With its small faculty/student ratio and robust advising program in the Undergraduate Dean’s Office, Bryn Mawr affords students many opportunities for rich advising conversations.
The Dean's office serves as a resource for students in a number of areas.
- Pre-major advising
- Academic planning
- Degrees and graduation requirements
- Academic support and student services
- Academics beyond the Bi-Co
- Leaves of absence
- Student conduct
Overall, the Dean’s Office serves as a hub for most campus resources. Students are encouraged to seek out their dean for any questions they might have.
All students are assigned a dean at the outset of their first year, and that dean provides pre-major advising. Students have the same Dean throughout their career at Bryn Mawr, affording a relationship that develops over time.
The academic dimensions of the first-year experience are marked by exploration of a variety of fields. Students are encouraged to meet with professors of favorite courses to learn more about the fields of study more generally and receive department-specific guidance.
Academic advising during the Sophomore year is oriented around the Sophomore Plan. The Sophomore Plan intentionally bridges curricular and co-curricular reflection as students are guided to make plans for their time at Bryn Mawr by making connections between their interests in and outside of the classroom. The Sophomore Plan structures a variety of advising opportunities, including meetings with prospective major advisors, deans, and staff with expertise in co-curricular and career counseling.