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

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Quirky and Amazing – Bryn Mawr women are intelligent and outspoken, and a lot of them are gorgeous. I also know a lot of nerds, punks, metal kids, etc. We're very accepting of oddities and general nerdy awesomeness. There are definitely more normal kids too if you're into that... I think there's a pretty good mix of people who party hard and people who think a crazy night is watching 7 episodes of Dr. Who on a Saturday night, so whatever you're into, it's probably here. Haverford boys, I'm going to be honest. They're kind of divided into guys who are really nerdy and guys who are just the liberal arts variety of dumb jocks.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Busy but Amazing – The Bryn Mawr workload is pretty heavy. However, the professors are generally really sweet and willing to work with you, the classes are interesting and I really feel like I'm being taught by the best. So basically it's worth the occasional late night. We also have self scheduled final exams which are amazing! The campus is gorgeous so you can always find a great place to study. Also since we have the tri-college consortium with Haverford and Swat we get more options for classes. And if you still can't find the class you want, you can cross register at UPenn, and they have any class you could ever want to take. Seriously, their course guide is like War and Peace.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Best of Small Town and Big City – The town of Bryn Mawr is adorable and quite small but between it and the surrounding suburbs you can find anything you need. The immediate environment is beautiful -- tree lined streets with beautiful houses and several colleges right next door. However, I'm a city kid through and through, so one of my favorite things about Bryn Mawr's location is its proximity to Philadelphia. It's a 20 minute train ride there which is super convenient, and Philly literally has everything. Visit South Street if you get the chance! It's where all the cool shops are. The only drawback is that it costs about $10 round trip, so if you're poor it can limit how often you get downtown. But then again if you want to stick close to home, between Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore there are always things happening that you can get to for free. It also feels very safe. I walk all over Bryn Mawr at whatever time of night alone and don't feel unsafe, which is nice. Also go to Milkboy! It's the local coffee shop. It's a great place to study only a five minute walk from campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The College provides three free means of transportation: the Blue Bus (to and from Haverford), the Swarthmore van (to and from Swarthmore), and the Lantern Van (operates on-campus at certain hours on call when a student feels unsafe. Do not abuse the Lantern Van.) There is one very central stop for the Blue Bus and Swat van, and they usually show up and arrive at the destination right on time (or early) unless there is a problem with traffic, weather, or mechanics. The schedules are all available online. There is also a train station super close to campus that goes into Philly, and also to good shopping areas like Ardmore and Wynnewood. It's expensive, but there's another station that's a bit of a farther walk that goes to the same places for much cheaper. Since Bryn Mawr is so small there isn't much of a need for transportation otherwise, but they have everything covered pretty nicely.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Linguistics and Languages Major – The gist of the major is an intense education in Linguistics applied through proficiency in at least two foreign languages. There is an honors major as well, which I might opt into, involving linguists who are native speakers of the languages coming and orally questioning your thesis. The linguistics department is going through an overhaul. Right now the entire department is at Swarthmore, which means a lot of traveling but it isn't too bad -- but they're expanding it to be a Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore) department to take away some of the bureaucracy. The department is great otherwise. I love all the professors I've had so far. They are truly experts at what they do, having made wonderful discoveries and accomplishments in the field. They are quite well connected and have been published in the biggest Linguistics journals, but have been extremely amiable and approachable. I have found the workload quite rigorous but manageable. Of course I'm partial to the subject matter, but it really is applicable to almost anything else one might want to major in, making a double major or minor a real possibility. My only complaint has to do with the job market; clearly, linguistics doesn't guarantee as much security as STEM, business or econ, but that's more an issue of personal choice and preference than one involving the school's standards.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Overlooked and Underfunded – While the athletic facilities have received more money in recent years, they still aren't really what they should be. We don't have our own cross country course or track (indoor or outdoor) and we don't have indoor tennis courts, which hinders those sports. Our fan support is minimal at best, we are a joke in our conference, and even some of the athletes don't take it seriously. We also have very little support or understanding from the administration. As a serious swimmer, this frustrates me, but I see things going in a positive direction.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: With two dining halls and two cafes, there's definitely a good amount of variety. There's a wide variety of meal plans, but you can only use your points on campus. Overall, the food is fantastic and I never get sick of it.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Barely There – Sometimes there's a hopping party at Bryn Mawr, maybe 3x a year, but it's not that great. Public Safety makes sure the servers don't give anyone more than 4 drinks at the party, and keep the number of people in the building at capacity. It's for our own safety but it's still not fun.
There are some parties at Haverford and Swarthmore that you can go to via the Blue Bus, but they're generally small. Your best bet is to go into the city to find a party at Upenn or another Philly college. That's what most underage students do if they want to leave tri-co, but you have to take the train if you don't have a place to stay over night and the last train is around 2am.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Very Hard, but Supportive – The academics here are very rigorous and it's easy to fall behind, but your professors always know your name and will reach out to you if you're struggling. Some professors are really strict though.
Registration is easy, but do it fast or you might not get the classes you want.
The 360 and Praxis programs are really great, but very in-depth and take a lot of work. This school is not for slackers!

