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FAQs for Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are open to Tri-Co students during pre-registration for the upcoming semester. Students may not participate in a 360 during their first semester at Bryn Mawr. Selection criteria vary depending on the demands of the cluster, but successful applicants will demonstrate deep interest in the theme of the 360, and a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary exploration. For more information, see Application Procedures.

It depends on the interest among students and the content of the cluster. Each 360° cohort usually has 15 students. Faculty set criteria to evaluate applications based on the requirements of the 360°. The application process runs through the first week of preregistration, in case students need to make alternate plans before the end of preregistration (see Application Procedures for more details).

All 360°s include some kind of non-traditional classroom experience, which can take many forms, including international travel, domestic travel, Praxis placement, intensive lab experience, project work, and shadowing experts in the field.

Individual 360° courses often fulfill one or more College requirements, and many count towards major requirements in their respective departments. Before applying, you should consult your dean and/or major advisor.

Yes. Each cluster is made up of 2-3 courses in the semester, and students typically take 1-2 non-360° courses in addition to their 360° classes (a full-time student at Bryn Mawr usually takes 4 classes each semester). Special permission is required to enroll in more than 4.5 units in a semester (please see your Dean for further information).

360° clusters are a great way to explore new topics, subjects, and skills.  Each 360° is designed to bring a variety of specialties together to explore a central theme from many perspectives, and we encourage students to try out different fields of study. Some courses in 360° clusters do have pre-requisites, but faculty are often able to work with students to find ways to meet those requirements (even if you haven't completed the exact pre-requirement course).

We don't want money to be a barrier for students who are interested. There is no additional tuition fee to participate in a cluster. The 360° Program covers the cost of visas, transportation, food, and lodging during program trips, as well as fees associated with program elements (museum admission, etc.). Students are responsible for passport fees, if the field experience requires one. If students encounter unanticipated costs as part of their 360° experience, they are encouraged to be in contact with the Program coordinator for additional resources.

Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to all aspects of College life. If you are a student with a diagnosed learning, physical, or psychological disability who may need to request academic or facilities accommodations to participate in program activities, early planning is essential. Some programs include a significant amount of physical activity. For locations abroad in particular, attitudes towards disabilities, the terrain, housing options, and the availability of accommodations vary. Please contact Deb Alder, Access Services Director (610-526-7351 or dalder@brynmawr.edu), right away to discuss your needs and start gathering information. Early planning and flexibility can help to ensure a positive experience. 


Contact Us


Sarah Theobald, 360° Coordinator
Taylor 302 B
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Phone: 610-526-5509