Recent Alumnus 2010-07-23T20:47:50Z
Although this dorm is known as "the ugliest building on campus," it is my personal favorite. I lived there happily for three years enjoying its unusual architecture, cavernous hallways, and student dining hall on the first floor.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-23T20:44:12Z
General Campus Aesthetics – Bryn Mawr's campus is known for its beauty in all seasons. Its overall sense of serenity keeps students calm even during the most stressful times of the semester. There are not many paths, which can make the daily trek to class a little muddy sometimes, but Bryn Mawr's lack of concrete makes its sprawling fields that much more spectacular.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-04T02:41:49Z
College Food – Unfortunately, the campus has reduced the options to only two dining halls. They're never open past 8pm, but there's a small cash eatery in the campus center or the Lusty Cup cafe in the library for late-night study fixes. Overall the food is decent, healthy and accomodating, with more vegan options than any other school I've been to. You don't have to worry about choosing a meal plan freshman year; everyone starts on unlimited. (They all cost the same, but other plans give you different options in terms of guest passes, etc.)
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-04T02:36:14Z
Get Out of the Bubble! There is definitely plenty to do, with the full force of Philadelphia only a short train ride away. That being said, some people stay within the small main-line towns surrounding the school. It's cute, friendly, very walkable, and it has all of the necessities - great pizza places, fun thrift shops, and bigger name stores.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-07T20:17:04Z
The most unique thing about Bryn Mawr is the history of traditions. From Lantern Night to Hell Week, new students are the focus of a whole lot of lovin' from their upperclassmen! Most students end up really enjoying the experience, but like everything else at BMC, traditions are optional. There are plenty of other reasons - great professors, small class sizes, beautiful campus - to choose Bryn Mawr.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-07T20:13:58Z
Blue Bus – The blue bus is the between-campus transportation with Haverford College. It makes it very easy to take classes at both schools. There is only one pick-up/drop-off location at Bryn Mawr. The schedule is generally fine for coordinating classes, but limited for social events in the evenings.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-07T20:11:15Z
Honor Codes and Campus Enforcement – One of the most defining things about Bryn Mawr's campus "strictness" is the honor code. This is most evident in the way that people feel comfortable leaving laptops in the library or keeping their doors unlocked. There isn't an extensive list of school policies or a hyped-up security force patrolling parties. It all comes down to mutual respect, among students and with the staff and public safety officials. They're there to protect you, to help you - not to turn you in for underage drinking.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-05T02:47:09Z
Not So Much – If the drug scene is big at the school, then people hide it well. There are a good amount of people who smoke and drink more often than others, but it's never to a degree that is noteworthy enough to change the school's reputation. There are parties and drinks, but less prevalent that in other schools. Most of them are typically held in the neighboring/trico schools (Haverford or Swarthmore). There isn't really peer pressure to drink, and the school enforces responsible drinking.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-05T02:36:07Z
Fairly Diverse – Diversity is a plus. There are many students not only from all the over the U.S., but also from abroad. Bryn Mawr embraces different cultures and beliefs in the clubs and events supported by the school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-05T02:31:42Z
Small Town Suburb Close to Major City – There are numerous restaurants near the school - from tasty burgers, to Greek-style cooking, to exotic Asian cuisines. Even more great eateries in Philly are just a train-ride away.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-18T19:22:24Z
Deteriorating quality – The quality of our dining hall food continually decreases as dining services needs to cut their expenses. Rhoads dining hall was closed, leaving the other two dining halls overcrowded and noisy. The Mexican bar turned into a mashed potato bar, the short-order grill at dinner was discontinued and the take-out option was restricted. Expensive food items such as grape tomatoes, grapes and organic peanut butter have been discontinued or are served infrequently, and the quality of our fresh vegetables is... well... I wouldn't exactly call them fresh vegetables.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-18T19:01:13Z
Sports Are Low Key – The athletic scene is low key but the athletes are very committed. They play because they want to play, not because of academic scholarships or crowds cheering them on - both are non-existent at Bryn Mawr. Bring a friend if you want someone to watch your match. Few students participate in intramural sports once they are done with their mandatory 8 quarters of physical education.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-18T18:57:06Z
Guys & Girls:
What Dating Scene? Half of the students don't care about their looks. Why should they, with no dating scene around?
