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Bryn Mawr, PA
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$42,246
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Campus Housing: Our dorms are fabulous! Most of them are older buildings with window seats and fireplaces. Brecon is beautiful but isolated, and Erdman is the least popular dorm-its modern architecture feels very cold and, depending upon who you ask, dirty. I've lived in Pembrook, Rhoads, and Merion, and they are all lovely, as is Rock. Merion is the quietest. It is also more of a party dorm.

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Campus Housing: I love the dorms. Avoid Erdman, but worse still is Haffner, especially when you're a freshman. Brecon is pretty far out, but it's a nice dorm with a lot of great people. Rock is a nice dorm, but I find it overrated.

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Campus Housing: Four-year Breconite here! I like Brecon because it is removed from the main part of campus. It was nice to get away from school in the evening and go `home.' The rooms are a good size, except for those on fourth floor, which are tiny. Just be careful, because we lost our dining hall and it is a good hike to the nearest one in Rhodes. And if you're social, you'll probably prefer Rockefeller or Pembrook.

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Campus Housing: Rock, Rhoads, and Denbigh are the best. Except for Erdman and Brecon, they're all in the center of campus.

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Campus Housing: Erdman and Haffner, the two most modern buildings, are ugly. However, Erdman has a sort of mathematical beauty to it that grows on you after a while, and if you live in Haffner, you can have the pride of living in the only dorm in existence with what looks like half a brick quidditch field on its roof!

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Campus Housing: Since some of the dorms are older, there tend to be bugs. Overall, the dorms are clean. Some of the rooms Bryn Mawr tries to pass off as freshman quads, though, should really not house more than three people max.

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Campus Housing: Every dorm has a small band of students loyal to it, and they all have their own pros and cons. Even Erdman, the ugliest building on campus, has the biggest dining hall. Brecon, the farthest from campus, is a beautiful building with a great sense of community.

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Campus Housing: Denbigh is by far the worst dorm, but then again, even the worst dorm at Bryn Mawr is probably better than what is considered `the best' at most other campuses.

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Diversity: The campus does seem overwhelmingly middle- to upper-middle-class. You won't find a lot of people from the inner-city or deep country.

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Diversity: One area where diversity on campus has caused some friction is in class diversity. Bryn Mawr is an expensive school, and with financial aid being harder and harder to come by around the country, some conflicts have developed between the wealthier students on campus and those who are here because of scholarships, loans, and grants.

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Diversity: Our campus strives to have diversity, and I believe we are accomplishing it. There are lots of cultural and diverse groups and clubs on campus that any student can join, although they may not necessarily belong to that group racially or culturally.

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Diversity: BMC is socio-economically and internationally diverse. It is not uncommon to hear a handful of different languages spoken at breakfast. The Mawr is racially diverse, especially when compared to other schools in its category.

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Diversity: I would say Bryn Mawr is very diverse. We have students from all over, and it really enriches the classes and conversations. If you don't like lesbians, don't come here, or be ready to befriend or kiss one.

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Diversity: Campus does tend to be very liberal, which can lead to conservative students feeling left out. But students tend to be extremely open to other people's opinions once you actually sit down with them and discuss things.

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Diversity: You quickly learn that each individual here is unique and interesting, and that makes for diversity within the student body. Race and ethnicity seem ultimately not to factor into that judgment.

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Diversity: I would say that Bryn Mawr is moderately diverse. Although having more economic diversity would not be a bad thing.

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Diversity: There are a large number of international students on campus. I would say, for Bryn Mawr's size, it is pretty diverse, but it's still far from what it could be.

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Nightlife: One of the perks about BMC as a women's college is that you can go to a party at another school and come back to your dorm and usually not worry about guys messing up the bathroom or being loud.

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Nightlife: Parties are great here. I always had fun. They are usually pretty small, held by groups of friends. If you are not a lesbian, you probably want to head off campus to the Main Line bars, or some in Philly or Haverford. If you are, head to Woody's and Sister's in the city.

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Nightlife: BMC parties are rockin'. Students come from all of the nearby colleges, including Haverford, Swarthmore, Penn, and Temple. Also, check out Haverford's Lunt basement for musical entertainment. I recommend Brownie's and the Grog, and of course, anywhere in Philly for those over 21.

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Nightlife: Brownies is pretty fun, but they card pretty hard. Make friends with a Villanova student to find out the bars on the Main Line that are easy on IDs. Roache's almost never cards and can be fun when it fills up with lots of `Fords and other students. Often, though, Roache's is just filled with old men. I've heard the bartender is also pretty cute.

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Nightlife: There are basically no parties on campus. You must go to Villanova or Penn for parties. Don't bother going to Haverford. It's really no better. There is one awesome party a year at Radnor that everyone goes to.

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Nightlife: Parties on Bryn Mawr's campus are usually small and kind of dim. Parties at Haverford and Swarthmore are a little livelier, but if you are expecting throngs of people, kegs everywhere, loud music, and dancing, you have the wrong idea of the party scene. It is more quiet and controlled.

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Nightlife: If you're looking for a crazy party school, this isn't the one. I have no complaints about the parties, though. They are what you make of them. That goes for the entire Bryn Mawr social scene. If you're complaining about it, you're probably not trying very hard.

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Nightlife: Parties don't exist much on campus. The campus is safer and quieter because of this. Nearby schools with parties include Haverford, Nova, Swarthmore, St. Joe's, and Penn. Manayunk, as well as Philly itself, has pockets of bars and nightlife that are good. Any of the fun restaurants have great bars, particularly Alma de Cuba, Pasion, and Cuba Libre. Philly cards fairly strictly, but everyone knows the few places that don't. Avoid Main Line bars if of age, as they are a haven for underage college locals.

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Kaitlin Menza
Hometown
New Brunswick, NJ
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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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