Bryn Mawr College campus

Overview

Applicants
2,706
Acceptance Rate
40%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 730
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 720
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
212
with Terminal Degree
189

126
Women
86
Men
35
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • International/Global Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Music, Other
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Students Say

Bryn Mawr is all about “empowering women to achieve their dreams.” The school has a “reputation for strong academics,” and students confirm that work there is “no joke.” Bryn Mawr is a small college, which means small classes. One student reports that most of hers have “around ten people,” and another says her largest lecture class had forty students. This leads to “deep discussions [and] meaningful relationships [being] formed with peers and colleagues.” Classes are “very interactive,” and “great student-teacher relationships [are] established by the way classes are conducted.” The faculty is “amazing and no doubt brilliant,” and “they go a long way to make sure you don’t only feel like students but also like a mini-family.” An East Asian studies student says she feels “comfortable talking to faculty members/professors about anything.” Students think one of the best parts about Bryn Mawr is the “amazing academic opportunities within the tri-co,” and the “Quaker consortium”: agreements that allow students to take classes at Haverford, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. All of these great attributes combine to make Bryn Mawr a fantastic college experience. As one student puts it, Bryn Mawr “compels me to be extraordinary in an environment of equally extraordinary students.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Katherine Hepburn
First woman to win 4 Academy Awards

Hanna Holborn Gray
First woman president of major research university

Nettie Stevens
First to observe that X/Y chromosome determine sex

Sari Horowitz
Pulitzer Prize Winner in Journalism

Dorothy Klenke Nash
First U.S. woman neurosurgeon

Alice Mitchell Rivlin
First woman director of Congressional Budget Offic

Ellen Kushner
"Sound and Spirit" Host--on National Public Radio

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$44,600

Median Mid-Career Salary
$69,800

Return on Education (ROE) rating
86

Students Say

Bryn Mawr’s excellent career services office helps to ensure that graduates leave college poised for professional success. Undergrads here can schedule one-on-one appointments at any time and receive assistance in crafting their personal job strategy. Of course, they can get help both crafting and tweaking their resumes and cover letters. And they can learn the secrets to successful networking. Importantly, they may also participate in the college’s recruiting program. Here, undergrads can meet with prospective employers interested in hiring Bryn Mawr students for internships, entry-level positions and gap- year fellowships. According to Payscale.com, the typical starting salary for alumnae after graduation is $44,600. Companies that have recently recruited undergrads include J.P. Morgan and Cornerstone Research.

Colleges that Create Futures

Undergraduate Research

Each summer, Bryn Mawr provides forty summer science research stipends for students to do full-time research over the course of the summer with faculty members in the sciences. The Hanna Holborn Gray Undergraduate Research Fellowships fund fifteen independent research projects in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Even more students are funded through the Undergraduate Dean’s Office or through faculty grants. Many students use their summer experiences as the basis for their senior thesis projects, so they’re already getting a head start on what’s coming up next. Another option during the school year is the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Program (MMUP), which seeks to increase the number of minority students pursuing graduate work in the arts and sciences. Each year, five juniors and five seniors receive stipends through MMUP, allowing them to conduct several hours of research each week. Dr. Tamara Davis, chair of the biology department, told us that the benefits of a research experience as student are “huge.” She explained, “In my opinion the most important thing a student can do with their undergraduate career is to get involved in some sort of research experience. . . . They are going to be drawing information from different courses and applying that knowledge to the practice of conducting research. I know that doing that kind of work forces our students to think in a more sophisticated way.”
Cara Petonic, the first young alumna appointed to Bryn Mawr’s Board of Trustees, currently works in higher education consulting in Philadelphia. She was impressed by how her professors went out of their way to prevent “this fear that there is only one right answer” and let students know that “there may be a number of different answers or a number of different ways to get to an answer.” Petonic’s research experiences, including a senior thesis on knot theory, gave her the opportunity “to stand side by side with my professor, face difficult questions, and tackle them together.” She felt that her entire liberal arts experience, including majoring in math and minoring in dance, helped her develop skills, such as analytical and critical thinking, logic, and reasoning, that equipped her to succeed in business school.
Faculty Mentors

