Bryn Mawr, PA
Bryn Mawr College


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Recent Reviews

Weezie
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The gossip is probably the worst thing about this school. It's a small women's college- there is bound to be a little drama.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The gossip is probably the worst thing about this school. It's a small women's college- there is bound to be a little drama.

What's unique about your campus?

The inclusive atmosphere at Bryn Mawr is definitely the best part. Everyone is willing to learn about people and learn new things, and we as a school are almost 100% tolerant of things that people would be expelled or denied access for at other schools. We are over 8% international students, are represented by 49 states, and are just freaking awesome.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would absolutely advise parents to let their child engage actively in the search process. Pushing your student is going to do nothing except make them feel pressured to seriously consider schools that they may not want to attend, either to please their parent or to spite them. Allow the student to seriously consider those programs and future careers that are of interest to them; whether a parent approves or disapproves of a student's academic and life choices will not matter once that student is at an institution. There is always a chance that the student will become interested in something else, as so often occurs, or that their interests during the college search process ring true and they find themselves in a promising academic program or career in a discipline that they care about.

Christi
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a school that is socially comfortable for you. You can be an English or Chemistry major anywhere. Grad school is when th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Find a school that is socially comfortable for you. You can be an English or Chemistry major anywhere. Grad school is when that becomes most important. For your undergraduate career find somewhere where you know you will make friends and has clubs that appeal to you. A large part of you education is not just in the class room when you're an undergrad.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

No men, obviously. If you want to work more than part time, Bryn Mawr isn't for you, or if school isn't your number one priority.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Bryn Mawr is small. We have the most fabulous traditions. The diversity of the students. The architecture and dining hall food. The communication between profs. and students. I was a religious and political minority, but I never felt discriminated against.

Stephanie
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are kind, considerate, academically-oriented, liberal, feminist, open, intelligent, and honest.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are kind, considerate, academically-oriented, liberal, feminist, open, intelligent, and honest.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I felt fully prepared when I came to this school.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important aspect of the college search is visiting the campus and getting a feel for the campus's environment; a school could look great on paper, but when you visit it, it just does not feel right for you. To make the most of the college experience always be open to new things, whether it's a class in a department that is totally different from your major or a club or activity that you have never tried before, or something else. You never know you just might find a new passion.

Janet
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The sense of campus-wide camaraderie is truly rare. Also, the emphasis on 'bread and roses': the students here love beauty an...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The sense of campus-wide camaraderie is truly rare. Also, the emphasis on 'bread and roses': the students here love beauty and wisdom and justice. They are interested in social rights, and art, and economics...they are interested in everything. The tolerance is also special. It is equally acceptable to spend your saturday night in the library (for fun!) or go our clubbing on a tuesday night...and both can be equally fun and busy!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose the place that feels right to you. I must have taken classes regularly at 4 different colleges throughout my undergrad experience, I saw how each college brought out some parts of me and hid others. In the grand scheme of things, going to the "right" college is not that important, but it does affect how you will change. Although I would have been equally well-educated at any of the four college I attended (UPenn, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford) my personality and character would have been different. This is something to take into consideration. Are these students the kind of person I aspire to be? As for making the most of the college experience...just remember that it is YOUR experience, and you always, always have options. Very few things are set in stone. If you are unhappy with something, as long as you can figure out what you want, you will be able to find a way to get it. Be positive and open and brave, and never give up. And never forget to have fun. "It's only life, afterall. "

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known to take advantage of the career center and take some praxis (intership+class) classes. I didn't think it was that important, but I wonder if that may have been helpful.

Anna
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

We give offerings to Athena- we're not your average bunch and we're better, faster, stronger academically than most colleges....

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

We give offerings to Athena- we're not your average bunch and we're better, faster, stronger academically than most colleges. We are a strong community devoted to empowering women through education. We also have the best and some of the oldest traditions in the country, including the oldest (still active) student government.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

We're not called 'Mawrtyrs' for nothing- the work load culls the weak and there's a high transfer rate. Pretty much if you can survive here, you can survive anywhere. Not a lot of activity on campus and if you're straight... Well, good luck with that.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Research and VISIT your top 5 colleges! Planning is key- go when students will be there. Walk around campus after the tour to get a feel for the place. Ask yourself, "Is this the environment for me? Do I fit in with a lot of the people here? Does this feel right?" Many times it takes a while to sink in whether a place is right or not. Give yourself time and don't forget to give an interview! An interview can be the one thing that tips the balance in your favor.

rachel
Describe the students at your school.

quircky ecentric strong willed not afraid to dress or act how they want

Describe the students at your school.

quircky ecentric strong willed not afraid to dress or act how they want

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

make sure to have an overnight first to garner the true campus experience befor choosing a school it helps you gain a real feel of the social aspects of campus you cant excel as aperson unless your happy with who you are and your surroundings/friends

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

true lack of men swathmore and haverford men are boys not real men

Katherine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's important to find a college where you just feel inherently comfortable. A great education is important, but there are m...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's important to find a college where you just feel inherently comfortable. A great education is important, but there are many different schools at which one can learn and accomplish great things. But the part of college that will really make the difference is how you feel about your school, and how you feel about yourself while you're there. If you are constantly worried, upset by your peers, your social situation, or anything else, however small it may be, it will distract you from making the most of your academic and cultural education. so when looking at colleges, it's most important to feel comfortable and have the things that are important to you. The college experience itself is up to you. As the student you are no longer held by the tight standards and requirements you had in high school. Feel free to build your own schedule, take the classes that interest you, get as involved as you want with your activities, and take ownership of your time. College is a wonderful experience, and one that teaches lessons both inside and outside of the classroom, but you have to make it your own.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Traditions. There are no sororities at Bryn Mawr, but we have a strong community based on our school traditions. The uperclassmen look out for their freshmen, and we stick together. Also, the great education you receive going to a seven sisters school.

Amanda
What kind of person should attend this school?

You have to be able to work really hard and be really focused. You have to make your own social life (especially if you like ...

What kind of person should attend this school?

You have to be able to work really hard and be really focused. You have to make your own social life (especially if you like to party) because you have to go off-campus for that.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The social atmosphere...there are a lot of socially awkward people here. People who've spent their whole lives just studying and studying and just want to get through school without focus on making friends or anything. That's annoying.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the schools you are applying to! You will never know if a school is right for you if you just base your decisions on what you read in books. The moment you step onto a campus you will feel whether or not it is the right place for you--no article or rating can give you that sense of belonging that you may find at a school you never expected to like. So visit a lot of schools! You need to visit way more schools than you're interesting in applying to because you need to figure out what you like. You need to figure out how it feels to be on a campus you DON'T like as well as how it feels to be on one in which you fit perfectly. Taking the time to visit as many schools as possible is the most important part of the application process that I can think of, remember: no matter what Princeton Review or CollegeBoard or Campus Discovery tells you about a college, YOU are the one who has to be there for four years. YOU need to find the right fit.

Keely
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Bryn Mawr is friendly, challenging community where college traditions are important.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Bryn Mawr is friendly, challenging community where college traditions are important.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I would suggest visiting. It is a very specific environment that is great for some people, but horrible for others. All my friends say they were sure they wanted to go to co-ed schools, but knew they wanted to go to Bryn Mawr after visiting. People who want to party a lot should know that there are very few parties on campus and should be prepared to travel to other area colleges for parties.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would like them to know that which college they choose is not the most important thing. A lot of student's satisfaction with their college experience rests on luck (Do they like their roomate/the people on their hall, is their dorm well located, do they like their professors?) and what students make of it (any college can be boring and lonely if one doesn't get involved and interesting if one searches out new friends and things to do).

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