Less than half of all applicants to Bryn Mawr College will get in. This highly selective women's liberal arts college looks for students whose grades and standardized test scores are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The data show that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Your chances are best if you have a solid "A" average and SAT scores of 2000 or better.
You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in all but the uppermost right corner of the graph. Many women with grades and test scores that were on target for Bryn Mawr did not get in. At the same time, note that a few students were accepted with standardized test scores and grades that were a bit below the norm. This is because Bryn Mawr's admissions folks look at more than numbers. The college uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The college will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." They will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Also important for admission to Bryn Mawr is the college's supplement to the Common Application. In your supplemental essay, be sure to do your research and demonstrate your interest in the college.
To learn more about Bryn Mawr College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Bryn Mawr College Admissions Profile
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- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?