First-Year Frequently Asked Questions

July 31, 2012

I have specific questions about admission. Whom should I contact?
You should reach out to your territory manager. Admission officers are assigned to work with students from different states and countries. Your territory manager is a great resource and she can help you with questions or concerns that you might have during the application process. You can find the Admissions Officer for your region here.

When are the deadlines for admission?
Bryn Mawr offers three deadlines for admission: November 15 for Early Decision I, January 1 for Early Decision II, and January 15 for Regular Decision.

Is Early Decision right for me?
We recommend prospective students to think carefully about Early Decision. Early Decision at Bryn Mawr is binding, which means that if admitted, you must enroll at the College. Students applying Early should consider Bryn Mawr as their first and only college choice. In addition, students admitted under an Early Decision plan are required to withdraw applications from other colleges and universities.

Last year, about 30 percent of the incoming class was admitted via Early Decision.

Does Bryn Mawr require a supplement for the Common Application?
Yes. The Bryn Mawr supplement is an additional component to the Common Application. The supplement will ask a few Bryn Mawr-specific questions but the core of the supplement is the essay. The essay will help the Admissions Committee learn more about your interest in the College; for you, it provides another opportunity to showcase your writing skills. The Bryn Mawr supplement can be found on the Common Application website.

What is the College’s standardized test policy?
Bryn Mawr has a “test flexible” policy that provides applicants more options regarding submission of standardized test scores. Visit our Standardized Testing Requirements page to learn more.

What is Super scoring and what does it mean for my application?
With Super scoring, Bryn Mawr will consider the highest scores of your SAT or ACT test in our evaluation of your application. This means the admission committee will only review your highest math, critical reading, and writing scores on the SAT (and the highest composite scores on the ACT) in our decision making.

Are interviews required?
Though not required for most students, an interview is strongly recommended. Home schooled students are required to have interviews and should refer to our Home Schooled students page for application instructions. 
Applicants have several options for interviews: on campus with an admission officer; with an alumna in your area; and via Skype. If you are interested in signing up for an interview, register online.

Does Bryn Mawr offer merit based scholarship? What about financial aid?
All applicants to Bryn Mawr are eligible for merit based scholarships. There are no requirements or additional applications to submit; the admission committee is considering students for merit scholarships during application review. The annual award amounts range from $8,000 to $20,000.

About 68 percent of students receive need-based financial aid; nearly 75 percent receive some type of financial aid. Bryn Mawr is committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need. Visit the Student Financial Services page to learn more about the College’s funding policies.

What is the Consortium and how does it work?
Bryn Mawr is a member of three consortia: the Bi-Co (Bryn Mawr and Haverford College), the Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College), and the Quaker (Bryn Mawr, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania). These partnerships allow Bryn Mawr students to take courses at the other consortium institutions. Between the four schools, there are 5,000 classes available; each year, there are about 3,000 cross registrations.
In addition to the countless academic benefits, there are a number of clubs and activities that are joint efforts between consortium schools.

Learn more about the consortia on our Academic Partnerships page.

How diverse is Bryn Mawr’s campus?
We are very proud of the diverse community at Bryn Mawr. Our students come from almost every state in the country, from all over the world, and from varied backgrounds. They bring with them diversity of thought, religion, and political affiliation, as well as of socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and geography. Eighteen percent of our students are first generation college students, and nearly one third of our domestic students identify as women of color.

What about the number of international students?
Bryn Mawr has a long history of being a global campus. Nearly one fifth of Bryn Mawr students are international, hailing from approximately 60 countries throughout the world.

What is social life like on campus?
The College has more than 100 clubs and organizations and twelve Division III Varsity athletic teams, which means there’s always something happening on campus. Bryn Mawr students also take part in social events at neighboring colleges, particularly those schools that comprise our consortium. Students also enjoy all of the benefits of Philadelphia, which is the 2nd largest city on the east coast and 20 minutes from campus (the train station is only two blocks away).

How does Bryn Mawr treat transgender students?

Bryn Mawr's admissions policy as a women's college is to admit female students only. If it is not clear that an applicant to the College is female, we would approach the situation on an individual basis to gain a better understanding of the student's circumstances. However, our policy to admit female students only would not change.

How an individual self-identifies in terms of gender, or any changes in self-identification while a student is enrolled here are personal matters and not something the College tracks. Our students tend to be exceptionally accepting of each other’s differences, and the faculty, staff, and administrators try to create as healthy and supportive an environment as possible for all of our students.

What is Bryn Mawr’s policy with regard to undocumented students?

Bryn Mawr College does not discriminate on the basis of national origin or citizenship in our admissions process. In addition, Bryn Mawr makes admissions decisions from a global perspective and does not separate the pool into “international” and “domestic” for the purposes of making those decisions. While the College has practiced need-sensitive admission for all applicants since 1995, Bryn Mawr also meets full demonstrated financial need for all students who are eligible, including undocumented students.