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

welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu
Office Hours
9am - 5pm
Monday - Friday

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Computing & Email


Arrival Programs


Housing & Arrival Information


Financial Matters


Health Forms


Advising Questionnaire

Degree Requirements


Placement Exams


Language Courses


Science Courses


Moodle


Resiliency Project


Campus Safety


Other Topics

 

Computing and Email


What do I need to know about Bryn Mawr Webmail?
Please see the message from the Dean's Office and Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) regarding important information you need to know about your brynmawr.edu account.

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How do I sync my Bryn Mawr Webmail to my smartphone or mobile device?
Instructions are available at http://techbar.blogs.brynmawr.edu/346 for iPhones/iPads and most Android devices (although the Android devices differ between carriers and manufacturers). 

If the instructions above do not work for you, you may be able to manually set up a connection in your device's email program using the instructions available at http://techbar.blogs.brynmawr.edu/1069.  A third option is to go to http://webmail.brynmawr.edu in your device's web browser. Our Webmail has a mobile option for phones and tablets, though some larger devices can use the full version.

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Where do I go to access my Bryn Mawr Webmail?
You can access your Bryn Mawr email account at http://webmail.brynmawr.edu.  Log in there with your college username and password (the same information that you use to log into BIONIC, Moodle, and other Bryn Mawr web services).  If you don’t know your username and/or password, contact the Help Desk for assistance at 610-526-7440, or help@brynmawr.edu. The Help Desk is open Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm and 1-5pm.  

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What do I do if I've forgotten my password?
If you have forgotten your password, go to: password.brynmawr.edu  and answer the identity questions that you set when you first accessed your brynmawr.edu account.  If you did not set your identity questions and are unable to access your new email account, you must call the Help Desk at 610-526-7440. The Help Desk is open Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm and 1-5pm. Please note that the Help Desk cannot see your password.  Passwords will not be reset via email.

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How do I change my password?
You can change your password at password.brynmawr.edu. For further details on how to reset your password, the Techbar blog has some helpful documentation. If you have questions about changing your password, please contact the Help Desk for assistance at 610-526-7440, or help@brynmawr.edu. The Help Desk is open Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm and 1-5pm.

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What technology should I bring to campus?

Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) has provided guidelines on what technology you may want to bring (and what you should NOT bring) with you to school on the What to Bring to College: Technology Edition Techbar blog post.

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Does Bryn Mawr offer discounts when purchasing laptops, software, etc.?

Bryn Mawr College offers some software for free, all of which Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) has listed on the Software Downloads page. Aside from that, the College has access to some discounts for various tech providers, which can be found on the Purchasing and Computer Replacements page.

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Arrival Programs


What is Customs Week?

Customs Week (August 26 to 30) is the first part of a yearlong orientation program for first-year Bryn Mawr students.  Customs is the student-designed and student-led introduction to Bryn Mawr and to the expectations, challenges and joys of life in this self-governing academic and residential community.  All new students are expected to be present on campus and to participate in the Customs Week events.

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What is International Student Orientation (ISO)?
The International Student Orientation (ISO) is organized to help international students become acquainted with life in the U.S. and at the College.  ISO is required for all incoming international students. It begins on Monday, August 24. 

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Can I attend ISO if I am an American citizen living abroad?
ISO is not intended for American citizens living abroad. ISO is required for all incoming students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents/immigrants. Generally, students on non-immigrant visas (F-1, J-1, etc.) participate in ISO.

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What is the Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co)?
The Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co) is an orientation sponsored by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges for first-year students who are interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice. The institute focuses on the ways in which such power dynamics relate to race, class, sexuality, gender, ability, and religion; participants will explore how these social identities relate to one another. The goal of the program is to enable first-year students to gain knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the curricular and co-curricular areas of campus life; and learn how to become effective social agents for change within their own institutions, in the United States and the world.

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Housing and Arrival Information


What do I do to indicate my housing and roommate preferences?

Complete the Housing Preference Form by June 1.

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What should I bring (and NOT bring) for my dorm room?
Consult the following page of the Residential Life Office website to find out which supplies you should bring, what you shouldn't bring, and what you could share with your roommate - http://www.brynmawr.edu/residentiallife/newstudents/importantinfo.shtml.

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Where can I purchase bed linens?
You may have received an email or packet in the mail from Our Campus Market. Our Campus Market sells linens to Bryn Mawr students at a discount rate.  You can also use another vendor of your choice. 

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How do I send packages to Bryn Mawr?
If you are ordering bed linens or sending other packages to Bryn Mawr before August 1, please use the following shipping address, as you will not yet have your BMC mailbox number:

Your Name
Class of 2019
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

After you receive your mailbox number, please use the following shipping address:

Your Name
Bryn Mawr College
Your Mailbox #
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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When will I receive my housing assignment?
Housing assignments and roommate information will be emailed to incoming students on or around August 1. 

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When should I arrive on campus? 
Move-in for incoming students is Wednesday, August 26.  Dorms will open at 9:00 AM, and Customs Week activities will begin in the afternoon.  During the course of the afternoon there will be various sessions for families to attend. No accommodations are available for arriving early (with exceptions for students participating in International Student Orientation, The Tri-College Summer Institute and fall pre-season athletes).  You can arrive later, though we ask that you contact us at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu to let us know when you will be arriving.