Applicants should add this to their list of great Bryn Mawr attributes: The College has “an outstanding record in placing students in graduate and professional schools” in addition to connecting graduates with other promising career opportunities. Many of these leads come from hubs like the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC), which combines a range of options for students on campus through avenues such as civic engagement, career development, and the alumnae network. The result is “a completely integrated center, where students can get answers to their questions from a variety of different perspectives,” alumna Cara Petonic said. LILAC’s workshops and programming also emphasize exploration—these students aren’t just headed down one particular path. In fact, Dr. Tamara Davis, chair of the biology department, described some of the diverse career trajectories biology students in her department have taken—from medicine and law to the biotech industry. One former student worked on a dairy farm in Russia and is now in veterinary school. Another student wants to be a veterinarian for lab animals, and other students are pursuing professional degrees in public health and epidemiology. “In terms of alumnae networking and career offerings Bryn Mawr is a phenomenon,” Petonic added.
Drew Gilpin Faust (’68) is the 28th President of Harvard. Dorothy Klenke Nash (’22) was the first U.S. woman to become a neurosurgeon. Sari Horwitz (’79) won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (three times) and Katharine Hepburn, Academy Award-winning actress, graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1928. The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Medal is named after her mother, who also attended Bryn Mawr, Class of 1900. This year, the 2015 Katharine Houghton Hepburn Medal was awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The honor “recognizes women who change their worlds. . . . Award recipients are chosen on the basis of their commitment and contributions to the Hepburn women’s greatest passions—civic engagement and the arts.” Graduates’ careers are also supported by a designated member of Bryn Mawr’s Alumnae Association via webinars as well as group sessions and coffee chats hosted at different cities.
As Bryn Mawr explained, the College connects women, “to ideas, to opportunities, to one another, and to the world.” When students get to the campus, they just know it’s a perfect fit. A current double major in biology and economics said, “Everything about it felt right. The people here, the classes, the professors, the social life, and the community all fit into my idea of an ideal college experience.”
Alumni Network

Applicants should add this to their list of great Bryn Mawr attributes: The College has “an outstanding record in placing students in graduate and professional schools” in addition to connecting graduates with other promising career opportunities. Many of these leads come from hubs like the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC), which combines a range of options for students on campus through avenues such as civic engagement, career development, and the alumnae network. The result is “a completely integrated center, where students can get answers to their questions from a variety of different perspectives,” alumna Cara Petonic said. LILAC’s workshops and programming also emphasize exploration—these students aren’t just headed down one particular path. In fact, Dr. Tamara Davis, chair of the biology department, described some of the diverse career trajectories biology students in her department have taken—from medicine and law to the biotech industry. One former student worked on a dairy farm in Russia and is now in veterinary school. Another student wants to be a veterinarian for lab animals, and other students are pursuing professional degrees in public health and epidemiology. “In terms of alumnae networking and career offerings Bryn Mawr is a phenomenon,” Petonic added.
Drew Gilpin Faust (’68) is the 28th President of Harvard. Dorothy Klenke Nash (’22) was the first U.S. woman to become a neurosurgeon. Sari Horwitz (’79) won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (three times) and Katharine Hepburn, Academy Award-winning actress, graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1928. The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Medal is named after her mother, who also attended Bryn Mawr, Class of 1900. This year, the 2015 Katharine Houghton Hepburn Medal was awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The honor “recognizes women who change their worlds. . . . Award recipients are chosen on the basis of their commitment and contributions to the Hepburn women’s greatest passions—civic engagement and the arts.” Graduates’ careers are also supported by a designated member of Bryn Mawr’s Alumnae Association via webinars as well as group sessions and coffee chats hosted at different cities.
As Bryn Mawr explained, the College connects women, “to ideas, to opportunities, to one another, and to the world.” When students get to the campus, they just know it’s a perfect fit. A current double major in biology and economics said, “Everything about it felt right. The people here, the classes, the professors, the social life, and the community all fit into my idea of an ideal college experience.”
Special Facilities

