DACA and Undocumented Students

Bryn Mawr College is dedicated to expanding educational access and rejecting all forms of discrimination, including those based on national origin. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and have created policies and resources in support of that commitment.

This website is intended to remind the community of the following College policies and practices as they affect undocumented and international students and reaffirm our commitment to welcoming all students, regardless of national origin or citizenship status.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information

  • We value our diverse community and its power to help students become well-rounded and engaged citizens. Bryn Mawr College does not discriminate on the basis of national origin or citizenship in our admissions process, and undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students graduating from U.S. high schools or earning a high school equivalency diploma in the U.S. are encouraged to apply.

  • The College will continue to welcome applicants and to support students of all nationalities and religions.

  • We will continue to meet full, demonstrated financial need for all students, including undocumented and international students, enrolled at Bryn Mawr.

Undocumented students have been valuable members of our community, and have contributed and will continue to contribute their talents across professional fields.”

 - From Message from President Cassidy on Support of DACA and Policy Regarding Undocumented Students, December 2016

Confidentiality and Protections for Students

  • The College will not release information about students’ citizenship or immigration status (including information regarding students’ visas and Green Cards) unless presented with a subpoena or similar legal requirement.

  • The College does not use E-Verify to verify a student’s (or staff member’s) eligibility to work at the College.

  • Campus Safety will not be involved with enforcing federal immigration laws, including Green Card and visa issues, nor will they inquire about or record a student’s immigration status when interacting with students.  Law enforcement officials seeking to come on campus are expected to check in first with Campus Safety and present a warrant or other enforceable legal instrument.

Legal Assistance

Members of the community who are seeking immigration legal advice can find a licensed attorney using AILA’s Lawyer Search. In the past, community members have used Klasko Immigration Law Partners, which offers 15-minute consultations for students, faculty and staff of client organizations.  For more information, contact Leslie Castrejon at lcastrejon@brynmawr.edu

Messages to the Bryn Mawr Community

Selected Advocacy and Action by Bryn Mawr College

Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students

Breaking Barriers - A program for first-generation, limited-income and undocumented students
The Impact Center

Office of Financial Aid
Benham-Gateway Building

General Student Advising
Dean’s Office: Guild L-04

Religious and Spiritual Support
Nora Woods
Interfaith Chaplain
The Impact Center

Health and Wellness Center

Getting Involved
Ellie Esmond
Director of Service and Leadership Programs
Civic Engagement Office


For Prospective
Undergraduate Students

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

For Prospective
Graduate Students

Office of Graduate Admissions

Additional Resources
United We Dream 

Immigration Legal Resource Center

National Immigration Law Center