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Can I arrive on campus before August 26?
Some students have been wondering whether it’s possible to arrive on campus before August 26.  Unless you are participating in Tri-Co (arrival date: Tuesday, August 18), a fall sport (arrival date: Tuesday, August 18 or Monday, August 17 for students travelling >4 hours), or International Student Orientation (arrival date: Monday, August 24), you cannot arrive on campus before Wednesday, August 26, which is the day Customs Week officially begins.  If you have questions about coming to campus, please review the Arrival and Move-in Information page or contact welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.  We look forward to seeing the entire Class of 2019 on August 26!

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When should I arrive for the International Student Orientation (ISO)?
You should arrive for the International Student Orientation on Monday, August 24. The full 2015 ISO schedule will be posted early in the summer. Until then, you can refer to the Newly Admitted International Student page for ISO program and pre-arrival information.

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When should I arrive for the Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co)?
Tri-Co 2015 will take place from August 18-24. Participants should enter the program with the understanding that they will engage in a process of development and change as they learn about themselves, their identity groups, systems of power and their institutions. All entering first-year students who are not participating in ISO or early-returning athletes are invited to apply; however, spaces are limited to 20 participants. Those selected should plan to arrive on campus Tuesday morning, August 18. Students in Tri-Co will be able to move into their academic year rooms at that time.

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Financial Matters


When is the Fall 2015 bill due?
The Fall 2015 payment is due August 1. It is not too late to enroll in College Payment Plan.  Other options include:  Paying online, or mailing a paper check.  Details regarding payment information and options are available here:  https://www.brynmawr.edu/studentaccounts/making-payments.

For additional Student Accounts FAQs, visit https://www.brynmawr.edu/studentaccounts/faqs-student-accounts.


Questions?  Contact Student Accounts at 610-526-5500 or studentaccounts@brynmawr.edu.  The Student Accounts Office is located on the 2nd floor or Cartref.

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How do I pay for textbooks?
Students are expected to arrive on campus prepared to purchase books for the fall semester from summer savings or family resources. Some students save earnings from their fall campus job to meet book costs for second semester.  Books will cost approximately $500 per semester.  For the most affordable new or used book purchases or rentals, check the College Bookstore and online sellers.

Please let Financial Aid know if they can help you understand how students provide for book expenses. You may to want discuss any special situations with a counselor.  Contact us now at finaid@brynmawr.edu or call 610-526-5245 if you need help developing a plan.

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How do I pay my bill?
Bryn Mawr College partners with Nelnet Business Solutions to offer a monthly automatic payment plan by semester for both Fall and Spring.  Avoid lump sum payments each semester using online enrollment.  To take full advantage of the plan, start paying in June and maximize the plan's potential to spread payments out over time at no interest.  For steps to enroll and target enrollment dates, go to: https://www.brynmawr.edu/studentaccounts/making-payments.

For additional Student Accounts FAQs, visit https://www.brynmawr.edu/studentaccounts/faqs-student-accounts.

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How do I account for non-billed expenses (books, supplies, personal expenses)?
Students are expected to arrive on campus prepared to pay for books, supplies, and personal expenses. Current estimates of Fall 2015 non-billed expenses are $500 for books and supplies and $500 for personal expenses. Transportation costs will vary from student to student. Students may use on-campus earnings to pay for Spring 2016 non-billed expenses. Anticipated problems should be discussed with your financial aid counselor.  Email Financial Aid at finaid@brynmawr.edu to connect with help.


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What should I do if I receive outside scholarships or tuitions benefits for the 2015-2016 academic year?
If this is the case, please complete the Outside Scholarship and Tuition Benefit Form:  https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/forms-and-publications to report any scholarships or employer tuition benefits you will receive for 2015-2016 academic year.

If you are a financial aid recipient, an explanation of how outside scholarships and tuition benefits affect your financial aid award is provided in your Student Financial Services Handbook which was enclosed with your financial aid award letter, and is found on the Student Financial Services website:  https://www.brynmawr.edu/sites/default/files/FA_UG_2015-16.pdf

International students should note the explanation at the bottom of their financial aid award letter.

Please send the information back to Financial Aid as a PDF attached to an email to: finaid@brynmawr.edu or to the address at the bottom of the form.

Please contact Financial Aid with questions: finaid@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-5245.

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How do I receive my federal loan funds?
You must first accept your Federal Direct Loan on BiONiC. First time borrowers must then complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) and Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling at http://www.studentloans.gov/. Direct Loan funds will be released to your student account only after you accept your loan on BiONiC, electronically sign your promissory note, and complete loan entrance counseling.  You must complete these steps prior to July 15th for your funds to disburse to your student account around the first day of class.

Questions? Contact Financial Aid with questions: finaid@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-5245.

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What are the new Federal Direct Loan interest rates for 2015-2016?
Interest rates on new Federal Direct Loans are established by the Department of Education each spring. Each loan will have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. For new loans made on or after July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016 the interest rates are:

 Federal Direct Loans for Undergraduate Students: 4.29%
 Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans: 6.84%

If you have questions regarding federal educational loans, please contact Financial Aid finaid@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-5245, or visit the Department of Education's Student Aid Website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/.  Click on “Types of Aid.”

