Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



Computing & Email
Orientation Programs
Housing & Arrival Information
Degree Requirements
Advising Questionnaire
Health Forms
Placement Exams
Foreign Language Courses
Financial Matters (Billing and Loans)
Moodle
AP and IB Test Scores
Other Topics
  • COMING SOON! - Information about course registration.

 

Computing and Email

What do I need to know about Bryn Mawr Webmail?
Please see the message from the Dean's Office and Information Services 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 are no problem (although the Android devices differ between carriers and manufacturers). 

If none of these instructions work for you, you may be able to make use of the instructions at http://techbar.blogs.brynmawr.edu/1069 to manually setup a connection in your device's email program.  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 webmail.brynmawr.edu.  Log in there with your college username and password (the same information that you use to log in to 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.

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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, 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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Does Bryn Mawr offer discounts when purchasing laptops, software, etc.?
Bryn Mawr College offers some software for free, all of which Information Services 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. Lastly, Information Services 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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Orientation Programs


What is Customs Week?

Customs Week (August 27 to September 1) 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 25. 

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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)?
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 over the summer. 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 2018
Bryn Mawr College
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 27.  Dorms will open at 9:00 AM, and Customs Week activities will begin in the afternoon.  After lunch, meetings for  parents and new Customs Groups convene. The entire entering class and all new students assemble for the College Welcome at 4:00 p.m.  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 25. The full 2014 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 2014 will take place from August 20-25. Participants selected for Tri-Co 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 Wednesday morning, August 20th. Students in Tri-Co will be able to move into their academic year rooms at that time. Participants must be ready to begin the program with a lunch introduction at noon on August 20th.

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Advising Questionnaire

What is the Advising Questionnaire?
The Advising Questionnaire is a one-page online survey that was sent to your BMC email account on June 3rd.   It's a way for you to tell your dean and adviser a little about yourself to help in your advising.  The questionnaire must be completed by July 7.

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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 3rd.  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.  The Advising Questionnaire is one page, so please answer all of the questions before submitting the form.  Your responses will be shared with your dean and adviser.

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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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Health Forms

What health information and forms do I need to submit by July 1?
You must submit your Medical History, Immunization Record information and your Health Service Form by July 1. For more information about these health requirements, please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/healthcenter/gyn/IncomingStudents.htm.

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What if I cannot meet the July 1st 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 1st.  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 the Health Center that your forms will be late, unless you expect them to arrive after 7/31/14.  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 7/31/14, you need to notify us at sheimann@brynmawr.edu

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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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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.

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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.  Many students will fulfill this requirement through the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment (Qtest) this summer. Others will need to enroll in the QSem (Quan001) either in the fall or spring semester of their first year.  These are the only two ways to meet the requirement.  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. 

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What’s the Foreign Language Requirement?
All students who enter the college in the fall of 2014 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, who identified themselves as non-native speakers to the College Board.

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Placement Exams

What is the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment?
The Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Test (Q test) is used to help place students in their required science or social science courses.  It includes basic algebra, chart reading, and also several inference questions that do not require any calculations. 

  • Where to find Qtest: Link sent to your Bryn Mawr email account on June 3rd
  • What you'll need: pencils, scrap paper, your calculator and a quiet place to work
  • Time limit: No limit is set but the Qtest takes approximately 2 hours to complete
  • Deadline: July 7
  • Contact person: Professor Betsy Horner, bhorner@brynmawr.edu

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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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How does placement in Mathematics work?
If you are interested in taking courses offered by the Mathematics department, you should consult the Mathematics Placement Exam 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: 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 1
  • Contact person: Professor Amy Myers, anmyers@brynmawr.edu

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How does placement in French, German, Italian, Spanish work?
All four of these languages require students complete a placement exam during the summer.  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.

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 27 and August 12.

