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Reviews 550 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Aren't Everything – While the students who participate in sports would rate their experiences favorably, Sports are not a big part of campus life at all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a chemistry major at Bryn Mawr College and I loved my education. The professors are wonderful because they take the time to get to know you. My largest classes have been about 30 students in Organic Chemistry. In all other upper level chemistry classes, I was in a class of about 8. In my graduating class, there were about 9 chemistry majors. Some went to industry and others like myself are interested in going to medical school.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Tons to do – There is a niche for everyone, and at least in my dorm, they all actually interact and get along very well. If you can't find something to do here, you probably wouldn't be as social as you think you would somewhere else. The school has a vast array of clubs and such for those who don't like to party. And, area is literally teaming with parties and nightclubs. There are dorms on campus that through parties, and there are always options at Haverford, Swarthmore, Penn, Drexel, Temple, Villanova, and St. Joes. There is literally not a night of the week that I couldn't be at a party if I wanted to be. Yet, it is not right in my face when I need to work either.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Something for Everyone – The gym and dance facilities are really good. The fields are great. There are quality teams for the schools size, and PE options available for everyone else to stay in shape.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Common Sense – I was surprised reading some of what has been written about Bryn Mawr. The transportation is great, and easy to use. All that is required is the ability to read a schedule! There are shuttles to and from Swarthmore and Haverford, and the train to the city is right up the street. I use all frequently and with ease. Shuttles are free, and I am reimbursed from the school for the cost of getting into city for my class at Penn.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Let's be real, Bryn Mawr athletics are TERRIBLE. A good portion of the teams haven't won a conference game in years (or at all). Some have only one 1 or 2 games per season or not at all. I don't even like letting people know my school has varsity sports teams. I have been to a few games and these girls wouldn't even make a JV high school team. I am pretty sure some didn't even play in high school. Please do not waste your time with this school if you are at all interested in sports and have played even a year of varsity in high school, you will be WAY to good for our teams. I know the athletes work hard and practice everyday, but if you aren't good enough/didn't play in high school why do you deserve to represent your college? No one attends games either, but why should we? Save some money Bryn Mawr, get rid of athletics.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Not. Good. It is actually painful to attend Bryn Mawr sports events, not only are they not well attended but the teams NEVER win. The athletic center however is GORGEOUS.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not as Impressed as I Would Have Liked – While Bryn Mawr is exceptionally diverse in regards to ethnic and racial diversity, BMC fails to maintain real socioeconomic diversity which is upsetting. It seems as if diversity here is only skin deep.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Love My School – I came to Bryn Mawr for the community and the academic excellence. My classroom experience has been great, my professors are obviously in love with their classes and their research. While not every class I've had has been absolutely amazing, not every subject or class works for every student. The workload is intense but definitely worth it.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: In general, transportation is okay. The blus bus to haverford is great, but after regular class hours, it gets a little tricky to work around the blus bus schedule. The R5 train is easy and a really short walk with is awesome. However, it can be a little inconsistent (it has a tendency to be late all the time) and is expensive. Even though thats true, I still use it all the time and I am really grateful that I have it. Plus, it runs to and from the airport, and the train fare is a lot cheeper there than a taxi is.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: For such a small campus, we have great facilities. The libraries are great, we have tons of books and the hours are decent. Bryn Mawr also has an amazing new gym. It is BEAUTIFUL and has tons of great equipment, as well as a lot of fun classes to sign up for. However, since it's a small campus, it is just going to lack what a big university can offer. For instance, I've found there isn't many places to study on campus beside the library and your own room. Sometimes I wish there was a cozy place I could go besides the noisy campus center and the library just to hang out and do some reading.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty much if you don't get to the point of having to go to the hospital you won't get in trouble.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great but Limited – The area around Bryn Mawr is a great little college town but there isn't a ton of options for food. There are a couple of ones that people go to many times a month like sushi land or Tiffin but the food on campus is great and most of the times when students go out to dinner they simply go into Philly.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything You Need – The facilities at Bryn Mawr are great. For a women's college the gym is oriented for women who want to go there and stay in shape and its a great place to work out. It's really beautiful and it was redone this last year. The campus center is in a great location and has the coffee shop, bookstore, mailboxes and plenty of space to hang out. Bryn Mawr has everything you need and the campus is the most beautiful I've ever seen.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Winter Season Is COLD – The spring and summer are wonderful, and Bryn Mawr looks incredible during the season changes- but in summer the dorms don't have AC and it gets HOT (luckily the summer season doesn't last too long) and in the winter, though the heaters in the dorms work wonderfully, it gets really, really cold outside, typically with lots of ice and snow that make walking to class really miserable. Flu season at Bryn Mawr can be really awful.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: In addition to the bryn mawr shuttle, there is Bryn Mawr security, who will also pick you up from wherever you are to get you back to your dorm. Going outside of campus, there are the Blue Buses- buses that take you to and from Swarthmore and Haverford colleges at intervals throughout the day and late night, every day of the week. To get farther than that, bryn mawr has it's own train station that goes to every city nearby and into downtown Philly, and is relatively cheap.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Think: Completely Secure! Around the Bryn Mawr area are a few other notable colleges, and everytime something unsafe happened to one of their students, we would all be notified via email, text, flyers to be wary when going there. Bryn Mawr's campus, however, was always safe. It didn't matter if I was walking across campus at 2 am, I always felt completely safe. Bryn Mawr also has a free shuttle system you can call any time to take to your dorm.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Bryn Mawr is amazing at providing scholarships for over half of the cost of attending Bryn Mawr (approx. 53, 000). Annual giving from alumni allows students to attend Bryn Mawr at a minimal cost. Education is unbelievably important and Bryn Mawr gives it students the monetary resources they need to attain their goals. Even at Bryn Mawr if you ever find it a problem to pay the minimum amount you are paying they offer solutions to your financial problems.

