College Sophomore 2013-06-06T01:48:33Z
Parking is always available in the various dorm parking lots.
College Sophomore 2013-04-29T15:53:57Z
There is some shopping and lots of restaurants in Bryn Mawr, but everything is pretty expensive and if you want to get off campus and do something fun (i.e. concerts, museums, shows), you usually will have to go into Philadelphia, which is a 20 minute train ride away. Bryn Mawr College gives 6 free round-trip tickets per student per semester for this purpose.
College Junior 2013-03-26T00:26:28Z
Nightlife here is pretty good so far, being near Philly lets you go to concerts, bars, and great restaurants. Campus safety is very relaxed so you can pretty much do what you want on and off campus
College Sophomore 2013-03-26T00:20:36Z
To be honest I am a freshman and so far I am loving it. It is super easy to meet people in the tri-co and its awesome to have the option of going out in the city when you get bored. I love the small classes but the large variety that comes along with being in a consortium
College Sophomore 2013-03-21T21:13:42Z
It's the northeast. It's cold but thankfully the walk to most classes is less than eight minutes so even when the day is ugly you can stay out of it for the most part.
Recent Alumnus 2013-02-16T21:16:19Z
Academics in general is fine. I am a senior and I'm extremely frustrated with Bryn Mawr Russian Flagship program. I'm taking RUSS 390 and the class is not what I expected. They told me it's going to prepare me for life and work in Russia, but it's just a very monotonous literature class. I don't understand why it's called Pre-Professionals: we don't discuss current events, Russian news, what Russians think about different issues, we don't talk about politics or culture. I stayed in the class because I didn't have a choice. It's not preparing me for next year in St. Petersburg at all. Working with the tutor was helpful, I enjoyed it. Other than that not so good. Anybody having similar experiences with Flagship classes?
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T18:55:14Z
Guys & Girls:
The women of Bryn Mawr definitely have their similar traits - smart, often nerdy, hardworking - but their is definitely diversity within the population.
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T18:48:46Z
Obviously no campus is completely drug free, but I haven't heard anything about any kind of substance abuse around campus.
College Junior 2013-01-02T22:26:33Z
Walls are thin everywhere, and a lot of dorms have mouse problems. They have to renovate a lot of them because they are old buildings. And a lot of them arentt built for tall people!
It's not hard to get a single, just try to live in Haffner. Bathrooms tend to be average at best.
Haffner is very antisocial, so don't live there as a freshman unless you don't like meeting new people. Brecon is really far away but apparently pretty quiet, probably because no one wants to trek all the way there just to make noise.
College Junior 2013-01-02T22:22:24Z
I grew up here so I'm used to the weather. You gotta pack a lot of clothes if you're not local because we do have weather extremes- we can run the gamut from 100+ degrees in the summer to 0 in the winter. And bring rain boots and an umbrella because it likes to rain! PA weather is unpredictable and in the spring it might be 45 one day and 70 the next.
College Junior 2013-01-02T22:16:11Z
Some of the science courses can be really tough because some professors want to "weed out the weak" or something, and truthfully, the humanities seem really weak and easy! I guess if you're into the humanities and just want a high GPA this is a good place. But some departments are absolutely FANTASTIC and many of the professors really do care. Overall the classes are pretty hit or miss though.
Some of the best departments in my opinion? Psychology, the languages, chemistry. Linguistics seems popular but that department is shared by Bryn Mawr/Haverford/Swarthmore Colleges.
College Junior 2013-01-02T22:11:52Z
I am a Psychology major and I really enjoy the program. You learn a lot, and don't just memorize facts- the assignments given are generally pretty thought-provoking and aren't just designed to make you recite memorized facts. All of the Psych professors seem really cool, though I haven't had a few of them. Many of them are still very active in research, and will offer research positions and ask for undergrad help. Even as a freshman I was offered a summer job doing low-level work in a rat lab! I just wish they would talk more about what we could do AFTER we graduate, because that hasn't really been touched on much.
