These updates pertain to the 2020-2021 application cycle only.
Bryn Mawr College is a test optional school for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We are still requiring the SAT or ACT for international students; however, if an international applicant was not able to take a recent exam due to COVID-19, the Admissions Committee will take into account that any previous testing was completed early in a student’s high school career. We will accept SAT, ACT, AP, and IB scores from the testing agency, from school counselors, or self-reported by the student on the application. Testing waivers are available for international students who have never taken a standardized test and have no access to completing one prior to the application deadline. Students who receive waivers must complete a special interview after they apply. These interviews must be scheduled by the application deadline. More information will be available on their application portal after they submit an application.
International students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. TOEFL now offers a TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus for China for students who do not have access to testing centers. Students whose first language is English or whose primary language of instruction has been English during their four years of high school may have the TOEFL or IELTS requirement waived.
Students who don’t have access to a testing site prior to the application deadline should contact the Office of Admissions.
The Office of Admissions will accept self-reported exam scores (except TOEFL and IELTS) for all applicants. International students need to share their SAT or ACT essay through their application status page. All admitted students will be required to submit an official copy of their exam scores if they enroll. Early Decision students must submit scores by March 1. Regular Decision students must submit scores by June 15.
Visits and Events
The Office of Admissions offers a variety of virtual opportunities including: admitted student events, information sessions, tours, and, office hours.
We understand that many high schools have moved to remote learning, including a shift to pass/fail grades. Pass/fail grades will not negatively impact the review of a student’s application.
If your school has closed and is not able to offer remote learning, please connect with the Office of Admissions.