5 College Junior

Administration: The public safety officers are very nice, and make sure that we are safe, wherever we are. The school puts a huge amount of trust in our actions. They know that we are responsible young women and it shows when we are not overshadowed by stringent drinking rules, and other rules. Visitation policies are not strictly enforced because most students follow the rules anyway. The Honor Code adds onto the part of Bryn Mawr community that makes it such a great place to be.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Bryn Mawr Athletics are great! Very well equipped field contributes to the enjoyment of games, as well as other school's visiting our field to play.

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2 College Senior

Party Scene: Know What You're Getting Into – Most night-time events at Bryn Mawr involve dry parties, movie nights, roller rinks or art parties. The Bryn Mawr Concert Series brings underground groups to campus every few weeks, and those parties are pretty large but are mostly attended by Mawrters. The organization is working to garner outside interest.

I spend Friday and Saturday nights at Haverford with the friends I've made there. Bryn Mawr students who are into hard parties generally head over to Villanova or into Philly.

There are a bunch of dive bars in town that are fun if your expectations are low. If you're into dancing with your girlfriends by the jukebox, or into hosting your own party in the dorm, Bryn Mawr is a fine place for that kind of thing.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Beautiful, Passionate, Quirky – Bryn Mawr women come from all around the world and it is difficult to categorize them beyond their intelligence and slight awkwardness. Bryn Mawr girls laugh loudly, study hard and are often excited, politically subversive, and eager to experiment and explore. Best women in the world if you're serious.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Main Line Dining – There are a bunch of small, but delicious restaurants around the town, including Silk Cuisine (Thai), Golden China (Chinese), Tiffin (Indian), Sushi Land (Japanese), Peace a Pizza (PIZZA!), and lots more. My favorite place to order from is Campus Corner, which is open late! They have a pretty large menu with foods like wraps, sandwiches, pizza, and snacks. It's really great for any late night urges to eat hot food!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I Love the Libraries! We have three libraries for students to use. The resources in our system and the people there to help are both equally helpful. They try to stay up-to-date with technology, and have recently replaced a lot of the computers. There are lots of couches and places to get comfortable while setting, but also hundreds of private study carrels. My favorite library is Carpenter because of its architecture, and huge windows.

2 Niche User

Overall Experience: Probably Wouldn't Come Back – Let's be honest: the social atmosphere is not everyone's cup of tea. Half of the campus struggles with mental health issues. If you are into chicks, you will probably have a rich social life; the opposite is true if you are into guys. But the real deal breaker for me are academics. Everyone feels entitled to As, yet few students actually buckle down and do their work. Instead, they whine whine whine until the professors give in. The professors are awesome though. If you are willing to work, they will make your success a priority!

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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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