If you have questions regarding when you will receive your refund, please contact Student Accounts at studentaccounts@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-5500.  Student Accounts is located on the 2nd floor of Cartref.

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Health Forms


What health information and forms do I need to submit by July 1?

1.  A paper Health Service Form, which has been mailed to you, needs to be completed by your health care provider.  The information on this form provides our staff with an overview of your health status and alerts the staff to any significant health concerns. 

2.  All REQUIRED immunizations, noted as such on page 3 of the Health Service Form, need to be obtained.  Your health care provider should have a copy of your immunizations.  He or she should check that you have received all required immunizations and tests.

3.  Please return the Health Service Form in the preaddressed envelope contained in the packet from the Admission Office. 

4. AFTER JUNE 1, please complete your Medical History via the Patient Portal. (The link to the Patient Portal can also be found on the left hand side of the Health Center’s Information for New Students page.)  Please be aware that the information found in the Medical History is different from the information found on the Health Service Form. 

5. AFTER JUNE 1, enter your Immunization information via the Patient Portal.

Questions about this process? Please review the Health Center’s Information for New Students, or email Sally Heimann in the Health Center at sheimann@brynmawr.edu. The Health Center is closed over the summer; however, email is checked on a weekly basis. 

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What if I cannot meet the July 1 deadline?  Do I need to notify the Health Center that my forms will be late?
To ensure that your medical record is complete when you arrive on campus, we request that you make every effort to submit the Online Medical History and the Health Service Form by July 1.  If you cannot complete the forms by this date, please complete them as soon as possible.  You may not be able to complete registration for classes until your records have been received and reviewed.  You also will not be able to participate in athletics until they are complete.

It is not necessary to notify us that your forms will be late, unless you expect them to arrive after July 31.  However, you may receive a notice from us that your forms are incomplete.  We request that you submit forms after that date only in extreme circumstances.  If you cannot comply by July 31, you need to notify us at sheimann@brynmawr.edu. The Health Center is closed over the summer; however, email is checked on a weekly basis. 

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How can I contact the Health Center over the summer?
The Health Center is closed over the summer; however, email is checked on a weekly basis.  You may direct your questions to Sally Heimann, Clinical Administrator, at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.

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Where do I send the Health Service Form?
Please send the Health Service Form in the preaddressed envelope contained in the packet from the Admission Office.  If you do not have the envelope, please mail the forms to:  Bryn Mawr College Health Center, 101 N. Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 USA.

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I am unable to locate my immunization records.  What should I do?
If you cannot locate immunization records, you should discuss two options with your health care provider:

  1. You can be re-immunized, or
  2. You can have a blood test to determine immunity. Please note that if the test shows that you not immune, you will need to be re-immunized.

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Advising Questionnaire


What is the Advising Questionnaire?

The Advising Questionnaire is an online survey that was sent to your BMC email account on June 2.   It's a way for you to tell your dean and adviser a little about yourself to help in your advising throughout your first semester.  The questionnaire must be completed by July 10.

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How does the Advising Questionnaire work?
Click on the link in the Advising Questionnaire email that was sent to you on June 2.  The questionnaire takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You will need to provide your BMC id number, so be sure to have that number handy.  Please be sure to answer all of the questions before submitting the form. 

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Where can I find my BMC id number?
Your BMC id number is listed on your bills and in emails from welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

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What do I do if I encounter problems with the Advising Questionnaire?
Contact welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

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Degree Requirements


Where can I learn more about the college-wide requirements?
There’s a helpful summary of the college-wide requirements in the first issue of The Lantern: Illuminating Your First Year at Bryn Mawr posted online and mailed to you in early June.

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What's the difference between the Quantitative Readiness and the Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning requirement?
The quantitative readiness requirement is designed to ensure that all students have  fundamental quantitative skills, knowledge, and confidence that will be called upon in other courses (especially in the social and natural sciences) and in modern life.  Betsy Horner, the Director of the Quantitative Center, will review the records of all incoming students and alert those whose records do NOT contain sufficient evidence of quantitative readiness.  These students will need to enroll in the QSem (Quan001) either in the fall or spring semester of their first year.  Alternatively, they will have the chance to demonstrate Quantitative Readiness through taking the Quantitative Readiness Assessment on campus on Thursday during Customs Week.  Until students have met the QR requirement, they may not enroll in any course that lists QR as a prerequisite. 

The Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning requirement applies to all students and may be satisfied by any course designated “QM” on BiONiC or in the course guide.  All students must take one such course before the end of their junior year.  Courses meeting this requirement can be found in several departments: Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Sociology. More information about QR and QM may be found in the Mathematics placement information on Moodle. 

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What’s the Foreign Language Requirement?
All students who enter the college in the fall of 2015 must complete two units of foreign language at Bryn Mawr or at Haverford. 

If you are studying at the elementary or intermediate level, you must complete two sequential courses in a single language, such as Elementary Russian I followed by Elementary Russian II, or Elementary Spanish II followed by Intermediate Spanish I, or Intermediate French I followed by Intermediate French II.  But if you are already beyond the intermediate (that is, the second-year) level, you may take two advanced free-standing semester-long courses in the foreign language(s) in which you are proficient.  

