Bryn Mawr, PA
Bryn Mawr College


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Recent Reviews

Madison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It seems like a really great college with very motivated students. People are really focused on making their experience there...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It seems like a really great college with very motivated students. People are really focused on making their experience there the best it can be, both academically and socially. There is really a community of people at Bryn Mawr who support each other.

J.
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bryn Mawr was not the school I expected to attend. I originally only applied because it seemed like a nice middle road betwee...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bryn Mawr was not the school I expected to attend. I originally only applied because it seemed like a nice middle road between my Ivy League reach schools and my state school safeties. However, after one year here, I have absolutely fallen in love. I've had incredible professors that have encouraged and supported me in my academic endeavors, I've met so many wonderful people from a diverse array of backgrounds, and I've been able to pursue my love of theatre through performing on campus. Traditions tie the campus together and provide an unforgettable experience. Bryn Mawr was certainly not the school I thought I would attend, but now I can't imagine going anywhere else!

Anon
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's for a specific type of student- know what you're signing up for. Incredibly liberal/socialist.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's for a specific type of student- know what you're signing up for. Incredibly liberal/socialist.

Kimberly
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's definitely a school for a specific type of person, but ultimately there are a lot of safe spaces for students of color, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's definitely a school for a specific type of person, but ultimately there are a lot of safe spaces for students of color, queer students, and disabled students. The reigning ideology is pretty liberal, and can sometimes get liberal elitist, but ultimately you shouldn't come here regardless of what political party you're in if you can't handle constructive conversations about problematic behaviors of all political parties.

Susannah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bryn Mawr has amazing courses and professors. There is always something unique and interesting to learn about- things I never...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bryn Mawr has amazing courses and professors. There is always something unique and interesting to learn about- things I never even imagined you could study-. The professors are great and are pretty accessible. There is a lot of work you have to do, but this isn't a problem for me. I have found a lot of things at Bryn Mawr to be highly frustrating, however, and even though I am still glad I came here, I wish I had known about this. There is a hierarchy amongst students. Although they preach "sisterhood", which is problematic from the start because not everyone here is a sister, I have found that there is a culture of following a handful of the more popular students who happen to get involved in almost every application based position on campus. CDA's, Student Government, Customs, Workshops, etc. I have found that there is a large underbelly of students who go virtually unheard because of this, and many of them have interesting inputs and a wide diversity of experiences. Therefore, the idea of student advocation ends up rather being the self-advocation of only a handful of students. I don't blame these students and I like many of them. I just think it's bad judgment on the institution. Another thing that I felt a little cheated on is the idea that you will be supported by "the school" as a person. I have learned in my time at Bryn Mawr that it is a breeding ground for mental health complications. A significant portion of the student body faces struggles every day, and often the councilors or psychiatrists only exacerbate problems. I went through a rough period and finally called in for both a psychiatrist and counselor for appointments. I had to wait multiple weeks for an appointment with the counselor and two months for the psychiatrist. The counselor says inappropriate things constantly and I will probably stop seeing her and start going to a local therapist. Before coming to college, I was a very self-reliant and autonomous person. I would often come home to an empty house and lived with just my mom. I would cook and shop and walk to school myself. During this time, I was an incredibly happy person and people enjoyed my presence. When I came to Bryn Mawr, I felt coddled and yet unseen at the same time. I wanted to live in a single next year, but because we had a lottery, I was unable. I know for a fact that I would be healthy and happy again and wouldn't need the counselor or psychiatrist's help if I were able to have that autonomy back. Despite emailing my counselor, telling her that my mental health has spiraled and that I am worried for next year. However, I know other's who were able to get them with fewer problems than myself with sleeping in the same room as another person. (I am not an antisocial person- that's the thing- I'm like usually really friendly and happy but I've become a total pessimist- and when I try to be responsible for my own success, I am halted because Bryn Mawr likes you to fit a mold). I feel the single thing is just one example of the many ways I feel suppressed as an individual in this institution. There are many rules, both written and unwritten here, both sanctioned by the school itself as well as passed along through students, and they are not all healthy. People don't talk to new people on the sidewalk or even like go outside. There is no one having fun on campus on the weekends. People do socialize in their rooms and the dining hall, but I almost always hear gossip in these places. Overall, yes, the classes are great. Yes, if you are a queer white woman the clubs are great. Yes, it is a pretty campus. But if you are like me and you grew up navigating a city by yourself and not having many rules or expectations but still having high (self-induced!!) responsibility and happiness, expect this place to feel like an extremely stressful, frustrating, and academic summer camp.

Stephanie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

A good college, but for particular people. When they say it's small, they mean it - you can feel it. There are days where I s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

A good college, but for particular people. When they say it's small, they mean it - you can feel it. There are days where I swear I see maybe 5 people outside the dining hall, and days where I see a ton. Small wealthy suburban, easy access to essential stores/a train stop. The dorms are lovely and if you make the best of it, it's not bad at all, but my current dorm has really thin walls. Rooms and noise level vary even in the same hallway. Everyone mainly gets loud/parties on weekends, and most people leave campus to party. What I love most about BMC is the amazing support esp from your dean and also the sizable amt of opportunities offered to students. If you have a solid goal in mind (often involves grad school), you're set, and the school fosters fantastic minds. You really aren't taught by TAs but by your actual, book-writing, researching profs. Downside is that there are not as many class options and conflicting class times, but that comes with the small school package. Classes tend to be good and informative. For the most part people are kind and very intelligent, but I feel ironically that though the college is notably diverse in some ways, it can use vast improvement in others, like open-mindedness. A girl was cyberbullied and dropped out within a few months of my first semester here. Objectively I feel like the students can be aggressive, though their hearts are in the right place. They really value respect of identity here and it's great, but is something I feel people need to remember is still for some a new topic which takes education and patience. The honor code is real and people mostly follow it, but the dorm kitchens are a free-for-all. Overall, I've had both fantastic and terrible days while I was here. The student body has strong views and stands by them. It can get cliquey, and either loud or deathly quiet. But if you like the traditions, the small-scale world, the personal touch, and the east coast, Bryn Mawr is an incredible school and the campus is beautiful. Do know what you're signing up for though before you come, and take things with a grain of salt.