In addition to a dedicated Writing Center, where students polish their skills in public speaking and written communication, Bryn Mawr houses a Q Center on campus as part of the Q Project, the College’s initiative to prepare students “to solve the complex challenges of our increasingly quantitative world.” The Q Center supports the development of “mathematical, logical, and statistical problem-solving skills” that are required across the curriculum. Trained mentors at the Center “[seek] to assess and address unintended gaps or weaknesses in a student’s preparation for introductory and more rigorous forms of math and science study,” according to the school. “The goal of the Q Center is to help to develop quantitative skills, competency and confidence in every student, making it possible for her to maximize her potential in whatever her field of study.” In fact, the Q Project is emblematic of Bryn Mawr’s mission to produce students who are more than capable of navigating the surprises of the working world. Alumna Cara Petonic offered an example from her own career trajectory: “I first went into finance right after college. I didn’t have any formal finance training. I had taken two economics courses, and I was a pure mathematician by training. However, I leveraged the lifelong skills I gained at Bryn Mawr to overcome the challenge of a steep learning curve.”

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 23

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

Tuition, fees, room and board, and everything else costs a little more than $59,800 each year. While that may seem like a lot, the college’s need-based financial aid programs are among the most generous in the country.

Bang For Your Buck

Bryn Mawr College is deeply committed to enrolling outstanding scholars. To eliminate financial barriers to attendance, the college meets 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of enrolling students. In 2009–2010 alone, the college awarded $20.4 million dollars in grant assistance to 62 percent of undergraduate students. The average grant is approximately $33,000. If you are a veteran— or will soon be one—Bryn Mawr offers very generous benefits. In addition, graduates of Bryn Mawr are very competitive when the time comes to find a job. Bryn Mawr provides a tremendous amount of funding for summer internships all over the country and abroad. The Career Development Office works really hard for students, bringing tons of employers to campus each year. There is a multitude of networking opportunities with faithful alumnae as well. Seniors even get free business cards.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,525

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,402

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,821

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,675

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,525

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,030
Required Fees
$1,110
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,308
Out of State
81%

International
32%
Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

15.24%
Asian
6.96%
African-American
11.40%
Hispanic
47.93%
Caucasian
11.50%
Unknown
31.89%
International

100% female
0% male
81% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

“There is no typical student,” at Bryn Mawr, “aside from women with a passion for learning and a commitment to excellence.” A German student reports, “The variety of people here is enormous,” and this “creates the…uniqueness that Bryn Mawr prides itself on.” People’s thoughts on racial diversity, however, “are kind of conflicting.” One student explains, “Coming from a big city…Bryn Mawr did not seem very diverse, but my roommate came from a very small town and thought Bryn Mawr was extremely diverse.” What students do agree on is that they’re “friendly and welcoming,” “creative,” and “a little quirky.” Though the intense workload means students are “very interested in… academics and work hard to get good grades,” they “are also social” and “take time to build up strong friendships with other students.” Students at Bryn Mawr really respect each other ’s individuality and love that their peers “have a purposive direction in regards to what they want to do with their future.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

