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, AP, 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 three courses in science, including 2 lab sciences 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.