Callie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bryn Mawr is the right college for a very specific type of person. It's incredibly difficult to make friends, whether you're ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bryn Mawr is the right college for a very specific type of person. It's incredibly difficult to make friends, whether you're introverted or outgoing. The students are friendly, but at the end of the day, most go home alone. It can be incredibly isolating especially if you're the type of person who waits for people to come to you rather than being the aggressor in a friendship. People here are very antisocial, and although the administration and student government likes to paint itself as very inclusive, they keep their mouths shut when it comes to actual issues being discussed. There isn't a lot of progress being made at this school. The political atmosphere can sometimes be stifling, since the people who speak up the most are the most extreme, and no one seems to be willing to engage with them. The nearby college, Haverford, isn't much better, although from what I've seen they talk less about politics because there are strong "anti-SJW" and "SJW" groups on campus that like to shut down conversations before they can go anywhere. Off-campus housing is non-existent if you want a one-bedroom near the college that costs less than 1500 a month. PARKING both on and off campus is a total nightmare. On-campus housing is pretty, though! Pretty old. There are mice and cockroaches and leaky faucets and weird sounds. Granted, they've been fixing up some things lately (my dorm, which hasn't had drinkable water since it was built in the 1900s, finally got one- just one- single water fountain this semester), and they just built a new dorm building, which has much larger single rooms but is hot as hell and the walls are literally paper thin. You can hear every single word of someone's conversation next door. Usually the students aren't the type to stay up late and have in-room get-togethers, but it's been known to happen. Like off-campus housing, dorm regulation is non-existent. Someone spills something in the microwave? Guess what, it's your problem now. If it happens more than once, the hall might even get a delicately-worded e-mail about it from one of the peer advisors! That's about it, though. Wanna make the bathroom a cesspool? Who cares! Leave it to the janitors, whom we have sooo much respect for- so much respect that you can't complain when they smoke directly outside dorm entrances. These things might seem like small potatoes, but trust me, they build up when they are consistently annoying and consistently unaddressed. Administration is sneaky. You have to be 100% certain of what you want before you set up a meeting with anybody. One of the first things administration did was try to convince me that I shouldn't apply for financial aid, which was crap. Also, the school isn't need-blind in the application process, which probably explains the high percentage of students who pay full tuition. What else can I complain about, hmm... the food. The quality is amazing- it's more like restaurant food than college food. But the last source of food on campus closes at 8- 7 on weekends- and after that, if you get hungry, you'd better hope you stockpiled food or you're willing to go out in the cold and dark to walk all the way to Acme, the only local grocery store. Plus, whoever runs the food part of reslife is constantly changing regulations without warning AND without notification. Make a friend on the kitchen staff, because that's the only way you're going to know about policy changes beforehand. There is NO administrative transparency at all. Don't trust the website!! It's currently 2017 and absolutely none of the policies listed there have been updated since I was a freshman in 2015. Also, they claim that they're open for breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30, but what they don't tell you is that after 9 (which is when it used to close) they stop making everything except the eggs and bacon. Moral of the story: think very, very hard before you come here. I made a last-minute decision to come here because I felt 'right' on campus, but that feeling can and will go away. PS: PE. So much PE. What kind of college even still has a PE requirement?

Anu
The Mawr Is The Best

Bryn Mawr is a women's college in Pennsylvania. It is a school of politically aware, academic women who love to get involved ...

The Mawr Is The Best

Bryn Mawr is a women's college in Pennsylvania. It is a school of politically aware, academic women who love to get involved and are kind to one another. The students are friendly, the professors are helpful, the facilities are top notch, the food is ranked among the best college food, the campus is absolutely gorgeous and even the non-teaching staff are like family!

Kristiana
Bryn Mawr is a Blast

Bryn Mawr is an AMAZING environment. Of course there is always room for improvement, especially in terms of accessibility and...

Bryn Mawr is a Blast

Bryn Mawr is an AMAZING environment. Of course there is always room for improvement, especially in terms of accessibility and issues of inclusion and exclusion on campus. But the people here are amazing, and the professors (at least in the English department) are wonderful.

Ivana
Loved Bryn Mawr for the community

There is so much about this school that I will treasure for a lifetime. The class sizes are small, which allows students to r...

Loved Bryn Mawr for the community

There is so much about this school that I will treasure for a lifetime. The class sizes are small, which allows students to really build relationships with the professors and with each other and form lasting friendships. Everyone is always respectful to everyone else and the students are well supported by the administration. The students lead each other and your peers come from all types of backgrounds and countries. When you want to take classes at other schools, they are very accessible by the Haverford Blue Bus and the Swarthmore van. Even taking Upenn classes are doable by the train. All of the dorms are unique in their own way and while pursuing a science major with a premed track, I was able to be involved in the music department at Haverford College. Bryn Mawr allows you to follow your passion with like minded intellectuals in all of your classes who will inspire you to be the best of who you are.

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