2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Special Programs

Continuing Education Program

The Continuing Education Program provides highly qualified women, men and high-school students who do not wish to undertake a full college program leading to a degree the opportunity to take courses at Bryn Mawr College on a fee basis, prorated according to the tuition of the College, space and resources permitting. Students accepted by the Continuing Education Program may apply to take up to two undergraduate courses or one graduate course per semester; they have the option of auditing courses or taking courses for credit. Alumnae/i who have received one or more degrees from Bryn Mawr (A.B., M.A., M.S.S., M.L.S.P. and/or Ph.D.) and women and men over 65 years of age are entitled to take undergraduate courses for credit at the College at a special rate. This rate applies only to continuing-education students and not to matriculated McBride Scholars. Continuing-education students are not eligible to receive financial aid from the College. For more information or an application, go to http://www.brynmawr.edu/academics/continuing_ed.shtml, contact the Continuing Education Program office at (610) 526-6515 or send a request to Continuing Education, Bryn Mawr College, 101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 19010-2899.

Katharine E. McBride Scholars Program

The Katharine E. McBride Scholars Program serves women beyond the traditional college-entry age who wish to earn an undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr. The program admits women who have demonstrated talent, achievement and intelligence in various areas, including employment, volunteer activities and home or formal study. McBride Scholars are admitted directly as matriculated students.

Once admitted to the College, McBride scholars are subject to the residency rule, which requires that a student take a minimum of 24 course units while enrolled at Bryn Mawr. Exceptions will be made for students who transfer more than eight units from previous work. Such students may transfer up to 16 units and must then take at least 16 units at Bryn Mawr. McBride Scholars may study on a part-time or full-time basis. For more information or an application, visit the McBride Program Web site at http://www.brynmawr.edu/mcbride, send an e-mail to mcbrides@brynmawr.edu or call (610) 526-5375.

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program

Women and men who hold bachelor’s degrees but need introductory science courses before making initial application to schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine may apply to the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. The Postbac Program stresses intensive work in the sciences. It is designed primarily for students who are changing fields and who have not previously completed the premedical requirements. Applications are considered for admission in the summer or fall only. Applications should be submitted as early as possible because decisions are made on a rolling admissions basis. The Postbac Program is highly selective. Please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/postbac for more information.

Students enrolled in the Postbac Program may elect to apply early for provisional admission to an outstanding group of medical schools with which Bryn Mawr has a “consortial”arrangement. Students who are accepted at a medical school through the consortial process enter medical school in the September immediately following the completion of their postbaccalaureate year. Otherwise, students apply to medical school during the summer of the year they are completing the program.

The following are Bryn Mawr’s “consortial”medical schools:

  • Brown University School of Medicine
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
  • SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine Health Sciences Center
  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine

Summer Courses

During Summer Sessions I and II, qualified women and men, including high-school students, may take courses in the sciences, mathematics and intensive language studies in Russian. Students may use these courses to fulfill undergraduate requirements or prepare for graduate study. The current summer-session calendar should be consulted for dates and course descriptions. Each course carries full academic credit.