College Sophomore 2012-12-28T07:55:51Z
There are students from all around the world, which can offer a refreshing perspective in the classroom, particularly during discussions. Even though people come from all different backgrounds, there is an incorporated sense of community.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T07:24:57Z
One of the highlights of BMC is our relationship with Haverford and Swat. There are continuous blue buses shipping students between campuses. This is very convenient and expands the opportunities for parties, activities and especially classes. A SEPTA line is also very close by. A lantern van runs at night after 7pm as a safety measure, taking students to the train station and other parts of campus.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T07:22:31Z
Health & Safety:
A student body that strictly adheres to the honor code only enforces the efforts of a stellar campus safety. I feel privileged to not have to worry about theft, sexual-abuse, and other issues regarding safety. Students look out for each other. Overall, I cannot imagine a safer school except if students were more cautious (i.e. locking rooms etc.) because we feel very safe here.
College Sophomore 2012-12-22T07:05:33Z
Sports are not that big of a deal. School and fan spirit only comes from other athletes. It is very rare to see non-athletes at any sporting event. On the bright side, all of the facilities are new and very modern.
College Sophomore 2012-12-22T07:01:55Z
The studies are very rigorous and challenging. The teachers are always encouraging you to come to them for help. They are just excited about your education as you are. The campus has hundreds of nooks to hide away in to study. Since the studies are so hard, everyone is always studying so the stress doesn't seem as intense because everyone has such a huge work load.
College Sophomore 2012-12-14T18:27:36Z
There isn't a big party scene here at Bryn Mawr, which is great-- hear me out. If someone wants to go have fun, we are part of a tri-co system with Haverford College and Swarthmore College, as well as a short SEPTA ride away from UPenn, Drexel, Temple, Villanova and much more. Parties are very accessible--but if someone wants to get some work done and sleep, it's possible to do that here, and that is a lot more than I can say for most college dorms.
The Academics are top notch. My favorite part is that the professors are very accessible and are always waiting to help you out.
College Sophomore 2012-12-14T18:24:43Z
We have a great community of students. Everyone gets along, and I have yet to witness "girl drama". The campus is beautiful and ALWAYS clean. We have cherry blossom trees that all boom in the Spring, and it is absolutely heavenly. In May, all of us gather in white dresses to picnic under the cherry blossom trees.
We have a very strong traditions, 5 each year, that helps us bond with classmates as well as students of other classes. All 5 require cross-class activities and everyone gets really into it. It's a great community.
During the weekdays, however, it is academically intense and there isn't much life on campus. A-!
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-08T18:57:40Z
The school is in a small residential neighborhood so clubs/bars locally apart from a couple pubs. On campus there are some small parties and 2-3 large parties a year, but it is also pretty easy to go to haverford, swarthmore, and to some extent UPenn for parties by bus (Free: Haverford and Swat) or by train (~$5 to UPenn). It also is about a $5 cab fare to Villanova.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-08T18:52:18Z
Good on-Campus – The school is small so we only have 2 dining halls and a cafe on campus, but they do a really good job constantly providing a variety of good food. There are special dinners through out the year which are amazing and take out is available on weekdays. The local town is also pretty small, so there are not many vendors, and no money in the meal plans to spend in that regard, but they are relatively cheap and you can get a meal plan (as an upperclassmen) with money to spend at the on-campus cafe and coffee shops.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-08T18:41:57Z
Every Dorm Is Unique – There are no specifically freshman or upperclassman dorms. Every dorm has a mix of every class which ends up fostering a very tight community campus wide. Since over 95% of the student body lives on campus everyone has to mingle regardless of class year.
Apart from this though, each dorm attracts different types of people due to their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, Brecon has it's own parking lot, some of the nicest facilities and the largest rooms on campus, but it is out of the way and a good walk from food, classes, transportation, and social centers. Pembroke and Rockefeller on the other hand are at the very center of campus, with easy access to everything, which lends itself to more parties and socialization, but the rooms are smaller, with more multiple occupancy, and are prone to more wear and tear, with drafts in the winter and older facilities.
There are about 11 different dorms on campus and all have their own ups and downs, but the housing process (although a little chaotic) almost always has students end up in a dorm they are comfortable in.
College Junior 2012-08-25T11:48:34Z
Explore the City – Don't hibernate, there are a ton of great restaurants in Philly and locally too.
College Junior 2012-08-25T11:44:34Z
I love that there are seasons here, and the campus highlights/makes the most of them all.
College Junior 2012-08-25T11:43:29Z
Always Things to Do – There is always something to do, should you want to.
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