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Reviews 338 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Your typical north east weather, cold winters warm summers. Not great but not at all terrible.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: First of all, Bryn Mawr's campus is so small, you don't need a car. That being said, I had one and drove from Erdman to Park every day, limiting my walking time to about 2 minutes. Tickets are annoying if you park illegally, but the lots are so close to buildings, there's really no need.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Bryn Mawr itself isn't much of a party school, but if you're one who enjoys going out there are plenty of oppertunities. Under 21, Haverford is close, as are Penn, Drexel, and Swat. Over 21, there isn't a better area to be. Bryn Mawr has plenty of fun college bars, and Philly is a close 20 min train ride away.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Available for Some, but Not Others – Bryn Mawr had a great amount of financial aide available, but others were not able to get access. It was difficult to convince Bryn Mawr that you needed the aide.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diverse but Still the Same – For the most part, Bryn Mawr is diverse in its religious and ethnic background. However, there was a problem with economic backgrounds and political affiliations in that most people were from the same background in both areas.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: A Helpful Community – A nice community filled with various local hot-spots. Unfortunately, they do not offer student discounts,yet are not terribly expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: No Community – While the campus is quite beautiful, the suburban location is quite stifling. The proximity/accessibility to Philly and relationships w/ the bi-co/tri-co are completely exaggerated and much harder to pertain then I originally imagined coming into the school. Very easy to get into a rut and just stay in your room, limited interaction with the opposite sex. Students are exclusive and stick to their dorm rooms. Not a very cohesive community, hardly anybody on campus. Very, very boring. Excruciatingly boring. Girls are so feminist it boarders anti-feminism, people are too open and expecting, yet not very accepting. Students are very unattractive, overweight, and completely negligent to their overall appearances. There are a few gems out there, but hard to find. All that said, the academics are great. I absolutely love my teacher and classes. Work is very manageable if you have good study habits.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Not Strict – You can really do anything, there are no adults and HAs don't care. However, Deans make a big deal about little things, such as moving furniture.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very very safe! Do not have to worry about anything while on campus, somewhat of a bubble. Mawters never lock their doors / leave their laptops out anywhere, not really practical for the real world, watch your stuff / lock your door.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Bryn Mawr is a woman's college, but boys from Haverford and Swarthmore can take classes (and vice-versa at their schools) and the schools are close enough that we can indulge in their campus activities as well.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Our facilities are well kept and pretty up-to-date, we just remodeled our gym and it is a lot bigger and nicer than it was with more equipment. There are three libraries on campus that are not up-to-date, but not built so long ago and very nice. The campus itself is very beautiful built in Oxford style and it looks like a castle (or as many students like to call it, Hogwarts!)

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3 College Junior

Technology: There are many computers on campus. We have PCs all carrying Windows 7 software and there are also an abundance of Macs. There is always one open wherever you go.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Bryn Mawr is a beautiful school filled with quirky students. We also have big school traditions that everyone on campus gets excited about. It is nice because they always come at he right time when stress levels are high and students need some time to relax and be in the community. We are also a small school, so having these events really solidifies our experience and sense of community.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: We have two vans: one runs between Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College and another runs between Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College. The vans have awkward times and run at some hours one day but not the same hours another day. It can be frustrating when you have a class and have to wait hours (especially for the bus to and from Swarthmore), but otherwise, it is nice to have an option without having to use public transportation.

1 College Junior

Athletics: We are a Division III school and our sports are horrible. it seems to stem from poor coaching and a disorganized program and student disinterest. Some of the students work hard, but there are also student prone to going to parties before games and they may claim to not drink, but will still stay out very late at night and then are upset when we lose our games.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid department is filled with nice people, but they are a little disorganized. I turned in everything on my online list and a couple of weeks later I received an e-mail saying I still needed things, which was very frustrating as I would have taken care of it when I was dealing with everything else. I received a decent amount of aid, but it was a complete hassle going through the process.

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2 College Junior

Parking: I do not own a car to use or park with on campus, but the parking on campus is all right, there seem to be enough spots for students, but they are strict about where students are allowed to park their cars.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Bryn Mawr is not a bustling town, but a nice quiet one. The main attractions are on a main line strip and there is a small movie theater, restaurants and small business shops. I love going into town with my friends and exploring the little shops and eating at different restaurants. However, we are also not far from Philadelphia which has numerous things to offer in the way of entertainment and the train station to take us there is not a ten minute walk from campus.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: fun, unique, quirky, interesting, frustrating, comfortable

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5 College Freshman

Weather: While Bryn Mawr gets the occasional rainy day the weather's hardly noticeable. The dorms are kept warm and the classes are less than a two minute walk from the dorms. The winters get some snow, but the campus pathways are kept clear and the Blue Bus never stops running. That being said if you want to take advantage of the weather you can! Every winter you can see at least one snow man standing guard over the spacious lawns. Plus the beautiful campus makes the weather that much more enjoyable. Bryn Mawr is stunning all year round, and every girl has her own favorite season, though I'm quite partial to Spring and Fall. If you get the chance to visit, which you should, I suggest you do so during those times.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: May Day – This campus-wide holiday is a fun break before the craziness of finals. Its characterized by laying in fields among Cherry Blossom petals, wearing white dresses, hanging with friends, and breaking the bonds of the patriarchy.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Although this dorm is known as "the ugliest building on campus," it is my personal favorite. I lived there happily for three years enjoying its unusual architecture, cavernous hallways, and student dining hall on the first floor.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: General Campus Aesthetics – Bryn Mawr's campus is known for its beauty in all seasons. Its overall sense of serenity keeps students calm even during the most stressful times of the semester. There are not many paths, which can make the daily trek to class a little muddy sometimes, but Bryn Mawr's lack of concrete makes its sprawling fields that much more spectacular.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: College Food – Unfortunately, the campus has reduced the options to only two dining halls. They're never open past 8pm, but there's a small cash eatery in the campus center or the Lusty Cup cafe in the library for late-night study fixes. Overall the food is decent, healthy and accomodating, with more vegan options than any other school I've been to. You don't have to worry about choosing a meal plan freshman year; everyone starts on unlimited. (They all cost the same, but other plans give you different options in terms of guest passes, etc.)

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Get Out of the Bubble! There is definitely plenty to do, with the full force of Philadelphia only a short train ride away. That being said, some people stay within the small main-line towns surrounding the school. It's cute, friendly, very walkable, and it has all of the necessities - great pizza places, fun thrift shops, and bigger name stores.

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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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