  • Where to find exam: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 80 minutes total
  • Contact: Professor Grace Armstrong, garmstro@brynmawr.edu
  • Deadline: July 1

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 additional to completing the placement exam, students are asked to meet with the German faculty at the Academic Fair for a brief and informal conversation in order to ascertain fluency and knowledge of German.

  • Where to find exam: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Deadline: July 1
  • Time limit: 90 minutes 
  • Contact: Professor David Kenosian, dkenosia@brynmawr.edu

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 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: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Time limit: 3 hours total
  • Deadline: July 1
  • Contact person: Professor Michele Monserrati, mmonserrat@brynmawr.edu

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 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
  • Deadline: July 1
  • Contact person: Professor Kaylea Berard, kmayer@brynmawr.edu

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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 between June 3 and August 10 on Moodle between June 3 and August 10.  The short essay will register you for the actual Chinese Placement Test, to be given at Haverford the morning of August 28.  To sign up for transportation to Haverford to take this exam, please complete the following form by August 10: https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/chinese-placement-exam-register-by-aug-10-2014/.

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

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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 28.  Further information and a required registration form are available on Moodle. To sign up for transportation to Haverford to take this exam, please complete the following form by July 1: https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/japanese-placement-examregister-by-july-1-2014/

  • Where to register: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Deadline for registration and transportation form: July 1
  • Contact person: Professor Tetsuya Sato, tsato@haverford.edu

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How does placement in Arabic, Greek, Latin and Russian work?
Entering students who have already begun their study of Arabic, Greek, Latin, or Russian should consult department representatives at the Academic Fair on August 28.  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 and Latin:

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)

Latin
Students interested in taking Latin at Bryn Mawr are encouraged to enroll as freshmen in the elementary Latin course, Latin 001 and 002. Students who have had more than two years of high school Latin may be eligible for placed in (Intermediate Latin (Latin 101).  All students interested in continuing Latin (including those students who have done AP work in Latin) should consult the faculty at the Academic Fair and arrange to take a placement exam before classes begin. 

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How does placement in Chemistry work?
Students who pass the Quantitative Readiness Assessment (Qtest) 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 Michelle Francl, mfrancl@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.

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 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 Tamara Davis, tdavis@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 about obtaining approval for the waiver and for advice on planning their coursework in economics.

Contact person: Professor David Ross, dross@brynmawr.edu

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Foreign 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 the 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 interested in study abroad in a particular country where language proficiency 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 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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Financial Matters (Billing and Loans)

How do I receive the bill?
Billing statements are sent by email the first week in July to the student’s campus email address from sfs@BrynMawr.edu with the subject line:  “Your Bryn Mawr College Bill is Available Online.”

Students must create parents and/or other third-party payers as “Authorized Payers” to review the student account and pay the bill.  Instructions are found at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/sfs/ampp.html

The College highly recommends completing this process before the Fall payment due date of August 1, 2014.

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How do I pay my bill?
The best way to pay is online via QuikPAY, which is located at:  https://quikpayasp.com/brynmawr/studentaccounts/authorized.do.   Information is secure. Only students and/or Authorized Payers may access this site.  Further information can be found at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/sfs/payment.html.

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How do I allow my family to pay my bill?
Your Bryn Mawr bill is paid completely online. In order to allow persons other than yourself to pay the bill through this service, you will have to make them Authorized Payer(s); instructions for that process can be found at: https://quikpayasp.com/brynmawr/studentaccounts/authorized.do. Further information to help you navigate the online bill process can be found at: http://www.brynmawr.edu/sfs/ampp.html.

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When are the bills due?

Fall Semester Bills  Sent 1st week of July  Due by Friday, August 1, 2014
Spring Semester Bills      Sent 1st week of December     Due by Friday, January 2, 2015     

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Can I pay the bill on a monthly basis?
Bryn Mawr offers an automatic monthly payment plan for each semester through our 3rd-party partner, Nelnet Business Solutions.   Online enrollment provides up to 5 monthly payments per semester, at no interest, for only a minimal enrollment fee.   Please access http://www.brynmawr.edu/sfs/ampp.html to view enrollment dates and additional information.

