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

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I find the deans to be very nitpicky about a lot of things and so is campus safety. They take marijuana use very seriously

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Combining the two categories, health and safety are great. Separating the categories, Safety is beyond excellent and health is bad. Public Safety cars always patrol the areas in and around campus, especially at night. There is a van service run by Public Safety, operated by students, that takes people in and around campus at night if people do not feel safe. Public Safety responses are quick and efficient, and there is always a level of privacy established. They are not judgmental, and will help with anything from unlocking your door if you lost your key to reporting a crime.
Health services are typically a hit or miss, and it depends on the visit reason. The staff is either super nice or extremely grouchy, and time management skills are lacking. There is always a confidentiality with each visit, but visits can last hours and you may have to come back multiple times.

3 College Senior

Majors: The English department at my school is varied in terms of professors. There is an intense focus on gender inequality and feminist theory which can sometimes feel uncomfortable if you aren't a lesbian. In fact, a lot of school can feel uncomfortable if you aren't a lesbian.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Bryn Mawr is an ALL-WOMEN's college, so there are no guys, at all. We have a relationship with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, so we see guys from there. Generally, Bryn Mawr students are not dying to be in a relationship. However, since there is a strong LGBTQIA community, dating other women can sometimes be more common than dating guys.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Since Bryn Mawr is an old institution, there are very few classrooms with computers, if any. However, there are multiple computer labs on campus, in different locations for convenience, and they are all equipped with standard Word programs and a few other specialty ones. Some labs only have Macs, and these labs were specifically designed to work with media. If your computer dies, the library has a 4-day loan system, which many students take advantage of. During finals, the labs are pretty packed, but it is also nice to have your own computer so you can go anywhere to work, especially if you need quiet.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The gym is brand new, and the facilities are gorgeous, so it makes working out a little more fun. There are a variety of gym classes to fulfill the requirement, from archery to personal finance, so being healthy is a little easier. The libraries are filled with private study areas, but also areas for groups to work together without being shushed. The Campus Center has its own cafe, so if you get bored of dining hall food, or you want a late night snack, this is a great place! It is also large and group friendly for work collaborations or to just hang out. There are not too many events on campus, but there is a concert series with great musicians, plays put on by students, dance showcases, and culture shows. There is plenty of green area to lay out a blanket and study outside, or to take a nap; there are also hammocks to relax in. Traditions are the best! Four times a year, the school comes together and does tasks (taking time from a few hours to a whole week) and in the end, we all come together to celebrate our multi-grade friendships.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Traditions are the most fun parts of Bryn Mawr. Four times a year, the entire school comes together and takes part in super exciting and awesome tasks, lasting from an hour to a whole week, and in the end, we all celebrate our community's closeness and friendship! We also have a tri-consortium with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, which means that you can take classes on up to 3 college campuses! We also have 360 programs, which center around an idea (like disaster relief in Japan, for instance), and then you take classes in different subjects to analyze the topic from multiple perspectives. Then, you travel to an area related to the topic for real-life experiences. There is also no greek life, which is great because there is absolutely no competition nor cattiness to worry about.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bryn Mawr is in a charming town with lots of stone buildings. It is in a rich town, so the stores are on the more expensive side, but many of the stores cater to college students since Haverford, Harcum, and Villanova are in the vicinity. The town is very safe, but if there is any insecurity, Public Safety at Bryn Mawr will come and pick you up, no questions asked. There is not a lot to do in Bryn Mawr itself, but there is lots in the surrounding towns, easily accessible by train.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Overall, the strictness level depends on the topic. The honor code is one of the most strictly upheld institutions at Bryn Mawr, since professors put so much trust into their students. Bryn Mawr is not a party community at all, but the Public Safety officers are always on top of any illegal activity, on the rare occasions it happens. Dorm visitation is up to the floor, but overall, people are generally accepting. Many like a heads up if a male is coming to avoid surprises or awkwardness.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus! Each hall and overall dorm is pretty close, and we love to spend time with each other. Each dorm has its own character and different student personality, so there is a perfect fit for everyone! There is also off-campus housing, which is nice, and allows people to be on their own, but still connected to the school.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: they overdose us in drug and alcohol safety stuff

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: it'd been rough so far, getting better

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a pretty good package I think.

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College Freshman

Academics: I haven't declared yet, so i'm not sure

3 College Freshman

Weather: I'm not prepared for the snow, otherwise its okay

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: We definitely have the best gym/athletic facilities! It would be great if we had a track though....

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness revolves around the honor code, everyone needs to trust everyone else.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Students don't usually go out, but if they do there are great choices in the area.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Bryn Mawr is an adorable little town, very beautiful and friendly.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics center was recently renovated, so it is very nice.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Even though the buildings are old, students here live like queens.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities make sure students live in the most comfort possible.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Safety and the Health center are very present on campus and open to everyone.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather so far is very nice, the campus is beautiful in the Fall.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is not any Greek life in this school. The school in itself is a sisterhood.

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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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