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Location
Bryn Mawr, PA
Undergrads
1,309
Tuition
$42,246
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Bryn Mawr is probably one of the most diverse college around. International students made up of about 25% of the student population.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school boasts a great amount of diversity in the student body, yet the faculty is not as diverse; this has been addressed recently though and the school is looking for more diverse professors to bring to Bryn Mawr.

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.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: People on campus come from very different backgrounds. This school is one of the most diverse schools in the United States.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are woman from all over the globe, from all different backgrounds.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kaitlin Menza
Hometown
New Brunswick, NJ
Major
Sociology
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A look at Bryn Mawr's diversity statistics reveals a glaring lack of diversity. However, the number of international students seems to make up for this, and many students, although they have a faint realization that diversity could be increased, perceive Bryn Mawr as a diverse campus. They tout students' diverse interests and the plethora of cultural differences that blend and enhance the campus community. Most students are from middle-class, New England backgrounds. International students come from 63 countries, and many are active in cultural clubs and activities, which form support systems for their members and an education mechanism for the rest of campus. American minority students often form close bonds, but few are cliquish, especially by senior year.

One area where the lack of diversity is apparent is in the realm of political beliefs. Students here who are politically active are overwhelmingly liberal, and students who are not tend to remain silent. Conflicts and alienation are more likely to occur due to differences in economic backgrounds than racial or ethnic differences.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
13%
Hispanic
5%
International
15%
Native American
0%
White
37%
Unknown
17%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
84%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 40%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 10%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
54%
Male Faculty
46%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 66%
Unknown: 13%
Gay Pride
You will not find a place more gay-friendly than Bryn Mawr College. The Drag Ball at Haverford is very popular, and Bryn Mawr students recently resurrected the Rainbow Alliance on campus.
Political Activity
Popular causes range from abortion rights and same-sex marriage to an ongoing war between the Students for Justice in Palestine and the Isreali Coalition. Each year the Tri-College Consortium hosts an International Justice Week which gets many students involved in political issues.
Economic Status
It varies, but the majority of students are middle- to upper- class.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs include Asian Students' Association, Bryn Mawr College African and Caribbean Students' Organization, Mixed Company, Mujeres, Sisterhood, South Asian Women, and Zami.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 39% Liberal
  • 17% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 47% Liberal
  • 53% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 5% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 95% Very accepting.
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