Bryn Mawr College

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101 N. Merion Avenue

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Phone: (610) 526-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#30 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bryn Mawr College is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,322, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bryn Mawr College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 30. Its tuition and fees are $43,900 (2013-14).

Bryn Mawr College is an institution for female students in the suburban outskirts of Philadelphia. Though it is a women’s school, Bryn Mawr students have many options to balance a single-sex education with coed opportunities at neighboring schools. At Haverford College, which is a mile away, Bryn Mawr women can take courses, join organizations and live in residence halls. Bryn Mawr students can also take courses and attend social events at nearby Swarthmore College, and can enroll in classes at the University of Pennsylvania. A shuttle van transports students among Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore; the University of Pennsylvania is a half-hour drive from campus. For students traveling at night, they can be picked up at any campus location or nearby train station by the school’s Lantern Van, which runs until 1 a.m. On campus, there are more than 100 student clubs and organizations, some of which are housed in the renovated Victorian homes on Cambrian Row. All students are expected to live on campus throughout the academic year but can request approval to move off campus. The Bryn Mawr Owls athletic teams are members of the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. For fun off campus, downtown Philadelphia is 11 miles—or a 20-minute train ride—away. Home to more than 250,000 college students, Philadelphia has something for everyone: history, nightlife, shopping, sports and more.

The small school hosts unique and engaging educational events throughout the year. The Creative Writing Program Reading Series, for example, is an opportunity for students to hear notable authors read excerpts of their famous works. First-year students attend Balch Seminars—intense writing, reading and discussion sessions meant to make Bryn Mawr women more critical thinkers and instill a bond among the freshmen class. Students can put the critical thinking skills they learned in class to work through the school’s Praxis Program, which allows students to earn credit for community-based work and research. Notable alumnae of Bryn Mawr College include actress Katharine Hepburn and geneticist Nettie Stevens, who discovered the meaning of the X and Y chromosome.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bryn Mawr women possess an intense intellectual commitment, a purposeful vision of their lives and the desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world. Well known for its long tradition of intellectual inquiry, Bryn Mawr has consistently produced outstanding leaders and scholars. In fact, Bryn Mawr is ranked among the top ten of all colleges and universities in percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D., and is considered excellent preparation for the nation's top law, medical and business schools. Proud of its 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the College offers students the opportunity to work closely with professors; more than 500 students collaborate with faculty on independent projects every year. Students may also choose from more than 5,000 courses offered through nearby Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, as well as the University of Pennsylvania. Committed to diversity, students come from 47 states and 58 countries and more than a third of Bryn Mawr students are women of color and international students. Minutes outside of Philadelphia and only two hours by train from New York City and Washington, D.C., Bryn Mawr is recognized by many as one of the most stunning college campuses in the United States. Its mixture of collegiate Gothic architecture and post-modern buildings owe much of their beauty to the original campus plan that was created and executed by Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, landscape architects and the designers of New York's Central Park.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1885
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $641,173,000


When applying to Bryn Mawr College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Bryn Mawr College is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 41.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 41.4%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bryn Mawr College is 8:1, and the school has 73.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bryn Mawr College include: English Language and Literature, General; Anthropology; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 78%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
English Language and Literature, General 11%
Anthropology 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Political Science and Government, General 9%
Psychology, General 9%

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Student Life

Bryn Mawr College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,322, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 93.8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6.2 percent of students live off campus. Bryn Mawr College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,774
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Bryn Mawr College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Bryn Mawr College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bryn Mawr College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bryn Mawr College, 54.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $35,342.

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Tuition and fees $43,900 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,860 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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