Customs 2014

Photo of DLT in front of Merion Hall

Schedule Highlights
International Student Orientation 2014 Schedule Highlights

(Tentative schedule, to be updated throughout summer)

The International Student Orientation (ISO) is organized to help new students become acquainted with life in the U.S. and at the College.  ISO is required for all incoming international students. It begins two days before "Customs Week," the orientation for all new undergraduate students.  Students participating in ISO will be housed in their on-campus rooms and meals are provided.  Parents, family members and friends accompanying new students should arrange for their housing at local hotels and are invited to an information session and reception during ISO.

ISO provides a head start on getting settled in Bryn Mawr.  ISO is a special opportunity to meet other new international students, ask questions about the College, begin to get to know the greater Philadelphia area, and take care of practical matters such as opening a bank account and applying for a U.S. Social Security number.  Orientation sessions and activities keep students busy from morning until night. 

Detailed information about ISO will be sent with forms I-20 or DS-2019.


Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Monday, August 25


  • Check-in - The Ward Building is the arrival site for ISO.  Orientation Assistants will welcome new international students will pick up their ISO arrival packets, complete their I-94 retrieval form and have their immigration documents (I-20 or DS 2019, passport, visa stamp and I-94) reviewed and copied.
  • Students will obtain their BMC “OneCard,” and then move on to their dorms to begin their experience as members of the Bryn Mawr international community. 
  • If you ordered linens from BMC, you may pick them up at this time at the Mail Room in the Campus Center.
  • Campus Tour - Meet at the entrance of the Campus Center to depart for a tour of the beautiful Bryn Mawr campus provided by Admissions tour guides! 
  • Walking Tour - You will be guided on a walking tour of the Bryn Mawr town center with Bryn Mawr Customs People and ISO Assistants.  See for yourself what shops are available locally.  We will point out the several banks available in the immediate area.  Students will have the opportunity to open a new bank account. 



  • Information Panel For Parents - Join this interactive session featuring a panel of campus members representing the Dean's Office, College Faculty, Residential Life, Career and Professional Development, Civic Engagement, the Pensby Center and Study Abroad. Learn about the College's multitude of academic and social resources and meet the people who help students successfully navigate through their Bryn Mawr experiences.                       
  • Welcome & Introduction For Students - As we open the ISO program, we will celebrate and recognize the many nations represented at Bryn Mawr.   See how diverse the Bryn Mawr community is as you meet your new classmates from around the world.
  • Reception For Students And Parents - President Cassidy and members of the BMC administrative staff and faculty gather to welcome you to Bryn Mawr.                                                      
  • Free Time/Farewell To Family Members



  • Cross-Cultural Adjustment - Homesick and overwhelmed?  Learn how upper-class women adjusted to life as Mawrters.  Listen as your ISO Assistants share “tricks of the trade” and what it means to be a Mawrter.  
  • Break - Relax as we continue in conversation to connect with each other.
  • Dance Party - Do not miss this unique opportunity and one of ISO’s most popular events.  Join your friends for an evening of social gathering filled with music and dance.

Tuesday, August 26



  • Rights And Responsibilities At this session, OIP staff will present an overview on how to maintain your F1 or J1 status in the U.S. Learn how to remain in compliance with SEVIS reporting and USCIS regulations.    
  • The following sessions will run simultaneously throughout the morning:       
    • Writing Assessment*              
    • Financial Aid Interview*
    • Glacier Tax Software & Health Insurance Enrollment - What are my responsibilities as a student on a non-immigrant visa? Do I have health insurance? Where is my health insurance card?  What is Glacier?  Students will receive personal attention to answer these questions and more.          

      * Not all students are required to attend.                              



  • On-Campus Employment/ Payroll Information - Students will learn about on-campus employment opportunities and the administrative procedures involved in applying for a job on campus.  A glimpse of the Student Employment Office (SEO) website including Jobs will be demonstrated.  Staff members from Human Resources, Payroll and Student SEO coordinators will be introduced.

    Students will be provided personal assistance in completing payroll related forms including:  Local Earned Income Tax Residency Certification, Local Service Tax Exemption form, and Direct Deposit form.
  • Glacier Tax Software & Health Insurance Enrollment - What are my responsibilities as a student on a non-immigrant visa? Do I have health insurance? Where is my health insurance card?  What is Glacier?

    Students will receive personal attention to answer these questions and more.                                       



  • Shopping - Travel to visit stores at the Springfield Mall, including Target, Macy’s, and over 70 specialty stores. Students will have the opportunity to pick up some essential items that they could not bring from home.              

Wednesday, August 27



  • Health Information - The Health Center provides comprehensive primary care services to students.  Come with questions and discover the variety of services available at the Center.  There also will be information about Health Insurance.
  • ISO PHOTO SESSIONS - Gather with your friends, Orientation Assistants and OIP staff in a photo sessions to capture unforgettable ISO memories!





