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Study at Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College, established in 1885 and often abbreviated as BMC, is a private, women's liberal arts college. It is located in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, United States. The college offers bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctoral degree programs in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to its students.

The official mascot of Bryn Mawr College is an Owl christened The Predator. The students of BMC participate in intercollegiate lacrosse, badminton, basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, track and field, rowing, cross country, field hockey, and soccer. Students are also encouraged to participate in various club sports, including ultimate frisbee, equestrian, fencing, karate and synchronized skating. The college has a fully equipped gymnasium with state of the art equipment to help students stay at the peak of their fitness levels all the time.

Profile of Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr is found in Bryn Mawr, PA. Bryn Mawr is a large suburb. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Doctoral degree at Bryn Mawr.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Bryn Mawr is known for its programs in medicine, mathematics, fine arts, family and social work, and liberal arts.

Bryn Mawr Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Hats off to the 45% of those who apply who get accepted. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 620. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 580 and 690.


Bryn Mawr maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Bryn Mawr is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 1, 790 in 2007 at the school. A very high share of students at Bryn Mawr are female.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Bryn Mawr has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Bryn Mawr values student athletics, and belongs to the Centennial Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"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 Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts203English, political science, economics, classical studies, history, urban studies, anthropology, sociology, . . .
Family and Social Work105social work
Therapy and Counselling38psychology, clinical psychology
Science38biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy
Fine Arts18art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Art Studies5art studies
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Education and Teaching0Education
Drama and Performing Arts0dance

Contact: Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr College

101 N Merion Avenue

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

General Phone: (610) 526-5000


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