Non-native speakers of English may choose to satisfy all or part of this requirement by coursework in English literature (e.g., English 125, offered in the spring semester, and 200-level English courses). For this purpose, non-native speakers are normally those who were schooled through secondary school in a language other than English and/or who took the TOEFL or another test of English proficiency intended for speakers of other languages. 

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Placement Exams


What are “placement exams” and how do they work?
As you start choosing courses you might want to take this fall, you’ll soon realize that there are some fields of study where you’ll need to know what level course is best for you.  This is most true of foreign languages and math, but also applies in other fields as well (economics and some sciences).  You want to make sure that you have sufficient background to do well in the course and that the course contains some new material and does not merely review what you have already learned.  The placement process is designed to facilitate that. 

Some Bryn Mawr departments do use Advanced Placement or other similar international exams to determine placement, but many also or even instead use placement exams. ­­­To access these, you will need to log into Moodle, our online course management system.  Please note that although all entering students have been enrolled in all of these Moodle exams, you should take exams only in the subjects you plan to study.

For each department, we have listed a contact person who can answer any questions you have during before the deadline.

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I'm nervous about placement exams.  How much time should I spend preparing for them?
Really you don't need to spend any time at all preparing for these are not exams you need to study for. The point is to demonstrate what you have learned and really assimilated over the last few years -- not what you can cram in over a few days. And please realize, too, that there is nothing to be embarrassed or worried about if your placement results are lower than you think they're supposed to be. Every year, we see seniors graduating with honors in Math or a foreign language who started at the very elementary level when they began as first-year students. 

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How do my scores on AP, IB, A-level or other exams affect my placement?
It depends.   Here's our advice:

  • Look at the other FAQs about placement in specific departments and the answers will often tell you about how scores on these standardized exams affect placement and they will also give you a contact person in the department who can answer further questions. 
  • Note that if a language program requires students to take a placement test, you will need to do so even if you also took an AP  or other exam in that field. 
  • In many fields (including English, History, History of Art, Political Science but others as well), AP and other exams don't officially affect placement.  In many of these fields, first-year students are allowed to take either 100-level or 200-level courses.  You'll get more advice on what course might be most appropriate for you when you talk to faculty at the Academic Fair and during your advising appointment.  Please do share information about your test scores and background in the field more generally during those conversations.  
  • For more general info about AP and other test scores, see the Registrar's Office website for info: AP scores and IB/A-Level scores

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How does placement in Psychology work?
The Psychology  Department will waive the Psych 105 prerequisite for students who score a 5 on the AP exam.  Such students are qualified to take any 200-level psychology course and are encouraged to discuss their plans with faculty at the academic fair.  

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How does placement in Mathematics work?
If you are interested in taking courses offered by the Mathematics Department, you should consult the Mathematics Placement information within Moodle.  Although not every student will need to take a placement exam, you will benefit from the information the Department has made available!

  • Where to find exam and additional information: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: No limit is set but if you need to take a math placement exam, you should expect it to take between 45 and 70 minutes. 
  • Deadline: July 10
  • Contact person: Professor Amy Myers, anmyers@brynmawr.edu

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How does placement in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish work?
All six of these languages require students who have previously studied the language to complete a placement exam during the summer.  Faculty will evaluate the exams and contact students to inform them of their placement by the beginning of August.  In all cases, remember that you are bound by the Bryn Mawr Honor Code and may not consult dictionaries, other websites or written materials during the online test.  In addition, you are permitted to take the test only once, so follow the instructions below very carefully.


Arabic
The exam consists of some basic grammar exercises, various brief translations (Arabic to English, and English to Arabic), a reading comprehension section, and a short essay.  In additional to completing the placement exam, students are asked to meet with the Arabic faculty at the Academic Fair during Customs Week for a brief and informal conversation in order to ascertain fluency and knowledge of Arabic.

  • Where to find exam and additional information: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 120 minutes total
  • Contact: Professor Manar Darwish, mdarwish@brynmawr.edu
  • Deadline: July 10

 

French
The exam consists of a personal fact sheet, an oral comprehension passage with questions and a reading section with multiple choice questions. 

French Essay:  Students who are placed in French 005 or more advanced courses are asked to submit a 400-word essay (as a Word document, dictionary permitted, no translators or other assistance permitted) on any topic between July 14 and July 25. In addition, students placing into 005 or higher will be expected to speak to faculty at the Academic Fair during Customs Week and may be asked to do a more formal interview at that time. 

  • Where to find exam: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 80 minutes total
  • Contact: Professor Pim Higginson, fhiggins@brynmawr.edu
  • Deadline: July 10

German
The online test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and a paragraph on one of two topics.  The first 40 questions relate to an audio recording.  In addition to completing the placement exam, students are asked to meet with the German faculty at the Academic Fair during Customs Week for a brief and informal conversation in order to ascertain fluency and knowledge of German.

  • Where to find exam and additional information: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 90 minutes 
  • Contact: Professor David Kenosian, dkenosia@brynmawr.edu (Professor Kenosian will be away from June 9 until June 22.)
  • Deadline: July 10

Italian
The Italian exam consists of three sections: oral comprehension, reading comprehension, and grammar.