    • Main Line International Student Reception
    • International Classroom Welcome Reception


Customs Week 2014 Schedule Highlights
(Tentative schedule, to be updated throughout summer)

All new students are expected to participate in the Customs Week events. Through the customs people and  campus leaders, new students will be introduced to self-governance and the honor code and begin the process of building community by meeting with classmates, faculty  and resource persons. During the first days on campus and in the residences throughout each student’s first year, Customs facilitates sharing perspectives and learning the responsibilities of college life at Bryn Mawr and in the Bi-College community.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (Arrival Day)

  • 8:30am-4:30pm -  Entering Students move-in at each Residence Hall
    • Room keys must be signed-out at Facilities Services, Ward Building.  OneCard identification and access cards will be distributed. Please unload belongings near the entrance to your residence hall.  Then all cars must be moved to a parking lot.
  • 10:00 am-12:00pm - Campus Tours depart from Wyndham every 30 minutes.
  • 11:00 am-12:30pm -  Student Life Resources Fair for families
  • 11:00am-1:00pm -  Lunch for students and guests at Erdman
  • 2:00 pm -  College Welcome Assembly at Goodhart Hall
    • The Class of 2018 and all new students assemble for the first time on the Goodhart stage.  The President, Dean of the College, Dean of Admissions and student leaders welcome new students and families to the Bryn Mawr College community
  • 3:00-4:00 pm - Students and their parents and guardians meet with the student’s dean
  • 4:00 pm - Refreshments with President Cassidy, Admissions officers and deans
  • 5:00 pm - Students bid their families farewell
  • 5:30 pm - Customs Groups gather in their residence halls for introductory meeting and dinner together at Erdman Hall.  
  • 7:30–9:00pm -  Bryn Mawr Traditions and Alumnae Association program at Thomas Cloisters

Thursday, August 28

  • 7:30-9:00 am - Breakfast
  • 8:00-9:00 am - Health Professions Adviser Orientation for new students
  • 8:00-10:30 am - Japanese and Chinese Language Placement Exams
  • 8:00-10:30 am - Quantitative skills assessment make-up time
  • 9:30 am -  Panel on Academic Life at Bryn Mawr
  • 10:30am-1:30pm (in rotation by groups to be assigned)
    • Meet Your Dean
    • Academic Fair with department representative
    • Information Services and Library Tour
    • Lunch
  • 2:15 pm - Assembly: Bryn Mawr Resources for New Students
  • 3:00 pm - Academic planning and scheduling workshops with peer mentors in residence halls
  • 4:00–5:30 pm - Ballet II placement
  • 5:00-11:00 pm - Bi-College Customs dinner, tours and entertainment at Haverford College. Buses depart McBride Gateway and return from Stokes Hall.

Friday, August 29

  • 7:30-9:00 am -  Breakfast
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm - Individual appointments with faculty advisers and deans to select courses. Assigned times and advisers will be distributed on arrival.  Students update their BiONiC registration by 6:00 pm.
  • 9:00 am - Noon or 1:00-4:00 pm (in half of the day not scheduled for advising)
    • Campus Safety and Health Services
    • Pensby Center presents “I am From..” in Customs groups
  • 5:00 pm -  Dinner followed by shopping, teas, or other Customs group outings
  • Evening - Dining Services student employee orientation may be scheduled for some units
  • 9:00 pm - Customs Film Festival

Saturday, August 30

  • Morning -  Dining Services student employee orientation may be scheduled for some units
  • 11:00 am-12:00pm - Brunch or Academic Honor Code Orientation, in groups as assigned
  • 12:00pm–1:00pm  - Brunch or Academic Honor Code Orientation, in groups as assigned
  • 1:00-2:30 pm -  Living in Community: Norms, Processes and Language of Life under the Social Honor Code
  • 2:30-4:45 pm - Speak About It  performance about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships, followed by small group discussions with dorm leadership team members
  • 5:00-6:15 pm - Bi-Co Customs Discussions or Dinner on Erdman Green, in groups as assigned
  • 6:15-7:30 pm - Bi-Co Customs Discussions or Dinner on Erdman Green, in groups as assigned
  • 7:30-11:00 pm - Bi-College Customs at Bryn Mawr - Customs After Dark & Cloisters Dance
  • 9:00 pm - Customs Film Festival

Sunday, August 31

  • Morning -  Dining Services student employee orientation may be scheduled for some units
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm - Brunch
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm -  Registration revisions with dean, at their offices in Guild Hall (if needed)
  • 11:00am-2:00pm -  Required Swim Tests and Athletics and Physical Education Welcome
  • 2:00 pm -  Living in Community Carefully and Safely:  Panel presentation and small group sessions on campus policies, resources and expectations concerning residential life, drug and  alcohol abuse prevention, responses to sexual harassment or misconduct and conflict resolution
  • 4:00 pm - Reflections and questions with hall advisers
  • 5:00–7:00 pm - Dinner
  • 9:00 pm - Customs Film Festival

Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)

  • 11:00 am-1:00pm -  Brunch at Erdman and Haffner Halls
  • 1:30 pm - Workshop: Living in a Diverse Community
  • 3:30 pm  - Roommate and hall agreements in residence halls
  • 5:15 pm -  Class of 2018 Assembly with SGA Executive Board, LILAC and Customs Week Closing
  • 6:00-7:00 pm - Dinner at Erdman and Haffner Halls