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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.

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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.

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5 College Senior

Party Scene: 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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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking at BMC can be kind of hit and miss. A permit costs $100 dollars, but it does not guarantee a parking spot every day. Sometimes students without permits park in the spots meant for permit only students, and that can be very frustrating. There is a fair amount of street parking if you are a good parallel parker, but it fills up quickly, especially during peak class hours (9am-2pm, Mon-Thurs).

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Appeals Work – I asked for money and they give me 10,000 more dollars. Yet, this year they gave 2000 dollars less than they did last year.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Go Above and Beyond... for the Most Part – They are really nice and well do some big favors for you. But with a continuing rodent problem, I wish they would try harder to fix the issue.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Anthropology Majors – Anthro majors have it good AND bad. We have the longest thesis length requirement and it requires multiple research methods. It's not as difficult as writing a thesis on a hard science or math, but it requires a lot of time. The professors are great and I feel like there was at least one professor that we would get to know on a personal level and not just professor/student. That was good, especially when it came to asking for grad school and job recommendations. Discussions during class were always really deep, there wasn't a class I attended where multiple aspects were introduced by myself or classmates. It always feels like the professor is teaching and learning as well since it's a discussion between the professor and the students. Most classes are made up of about 15 students, so lectures are rare. Anthropology classes were always intense in a way that forced you to look at yourself, I can say that I loved almost everyone one of my anthro classes (which is why i majored in it) because it challenged the way I thought about myself and the world.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I will never regret attending Bryn Mawr. I will always feel a connection to this school long after I've left. I just graduated and I already miss the place. The food, the discussions, the late night studying with friends, studying period (lol), just knowing that I won't be going back next Fall makes me sad. It was a great experience. There were times when I wanted to quit and go to a "normal" school, but going to crazy parties off-campus, I was ALWAYS happy to go home to Bryn Mawr. I'm glad it's not a party school because it forced me to get off campus, be adventurous in Philadelphia and it gave me a quiet place to come home to. Many Haverford students don't get off campus very often because they have everything on campus (i.e. parties). I'm definitely a different woman after attending Bryn Mawr, I've built my confidence and I've also been humbled in many ways. It takes a strong person to attend and survive Bryn Mawr and while there are students who transfer every year, there are many of us who stay because we love it. In fact, sometimes even the transfers miss Bryn Mawr and come back to visit. It's definitely not for everyone, but it was for me.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Internships? Two! I had two internships through Bryn Mawr during my Junior and Senior years. Both were off-campus and were substitutes for my work-study, but both experiences were amazing. I worked with two separate nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia typically two days a week for about 6 hours a day. During one internship, I prepared taxes for low-income residents of Philadelphia and for the other I worked at a refugee/immigrant services nonprofit as a program assistant. I was paid for my work because it was part of my work-study, but I'm not sure how other internships work on or off-campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys? How Do I Put This? Well we all know Bryn Mawr is a women's college. However, you will not be deprived of men--even if you try. Bryn Mawr has close and really personal ties to Haverford and Swarthmore, which is a good thing when you want a larger variety of classes and parties to go to. With Haverford being a 10-min Blue Bus ride away, Bryn Mawr students and Haverford students are constantly taking classes at the other institution. Don't get too excited about the Haverford guys though, they're special in their own way. The thing that kind of sucks about Bryn Mawr is the fact that we talk about Haverford guys to people who don't go here and girls who are thinking of going here to show them that we're not male-deprived (and we're not), but in real life, we don't deal with Haverford guys THAT much (aside from parties). On a regular day, we actually don't even pay attention to them even when they're on our campus, unless it's someone we know. Just know that there are social stigmas for all three campuses, but mainly between Haverford and Bryn Mawr because we deal with each other more often.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: A Suburb – Bryn Mawr is a suburb, so nothing really goes on outside of campus. Friends and I've have walked into town at 3am to get food without anything happening more times than I can count. It's a really quiet area, you see cop cars driving around pretty often, so it feels pretty safe.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Being on the east coast, you expect cold weather and snow. For the past four years, the weather has varied during the winter. This past winter we hardly got any snow at all. But overall, if you dress well, the weather won't be too much of a hassle. Snow-days come far and few between (only occurring if the professor can't make it to campus - so pray that your prof. doesn't live ON campus).

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Traditions and What Sets Us Apart – There really is nothing like Bryn Mawr. From the Traditions which border on bizarre to the atmosphere of the campus. Traditions are so much fun and the whole campus, including professors and staff members, get involved. Students are driven, they want to make a difference, and it really shows. Intellectualism is rampant here but were snobbish and were not afraid to kick back and enjoy ourselves either.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Blue Bus, Swat Van and Philidelphia – The Blue bus runs on a very regular schedule that corresponds with class times. The Swat van is a little more difficult to catch and doesn't run as often. The train station is just a five minute walk from campus and the college will pay for your ticket if you can tell them what event your going to a week in advance. Tickets into Philadelphia really aren't all the expensive though, maybe 7$ one way.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Less Drugs, More Books – I rarely see anyone doing any drugs. If anything, people drink or smoke on campus. The party scene is not big here but there will be occasional get-togethers and events such as, Halloween, Pem East vs. West and St. Patrick's Day where a lot of people drink.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Unique Campus – Bryn Mawr's overall atmosphere is diverse which leads to many different opportunities available on campus! Although our school is not known for its party scene, there are so many other things to get involved with. The traditions really bring everyone together. They are the few times when everyone on campus is together and willing to share a great experience together. When you seek help, you will find it in numerous ways- there are so many different resources that are available to students. Overall, a great environment to be in from the people to the professors and the events on campus!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Blue Bus/Swat Van – The Blue Bus/Swat Van is available for Bryn Mawr students to take classes at Haverford or Swarthmore and to attend other events on those campuses. However, the time schedule for the buses are sometimes problematic with timing it with classes on both campuses.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Amazing Food – There are great restaurants in Bryn Mawr, and Philadelphia has some of the best restaurants in the country. Any type of ethnic food, casual or upscale dining is available here.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Professors are generally interested and concerned in assisting you in every way they can. They will personally approach you if they feel like you're grades are not up to their expectations and look into ways of helping you better yourself.
We are really big on the whole student government, so every student who participates, as a member of the SGA board or a regular student, is involved with academic or campus adjustments/improvements.

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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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