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About Our Students

At Bryn Mawr, you will be welcomed into a collaborative premedical education community in which postbac students help one another reach their full potential.

You will find that your fellow postbac students at Bryn Mawr are one of the strongest assets of our program. Coming from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, they form an interactive and supportive community that shares a common goal—becoming a physician. In the process, many postbacs have formed close friendships that endure long after their time at Bryn Mawr.

Once admitted to our program, enrolled students will be able to access an interactive site that provides details on housing options in the area, connects classmates to find students to share housing, and a marketplace. In addition, a current postbac student, who has already gone through the process of getting settled as a postbac, serves as the housing coordinator to assist enrolled students with their housing search and answer questions about relocating to Bryn Mawr.

Our postbac students frequently take the initiative to pursue self-directed learning opportunities. Each year, the Health Professions Advising Office works with postbac and undergraduate pre-health students to host Health Interest Programming (HIP). HIP are student-led events that explore a health issue or specialty area in-depth. HIP topics are intended to be multi-disciplinary, to reflect the interprofessional nature of health education today. These events are a collaborative effort; each proposal has at least 2 but no more than 5 student leaders.

Postbacs also know how to relax, have fun, and socialize with their fellow students. They engage in student-led committees—such as Baking, Diversity, and Wellness Committees—and participate in intramural sports, volunteer as assistant coaches of College sports teams, and attend cultural events held in the Tri-Co community.

In the 2019-20 Class...

Professional and Life Experience

A broad and diverse experience in a variety of fields was represented in this class of 70 students, including teaching, research, community health and medical services, financial services, software and mechanical engineering, the arts, theater, journalism, municipal and state government, ministry, and law.

Some were former Peace Corp volunteers, Fulbright scholars, and Teach for America fellows. Some were veterans of the Air Force and Navy, and 22 students had graduate degrees. 

A number of students were certified EMTs or worked as medical scribes and nurses. Finally, many students had significant professional or volunteer experience abroad and several students were heritage speakers of a foreign language.


  • Ranged in age from 21 to 34 years
  • 24 were 26 or older
  • 29 were 24 or 25 years old
  • 13 were 23 years old
  • 11 were 21 or 22 years old

Geographic Distribution 

  • 47% were from the Northeast
  • 17% were from the Mid-Atlantic
  • 15.5% were from the Midwest
  • 14.5% are from the West
  • 6% were from the Southeast

Undergraduate Education

48 different colleges and universities were represented in the 2019-20 class:

  • 42 attended private institutions
  • 11 attended public institutions
  • 24 attended private research institutions