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5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great and extremely knowledgeable and influential. The registration process is fairly easy and you can pretty much take whatever class you want. I wish there were more unique study spaces, but that is what Philly is for!

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Deans and academic advisers have always been helpful in making sure that we are aware of the opportunities on campus from study abroad to internships etc.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The profs are excellent, as is the curriculum. Registration can be difficult at times, but becomes easier as you get to know the system. The workload depends on the prof, but is generally manageable.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The English major gave me a lot of flexibility with the areas on literature and writing that I was interested in. I loved taking classes for fun and actually have it count towards my degree. INTENSIVE READING for most 200 level and 300 levels

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5 College Freshman

Academics: There a lot of work but its manageable, the profs are great

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Bryn Mawr is known for its strong academics. That said, your academic experience here really depends on your own interest in what you study, your own hard work, and more of your own hard work. Professors are typically characterized as helpful, encouraging, and enthusiastic, but you are pretty much also guaranteed to encounter several professors who are aloof or impatient. One unifying feature of the Bryn Mawr professor is his or her open door. Professors usually have very accessible office hours, and most will stay with you until you understand how to integrate byparts or until your chat about Virgil ends.

Do not assume that accessible professors mean easy grades. Professors will not cut you any slack at the end of the semester, even if you have debated Dostoevsky over dinner at their house. Students credit their fellow students, as well as their professors, for the high quality of discussion that many classes offer. Students also welcome the opportunity to add classes available through the Tri-College system, as well as majors at these other institutions, especially in majors not formally offered at Bryn Mawr, like linguistics, religion, and music.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
8:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
170
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
86
Total FT Faculty
174
Faculty with Terminal Degree
81%
Average Faculty Salary
$84,156
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
44
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 69%
  • 20 to 49 students: 25%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Anthropology: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Pre-Medicine Studies: 7%
  • Social Work: 9%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Canaday Library
  • Carpenter Library
  • Collier Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Appreciate the little things-the note your HA leaves by your door on your birthday, and your laundry that someone else has folded.
  • Don't stress about room draw; all of the dorms have their advantages.
  • Find professors you love and then take all of their classes.
  • Go to problem sessions, and get a tutor if you need help with an introductory class.
  • If you have the slightest inclination to travel, consider study abroad.
  • Make friends outside of your Customs group freshman year.
  • Participate in Traditions.
  • Stay on the activities listserv.
  • Support student productions and go to sports games.
  • Take plenty of trips to Philly.
  • Take the swim test during Customs Week.
Did You Know?
  • Don't have a clue what you want to major in? Bryn Mawr requires students to take divisional requirements, including two classes in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. By the time you meet those requirements, you will likely be ready to declare your major.
  • When times are tough, the tough seek Athena. The statue of Athena is adorned with flowers, food, pennies, articles of clothing, and candy offered to the goddess of wisdom in times of need.
  • About 50 percent of juniors study abroad for a year or a semester. Bryn Mawr sponsors academic year programs in Russia, as well as summer programs in Florence and Avignon. Students can also choose to go on over 60 approved programs or have a new program approved.
  • Bryn Mawr's academic climate is intense, but not competitive; at least, not in the domain of student grades. It is considered a breach of etiquette to discuss grades in public.
  • Bryn Mawr is part of the Tri-College Community, a feature that allows students to take classes and even majors at Haverford and Swarthmore, and vice versa.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 15 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 16 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 19% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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