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Bryn Mawr College Admissions

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Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College

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Bryn Mawr College Description:

One of the original "seven sister" colleges, Bryn Mawr remains one of the top women's colleges and liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Bryn Mawr is a member of the Tri-College Consortium with Swarthmore and Haverford. Shuttles run between the three campuses, and students can easily cross-register for classes. The college is also close to Philadelphia, and students can register for courses at the University of Pennsylvania  (see all Philadelphia area colleges). Along with strong academics, Bryn Mawr is rich in history and traditions including "Parade Night" at the year's start and "May Day" at the end of the spring semester. In athletics, the Bryn Mawr Owl's compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields eleven intercollegiate sports.

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Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2013):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,738 (1,328 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 100% Female
  • 99% Full-time

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Costs (2014 - 15):

Bryn Mawr College Financial Aid (2012 - 13):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 53%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,544
    • Loans: $5,817

Most Popular Majors:

Anthropology, Biology, English, Math, Political Science, Psychology, Urban Studies

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 81%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Bryn Mawr College Mission Statement:

mission statement from the Bryn Mawr website

"The mission of Bryn Mawr College is to provide a rigorous education and to encourage the pursuit of knowledge as preparation for life and work. Bryn Mawr teaches and values critical, creative, and independent habits of thought and expression in an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum for women and in coeducational graduate programs in Arts and Sciences and Social Work and Social Research. Bryn Mawr seeks to sustain a community diverse in nature and democratic in practice, for we believe that only through considering many perspectives do we gain a deeper understanding of each other and the world.

Since its founding in 1885, the College has maintained its character as a small residential community which fosters close working relationships between faculty and students. The faculty of teacher/scholars emphasizes learning through conversation and collaboration, primary reading, original research and experimentation. Our cooperative relationship with Haverford College enlarges the academic opportunities for students and their social community. Our active ties to Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania, and the proximity of the city of Philadelphia further extend the opportunities available at Bryn Mawr.

Living and working together in a community based on mutual respect, personal integrity and the standards of a social and academic Honor Code, each generation of students experiments with creating and sustaining a self-governing society within the College. The academic and co-curricular experiences fostered by Bryn Mawr, both on campus and in the College's wider setting, encourage students to be responsible citizens who provide service to and leadership for an increasingly interdependent world."

Bryn Mawr College profile last updated May 2015.

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