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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's a white liberal heaven. For students of color the sheltered and half-hearted activism is exhausting to watch unfold.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Bryn Mawr is probably one of the most diverse college around. International students made up of about 25% of the student population.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school boasts a great amount of diversity in the student body, yet the faculty is not as diverse; this has been addressed recently though and the school is looking for more diverse professors to bring to Bryn Mawr.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a ton of international students in the student body. Each class has at least a third from another country of origin, which is great because it allows everyone else to see a glimpse of another culture from people who really know about that country. It also allows the international students to find similar people and to deal with the shell shock of American culture.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: People on campus come from very different backgrounds. This school is one of the most diverse schools in the United States.

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A look at Bryn Mawr's diversity statistics reveals a glaring lack of diversity. However, the number of international students seems to make up for this, and many students, although they have a faint realization that diversity could be increased, perceive Bryn Mawr as a diverse campus. They tout students' diverse interests and the plethora of cultural differences that blend and enhance the campus community. Most students are from middle-class, New England backgrounds. International students come from 63 countries, and many are active in cultural clubs and activities, which form support systems for their members and an education mechanism for the rest of campus. American minority students often form close bonds, but few are cliquish, especially by senior year.

One area where the lack of diversity is apparent is in the realm of political beliefs. Students here who are politically active are overwhelmingly liberal, and students who are not tend to remain silent. Conflicts and alienation are more likely to occur due to differences in economic backgrounds than racial or ethnic differences.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
13%
Hispanic
5%
International
19%
Native American
0%
White
35%
Unknown
13%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
84%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 40%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 10%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
54%
Male Faculty
46%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 66%
Unknown: 13%
Gay Pride
You will not find a place more gay-friendly than Bryn Mawr College. The Drag Ball at Haverford is very popular, and Bryn Mawr students recently resurrected the Rainbow Alliance on campus.
Political Activity
Popular causes range from abortion rights and same-sex marriage to an ongoing war between the Students for Justice in Palestine and the Isreali Coalition. Each year the Tri-College Consortium hosts an International Justice Week which gets many students involved in political issues.
Economic Status
It varies, but the majority of students are middle- to upper- class.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs include Asian Students' Association, Bryn Mawr College African and Caribbean Students' Organization, Mixed Company, Mujeres, Sisterhood, South Asian Women, and Zami.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 20% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% Progressive/very liberal
  • 37% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 20 responses

  • 50% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 80% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 80% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 60% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 40% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 90% Very accepting.
  • 10% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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