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Bryn Mawr, PA
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$42,246
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Guys & Girls: There is literally every type of person on campus, from the hippie liberal to the upper east side pedigree princess, and everyone in between. No one is exclusionary, though, which is very rare when there is such a wide breadth of people. Everyone is very open to conversation, and even the most stalwartly shy girl will lighten up if you engage her on her favorite subject. Everyone on campus shares an extremely strong drive and very high level of intellect, which shows through in their personality, making everyone a bit intense. It is this intensity and intelligence which connects everyone.

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Guys & Girls: It's all girls. There are bound to be a few hot ones.

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Guys & Girls: I wouldn't go to BMC to find girls that are just hot.

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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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Local Atmosphere: Bryn Mawr is a fairly boring suburb. I spend most of my time on campus or at Haverford. I like the Point, a local coffee shop and music venue.

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Local Atmosphere: Bryn Mawr is an upscale suburban town that is able to balance the demands of soccer moms and liberal Mawrters.

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Local Atmosphere: Bryn Mawr, as a town, is pretty soulless.

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Local Atmosphere: I love Bryn Mawr. Though a mecca for Landrovers and Tiffany necklaces, the mansions and crowded parking lots are part of the charm. There are a plethora of restaurants and coffee shops along with bookstores and bars.

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Local Atmosphere: The town itself is extremely small and fairly boring, with many things closing early at night. A few bars and a coffee shop/music venue are the only things in town. Visit nearby diversions, such as the Barnes Collection, Manayunk, the Point coffee shop/music spot, and Superfresh grocery in Ardmore.

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Local Atmosphere: What I like is that there are a bunch of other colleges in the area, so it's pretty easy to meet and socialize with other students. Haverford and Villanova are each five minutes away, Swarthmore is about 20 minutes away, and Penn is just a short train ride into the city. If I didn't have these schools nearby, as much as I love Bryn Mawr, I think I'd die.

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Local Atmosphere: Haverford, Swarthmore, and Penn all have partnerships with Bryn Mawr, which gives us more options, as far as courses go, than you'd expect from a college the size of Bryn Mawr. They also have guys, which is kind of nice. Technically, we can also take classes at Villanova, and vice versa, but nobody does.

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Local Atmosphere: Stay away from: Nova frat parties, Bryn Mawr stores that post 9 p.m. closing times, Acme supermarket, the local Blockbuster which loses movies after you return them and charges you for them, the Nova apartment complex on the corner by the train, and Main Line moms in giant SUVs who try to run you over.

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Local Atmosphere: The Bi-Co and Tri-Co partnerships with Bryn Mawr work out very well in an academic sense-libraries, research, classes, resources, activities-but socially, we don't get along like we could.

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Local Atmosphere: You really have to get to know Philly before you can enjoy it. But once you do, it is a wonderful and versatile metropolis. Many cultural attractions are accessible to students, including the Fringe Festival, International Film Festival, Women's Festival, and much more.

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Kaitlin Menza
Hometown
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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