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Application | Admission Plans | Entrance Tests and Interviews | Early Admission and Deferred Entrance | Credit for Advanced Placement Tests and International Exams | Home-Schooled Students | Transfer Students | International Students | Readmission

Bryn Mawr College is interested in candidates of character and ability who want an education in the liberal arts and sciences and are prepared for college work by a sound education. The College has found highly successful candidates among students of varied interests and talents from a wide range of schools and regions in the United States and abroad. In its consideration of candidates, the College looks for evidence of ability in the student's high-school record, the challenge of her program of study, her rank in class (if available), and her College Board or ACT tests; it asks her high-school adviser and several teachers for an estimate of her character, maturity and readiness for college.

Candidates are expected to complete a four-year secondary school course. The program of studies providing the best background for college work includes English, languages and mathematics carried through most of the school years and, in addition, history and a laboratory science. A school program giving good preparation for study at Bryn Mawr would be as follows: English grammar, composition and literature through four years; at least three years of mathematics, with emphasis on basic algebraic, geometric and trigonometric concepts and deductive reasoning; three years of one modern or ancient language, or a good foundation in two languages; some work in history; and at least one course in a laboratory science, preferably biology, chemistry or physics. Elective subjects might be offered in, for example, art, music or computing to make up the total of 16 or more credits recommended for admission to the College.

Since school curricula vary widely, the College is fully aware that many applicants for admission will offer programs that differ from the one described above. The College will consider such applications, provided the students have maintained good records and continuity in the study of basic subjects.


Bryn Mawr College accepts the Common Application with a required institutional supplement. The Common Application is available from the Bryn Mawr College Office of Admissions, high school guidance offices and through the Internet (see The required Bryn Mawr College Common Application Supplement will be provided to applicants or can be downloaded from the College's Web site as well. A fee of $50 must accompany the application and is not refundable. Fee waivers are available for qualified students. Charitable donations in lieu of fee will also be accepted. For more information visit:

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Admission Plans

Application to the first-year class may be made through one of three plans: Regular Admission, Fall Early Decision or Winter Early Decision. Applicants follow the same procedures, submit the same supporting materials and are evaluated by the same criteria under each plan.

The Regular Admission Plan is designed for those candidates who wish to keep open several different options for their undergraduate education throughout the admission process. Applications under this plan are accepted anytime before the January 15 deadline.

The two early decision plans are designed for candidates who have thoroughly and thoughtfully investigated Bryn Mawr and other colleges and found Bryn Mawr to be their unequivocal first choice. The Winter Early Decision Plan differs from the Fall Early Decision Plan only in recognizing that some candidates may arrive at a final choice of college later than others. Early decision candidates under either plan may file regular applications at other colleges with the understanding that these applications will be withdrawn upon admission to Bryn Mawr. Early decision candidates who apply for financial aid will receive a financial aid decision at the same time as the decision about admission. Any early decision candidate who is not admitted through either the fall or winter plan and whose application is deferred to the Regular Admission Plan will be reconsidered without prejudice along with the regular admission candidates in the spring.

Timetables for the three plans are as follows.

Fall Early Decision

Closing date for applications and all supporting material: November 15
Notification of candidates: by December 15

Winter Early Decision

Closing date for applications and all supporting materials: January 1
Notification of candidates: by January 31

Regular Admission

Closing date for applications and all supporting materials: January 15
Notification of candidates: by April 1

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Entrance Tests and Interviews

For students applying for entrance in the Fall of 2007, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and two Subject tests of the College Entrance Examination Board are required of all candidates and should be taken as early as possible, but no later than January. If possible, Subject tests should be taken in current subjects. Students should offer two of the one-hour tests in the subjects of their choice.

In general, the College recommends, but does not require, that one of the Subject tests be taken in a foreign language because a (recentered) score of 690 or above satisfies part of an A.B. degree requirement (see The Academic Program for details on language exemption).

Candidates are responsible for registering with the College Entrance Examination Board for the tests. Information about the tests, test centers, fees and dates may be obtained by writing to the College Board, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08542-0592 or on the College Board Web site at

For students applying for entrance in the Fall of 2008, students may submit the ACT of the American College Testing Program in place of the SAT and Subject tests. All tests must be completed by the January test date.

An interview either at the College or with an alumna area representative is strongly recommended for all candidates. Interviews should be completed by the deadline of the plan under which the candidate is applying. Appointments for interviews and campus tours should be made in advance by writing or telephoning the Office of Admissions at (610) 526-5152. The Office of Admissions is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. From mid-September to January, the office is also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A student who is unable to visit the College should visit:

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Early Admission and Deferred Entrance

Each year a few outstanding students enter the College after the junior year of high school. Students who wish to apply for early admission should plan to complete a senior English course before entrance to the College and should write to the dean of admissions about application procedures. An interview, on campus or with an alumna area representative, is required of early admission candidates.

