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Reviews 383 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Senior

Athletics: there are quite a few athletes at Bryn Mawr and the facilities are so nice -- they were renovated a couple years back.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Bryn Mawr is extremely generous with their financial aid. Money was the number one factor in determining where I would attend college, and Bryn Mawr covers 80% of my tuition and housing costs, which is a life saver. If you apply for financial aid, you will most likely get what you need, if not more. They are also flexible and can help you find scholarships or jobs to help cover costs.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: The blue bus takes us between Bryn Mawr and haverford and runs pretty well. The van to Swat, however, is limited. If you miss a van to Swat, you might be waiting for a very long time. SEPTA is also notorious and s****y sometimes, but it gets the job done when it's on time! 25 mins and you're in philly from the bryn mawr train station. Cabs are so expensive and many get angry if you want to pay with a credit card (NOT at all like NYC cabs)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students who live off campus really wanted to have that experience. Bryn Mawr has relationships with a few buildings around campus, so it is easy to get off campus housing, if you are a senior. There is limited availability, however. If you are lucky enough to get an apartment, the facilities are nice and you can cook your own food. If you want to live off campus as a sophomore or junior, it is more difficult to find a place, since Bryn Mawr is not as involved. There are a bunch of apartment buildings around campus next to the train station, so the location is ideal, but unless you live with others, it is expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a great Indian take out place. Dominos and Campus Corner also deliver extra late.

3 College Senior

Parking: I don't have a car, sometimes I really wish I did (Bryn Mawr is not really a pedestrian friendly place at all, everyone drives!) but a friend does. It is often hard to find a parking spot and you can't depend on a spot you've had before to be dependable. However, the permit cost is $100 so that's not too bad :-)

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Bryn Mawr's 'parties' really do consist of just hanging out in the dorm. The school doesn't really emphasize 'partying' as an acceptable destressing activity, so they encourage us to watch screened Disney films in one of the buildings or take us to King of Prussia mall on the weekends. However, this doesn't distress many students because this is what they want to partake in anyhow. Must go off campus to party.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have not declared my major yet, so I do not know the specifics; however, from speaking with upperclassmen friends, many choose their major based on the people in the department, over the subject matter. Departments are typically close-knit, with students and professors being very open and personal. Often times, major advisors and students hold a tight bond that lasts beyond college. Each department offers different perks, but overall, students really fall in love when they declare their major and learn from a specific department.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Bryn Mawr has many requirements, from general graduation requirements to department-specific ones, but they provide plenty of different classes to fulfill the requirements. I took a Magic in the Ancient World class to fulfill my cross-cultural requirement, and I had a blast. Often, people do not like history, so they take a class in another department to fulfill the requirement, but to enjoy the experience at the same time. Overall, people love their professors, and pick classes based on who instructs the course. The curriculum and workload ranges in difficulty, depending on the 100, 200, or 300 level scale, but it is always interesting and forces students to think from multiple perspectives. Lower level classes tend to have a lot of little assignments and readings, while higher level classes tend to have long essays that count for a higher percent of the grade. There are a bunch of visiting professors, so you are bound to find someone to bond with, or to get along with very well. Registration is done completely online, but your deans are always available to consult if you are having difficulty picking a schedule. The lottery process is a little annoying, as you may not get into a class you really want to take if it is overenrolled, so it is always good to have a backup plan.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are no technical guys admitted to Bryn Mawr, but quite a few students will graduate as Leonard after having been admitted as Lisa, if you know what I mean.

There are really nerdy and socially awkward people. You will hear so much talk about Doctor Who.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Only a select few apartments are lotteried out to students in the room draw and they are in high demand by upper classmen. The apartments are a good size and distance away from campus, however!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The lottery process can be very very stressful especially if you are a freshman. The dorms are very old but very gorgeous. Though because of their age, mice and bugs, slow internet and lack of A/C should be expected.

