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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Generally, students do not concentrate at sports at this school. Though athletes are generally close with their teammates and spend a lot of time and dedication to their sport, the student body as a whole does not participate much. The gym and self care is highly encouraged but being an athlete on a varsity team is more for yourself than any recognition at the school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus is absolutely beautiful, though the workload can be overwhelming enough to make you forget. The workload is heavy but manageable and the general student body is ambitious and driven. There's definitely a strong concentration on political and social activism and a lot of the school's general atmosphere is fueled by that. Students are intelligent and usually unafraid to inform someone who isn't being politically correct, pushing students to grow past their comfort zones into more aware individuals willing to voice what they believe in.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public safety is very down to earth and accessible. They aren't the cops.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Intro classes are generally going to be large and lecture based. It's language and 200 level+ classes where you really get the seminar style classes. Teachers are very supportive and seem to care more about teaching than grading.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Everything looks like Hogwarts, yadda yadda yadda. It's the multiple capacity dorms reviewers seem to be talking about when they say how beautiful and antiquated everything seems. Not that there's a lack of decent single options on campus... except that there is. Keep in mind that only three of the dorms have AC: New Dorm, Enid Cook, and Rhoads. Except they won't turn it on because it's not fair to the other dorms that don't have AC. If you're looking for quality beyond visual aesthetics, this is not the place for you. Walls are thin, sophomore singles are scarce, mice run rampant, temperature control is a nightmare. A lot of the windows don't open all the way, making it impossible to get a breeze in the hot summer months. While individual dorm rooms have their own visual quirks (fire places, etc) the only kinds of dorms you can live in here are the traditional ones with communal bathrooms. No fancy apartments, etc. It's basically a cute, antiquated little cell block.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A lot of BMC's flaws are actually just things you should expect from a small liberal arts school: limited class selection, fewer major options, seeing the same faces day after day, etc. But those things can also be spun into positives, like more class participation, people who know what they want to do, being surrounded by friends, etc. Bryn Mawr has a heavy emphasis on self care. One of our mottos is "done is good" in reference to not stressing too much over assignments, and we rarely discuss grades. Most of the teachers will tell you that teaching is their priority, not grading. Departments outside academics such as health services and academic advising are very helpful, but financial aid/admissions can be a big terse on occasion, so if your tour guide or information session host seems unfriendly, don't let that be your only experience with the faculty. In terms of opportunities, it's very easy to take classes at Haverford. If you got into BMC, you might as well have also gotten into Haverford. They tout Swarthmore as the mythical third member of the trico, but don't be fooled: it's very difficult to get into a class there that isn't Linguistics, since Linguistics is designated as a trico major. It's the same way with UPenn. The transportation to and from Swat is a van with six seats that leaves every half hour or so, so it's a little harder to find a seat than on the bus to Haverford. You generally have to take a train to UPenn as well.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While all incidents of assault or other cases are taken seriously, there have been issues with students of color feeling unsafe with safety services on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have loved being able to choose classes that I'm actually interested. All my professors have been incredibly enthusiastic about their topic, and their knowledge of the subject(s) astounds me. The class sizes are excellent for discussions and professors often ask how students learn the best, working to incorporate different learning styles so that students get the best education they can.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From what I have heard, it is fairly easy for students to find jobs and internships within their majors, which is promising. While students might not find a steady job related to their major right after graduation, they can reach out to the alumni network for help in finding jobs. The career center is very helpful for looking for job and internship opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the fact that for the most part, students are placed in dorms that will fit their personality or lifestyle. As a quiet and less social student, I was put in one of the quieter dorms, which helped immensely with my study habits. However, the res life is very accommodating if there's an emergency or reason you need to switch rooms or even dorms. The hall groups typically are very supportive and custom groups often end up feeling like a family. The housing process is apparently difficult and confusing, but the fact that students have the opportunity to choose their rooms is nice. All the dorms are convenient in terms of getting to classes and the dining halls, which is great.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The campus and students are extremely supportive of athletes, but athletics are not necessarily a major part of school life. The athletic facilities, however, are great for student athletes and non-athletes alike.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love all my professors and nearly all the students make incoming freshman feel welcome and supported, which is different from other experiences I've heard of. The traditions of the school make the students have a closer bond, which is an incredible feeling. All the professors urge students to come to office hours, even if they want to talk about something non-academic. The only reasons I wouldn't choose the school is the price and the distance from home, but through good friends and a great financial aid office, neither of these things are too bad.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: we're in the middle of nowhere.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are ancient so I wasnt expecting pristine dorm rooms.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: we. do. not. have. greek. life.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: i dont really use the gym so bleh.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Like every college, Bryn Mawr has both pros and cons. For one, the majority of the students at Bryn Mawr are extremely welcoming and genuinely care about making the college a safe space for everyone.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I could go on about how much I love Bryn Mawr forever. The faculty are laudible, the academics are challenging and enthralling, and its reputation as well as its connections to Haverford, Swarthmore, and Penn give it the resources of a large school while maintaining its unique character. The community is what drew me here, everyone is so passionate, compassionate, and enthusiastic about being who they are.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bryn Mawr is a really special place. You will not find a community like this anywhere else. The traditions, community, and super supportive but challenging academics make it perfect.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has a small, close-knit community and everyone there is very welcoming and inviting.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bryn Mawr is a school that you will either love or hate. After finishing my freshman year, I have found that academically I really love it here. The professors are great and truly care about you. I needed some letters of recommendation for a summer program and it was really awesome to get my letters from my esteemed professors rather than TAs. But socially, I really don't like it. There are not many activities on campus that interest me and there are not many events that go on. The town is also very quiet which can get very mundane.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Dorm life is where it's at. Very few people live off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everyone rarely eats off campus. If anything, we'll order from Campus Corner.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Psafe officers are friends. They have brought alcohol to underage parties before. They just make sure everyone is safe, they don't care about drinking or noise or climbing on roofs or anything. Psafe is the best.

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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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