Students who complete the placement exam are asked to meet with the Italian faculty at the Academic Fair during Customs Week for a brief and informal conversation in order to ascertain fluency and knowledge of Italian.  To fine-tune their placement, students who have already begun their studies may be asked to submit a 400-word essay (as a Word document, dictionary permitted, no translators or other assistance permitted) on any topic after meeting with the faculty at the Academic Fair.

  • Where to find exam and additional information: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 3 hours total
  • Contact person: Professor Michele Monserrati, mmonserrat@brynmawr.edu
  • Deadline: July 10

Latin
The exam is in two parts.  The first focuses on morphology (declining nouns and adjectives, providing different verb forms); you should spend about 35 minutes on this part. The second comprises translation of brief phrases from Latin into English, and of a longer passage from Latin into English; you should spend about 25 minutes on this part.

  • Where to find exam and additional information: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 3 hours total
  • Contact person: Professor Catherine Conybeare, cconybea@brynmawr.edu
  • Deadline: July 10

Spanish
The placement test is an adaptive multiple-choice test of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension developed by Brigham Young University. You will receive your test results right away and will have access to a key telling you what course you placed into.

If you score 500 points or higher, you will receive instructions to send a PDF or Word file of a 400-word essay from a previous Spanish class written in the last year to Kaylea Berard at kmayer@brynmawr.edu and attend the Academic Fair during Customs Week to meet with a Spanish faculty member. At this meeting, you will discuss the most appropriate class for you based on your language background and ability, interests, test results, and writing sample.

  • Where to find exam: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 20-25 minutes
  • Contact person: Professor Kaylea Berard, kmayer@brynmawr.edu
  • Deadline: July 10

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How does placement in Chinese work?
All entering students with some background in Chinese who wish to take Chinese, including heritage students who can speak the language with no or limited reading and writing skills, must submit a short essay on Moodle by July 10.  The short essay will register you for the actual Chinese Placement Test, to be given at Haverford the morning of August 27. Be sure to submit both the essay and the registration form. 

  • Where to find more information/submit essay/register for Placement Test: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit for essay: 3 hours
  • Contact person: Professor Changchun Zhang, czhang@brynmawr.edu
  • Deadline for essay and registration form: July 10

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How does placement in Japanese work?
Entering students who have already begun their study of Japanese (or have learned it at home) and who want to continue their studies must take the Japanese placement exam to be given at Haverford the morning of August 27. Further information and a required registration form are available on Moodle.

  • Where to register and find additional information: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Contact person: Professor Tetsuya Sato, tsato@haverford.edu
  • Deadline for registration and transportation form: July 10

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How does placement in Greek and Russian work?
Entering students who have already begun their study of Greek or Russian should consult department representatives at the Academic Fair during Customs Week.  Depending on the situation, students may be asked to take a written examination or to have an oral interview with a faculty member from the department. 

Department Representatives (for questions over the summer)

Additional information for Greek:

Greek
Students interested in taking ancient Greek at Bryn Mawr are encouraged to enroll as freshmen in the elementary Greek course, Greek 010-011. Students who have already begun Greek in secondary school may be eligible for placement in second-year Greek (Greek 101).

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How does placement in Chemistry work?
Students who have met the QR requirement are eligible to enroll in Chem 103. First-year students with a strong background in Chemistry (as designated by a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Exam or 5, 6, or 7 on the IB higher level exam) may be eligible to place out of one or both semesters of General Chemistry (Chemistry 103/104).  Students in this situation should plan to talk with the departmental representative at the Academic Fair.

Contact person: Professor Jonas Goldsmith, jigoldsmit@brynmawr.edu

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How does placement in Physics work?
First-year students who are interested in Physics should take PHYS 121 and PHYS 122, for which Calculus I and II (Math 101 and 102) are co-requisites.  Because these courses are not the equivalent of AP or IB physics courses, you will not lose AP/IB credit for taking them.  If you are interested in a pre-professional program that requires two physics courses at college, you may take PHYS 121 and PHYS 122 as a freshman or sophomore, or PHYS 101 and 102 as a sophomore, junior or senior.  If you remain unsure or want to pursue the possibility of starting with a higher level course, you may consult with the departmental representative at the Academic Fair during Customs Week.

Contact person: Professor Michael Noel, mnoel@brymawr.edu

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How does placement in Biology work?
First-year students interested in Biology should enroll in the Bio 110-111 sequence of semester courses titled Biological Explorations; students can begin the sequence with either Bio110 (fall) or Bio111 (spring). The Biology Department strongly recommends that students interested in pursuing a major in Biology take both semesters of Biological Explorations. However, a student may choose to opt out of one semester of Bio 110-111 if she earned a 5 on the AP Biology exam or 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate higher level exam. Students choosing this option must consult the Biology faculty at the Academic Fair during Customs Week to decide which semester course is best suited to their academic needs and plans. There are no other options for placing out of the Bio 110-111 sequence. Please note that placement out of one semester of Biological Explorations does not satisfy the Biological Explorations prerequisite for 200/300-level biology courses.

Contact person: Professor Jennifer Skirkanich, jskirkanic@brynmawr.edu

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How does placement in Economics work?
The Economics Department will waive the Econ 105 prerequisite for students who score a 5 on both the Microeconomics and Macroeconomics AP exams.  A score of 6 or 7 on the Economics Higher Level Exam of the International Baccalaureate also permits a waiver.  The waiver does not count as course credit toward the major or minor; majors and minors receiving advanced placement must still take a total of 10 and 6 courses in economics, respectively. Students qualifying for advanced placement should talk with the Economics representative at the Academic Fair during Customs Week for advice on planning their coursework in economics and should meet with the department chair to confirm the waiver and receive a permission number to enroll in the elective that will substitute for Econ 105.

