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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.

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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.

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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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1 Niche User

Off-Campus Dining: Basically Nonexistent – Bryn Mawr is an upscale residential neighborhood, not a college town. There are a few restaurants within 2 miles of campus for an occasional dinner off campus, but you will want to have most of your meals on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Bryn Mawr just had their gym and theatre completely renovated and they're amazing. The whole campus is beautiful.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Very Safe – Public safety is very good about education the students about the dangers of Philadelphia but when it comes to on campus safety I have never felt threatened.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The department is very qualified and knowledgeable about their various fields of study. In addition, you can major at Haverford if you want to focus on a different aspect of biology.

1 College Senior

Party Scene: Almost Non-Existent – We don't really have a night life. Most girls here go to Haverford and Swarthmore to meet guys and go drinking. We have some parties here, but they are few and far between.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Buildings Like Castles – The buildings on campus are in the traditional ivy league school stone castle structure. The rooms in each dorm vary in size and have their own unique charms. We do not live in rooms like those classic cinder-block ones of larger universities.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Highly Regarded – I came to Bryn Mawr to be an English major, but after taking a few art history classes, I fell in love with the program and switched over. The professors that I work with are always available for help. I have taken a number of classes in several different departments and can say that Bryn Mawr grants you a very well-rounded view of the world that I treasure very much.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Perfect for Science Majors – I have to strongly disagree with another reviewer, Anonymous001, for saying that Bryn Mawr offers "watered down science that even women can do". Besides from insulting everything Bryn Mawr stands for in a single statement, I've found the opposite of that. As a Chemistry major with a minor in Biology also taking Physics classes, I've found Bryn Mawr classes are substancially harder and require more work than both Haverford and Penn classes. Bryn Mawr science classes are so great, not because they "water down the science" (something which the high scores we achieve on GRES, getting into top Grad Schools, and getting hired by the best companies would contradict) but because the professors offer so much support that it makes learning and retaining the concepts so much easier. Being in an advanced PChem class with 5 other students and having the professor at your disposal for problem sets and questions is something Haverford and Penn don't offer.

Of course, I can't speak for all science classes. Some of the Intro level courses are easy, and I've never taken a computer science class. However, if you're that good at science, simply place out of the Intro classes, expand your options by taking Penn/Haverford/Swat classes, and enjoy actually learning difficult science that you retain.

In addition, the research oppertunites are amazing and give you a leg up when you want to enter grad school/start working.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I never know if a good score on here means yay a lot of drugs or yay no drugs. Either way, I'd assume Bryn Mawr is in the middle of the pack. Drugs don't dominate the scene, but I'm sure you could find what you were looking for.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Gotta Love Ardmore! Bryn Mawr and the surrounding area is awesome to live. Having spent my senior year in an apartment in Ardmore I can say that it's a really nice area to live, within walking distance of great stores, such as Trader Joe's, Apple, Urban Outfitters and get restaurants and bars.

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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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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