A student admitted to the College may defer entrance to the freshman class for one year, provided that she writes to the dean of admissions requesting deferred entrance by May 1, the Candidates' Reply Date.

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Credit for Advanced Placement Tests and International Exams

Students who have carried advanced work in school and who have honor grades (5 in Art History, English, Environmental Science, French, Government and Politics, History, Music Theory, Psychology and Spanish; 4 and 5 in most other subjects) on the Advanced Placement Tests of the College Board may, after consultation with the dean and the departments concerned, be admitted to one or more advanced courses in the first year at the College. Bryn Mawr accepts advanced placement tests (inconsistent capitalizations) with honor grades in the relevant subjects as exempting the student from College requirements for the A.B. degree. With the approval of the dean and the departments concerned, one or more advanced placement tests with honor grades may be presented for credit. Students receiving six or more units of credit may apply for advanced standing. The advanced placement tests are given at College Board centers in May. For more information, visit .

Bryn Mawr recognizes the academic rigor of the International Baccalaureate program and awards credit as follows:

  • Students who present the full International Baccalaureate diploma with a total score of 30 or better and honor scores in three higher-level exams normally receive one year's credit.
  • Those with a score of 35 or better, but with honor scores in fewer than three higher-level exams, receive two units of credit for each honor score in higher-level exams plus two for the exam as a whole.
  • Those with a score of less than 30 receive two units of credit for each honor score in a higher-level exam.

*Honors scores are considered to be 6 or 7 in English, French, History and Spanish; 5, 6 or 7 in other subjects.

Bryn Mawr also recognizes and awards credit for other international exams. Depending upon the quality of the examination results, Bryn Mawr may award credit for Advanced Levels on the General Certificate of Education (GCE), the French Baccalaureate, German Abitur and other similar exams.

Some placement tests are given at the college during Customs Week (Bryn Mawr's orientation program for new students.) and students can consult with their dean about the advisability of taking these placement tests.

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Home-Schooled Students

Students who have received home-schooling must provide the following with the Application for Admission to Bryn Mawr College .

1. Official transcripts from any high school(s) or postsecondary institution(s) attended.

2. An academic portfolio that includes:

  • A transcript of courses taken, either self-designed which includes reading lists and syllabi, or a formal document from a correspondence school or agency;
  • Evaluations or grades received for each subject;
  • A short research paper, preferably completed within the last year (including evaluator's comments);
  • Two letters of reference from sources other than parents.

3. An additional essay on the reasons for choosing home-schooling.

4. An interview (on campus or telephone) with a member of the admissions staff.

Please note that this information is in addition to those items already required of all applicants (the Application for Admission, official testing from either SAT and two Subject testsor the ACT, two teacher recommendation letters and essays as outlined on the Application.

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Transfer Students

Each year a number of students are admitted on transfer to the sophomore and junior classes. Successful transfer candidates have done excellent work at other colleges and universities and present strong high-school records that compare favorably with those of women entering Bryn Mawr as first-year students. Students who have failed to meet the prescribed standards of academic work or who have been put on probation, suspended or excluded from other colleges and universities will not be admitted under any circumstances.

Transfer candidates should file applications as early as possible but no later than March 15 for entrance in September, or no later than November 1 for the second semester of the year of entrance. Application forms and instructions may be requested from the transfer coordinator.

Transfer candidates are asked to submit official test reports from the College Board of the Scholastic Aptitude and Achievement Tests taken in high school. Those who have not previously taken these tests are required to take only the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Test registration information may be obtained by writing to the College Board, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08542-0592 or on the College Board Web site at

To qualify for the A.B. degree, students ordinarily should have completed a minimum of two years of full-time study at Bryn Mawr.

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International Students

Bryn Mawr welcomes applications from international students who have outstanding secondary school records and who meet university entrance requirements in their own countries.

Application forms and instructions are available on-line at:

International applicants are required to take the SAT I test and two SAT Subject tests are recommended, but not required. (Information available at ) A student may opt to take the ACT test ( )in place of the SAT I and Subject tests. (Because exams are only given on selected dates students should sit for their exams well in advance of the application deadline.)

Students who have not been educated in English or who do not speak English as a native language must present credentials proving their proficiency in English. The Admissions Committee will consider a minimum TOFEL score of 600 on the paper test or 250 on the computer test or 90 on the internet based test. The College will also accept a score of 7 or above on the IELTS exam. (see:

For more information about the application process for students from overseas, visit .

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A student who has withdrawn from the College is not automatically readmitted. She must request readmission and should consult her dean and the dean of admissions concerning the procedure to be followed. Evidence of the student's ability to resume work at Bryn Mawr may be requested.

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