all you have to do is write a `napkin note' and post it in one of the dining halls. Within a few days, one of the managers will have answered it and most likely fulfilled your request. The food is actually incredibly varied and good.

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Campus Dining: The Dining Service staff members really put a lot of effort into their job and are open to student input. Special themed dinners are very good. The café is good for snacks, and if you drink coffee, the Lusty Cup is excellent.

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Campus Dining: The sesame tofu soup and chicken fingers are to die for. I would choose Bryn Mawr just for the food.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is, especially for cafeteria food, amazing. It helps that we have three dining halls, so no one kitchen is cooking for more than about 500 people at a time. It does tend to get a bit erratic towards the end of the semester, and you end up with insanely good lasagna and tuna steaks that bounce when you drop them at the same meal.

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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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