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How do I make an international payment?
Bryn Mawr has partnered with peerTransfer Education in an effort to make international payments simple and more affordable to International students and domestic students making payments abroad.  To sign up, go to:  http://brynmawr.peertransfer.com

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What steps do I need to take to receive my Federal Direct Loan Funds?
You must first accept your Federal Direct Loan on bionic.brynmawr.edu

First time borrowers must complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) and Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.  We cannot release Direct Loan funds to your student account until you accept your loan, sign your promissory note and complete loan entrance counseling.  You should complete these additional steps prior to July 15th to ensure your funds will disburse to your student account around the first day of class. Contact Student Financial Services at:  610-526-5245 for more information. 

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How can my parents apply for a Federal PLUS Loan?
Dependent undergraduate students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before their biological or adoptive parents can apply for a PLUS Loan. 

The parent borrower must sign on to www.studentloans.gov with a Federal Student Aid PIN.  A borrower who does not have a PIN can request one via the Federal Student Aid PIN Web site at pin.ed.gov.  The maximum PLUS loan amount a parent can borrow is the difference between the cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial assistance received.  If a dependent student's parents are denied the PLUS Loan, the student may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loans to help pay for education. Contact Student Financial Services at:  610-526-5245 for more information. 

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What steps must I take to receive my Federal Perkins Loan funds?
First accept your Perkins loan on bionic.brynmawr.edu.

First-time borrowers who have accepted their Perkins loan will receive a paper Perkins Master Promissory Note in the mail at their home address at the beginning of August. Sign and return the Promissory Note to Student Financial Services.

First-time borrowers must also complete entrance counseling here:
http://brynmawr.edu/controller/studentaccounts.shtml
Under Student Accounts Related Links, click on “Perkins Loans Entrance Interview”.

The Perkins Loan entrance interview is a Federal requirement. We cannot release the Perkins funds to your account without a signed promissory note and completed entrance counseling.

Perkins loan funds will disburse to the student account around the first day of class.

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What steps must I take to receive my Bryn Mawr College International Loan funds?
First accept your International loan on bionic.brynmawr.edu.

First-time borrowers must attend the Entrance Loan Counseling Workshop during Orientation Week.

Please complete the following forms as much as possible: The Self-Certification Form, Approval Disclosure Form, Final Disclosure Form, Promissory Note and Questionnaire and bring them with you to the workshop. You may ask questions about your loan and the forms at the workshop.

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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 access and submit language and math placement tests through Moodle

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How do I access Moodle?
You'll find links to Moodle in lots of different places on the BMC website (e.g., Summer To-Do List). Click on the login link at the top right, and then enter the same username and password that you use for email, BiONiC, etc. All entering students 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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AP and IB Test Scores

Can I get credit for AP and/or IB test scores?
AP, IB, and A-Level test scores may be used to satisfy credits towards graduation, but cannot be counted towards general education requirements. Information on credit for AP scores is available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/students/APTestScores.html; and information on IB and A-Level scores is available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/students/IB_ALevels.html

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How does Bryn Mawr get my AP scores?
This happens automatically for each test for which you listed Bryn Mawr as a recipient of a score report.  If you didn't list Bryn Mawr, it's not too late.  See https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/score-reporting for more information. If you don't have any scores that will earn BMC credit, then you are not obliged to send scores.  Scores of 4 or 5 are accepted for many subjects; any scores of 3 or below do not need to be sent.  See the table here for specific score requirements for each subject:  http://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/students/APTestScores.html

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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 R-100 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.  At Bryn Mawr and Haverford, no classes are held on Labor Day (September 1 this year), but lots of activities are scheduled, including Customs activities for new students and Class Assemblies for returning students.  Your other official days off are for 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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