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-18T18:48:14Z
Not for the Science Majors – I came to Bryn Mawr in search of a strong science education in a place with no gender stereotypes against women. What I found instead were science classes so watered down that even women can succeed in them. Haverford's upper-level science courses are typically taught at twice the pace and assign much harder homework than the corresponding courses at Bryn Mawr. The graduate courses are a bit better, but they still cover less ground than related undergraduate courses at Haverford. Bryn Mawr's science programs appeal to the students who would not typically consider a science major. The stronger students take most of their classes off campus or have a boatload of independent study arrangements.
I still give the academics a B instead of a D because my professors have been very encouraging and supportive. They have challenged me personally and academically (outside of class) and helped me find amazing summer positions.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-16T20:15:26Z
Between the tri-co there are lots of parties if your under age however after a year or two it can get old, but then again by that time I guess you can go to a club in the city.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-16T20:10:35Z
Computer Labs – We have 4 computer "labs" one of which is open 24 hours, their are 4 places to print. There is wireless internet throughout the campus,with great connectivity. Computer access is great here, you can even check a laptop out from the library.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-16T20:08:21Z
Health & Safety:
Public Safety at Brynmawr College – I have never felt unsafe at Bryn Mawr, public safety takes their job seriously. Because it is a small all woman's college it is easy to recognize people and easy notice people who are out of place. Also public safety is here to help no matter what even if your drunk.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-14T00:58:25Z
There are no sororities on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-07-18T22:07:55Z
The college recently decided to cut 200 campus computers. Guild, formerly the biggest computer lab on campus, is now an open laptop space. Laptops used to be convenient, but now they are absolutely essential.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-25T20:20:03Z
As of this year, Bryn Mawr offers a very limited number of apartments near the campus, serviced by the campus shuttle. Aside from this opportunity, there are very few apartments in the area that are affordable to the average college student. There are cheaper apartments in the surrounding towns, but you have to be willing to take the train every day to class.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-25T20:17:18Z
While the athletic facilities leave something to be desired, the student center and libraries are great. People often travel long distances to use our classics and architecture library. If the library doesn't have something you are looking for, they'll make sure they get it. While the bookstore, student cafes, and campus center are small, they have most of what you need. They are very friendly places where people like to congregate. There are not a lot of student performance spaces, but the college is starting to address that by building new extensions and making space available.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-25T20:13:19Z
I wouldn't know much about parking. I, like the majority of the student body, do not have a car. I would imagine that parking is not great since the parking spaces always seem to be full. Freshmen can't *technically* have cars, but it isn't actually unheard of. You don't really need a car at Bryn Mawr. The R5 is only a short walk away and there is the blue bus system to take you to Haverford and Swarthmore.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-25T20:13:04Z
I wish I had a car because SEPTA is so annoying. Parking is a little tricky. Don't put BMC stickers on your car, or Public Safety will know you're a student (if you choose to park at Admissions or in front of Wyndam). Having a car isn't necessary at all, and most people don't have cars, but those who do have more options.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-25T19:56:25Z
Well, besides being an all-women's college, we are remarkably diverse economically, ethnically, and definitely sexually. However, you won't find a lot of people who are conservative politically, and we tend to share similar ideals in terms of women's and gay rights.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-25T19:55:21Z
Most students at Bryn Mawr bring their own computers to campus, although it's not at all a requirement. We have a 24-hour computer lab that students have access to. The campus is both Mac- and PC-friendly, and the Help Desk can help with computer problems on any computer, including ones that students bring to campus. The dorms all have Ethernet connections, and the dorm common rooms, libraries, campus center, and some outdoor spaces have wireless.
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