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Bryn Mawr, PA
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1,309
Tuition
$42,246
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The studies are very rigorous and challenging. The teachers are always encouraging you to come to them for help. They are just excited about your education as you are. The campus has hundreds of nooks to hide away in to study. Since the studies are so hard, everyone is always studying so the stress doesn't seem as intense because everyone has such a huge work load.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There isn't a big party scene here at Bryn Mawr, which is great-- hear me out. If someone wants to go have fun, we are part of a tri-co system with Haverford College and Swarthmore College, as well as a short SEPTA ride away from UPenn, Drexel, Temple, Villanova and much more. Parties are very accessible--but if someone wants to get some work done and sleep, it's possible to do that here, and that is a lot more than I can say for most college dorms.
The Academics are top notch. My favorite part is that the professors are very accessible and are always waiting to help you out.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We have a great community of students. Everyone gets along, and I have yet to witness "girl drama". The campus is beautiful and ALWAYS clean. We have cherry blossom trees that all boom in the Spring, and it is absolutely heavenly. In May, all of us gather in white dresses to picnic under the cherry blossom trees.
We have a very strong traditions, 5 each year, that helps us bond with classmates as well as students of other classes. All 5 require cross-class activities and everyone gets really into it. It's a great community.
During the weekdays, however, it is academically intense and there isn't much life on campus. A-!

2 College Senior

Nightlife: The school is in a small residential neighborhood so clubs/bars locally apart from a couple pubs. On campus there are some small parties and 2-3 large parties a year, but it is also pretty easy to go to haverford, swarthmore, and to some extent UPenn for parties by bus (Free: Haverford and Swat) or by train (~$5 to UPenn). It also is about a $5 cab fare to Villanova.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good on-Campus – The school is small so we only have 2 dining halls and a cafe on campus, but they do a really good job constantly providing a variety of good food. There are special dinners through out the year which are amazing and take out is available on weekdays. The local town is also pretty small, so there are not many vendors, and no money in the meal plans to spend in that regard, but they are relatively cheap and you can get a meal plan (as an upperclassmen) with money to spend at the on-campus cafe and coffee shops.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Every Dorm Is Unique – There are no specifically freshman or upperclassman dorms. Every dorm has a mix of every class which ends up fostering a very tight community campus wide. Since over 95% of the student body lives on campus everyone has to mingle regardless of class year.
Apart from this though, each dorm attracts different types of people due to their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, Brecon has it's own parking lot, some of the nicest facilities and the largest rooms on campus, but it is out of the way and a good walk from food, classes, transportation, and social centers. Pembroke and Rockefeller on the other hand are at the very center of campus, with easy access to everything, which lends itself to more parties and socialization, but the rooms are smaller, with more multiple occupancy, and are prone to more wear and tear, with drafts in the winter and older facilities.
There are about 11 different dorms on campus and all have their own ups and downs, but the housing process (although a little chaotic) almost always has students end up in a dorm they are comfortable in.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Explore the City – Don't hibernate, there are a ton of great restaurants in Philly and locally too.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I love that there are seasons here, and the campus highlights/makes the most of them all.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Always Things to Do – There is always something to do, should you want to.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Don't Believe the B.S. So much trashing going on; there are plenty of hot girls and guys around if your not a hermit.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I can go out any night of the week I want; best of both worlds at Bryn Mawr. Quiet, safe campus with the ability to avoid parties and study when needed, yet large parties several times a semester, and the ability to go out any night of the week by heading to one of the other Tri-Co schools, Penn, the local neighborhood, or the city clubs/restaurants.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Can Create Independent Major – There are a lot of excellent options, you can even major through Haverford or create an Independent Major.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People Drink More Than Do Drugs – All depends on who you hang out with, just like any other school.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Met My Needs – The process was more cumbersome than some of the schools I applied to, but Bryn Mawr met all of my financial aid needs. I would have paid significantly more money even if I had gone to a state school with the grant that they gave me.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is smart... they strictly enforce the rules, and provide training to students for conducting social functions; yet they allow the students to have fun; they are more concerned with students health and such than "catching" people. Security is very helpful too.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Tri-Co, Quaker Consortium, and Hogwarts Campus – Stunning campus, intense engaging courses with professors who are supportive, amazing dorms, and great food... also, access to city and classes/social functions at Penn, Haverford & Swarthmore.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Blue Bus & Train – There are buses that take you to Tri-Co campuses routinely, and the train to the city is right up the street. I have never had an issue getting anywhere I needed or wanted to go. You can also use a Zip Car.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Bryn Mawr allows you to create an Independent Major, as well as major through Haverford if you want to; there are a lot of options, as well as flexibility to meet your needs.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – Great security, safe location, students who take care of each other.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Like Castles – Compared to the dorm rooms of my friends, at other Universities, our dorms are like Castles. Each has its ups and downs, but I wouldn't have issues living in any one of them. Read about the dorms, and select the one that you feel matches you, and meets your needs best. Wherever you end up, you won't be unhappy... at least not because of your dorm room.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a lot of work at Bryn Mawr, but the classes are smaller, the Professors are more involved/supportive. The courses are interesting and with the Tri-Co and the Quaker Consortium, there are a lot of options.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Supportive Faculty – Bryn Mawr Professors are a unique breed; they are always available to their students, and are willing to go the extra mile for you. On the flip side, a lot will be expected of you in return. There is no grade inflation here; you get the grade you earn.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I am tired of people having assumptions about Bryn Mawr because of a few loud and in your face people. The reality is that Bryn Mawr is a mix of people and types. There are tons of hot girls, who also happen to be smart; there are also a butt load of hot guys around, if your not lazy and the type to hide in your room. Between Penn, Haverford, and Swath, not to mention all of the other local colleges, there are plenty of options. Life is what you put into it/make of it, Bryn Mawr is no different.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: You have to work hard at Bryn Mawr, but you learn a lot and the courses are always engaging. Professors are always available to meet with you, and there is tutoring available on campus should you need it.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Lots of Options! I love the parties we have at Bryn Mawr! They are usually small, with a couple of girls in a dorm room, but they are always tons of fun. If you are into bigger frat parties, Swarthmore and Penn are easy to get to.

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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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