The CDPP program at Bryn Mawr College is located on a 135-acre suburban campus 11 miles west of Philadelphia. Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr College is widely known as one of the nation’s elite liberal arts colleges for women and is respected worldwide for excellence in the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities. Bryn Mawr has two coeducational graduate schools -- the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and in Social Work and Social Research.
The College offers a breathtaking combination of outstanding landscaping and exceptional architecture. In the late 1800s, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for having planned Central Park in New York City, designed Bryn Mawr’s original campus. Today, the 135-acre campus is a uniquely attractive arboretum with more than 75 varieties of trees, surrounded by scenic biking, walking and jogging trails. Campus buildings are noted for their Collegiate Gothic architecture style, reminiscent of Cambridge and Oxford universities, but they also include modern designs, most notably a landmark residence hall designed by Louis Kahn. Ten of the buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the M. Carey Thomas Library is also listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Graduate students have open-stack access to more than one million volumes in the collections of Bryn Mawr’s libraries, as well as borrowing privileges to an additional one million titles at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges. On-line access to the full text of journals, reference tools and other data bases is available.
Bryn Mawr sponsors a variety of cultural, social and recreational activities that enhance its stimulating educational experience. Graduate students have full access to all that the College offers. Athletic facilities include a 50,000-square-foot gymnasium, an Olympic-size pool, fitness center, basketball court, and outdoor tennis courts and fields for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. There is an active intramural sports program for graduate students. In the arts, Bryn Mawr sponsors a variety of dance, music and theater performances directed by faculty members and students. An extensive program of readings, exhibitions, performances and workshops given by visiting professional writers, artists, actors and musicians complements these activities. The Graduate Student Association organizes regular events and provides opportunities to interact with students from other programs.
Excellent public transportation, including a train station within five minutes of the College, makes Bryn Mawr easily accessible from throughout the region.
Just 11 miles to the east is Philadelphia, a vibrant urban mecca of culture and entertainment. Anchored by the Kimmel Center, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Avenue of the Arts in Center City is where you will find all of the performing arts, including ballet, drama, jazz, musicals, opera, pop and rock. The city’s major museums of art, medicine and science — the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Mutter Museum and Academy of Natural Sciences — are situated along the Ben Franklin Parkway. One of only two U.S. cities that boast professional teams in all four sports, the city’s arena complex in South Philadelphia includes new baseball and football stadiums for the Phillies and Eagles, and a new combined basketball and hockey arena for the Sixers and Flyers, which also hosts major rock concerts.
Millions of tourists from around the world are drawn to Philadelphia each year by the city’s historic treasures — Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the new National Constitution Center, Carpenter Hall, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House and more. And everyone in town and the region enjoys Philadelphia’s fantastic dining options, from five-star restaurants to neighborhood bistros and cafés, across all national and ethnic cuisines.
Philadelphia is also one big college and university town. Its 80 colleges and universities, with a combined student population of 250,000, give the city the highest per-capita concentration of higher education institutions in the nation. Students have helped to make Philadelphia’s Center City the third-largest residential downtown in the country and one of the youngest — one-third of all residents in the heart of the city are between the ages of 18 and 29. Not surprisingly, the city’s student population has created a vital nightlife scene at myriad nightclubs, dance clubs, comedy clubs, art houses, restaurants and bars as well as youth-oriented events such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, World Cinema Festival, X Games and First Friday art gallery open houses — not to mention the perennial Spring Break occurring on South Street.