Bryn Mawr, PA
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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: My department, History of Art, is one of the strongest programs in the school, and it has a reputation in the work field. I am confident that people will respect my degree, but it is not exactly what I want to do. I would rather have communications or marketing or public relations instead, but Bryn Mawr's major options are very limited. There are no business majors of any kind, so it may be hard to market myself for a job in the future, without another graduate school degree.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a ton of international students in the student body. Each class has at least a third from another country of origin, which is great because it allows everyone else to see a glimpse of another culture from people who really know about that country. It also allows the international students to find similar people and to deal with the shell shock of American culture.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I am biased because I have food allergies, but generally, people consider the food to be okay. Many say that it it way better that other colleges, but when you eat the same things over a long period of time, the redundancy can equate to not being as good.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are spots to park on campus, but they are usually filled up quickly. However, it is totally not necessary to have a car on campus, since everything you need is easily accessible.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's the best, in terms of how there is absolutely no drug usage. Seriously! One list shows that the only school that has less partying than we do is Brigham Young University.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather between this year and last year has been dramatically different, and it is also very different from season to season. It is important to have good rain gear if you want to go to Bryn Mawr because it either storms or it does not rain at all. Snow varies, but it can come at unexpected times. For instance, it snowed on the first day of Spring Break in 2013! This year, the spring and fall have been pretty mild in terms of temperature, but the winter seems to be coming in harshly, and the summer was brutally hot. The spring and fall are beautiful, but winter can be rough at times. I think it embodies the typical northeastern seasonal change in areas far from water. I am from New York so I am used to this weather, but for others who live in more stable climates, it can be a shock. No one likes the humidity.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many local food spots on the main line, but students tend to fall in love with a few places and go there mostly. Bryn Mawr is an expensive town, so the menu prices depend on what kind of restaurant you want to go to. Many support student discounts since most of their clientele are college students from either Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Villanova. Many restaurants are also family owned, so the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. If you have a car or feel like taking a train, there are more options available. There are also a ton of places that support delivery to Bryn Mawr, so that keeps options open as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Mawrters love to go out and support our athletes because chances are you have a friend on a sports team. The games are also something to do when you have a lot of stress or you are bored. We are not a school that holds many sporting records, but nevertheless, people still want our athletes to do well, so we support them in whatever way we can.

3 College Senior

Weather: The dorms do not have A/C, and they get SO hot and SO humid during the summer. (At one point my dorm was 90 degrees).

It also rains a whole bunch and snows heavily. Luckily, it's such a small campus that it isn't all that bad. However, if you have to walk into town it can be a real bitch.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Bryn Mawr is a very quiet and beautiful town, but unlike a normal college town, everything is pretty much closed after 8pm. It is definitely inconvenient if you get sick or if you can't sleep and want to walk into town for a coffee. I think Starbucks stays open until ten or eleven sometimes but that is really all that will be open, aside from the gas station. It is generally a family oriented town with random Villanova students living in some of the apartments (but they all have cars). There are many fancy private elementary, middle and high schools around and the homes around campus are massive and gorgeous. It is the ideal suburb if you are 45 and a stay at home Mom with a BMW and 2 kids who play soccer. However, as a 20 year old, it can really suck to feel like the only person alive walking around at night.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I come from a small, white-dominated, wealthy town in the second richest county in the country. I absolutely hate my hometown because of its narrow-mindedness and lack of diversity. Bryn Mawr is the complete opposite. I love the diversity of students and the kind of people that go there. I genuinely love returning to school because even though it is challenging, I love everything about my school. I have friendships that I know will last beyond college, I have support systems from both students and faculty, I have fun with different events and clubs, and I thrive as a result. There is a specific type of person who goes to Bryn Mawr, and because of this unifying personality factor, everyone (genuinely) is friends with each other, and makes a school a home. This definitely sounds idealistic and possibly exaggerated, but until you step onto campus and discover what Bryn Mawr is really about, you have no idea just how wonderful this place is. I absolutely LOVE Bryn Mawr, and I am beyond supercalifragilisticexpialidocious that I go there.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Freshman are required to take an online alcohol course before moving in. Campus Safety will definitely notify your dean if you are caught smoking or super drunk while underage.

