Contact Us
Undergraduate Dean's Office
Eugenia Chase Guild Hall
Lower Level
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Phone: (610)526-5375
Fax: (610)526-7560

Office Hours
9am - 5pm
Monday - Friday

Sophomore Planning Process 2016-2017

Welcome, Sophomores! The Sophomore Plan provides opportunities for you to reflect on your progress so far and develop some goals for the rest of your time at Bryn Mawr. 

Specifically, through the Sophomore Plan you will:
(1) develop a plan to meet college-wide requirements (with your dean, by April 1)

(2) draft a resume, submit it to LILAC and get feedback on your resume (by November 1)

(3) decide your major, develop a plan for completing your major, and have that plan approved (with a faculty major adviser) (by April 1 for all sophomores, but earlier for students applying for study abroad)

(4) decide whether and where to apply for  Study Abroad and apply for approval for that plan(Study Abroad application due December 2 for some programs, February 3 for most)

...and then celebrate with your classmates, President Cassidy, your deans,  and other faculty and staff at the Sophomore Celebration Dessert on April 4!

College-Wide Requirements Plan and general advising appointment with your dean

What?  All sophomores are required to meet with their dean to discuss their progress and plans and have their plan to complete their college-wide requirements approved.

When?  September- March . 

You are the one to determine when this meeting would be most beneficial to you. Keep in mind:

  • You do not need to have figured everything out before your meeting.   Indeed, the more confused you are, the better it may be to meet sooner rather than later.   If you’re unsure of your major, your dean can help talk through the options with you and provide suggestions for how to make your choice.
  • Although you do not have to have completed all your College-Wide Requirements until the end of your junior year, your dean can help you plan out how and when to meet them. 
  • If you are considering study abroad, you will be learning a lot through the Study Abroad programming.  Your dean can help you think about how what you’re learning applies to you.
  • Don’t put it off!  Most people find that advising leads to a new understanding of what they’re interested in exploring further and how to go about reaching their goals. 

To do:  Be on the lookout for an email early each semester from the Dean’s Office with more information about steps you will need to take. Prior to your appointment, complete your on-line College-Wide Requirements Plan (BiONiC Student Center) & your Preliminary Reflection Worksheet (print out, complete, and bring to your fall sophomore advising appointment with your dean).

How? College-Wide Requirements Plan Instructions 

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Resume Draft

When?  By November 1

What?  Create your 1-page resume draft and upload into LanternLink (accessible via BiONiC Student Center).  This component will help you begin to find ways to effectively communicate a summary of your experiences thus far and convey your interests in your co-curricular goals.

Who?  Staff at LILAC will be reviewing Resumes and also planning helpful programming.

To do:  Upload your resume draft in LanternLink via your BiONiC Student Center.

How?  For sample resumes and resume-writing tips, visit

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Deciding and declaring your major :  Meeting with a major adviser

What?  The choice of a major is one of the largest decisions students make about their intellectual lives.  For many, the major department becomes a home within a home at Bryn Mawr.  Just remember: research demonstrates that a college major does not determine a person’s career path.  Rather, it is the skills students learn in their many classes and cocurricular experiences that give them solid foundation to thrive in many fields. 

When? Deadlines for declaring your major will depend on your plans for applying to study abroad.  For students not applying for Study Abroad, the deadline is April 1.  For students applying for study abroad, your major must be declared before your study abroad application can be approved.

To do:   Prior to your appointment with your major adviser, complete your on-line Major Work Plan (BiONiC Student Center) and complete any other steps required by the department.


Selecting a Major
Major Advisers
Major Teas/Info Sessions
Independent Major
Double Major
Haverford Major
Minors and Concentrations
Major Work Plan instructions for students
Major Work Plan instructions for faculty

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Study Abroad Application

When? The Bryn Mawr study abroad application deadlines are as follows:

  • Oxford, LSE, Indiana University Bologna, IFSA-Butler UCL, SIT-IHP Cities in 21st Century, and SIT-IHP Health and Community   Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Application deadline for all other approved programs
  • Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

What?  The study abroad application consists of four components:

  1. Study abroad application form (in BiONiC Student Center)
  2. Major Work Plan
  3. College-wide Requirements Plan
  4. Major Adviser Evaluation Form

How?   Students will complete the application on BiONiC and will discuss their study abroad plans with their dean to complete the College-Wide Requirement Plan and major adviser when they meet to complete the Major Work Plan. Students will ask their major adviser to submit the Major Adviser Evaluation Form (accessed via the Major Work Plan).

To Do:  Attend one of the mandatory Study Abroad Information Sessions for sophomores in the fall.  To apply, please follow the instructions listed on the Study Abroad BMC Application page.

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New: Fellowships
November 17, 7pm
Guild Lounge

Study Abroad

September 19th, 6pm, Dalton 300

October 4th, 2:30pm, Dalton 300

October 20th, 4pm, Dalton 300

Choosing a Major

Friday, September 23rd, 2:30pm, Thomas 110

Wednesday, October 5th, 9:00pm, Guild Lounge (lower level)

Independent Major

Friday, September 30th, 2:00pm, Thomas 110

LILAC:Creating Connections

September 27, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dalton 300

LILAC: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

October 20, 12:00- 1:00, Campus Center 200

LILAC:Sophomore Internship Workshop

November 1, 7:00-8:00, Dalton 300