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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 Freshman

Campus Quality: We definitely have the best gym/athletic facilities! It would be great if we had a track though....

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Facilities make sure students live in the most comfort possible.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Awesome facilities! I pretty much live in Hogwarts

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Students are quick to gush about the school’s architecture, but they are quieter when asked about the actual facilities provided on campus. The Campus Center juggles roles as the administration building, the home to UnCommon Grounds Café, the student bookstore, and a meeting place for students. It is also a center of political activity when clubs set up tables to spread their causes. Sports teams, individual Mawrters, and even professors frequent the fitness center to use its female-friendly equipment, but all three groups demand more machines, especially for use at peak hours. Several sports teams have also pointed out a need for a more extensive renovation of the gym.

Goodhart Auditorium and Thomas Great Hall’s inspiring architecture make grand halls for concerts and speakers. With its convenient location—just a few steps from the main academic buildings—the computer center affords students a quiet and well-equipped workplace. Bryn Mawr is currently renovating Goodhart to make more room for student performance spaces, and a renovation of the gym is planned to add more machines and do something about the dismal lighting and paint.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
135 acres
Student Centers
The Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Canaday Library
  • Carpenter Library
  • Collier Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dorm living rooms
  • The Lusty Cup Café
  • Merion Green
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Lusty Cup CafĂ©
  • Uncommon Grounds
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but movies are shown in lecture halls, which feel like small movie theaters, and they are free.
School Slang
  • Anass: The Greek cheer, used for anything from encouraging a freshmen to sing during Hell Week to celebrating graduation. Only seniors can start the cheer, but all students can join it.
  • Back Smokers: The study rooms in Merion, Denbigh, and Erdman.
  • Blue Bus: The buses that take you to Haverford.
  • Bryn Mawr time: All classes actually start 10 minutes after the posted time, so students can get to back-to-back classes.
  • C-Sem: College Seminar.
  • Customs: The orientation program for freshmen.
  • Death Center: Where you go when you need medical attention.
  • Eastie Beastie: The little bugs that occasionally pop up around campus.
  • Erd: A dorm.
  • HA: Hall advisor; what other colleges refer to as an RA.
  • J-Mac: The president of the College.
  • The Mawr: Our school.
  • Mawrters: What we call ourselves.
  • Pem Arch: The space between Pem West and Pem East. A common meeting place, not to be confused with Rock Arch.
  • The Pit: One of Erdman's living rooms.
  • PSB: The Science Building.
  • R100: The cheap train that will get you to Philly eventually.
  • R5: The expensive train that will get you to Philly in 20 minutes.
  • Rhoads Beach: The area close to Rhoads and around Lake Vickers.
  • Senior Row: A tunnel of trees on Merion Green where the May Day hoop race takes place.
  • Specs: Prospective students.
  • Supes: The women who train and supervise freshmen in the dining halls.
  • Tea: The all-purpose word for a hall get-together or a gathering with people with common interests. Example: Hilari-Tea
  • Tea Pantries: Where you heat water for tea or store your leftovers.
  • Traditions Mistresses: The women who organize the traditions. This is an elected position.
  • Athena: Students present gifts to the statue of Athena in return for good luck and wisdom. Upperclassmen must also seek her forgiveness if they set foot on the senior steps or walk down senior row. You can find Athena in the corner of Thomas Great Hall.
  • Free Boxes: Each dorm has a box or space for students to deposit clothes or anything else that they want to get rid of. It is a common practice for students to go "free box shopping" by going through these boxes and taking out anything they would like. The boxes overflow at the end of each semester as students are clearing out their belongings and packing for home.
  • Garden Party: Each senior chooses a garden party girl to host her garden party, a reception for the family and friends held the day BEFORE graduation.
  • Hell Week: Taking place just between the start of second semester and spring break, this major tradition provides a welcome break for freshmen and upperclassmen. Freshmen pair up with sophomore "hellers" who prepare a list of fun, wacky tasks for the freshmen to do during the week. Freshmen also choose sympathetic juniors who shower them with treats as the tasks are performed. This tradition, though seemingly intimidating to some, is intended to strengthen bonds between the classes.
  • Lantern Night: Freshmen, dresses in black robes, march into the cloisters to be presented with lanterns in their class color. The upperclassmen, also dressed in robes, sing to the freshmen. (Delete all references to "bath robes," which must have been a typo in last edition)
  • May Day Gifts: Seniors honor friends in the other classes by leaving a gift at their door the night before May Day. Seniors can give a gift of their own or continue a tradition of a gift that was passed down to them in a previous year.
  • Parade Night: The first tradition of the year, Parade Night, occurs in the evening after the first day of classes. Freshmen storm through the Arch, and sophomores drench them with water. Once they pass the sophomores, the freshmen are rewarded by the juniors who give them candy. The tradition is concluded with the year's first step sing.
  • Self-Scheduled Exams: When you are finished studying, students get their exams in Thomas Great Hall and complete them in a classroom in Taylor or Park before returning it to a student proctor.
  • Taylor Bell: When they have finished the last bit of written work and turned in the last exam, seniors race up the steps of Taylor to ring the bell at the top of belfry. The bell is heavy and sometimes takes a few students to pull, but its sound can be heard across campus throughout finals week.
  • The Wish Issue of the College News: The feminist newspaper on campus sets up a table each spring and encourages students to vent about what they wish would happen at Bryn Mawr and in the world.
Urban Legends
  • If you kiss your sweetheart on the Moon Bench at the end of Senior Row, you will break up.
  • If your lantern goes out first on Lantern Night, you will get married first, and if it goes out last, you will be the first to get your PhD.
  • M. Carey Thomas haunts the Cloisters.
  • The squirrels are plotting to take over campus.
  • You can get from Merion to Taylor to Thomas underground in what used to be the servant's tunnels.
Favorite Things To Do
Students are more likely to rent videos from the library than go to the film series movies, but both are popular. The treadmills at the gym are always busy. The Lusty Cup Café is most crowded when it is hosting a local singer/songwriter or a bunch of club meetings, but students can always be found studying there. During the day, students can drop by the Campus Center to find an organized public discussion raging, or in the evening hear a prominent speaker address the community in Thomas Great Hall. When it snows, everyone goes “traying” down the slope to Rhoads Beach on dining hall trays. Take a walk down to the gym to run, swim, or lift weights. Break up your studies with a foreign film in Thomas. Later, you can get your caffeine fix at the Lusty Cup Café, in the basement of Canaday, or quench your thirst at Uncommon Grounds. In the evening, attend a small musical performance in Aelwyd, one of Bryn Mawr’s new student houses on Cambrian Row.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 19% Hell Week
  • 19% Self-Scheduled Exams
  • 17% Lantern Night
  • 14% May Day Gifts
  • 12% Athena
  • 7% Free Boxes
  • 5% Parade Night
  • 5% Step sings
  • 2% Taylor Bell
  • 0% The Wish Issue of the College News
  • 0% Garden Party

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 25% Read in the hammocks outside canaday
  • 14% Getting food from uncommon
  • 14% Sitting out on the green
  • 11% Sit in my room alone
  • 11% Lurk in the chamber of secrets
  • 11% Give an offering to Athena
  • 7% Chill at the Campus Center
  • 7% Get frosh drunk

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 58% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 8% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 25 responses

  • 52% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 40% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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