The College is located in Bryn Mawr, Pa., 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. The center of town, a lively gathering of restaurants and coffee shops, bookstores and clothing stores, cafes and a movie theater, is a five-minute walk from campus. Together with a handful of other towns developed in the 1800s along Philadelphia’s first commuter rail line, Bryn Mawr is part of the Main Line. The town is two hours by high-speed rail from New York City and Washington, D.C., and is an easy drive to New Jersey beaches.
Just 11 miles away, Philadelphia is the nation’s fifth largest city—and one of its most historic and culturally and economically important. Bryn Mawr students have access to more than 100 museums, including the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences; the world-class Philadelphia Orchestra; professional basketball, baseball, football, hockey, and soccer teams; and more than 250,000 students attending more than 50 colleges and universities—more colleges and universities, in fact, than in any other metropolitan area except New York City. Philadelphia itself is an expansive, global, civic community that feels like a warm, welcoming neighborhood. It’s home to lively ethnic festivals and outdoor concerts, chic boutiques and one-of-a-kind independent retailers, haute cuisine and messy cheesesteaks, bustling outdoor markets and majestic exhibition halls, avant-garde theater and living history. Bryn Mawr women take advantage of the city’s limitless volunteer opportunities, internships, externships, and Praxis placements with leading non-profits and innovative start-ups in every possible field.