Contact person: Professor Michael Rock, mrock@brynmawr.edu

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Language Courses


What languages can I study as a Bryn Mawr student?
Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges offer instruction in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Hebrew (Elementary only), Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. A Swahili language and culture class is offered, but because language is only part of the course composition, this course does not satisfy the language requirement.  Similarly, cooperation with Penn allows Bryn Mawr students to study over fifty languages not offered at Bryn Mawr or Haverford, such as American Sign Language, Hindi, Korean, and Vietnamese. Please note that these courses cannot ordinarily be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement.  We also recommend that students not attempt a Penn course in fall of their first year.

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Must all students take a foreign language course this fall? 
While all students must complete the foreign language requirement before the start of the senior year, you are not required to begin the requirement immediately. But there are many advantages to beginning language study now. See the next question.

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What are the advantages of starting language this year?

  • If you are continuing a language you’ve already studied, we encourage you to enroll in the appropriate level of your language right away before you lose any of your hard-earned proficiency. 
  • If you are planning to study a new language (or one in which you have only basic knowledge) and you are interested in study abroad in a particular country where proficiency in that language is required, you should definitely start this fall! 
  • If you are considering minoring or majoring in a language, you should start this fall.
  • Elementary and intermediate language courses tend to have frequent assignments and assessments.  These can help you manage your time and can balance your schedule!

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Can I wait till spring to start taking language classes?
Not if you are starting a new language, since none of our language departments offer Elementary 1 in the spring.  Spanish offers the most flexibility, since it offers Elementary 2, Intermediate 1 and 2 in the spring and places students into each of these.  In very rare cases, other languages may place students into Elementary 2 and allow them to start in the spring.

If you are beyond the intermediate level in a language, starting in the spring will probably be possible. 

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Science Courses

What sciences can I study as a Bryn Mawr student?
Bryn Mawr offers majors and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Psychology.  In addition, students can pursue a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Haverford offers an Astronomy major (which is very connected to their Physics major).  Bryn Mawr also has several interdisciplinary minors composed of or including science classes: Computational Methods, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience. 

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Can I start studying a particular science field in the spring?

For Biology, Computer Science, Geology, and Psychology, there is absolutely no problem in waiting until spring to take a class in those fields.  All of them offer intro-level courses in the spring as well as the fall, and a student could relatively easily fit in a major in 4 years, even starting after first semester.  By contrast, unless students have advanced placement in these fields, it is more complicated to do so with Chemistry and Physics.  Students who know now that they are interested in the possibility of a Chemistry or Physics major should strongly consider including the relevant intro course in their program of study this fall. 

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Can/should I take two lab courses my first semester?

In the first issue of The Lantern, we told you there are pros and cons to this.  Here's a brief elaboration:

Pros:

  • If you're strong in science, you may want more than one science course in your first semester and may do better overall having a program that focuses on your strengths.
  • Taking two science courses in your first semester can give you more flexibility regarding possible science majors.

Cons:

  • Labs add a lot of additional time to your weekly schedule and can make it hard to fit everything in. 
  • Some courses with lab have significant written work and other assessments associated with the lab: lab reports, lab quizzes, lab exams, etc.  This can mean taking a course with a lab can feel like you're taking an extra course.  So taking two courses with labs can feel like taking two extra courses! This is usually not a good idea for a student adjusting to the more general demands of college.
  • Many students taking two lab courses will also be taking a math course.  That may mean their only course outside of math and science is ESem.  That may not be enough balance. 

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How can I learn more about these fields and get more advice?
While we encourage you to browse department websites, especially the information they include about majors (usually under the heading "Program Requirements and Opportunities"), there is no substitute to talking to someone in person.  Faculty will be available at the Academic Fair on Thursday, August 27.  And you'll be able to discuss your individual case with your Customs Week Adviser on Friday.

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What about math?
Many of the sciences do require at one or more semesters of calculus and may have other math requirements again.  Physics and Chemistry have the most extensive math requirements.  If you are considering a science major and placed into Math 101 Calculus I, you should strongly consider taking it this fall.  (Math 101 is only offered in fall, Math 102 is offered both fall and spring.)  See the Math placement page in Moodle for more advice.

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What about engineering?

While Bryn Mawr does not offer engineering classes, we do participate in several different cooperative programs that allow students to explore and study engineering.  Students may take undergraduate engineering courses at Swarthmore or at Penn.  The 4 +1 program with Penn allows students to start work on a Master's Degree in a range of engineering fields at Penn while still an undergraduate.  The 3+2 program with Caltech allows students to earn bachelor's degrees in both a liberal arts math or science field and an engineering field in 5 years.  While it is good to know about these programs now, it is important to realize that your interest in them will not dictate the courses you take this first semester.  If you follow the advice above regarding first-semester course selection for students interested in the sciences, you will also be preparing yourself for one of these special programs. 

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Moodle


What is Moodle?

