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Academics

Founded as a women's liberal arts college in 1885 (and the first to offer the PhD), Bryn Mawr College in southeastern Pennsylvania "really prides itself on its diversity and commitment to respecting the gender expressions of all its students (names, pronouns, life experiences)." Students say that this "institution with a heart" fosters "a close-knit community of empowered lifelong learners" who are "committed to striving for social equality and academic excellency." Students enjoy the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of a small college. One student describes "dinner parties in professors' homes, small reading groups that meet once a week, film screenings and weekend outings with my classmates" and shares, "I think I'm lucky to have such open and accessible professors and mentors."Bryn Mawr 's low student-to-faculty ratio allows students to get plenty of face time with their professors and peers in during classes, which students describe as "laid back, in that everyone is working hard but does not feel the competitive pressure found at other schools." "It is easy to get a spot in most classes," one student tells us, "so your schedule truly reflects your interests." Bryn Mawr offers other ways for students to personalize their studies, even within the required coursework: "The freshman writing seminar has about twenty different classes, so students get to explore a topic that excites them." Bryn Mawr is also part of the Seven Sister Colleges and the Tri-College Consortium "with Haverford, Swarthmore and Penn [which] allows students to explore a range of fields without compromising on the small liberal arts college experience." Overall students are thrilled with their experience at Bryn Mawr and the support they receive, or, as one student puts it: "Bryn Mawr College represents hope and self-empowerment for every student who walks through Pem Arch."

Student Body

Brilliantly smart, informed and active in the community, Bryn Mawr students show a high regard for one another and value the individual contributions each one of their peers makes. "While there are countless stereotypes about the sort of people who attend a historical women's college," one student explains, "there's really no one Bryn Mawr type." The college hosts "an incredibly talented and diverse group" of students who are united by "our love of Bryn Mawr and learning in general." Students say the student body is " quite political," and "while straight, cis women can certainly thrive at Bryn Mawr, you should come here prepared for an active and thriving LGBTQIA+ culture. It's a very special part of Bryn Mawr that I wouldn't trade for anything." These " intellectual, accepting, open, kind, inclusive and bright individuals" "are a part of dance groups, singing groups and just about any other activity," and they make sure to "attend each other 's performances." Overall, students agree that the student body is a reflection of a BMC culture that thrives to "[help] people achieve their fullest potential without forcing them into a mould."

Campus Life

Bryn Mawr students are serious about classes, but that doesn't mean they don't have a social life. While "most week days people do homework and study in the libraries," students use the weekends to "go into Philadelphia or just go around the area" for "restaurants, concerts, museums, and special events." And there is always something fun to do on campus as well. The "student activities office plans a lot of events like movie screenings, tie dye, concerts, [and] pumpkin decorating" and Bryn Mawr 's many clubs and student groups host events as well, "like crafting nights, culture shows, [and] keynote speakers." These socially-minded students can also discuss, plan, and organize within the college's "activist groups with causes ranging from the environment to elder care." The college's rich and storied history means that there are a lot of "traditions and annual parties (e.g. 'East vs. West')" for students to take part in, and for off-campus parties, "We hop on the blue bus and head over to Haverford, which has a better music/party scene," students tell us.

Overview

Applicants
3,012
Acceptance Rate
40%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 720

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 750

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

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Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
218
with Terminal Degree
188

127
Women
91
Men
38
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

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
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

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

  • Psychology

  • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


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
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
78%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$44,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$69,800

Percent STEM
21%


Students Say

Bryn Mawr's Leadership Innovation and Liberal Arts Center integrates the Office of Civic Engagement and Career and Professional Development to prepare liberal arts and sciences students to become effective, self-aware leaders in their chosen life pursuits through experiential education. 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 résumés 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.

In 2016, Bryn Mawr supported 148 summer research and internship experiences (through grants totaling over $600,00). For example, each summer, the college provides forty science research stipends for students to do full-time research 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 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, 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, told us that the benefits of a student research experience 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."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,321

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,315

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,437

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,081

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,321

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

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

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)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,381
Foreign Countries Represented
60

Demographics

11.82%
Asian
6.13%
African-American
9.34%
Hispanic
36.03%
Caucasian
7.73%
Unknown
23.05%
International

100% female
0% male
84% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Access Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Deborah Alder

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
175
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
13

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

12% participate in intercollegiate sports

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

82/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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, Dell

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
610-526-5152


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
Valley Forge National Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon.-Fri.Year-round Sat. Sep-Jan Mar-Apr
9am-5pm; 9am-1pm
610-526-5152

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mondays through Fridays 10:45am and 2:45pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mondays through 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.


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