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Fantastic Computer System. Free Printing! There are computers in the libraries, campus center, and the Lusty Cup free to use, and they're very fast and reliable. Computer problems are quickly fixed, and the secure network is very fast. Our guest network is of average speed, but no one uses it.
The help desk will help you with networking problems.
We also have 1,200 free printing pages. after that, each page is 5 cents to print which isn't bad and most people don't use up their allotted 1200 pages anyway. You can print from the library computers or use the library printers from your own computer, which is great.
Everything is wireless, so there are no ethernet cords.

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College Sophomore

Majors: Internship or None? Probably None. I have not had an internship and do not plan to at this time.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All Is Well – Bryn Mawr is definitely not the party school; not during the weekdays that is. On the weekend, everyone seems to come out of their shell and that is when you really feel like you're in a college community. Otherwise, for the most part it feels as if you live on a block with a lot of quiet neighbors who are focused on getting their degree; that's the way it should be.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Much for Mawrters – Bryn Mawr is a small community where everyone is likely to know everyone. In fact, we are one big college community; down the road is Harcum College, Rosemont College, Haverford College, Cabrini College, and Villanova University. If you've been to Bryn Mawr, you've probably been to Hope's Cookies or Starbucks just two minutes away!!!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Still Figuring That Out – still undecided, but the faculty, students and the community have been super helpful in helping.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Unexpectedly Amazing – I thought Bryn Mawr was going to another college, but as I came here, i found an amazing community that i would never think about leave. the atmosphere and the acceptance among the students is something i never saw on any other campus. it takes a strong person to come here and be known for their thoughts and opinions on events, rather than how they look or who they know.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Lots of Options – You can major at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swathmore. There are many choices in majors and they mostly well respected programs. I can't think of any major with a bed rep.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drink Responsibly – At Bryn Mawr, as long as you drink responsibly and take care of yourself and each other, the administration doesn't really care what you do. The emphasis is on staying safe and to not cause any problems. There is a drug scene on campus but it's mostly limited to pot and it's not as popular as drinking.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Studious but Tight Community – BMC is -not- a party school. Social life tends to revolve around classwork, but all the students and teachers are extremely helpful and supportive. There is very little estrangement, and a general agreement that people will be people, and everyone is worthy of respect.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diverse Community – Acceptance is the policy at BMC--there are religious clubs, LBGT ones, and ethnic clubs. You'll tend to have a mixture of various cultures in the classroom.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining Halls Are Fantastic – The dining halls are all surprisingly good. While they do have a rotating menu, so things will get repeated, the quality and taste is superb.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Generally a Smooth Process – As long as things are turned in on time, it's a simple process. They are also flexible if you need a little extra time, etc.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great Atmosphere – 20 minutes from Philly. There are plenty of restaurants and small shops to browse through in Bryn Mawr town, as well as easy access to Haverford and the larger chain stores there.

Overall, great atmosphere. Very safe.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Four Seasons – Although it gets cold in the winter, it doesn't snow very often which means you can still get to class. Also all the buildings are really close together so it means moving around campus isn't that awful in the winter. In the summer it can get extremely humid, but there is usually a light breeze and the campus is gorgeous.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Lots of Variety – There is a SEPTA train station that is literally a block off campus, which is super convient. The Blue Bus which runs between Bryn Mawr and Haverford runs fairly frequently and is usually on time. The bus or van that goes to Swathmore runs a lot less often though. SEPTA isn't very expensive if you don't use it very often, but it would add up over time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Yummy Food – There are two dining halls on campus and the food is stellar. There is a lot of variety of food available even though the student population is small. Only problem is that the dining halls close kind of early in the evening on the weekends.


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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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