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Bryn Mawr Admissions Information

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA (map)


Bryn Mawr College, founded in 1885, is one of the prestigious Seven Sisters. Located 10 miles from Philadelphia, the college has a tradition of, and commitment to, advancing the education of women; the school continuously offers students a rigorous intellectual training. Consistently ranked in the Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Bryn Mawr is among the top 10 colleges and universities for its percentage of undergraduates who earn Ph.D.s, testifying to its excellent academic programs and preparation. Bryn Mawr balances its single-sex education with coed opportunities through its membership in the Tri-College Consortium, where students are able to enroll in over 5,000 courses at neighboring Haverford, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. Famous women who graduated from Bryn Mawr include actress Katharine Hepburn, poet Edith Hamilton, and the first female Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust.

Bryn Mawr is located in the suburban outskirts of Philadelphia, which is a mere 20 minute bus ride away. Students who wish to venture further from campus are also able to take a 2 hour train ride to New York City or Washington D.C, and it is an easy drive to the New Jersey beaches. On campus, the college has more than 100 clubs and organizations for all types, ranging from those with a passion for community service to those who enjoy performing arts.



Basic Info

Main Address: 101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone Number: (610) 526-5000  
Website: www.brynmawr.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Women only  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III and club sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,293  
Percent out-of-state: 86%  
Percent international: 12.39%  
Female to Male ratio: 100:0  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 8:1  
Most popular majors: English Language and Literature
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Women's Housing
Cooperative Housing
Campus ministries
Film society
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Student government
Choral groups
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Voted #1 Dorms Like Palaces
  • Voted #16 Best Quality of Life
  • Voted #20 Most Accessible Professors
  • Voted #8 Best Campus Food
  • Voted #17 Students Study the Most

Admissions Information

With a 48% admittance rate, admission at Bryn Mawr is selective. As with most competitive colleges, admissions officials will look at more than a student's high school grades, though this aspect continues to be the most important factor of the application.

Along with the secondary school record, Bryn Mawr admissions place a good deal of emphasis on the student's recommendations. Academic GPA, extracurricular activities, personal statement, and character are also important considerations. Factors that are considered but not as important are standardized test scores, class rank, volunteer work, work experience, talent, racial status, geographical residence, alumni relation, interview, and whether the student is a first generation college student. Bryn Mawr values women who are both intellectually talented and passionate. The school seeks students with diverse interests, so emphasizing a love for learning would only work to an applicant's favor.

Admissions address: 101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone number: (610) 526-5152  
Fax number: (610) 526-7471  
Admissions Website: http://brynmawr.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@brynmawr.edu  
Contact Person: Jennifer Rickard  
Number of first-year applications received: 2,271  
Percent of applicants admitted: 48%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15; January 1  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: 2 Academic Teacher Evaluation(s)
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test and SAT II Subject Tests; or ACT (Writing is optional)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2049  
ACT code: 3526  
Learn more about other Women's schools:
Smith   Wellesley   Vassar   Mount Holyoke  

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