Moodle is the College's online course management software.  Many of you may have already encountered Moodle or similar systems like Blackboard in high school or earlier.  Many professors use Moodle to post course documents (syllabus, policies, assignments) and to facilitate discussion through blogs or other features.  For some classes, you will turn in some or all of your work through Moodle. 

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What will Moodle be used for this summer?
You will use Moodle to access your Advising Center and to submit your language and math placement tests. The Advising Center includes tutorials and information that will prepare you for your first year and assist you in the years to come.  It houses the Resiliency Project and the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which you will complete over the summer, as well as issues of The Lantern: Illuminating Your First Year.

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How do I access Moodle?
You can access Moodle at https://moodle.brynmawr.edu. To log in, click on the login link at the top right, and then enter the same username and password that you use for webmail, BiONiC, etc. All entering students will have access to the Advising Center and will automatically be enrolled in all of the placement exams, even though you won't need to do all of them!

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What do I do if I encounter problems with Moodle?
If you encounter any issues with Moodle, contact the Help Desk for assistance at 610-526-7440, or help@brynmawr.edu.  The Help Desk is open Monday through Friday from 9am-12pm and 1-5pm.

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Resiliency Project


What is the Resiliency Project?
To help you prepare for the semester ahead both in and outside the classroom, the Dean's Office and student Peer Mentors have developed the Resiliency Project, housed in the Advising Center on Moodle.  Here you will have an opportunity to read about strategies several Peer Mentors made use of in their early weeks and months at Bryn Mawr.  We have also included two short and very accessible articles and two TED Talk videos to help you think about how you want to approach your own transition to learning and living at Bryn Mawr.  Finally, we've also asked you to write a "cheerleading" letter to yourself on this eve of your arrival at Bryn Mawr -- a letter that you'll have available to you on Moodle throughout the semester. The articles, videos and the letter will be at the core of conversations held with Peer Mentors and deans throughout the year. The deadline to complete the Resiliency Project is August 19.

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Campus Safety

Is the campus safe?
The campus is generally very safe. That said, it is an open campus and there are some individuals that may come here looking for targets of opportunity. So, please:

  • Lock your doors
  • Do not leave valuables lying about
  • Call Campus Safety (610-526-7911) if you see anyone or anything out of the ordinary or suspicious in nature. They will respond promptly and professionally.

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Are our Campus Safety security officers police officers?
No, Campus Safety security officers are unarmed and unsworn. They do not issue summons and do not have the power to arrest.

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Do police come on campus?
Yes, they can and do, albeit infrequently. That said, the local, state and federal laws apply on campus. 

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How do I reach Campus Safety?

Call 610-526-7911.  We recommend that you program this number into your phone. You can also contact Campus Safety by using one of the on-campus call boxes.

or use an on-campus call box, or go to the Campus Safety office, located in the Maloney building - See more at: http://news.brynmawr.edu/2015/01/22/new-site-updates-community-when-bad-weather-hits/#sthash.0uLqmxdk.dpuf


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What do I do if I need a ride or escort on campus?
There is a student-run escort service that operates Sunday through Saturday, 7pm - 1am when school is open. Campus Safety will provide an escort from one location to another on campus.  (This may include a walking or bicycle escort.)

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What if something breaks or occurs after business hours? Who do I call?
Campus Safety is open 24/7, 365 days a year. They will do their best to assist you and will help you with notifying the appropriate department. When in doubt, call Campus Safety at 610-526-7911.

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Other Topics

What are AlcoholEdu and Lasting Choices?
AlcoholEdu and Lasting Choices: Preventing Sexual Assault are two online modules that all entering students must complete by August 24.  These modules will introduce you to the topic of Title IX and issues of alcohol and substance abuse, consent and sexual assault on college campuses. During Customs Week, all incoming students will participate in educational sessions and discussions with student leaders and the Bryn Mawr Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Nixon. Completion of the Lasting Choices course will help you prepare for these conversations.  To access AlcoholEdu and Lasting Choices, please refer to the two emails from Residential Life that were sent to your BMC email account on July 27.

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What is the difference between the registration code and the institution code for Lasting Choices?
Step number five in the email with login instructions refers to a "registration code" and the form calls it the "institution code."  They are the same thing. 

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How do I learn about the Honor Code? What is the Academic Integrity Tutorial?

The "Academic Integrity Tutorial" is a Bi-Co online module that introduces new students to the expectations and best practices for producing academic work in college and beyond.  It covers the do's, don'ts, and resources for topics such as citing sources, taking exams, avoiding plagiarism, and producing collaborative work.  All entering students are required to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which is available in the "Advising Center -- Dean's Office Resources" in Moodle, by July 10. To access the Advising Center, go to Moodle and log in using the same username and password you use for your Bryn Mawr email.

To prepare for this tutorial and better understand self-governance at Bryn Mawr, please familiarize yourself with the Bryn Mawr's Honor Code, available at http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/honor-board/honor-code/.

  • Where to find AIT: Moodle > Courses > Advising Center -- Dean's Office Resources
  • Components: Complete Parts 1 and 2
  • Contact: Email welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu with your questions.
  • Deadline: July 10

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How do I register for my Bryn Mawr ID card (OneCard)?
OneCard is the official identification card for Bryn Mawr & Haverford Colleges. It provides access to Bi-Co resources including the meal plan, libraries, and facilities across both campuses.