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3 College Senior

Administration: I find the deans to be very nitpicky about a lot of things and so is campus safety. They take marijuana use very seriously

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Combining the two categories, health and safety are great. Separating the categories, Safety is beyond excellent and health is bad. Public Safety cars always patrol the areas in and around campus, especially at night. There is a van service run by Public Safety, operated by students, that takes people in and around campus at night if people do not feel safe. Public Safety responses are quick and efficient, and there is always a level of privacy established. They are not judgmental, and will help with anything from unlocking your door if you lost your key to reporting a crime.
Health services are typically a hit or miss, and it depends on the visit reason. The staff is either super nice or extremely grouchy, and time management skills are lacking. There is always a confidentiality with each visit, but visits can last hours and you may have to come back multiple times.

3 College Senior

Majors: The English department at my school is varied in terms of professors. There is an intense focus on gender inequality and feminist theory which can sometimes feel uncomfortable if you aren't a lesbian. In fact, a lot of school can feel uncomfortable if you aren't a lesbian.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Since Bryn Mawr is an old institution, there are very few classrooms with computers, if any. However, there are multiple computer labs on campus, in different locations for convenience, and they are all equipped with standard Word programs and a few other specialty ones. Some labs only have Macs, and these labs were specifically designed to work with media. If your computer dies, the library has a 4-day loan system, which many students take advantage of. During finals, the labs are pretty packed, but it is also nice to have your own computer so you can go anywhere to work, especially if you need quiet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The gym is brand new, and the facilities are gorgeous, so it makes working out a little more fun. There are a variety of gym classes to fulfill the requirement, from archery to personal finance, so being healthy is a little easier. The libraries are filled with private study areas, but also areas for groups to work together without being shushed. The Campus Center has its own cafe, so if you get bored of dining hall food, or you want a late night snack, this is a great place! It is also large and group friendly for work collaborations or to just hang out. There are not too many events on campus, but there is a concert series with great musicians, plays put on by students, dance showcases, and culture shows. There is plenty of green area to lay out a blanket and study outside, or to take a nap; there are also hammocks to relax in. Traditions are the best! Four times a year, the school comes together and does tasks (taking time from a few hours to a whole week) and in the end, we all come together to celebrate our multi-grade friendships.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Traditions are the most fun parts of Bryn Mawr. Four times a year, the entire school comes together and takes part in super exciting and awesome tasks, lasting from an hour to a whole week, and in the end, we all celebrate our community's closeness and friendship! We also have a tri-consortium with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, which means that you can take classes on up to 3 college campuses! We also have 360 programs, which center around an idea (like disaster relief in Japan, for instance), and then you take classes in different subjects to analyze the topic from multiple perspectives. Then, you travel to an area related to the topic for real-life experiences. There is also no greek life, which is great because there is absolutely no competition nor cattiness to worry about.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Bryn Mawr is in a charming town with lots of stone buildings. It is in a rich town, so the stores are on the more expensive side, but many of the stores cater to college students since Haverford, Harcum, and Villanova are in the vicinity. The town is very safe, but if there is any insecurity, Public Safety at Bryn Mawr will come and pick you up, no questions asked. There is not a lot to do in Bryn Mawr itself, but there is lots in the surrounding towns, easily accessible by train.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Overall, the strictness level depends on the topic. The honor code is one of the most strictly upheld institutions at Bryn Mawr, since professors put so much trust into their students. Bryn Mawr is not a party community at all, but the Public Safety officers are always on top of any illegal activity, on the rare occasions it happens. Dorm visitation is up to the floor, but overall, people are generally accepting. Many like a heads up if a male is coming to avoid surprises or awkwardness.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus! Each hall and overall dorm is pretty close, and we love to spend time with each other. Each dorm has its own character and different student personality, so there is a perfect fit for everyone! There is also off-campus housing, which is nice, and allows people to be on their own, but still connected to the school.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: they overdose us in drug and alcohol safety stuff

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: it'd been rough so far, getting better

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a pretty good package I think.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: I'm not prepared for the snow, otherwise its okay

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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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