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Reviews 383 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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 Food: 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 Area: 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 Food: 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.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Need Based – I got a lot of grants, about 23,000 a year, but it is still a struggle to get the rest. Everyone at the Financial Aid department is very helpful and understanding.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It takes a certain type of person to enjoy Bryn Mawr, but if you are that kind of person (driven and quirky) you will love it here. The best thing about the school is all the personalized attention you get from your deans and teachers.

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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.

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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.

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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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