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

Health Forms

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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Orientation 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 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?  Can I arrive early or late?
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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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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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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Other Topics

 

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.  Your other 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 a holiday at Bryn Mawr and Haverford but not at Swarthmore, and 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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