A lot of people at Bryn Mawr really don't party, even at Senior Cocktails there is an entire table of non-alcoholic drinks.

4 College Senior

Athletics: there are quite a few athletes at Bryn Mawr and the facilities are so nice -- they were renovated a couple years back.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Bryn Mawr is extremely generous with their financial aid. Money was the number one factor in determining where I would attend college, and Bryn Mawr covers 80% of my tuition and housing costs, which is a life saver. If you apply for financial aid, you will most likely get what you need, if not more. They are also flexible and can help you find scholarships or jobs to help cover costs.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: The blue bus takes us between Bryn Mawr and haverford and runs pretty well. The van to Swat, however, is limited. If you miss a van to Swat, you might be waiting for a very long time. SEPTA is also notorious and s****y sometimes, but it gets the job done when it's on time! 25 mins and you're in philly from the bryn mawr train station. Cabs are so expensive and many get angry if you want to pay with a credit card (NOT at all like NYC cabs)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students who live off campus really wanted to have that experience. Bryn Mawr has relationships with a few buildings around campus, so it is easy to get off campus housing, if you are a senior. There is limited availability, however. If you are lucky enough to get an apartment, the facilities are nice and you can cook your own food. If you want to live off campus as a sophomore or junior, it is more difficult to find a place, since Bryn Mawr is not as involved. There are a bunch of apartment buildings around campus next to the train station, so the location is ideal, but unless you live with others, it is expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a great Indian take out place. Dominos and Campus Corner also deliver extra late.

3 College Senior

Parking: I don't have a car, sometimes I really wish I did (Bryn Mawr is not really a pedestrian friendly place at all, everyone drives!) but a friend does. It is often hard to find a parking spot and you can't depend on a spot you've had before to be dependable. However, the permit cost is $100 so that's not too bad :-)

College Senior

Scholarships: I did not apply for scholarships, but I know that Bryn Mawr is especially careful to create a diverse community. It also has Posse on campus, which allows for lower-income people to come to such an expensive school.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: Bryn Mawr's 'parties' really do consist of just hanging out in the dorm. The school doesn't really emphasize 'partying' as an acceptable destressing activity, so they encourage us to watch screened Disney films in one of the buildings or take us to King of Prussia mall on the weekends. However, this doesn't distress many students because this is what they want to partake in anyhow. Must go off campus to party.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have not declared my major yet, so I do not know the specifics; however, from speaking with upperclassmen friends, many choose their major based on the people in the department, over the subject matter. Departments are typically close-knit, with students and professors being very open and personal. Often times, major advisors and students hold a tight bond that lasts beyond college. Each department offers different perks, but overall, students really fall in love when they declare their major and learn from a specific department.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Bryn Mawr has many requirements, from general graduation requirements to department-specific ones, but they provide plenty of different classes to fulfill the requirements. I took a Magic in the Ancient World class to fulfill my cross-cultural requirement, and I had a blast. Often, people do not like history, so they take a class in another department to fulfill the requirement, but to enjoy the experience at the same time. Overall, people love their professors, and pick classes based on who instructs the course. The curriculum and workload ranges in difficulty, depending on the 100, 200, or 300 level scale, but it is always interesting and forces students to think from multiple perspectives. Lower level classes tend to have a lot of little assignments and readings, while higher level classes tend to have long essays that count for a higher percent of the grade. There are a bunch of visiting professors, so you are bound to find someone to bond with, or to get along with very well. Registration is done completely online, but your deans are always available to consult if you are having difficulty picking a schedule. The lottery process is a little annoying, as you may not get into a class you really want to take if it is overenrolled, so it is always good to have a backup plan.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are no technical guys admitted to Bryn Mawr, but quite a few students will graduate as Leonard after having been admitted as Lisa, if you know what I mean.

There are really nerdy and socially awkward people. You will hear so much talk about Doctor Who.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Only a select few apartments are lotteried out to students in the room draw and they are in high demand by upper classmen. The apartments are a good size and distance away from campus, however!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The lottery process can be very very stressful especially if you are a freshman. The dorms are very old but very gorgeous. Though because of their age, mice and bugs, slow internet and lack of A/C should be expected.


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Kaitlin Menza
New Brunswick, NJ
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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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