You must register and upload a photo of yourself that will be used to create your OneCard by following these steps:

1. Go to the Get Funds website - https://get.cbord.com/bico/full/login.php 
2. Click "Sign up now!"
3.
Register and upload your photo.
Photo instructions:  When taking your OneCard photo, please be sure to look straight ahead at the camera.  Please do not send in a photo that is a side shot and also please do not have any objects, pets or hats in the photo. 
4. OPTIONAL: Add funds to your OneCard that you can you use on Bryn Mawr and Haverford campuses.
5. Deadline to register: July 24 (extended deadline)

If you have questions about the OneCard registration process, please contact Bryan Connor and Deb Martinez at onecard@brynmawr.edu.

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What do I do if I'm interested in joining a fall sport (cross country, field hockey, soccer, volleyball)?
If you would like to participate in a fall sport but haven't yet contacted a coach, please email the head coach of the sport you'd like to join no later than July 1.

 

Cross Country Coach Jason Hewitt jshewitt@brynmawr.edu
Field Hockey Coach Beth Riley briley@brynmawr.edu
Soccer Coach Erin DeMarco edemarco@brynmawr.edu
Volleyball Coach Nicole Reiley nreiley@brynmawr.edu

 

Please note that varsity athletes for fall sports should plan to arrive on Tuesday, August 18 for pre-season training and practice.  Students traveling more than 4 hours to campus can arrive on Monday, August 17. For fall pre-season arrival information, see http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/arrival.html#athletics.       

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What do I do if I have food allergies or special diet needs?
Let Bi-College Dietitian Nicole Patience know about any food allergies or special dietary needs that you have by submitting the Special Diet Needs Form by August 21

Form Instructions:  Complete the Special Diet Needs Form, save it to your computer, and either email (npatience@brynmawr.edu), OR to ensure confidentiality, print and mail the form to the following mailing address:

Nicole Patience
Dining Services
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Ms. Patience serves as a consultant for menu planning and recipe development, working with the gym and health center to achieve overall student wellness. To learn more about nutrition options and practices at Bryn Mawr, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/dining/dietary/.  

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What do I do if I want to pursue music performance or study?
Please complete the Music Survey Form by August 21 to let the Haverford Music Department know if you are interested in playing in the orchestra, joining a choir or pursuing private music study. 

To learn more about music opportunities available to Bi-Co students, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/HaverfordOrchestralandChoralprograms.html

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Can I bring a bicycle to campus?
Biking is no doubt a great way to get around, but Campus Safety suggests that you hold off on bringing your bike or purchasing one locally until you are familiar with the campus and the surrounding neighborhood.  Each year many bikes are left behind on campus, so you may want to wait to bring a bike when you know for sure that you will ride it. 

Luckily there are many transportation options available to students. Bryn Mawr has a very walkable campus and transport is available to Haverford (Bi-Co Blue Bus), Swarthmore (Tri-Co Van), or Philadelphia (SEPTA’s Paoli-Thorndale and Norristown High Speed lines).

Bikes can pose a safety hazard when students place them in front of the emergency exits in residence halls, so, if you use a bike at Bryn Mawr, please be sure to park it responsibly.

For more information on transportation and safety at Bryn Mawr, please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/transportation/index.shtml and http://www.brynmawr.edu/safety/services.htm.

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How do national holidays work at Bryn Mawr?
Like many institutions of higher education, Bryn Mawr doesn't observe most national holidays that occur while school is in session.  This fall, your only official days off are Labor Day, Fall Break, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.  Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day are regular school and work days.  Something similar applies in the Spring Semester.  Martin Luther King Day is treated as a holiday but President’s Day is a regular school and work day. 

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How do religious holidays work at Bryn Mawr?
While Bryn Mawr does not cancel classes for any religious holidays, we do respect our students’ right to observe holidays important to them.  We alert our faculty to some of the major holidays that students are most likely to observe and tell them to excuse absences and to offer flexibility around deadlines as appropriate.  Dates of religious holidays are posted on the Dean's Office website for faculty at http://www.brynmawr.edu/deans/faculty/religious.shtml. Just inform your professors in advance if you will need to miss class to observe a holiday.

We also encourage you to let your roommates, Customs Group, and other new friends know about holidays that are important to you.  Sometimes holidays are a time when we miss home and family more acutely, so even though it may be hard, it can be nice to use holidays as a way of making new connections. 

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How do I apply for an on-campus job?  
All first year students who work on campus do so in the dining halls. There will be an opportunity to sign up with Dining Services during Customs Week.  This applies for students on financial aid and work-study, as well as students without those; however, priority is given to students with work-study guarantees.  All students who have not worked for the College in the past must bring appropriate documentation for an I9 form in order to be hired.  Appropriate documentation includes a picture ID and a secondary document such as a Social Security Card or a passport.  International students must provide work authorization documents.  Students who want to work on campus must present these important documents in order to be hired.

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Where is the library?

Bryn Mawr College has three libraries. Canaday is the largest and the main library.  Carpenter Library for Art, Archaeology and Classics, is located at the back of Thomas Hall. Collier Science Library is located in Park Science Building. See the online Guide to Library Resources and Services for Students for more information about the libraries at Bryn Mawr.

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