Students Say

Academics are the focus of life at Bryn Mawr, but that doesn’t mean students are “a bunch of nuns who sit around studying all day.” “We do a lot of studying,” a student explains, “but we also enjoy our time here.” Not only are there “tons of school-sponsored activities,” but there are opportunities to “go to a big party with tons of dancing and tons of people,” at Bryn Mawr or at Haverford. “Meals here are really important,” adds a student. “Dinner can be the only time we’ll see each other, [which] can easily go on for an hour and a half.” Bryn Mawr’s “amazing food” probably has something to do with that. Bryn Mawr has an “absolutely beautiful campus,” with great facilities, including a new gym with an “Olympicsized swimming pool…TVs, large windows…and state-of-the-art machines that are built for women.” Though Bryn Mawr has a suburban location, “the proximity and ease in traveling to Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC, is beyond fantastic.” Students love Bryn Mawr’s traditions, two of which are the Self-Government Association and the Honor Code. The Self-Government Association, the oldest student government in America, “allows…students to have an input on many aspects of how the college is run.” The Honor Code, which every student must sign, emphasizes respect and integrity. The code creates “a strong community” and a safe one. One student says, “I don’t lock my door!” Another adds, “You could lose a ring anywhere on campus and just send an e-mail out to the student body and have it back in the next few hours.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
175
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
11

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Owls)
12 Sports

Badminton
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Joseph's University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
60

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Peaches Valdes
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
101 North Merion
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Phone
6105265152


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Thomas Hall (National Historic Landmark)
Erdman Hall (designed by famed architect)
The Cloister and Great Hall
Taft Garden
Rhys Carpenter Library
Goodhart Theater

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Barnes Foundation Museum - Merion PA
Philadelphia
Longwood Gardens
Suburban Square and King of Prussia - Sh
Valley Forge National Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon.-Fri.Year-round Sat. Sep-Jan Mar-Apr
9am-5pm; 9am-1pm
6105265152

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Weekdays 10,11, 12,1,2,3 Saturday 10,11,12
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mondays and Fridays 10:00am and 2:00pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@brynmawr.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sunday through Thursday

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Philadelphia International Airport is 20 miles from campus. Taxis, limousines, and trains are available. No advance arrangements are needed for a taxi. For limousine service, call Main Line Airport Service at 610-525-0513 (or 800-427-3464 in PA) for information and reservations, or use the courtesy phone at the airport (push Main Line). If you want to use the trains, take the airport shuttle from the airport (it leaves every 20 minutes) to 30th St. Station in Philadelphia. From 30th St., take the SEPTA R-5 train to Bryn Mawr (leaves approximately every half hour). Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Philadelphia from all over the country. Take the Amtrak train to 30th St. Station in Philadelphia. From 30th St., take SEPTA commuter train R-5 (Paoli Local or Bryn Mawr Local, which goes from Lansdale and Doylestown to Downingtown and Paoli) to Bryn Mawr; the R-5 takes approximately 18 minutes to reach Bryn Mawr. The campus is a 5-minute walk from the station; walk straight ahead (on Morris Avenue) as you get off the train. After 2 blocks, turn left on Yarrow St.; the college stretches to your right and straight ahead. Bennett Taxi Service can be called on a direct phone line from the Bryn Mawr train station if you don't want to walk. If you want to call Bennett in advance, the number is 610-525-1770. From the Greyhound Bus terminal, walk to the Market East train station and take the SEPTA R-5 train to Bryn Mawr (see preceding directions).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Center City Philadelphia Take I-76 west (Schuykill Expressway) to the City Avenue exit 339 (Route 1 South). Once on City Avenue, travel about 2.5 miles and turn right onto Lancaster Avenue (Route 30 West). Travel about 4 miles to reach the center of Bryn Mawr. Turn right onto Morris Avene; a gas station will be on your right and a Starbucks on your left. Follow Morris Avenue as it curves left under the train-track bridge then bears right. Cross Montgomery Avenue (at the traffic light). The Benham Gateway, which houses the Office of Admissions, is located on the corner of Morris Avenue and Yarrow Street . The driveway entrance is on Morris Avenue and ample visitor parking is available. Distance from turnpike to the College: under 7 miles. Driving time: approximately 10-15 minutes.

Local Accommodations
Dolce Valley Forge Hotel and Resort, King of Prussia, PA 610-337-1200 Embassy Suites, Wayne, PA 610-647-6700 Crowne Plaza Main Line, Philadelphia, PA 215-477-0200