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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

Customs 2015Photo of DLT in front of Merion Hall

Customs Week 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. 

Customs Week Schedule (.ics file)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (Arrival Day)


Customs Week Parent & Guardian Schedule 2015
(.ics file)
Families are welcome to attend all events scheduled before 5:00 pm. 

8:30 am–4:30 pm   Move in at your assigned residence hall
9-11 am   Refreshments for families (Wyndham)
10 am–Noon Campus tours (depart Campus Center Plaza every 30 minutes)  
10am-12pm  Religious Life Fair (Campus Center Main Lounge) 
10am-1pm Connect Your Device to the Bryn Mawr Network (Campus Center Main Lounge)  
11am-12pm    Health Services and Self-Care Parent Information Session (Thomas 110)
11 am–1 pm Lunch for Students & Guests (Erdman)
1 pm    First Generation Student Reception (Pembroke East Green)
1:45 pm Class of 2019 & all new students report to Goodhart stage at glass atrium
2 pm   College Welcome Assembly (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)  
3–4 pm     Students, parents & guardians meet with student’s dean (rooms as assigned)  
4 pm      Refreshments with President Cassidy, Admissions & deans (Denbigh Green) 
5 pm Students bid families farewell
5:30–7:30 pm   First Customs group meetings (In residence hall)
Dinner with Customs group (Erdman)
7:30–9 pm Traditions & Alumnae Association Program (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)   

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Thursday, August 27

7:30–9 am Breakfast (Erdman)
8–9 am Information session for Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet students (Thomas 110)
8 am Japanese & Chinese language placement exams (vans depart McBride Gateway)
All Day  Quantitative Skills Test by Appointment (If applicable) 
9-10:15am Your Roadmap to Customs! (In residence halls and assigned classrooms) 
10:30 am-2:30 pm

In rotation, see assignment in Customs tote bag:

Academic Advising 101 (classrooms as assigned) 

Academic Fair with department representatives (Thomas Great Hall and Cloisters - Ends at 1:30 pm)

Academic Honor Code: panel & scenario discussions (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)

Lunch (Erdman) 

11 am-1:30 pm Lunch (Erdman)
3-4 pm   Meet with Peer Mentors (In residence hall lounge)  
4–5:30 pm Ballet II placement (Pembroke Dance Studio)
5–11 pm   Bi-College Customs & Dinner (at Haverford College: buses depart Pembroke Arch, return from Stokes bus stop)

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Friday, August 28

7:30-9 am  Breakfast (Erdman)
8:30 am–3:30 pm Individual advising appointments with faculty & deans
8:30 am-12:30 pm  Residents of Brecon, Erdman, Pem East, Rhoads North, Rockefeller: Individual advising appointments with as scheduled faculty & deans
9-11am    Residents of Denbigh, New Dorm, Merion, Pem West, Radnor, Rhoads South: Safety, Health, Counseling, Libraries & Technology (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart) 
11 am-1 pm Lunch (Erdman)   
12-3:30pm Residents of Denbigh, New Dorm, Merion, Pem West, Radnor, Rhoads South: Individual advising appointments as scheduled with faculty & deans
1-3pm     Residents of Brecon, Erdman, Pem East, Rhoads North, Rockefeller: Safety, Health, Counseling, Libraries & Technology, (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)  
3:30 – 5:30 pm Different Voices, Common Threads (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)  
5:30-7:30 pm Dinner (Erdman)
6:30 pm Deadline for update of BiONiC registration online
7-9 pm  Outings with individual Customs groups (meet in residence hall)
9 pm Outdoor screening of Wild (Merion Green, rain location McPherson Auditorium)

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Saturday, August 29

10:00 am Social Honor Code Orientation for residents of Brecon, Erdman, Pem East, Rhoads North, Rockefeller: Thomas Great Hall
11:00 am   Social Honor Code Orientation for residents of Denbigh, New Dorm, Merion, Pem West, Radnor, Rhoads South: Thomas Great Hall
11 am -2 pm   Brunch (Erdman)
1-3pm

Living in Safe Community; Consent, Sexual Assault and Resources

Residents of Brecon, Erdman, Pem East, Rhoads North, Rockefeller: Thomas Great Hall

Residents of Denbigh, New Dorm, Merion, Pem West, Radnor, Rhoads South: Hepburn Theater, Goodhart

3:00-5:00 pm Speak About It (McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart)
5-7 pm  Dinner (Erdman) 
7-10 pm    Dorm Olympics  

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Sunday, August 30
       

11 am–2 pm   Brunch (Erdman)
11 am–1 pm Registration revisions with Dean, if needed (Guild) 
11 am–2 pm Swim tests & Athletics & PE Welcome in Customs groups (Schwartz Fitness & Athletics Center)
2 pm Roommate agreements with hall advisers (in residence halls)
4 pm    Reflections and Q&A with Dorm Leadership Teams (in residence halls)  
5-7 pm Dinner (Erdman)
8-10 pm  S’mores Party (Canaday Plaza on Taylor Drive)

 

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