All of Bryn Mawr's dorms have a common living room and most of the dorms have additional lounges with couches and often books and games. All of the dorms have coin operated vending machines for both soda and snacks. Dorms will either have one laundry room with several washers and dryers or a single washer and a single dryer on individual halls. The washers and dryers are not coin operated. The dorms and individual rooms are not air conditioned.
Each dorm is slightly different from the next in terms of personality, accommodations, room size, style and in many more ways that you will shortly learn about!
Who are the people in my dorm?
Each dorm has a number of students who serve as dorm officers. In all of the dorms there will be at least two Hall Advisors (HAs), two or more pairs of Customs People, one Dorm President, and a couple of Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Representatives. The Dorm Presidents, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Representatives are elected positions while the Customs People and Hall Advisors are appointed by the Dean's Office and the Office of Residential Life, respectively. Also living in some residence halls are Community Diversity Assistants (CDAs) and peer mentors.
- Hall Advisors are responsible for a specific group of residents, usually on a particular floor
- They provide information about the College and its services
- They work with individuals to promote a positive community on the hall
- They plan many different hall events and activities throughout the year
- Customs People work in pairs on a particular hall. Freshmen are placed in a "Customs Group," which includes the other frosh on the hall and is led by the Customs People who also live on the hall.
- Customs People help new students make the transition to Bryn Mawr
- Customs People serve as helpers, resource persons, role models, and friends to new students for the entire year
- Dorm presidents host dorms meetings, including the first hall meeting
- They handle party forms and common area reservations
- They oversee dorm funds
- They help plan activities and parties for the dorm
- They represent the dorm at Residence Council, which works on issues such as Facilities and Housekeeping concerns, posting policy, room changes, and organizing campus events
Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Representatives
- They direct all Traditions for their dorms including WTF week and May Day
Community Diversity Assistants
- Community Diversity Assistants develop programming for residence halls regarding issues of multiculturalism and diversity
- They assist peers with concerns related to multiculturalism and diversity
- Peer Mentors plan, publicize, and offer workshops on study skills for first-year students
- They serve as a general academic resource for new students in the dorms
- They assist new students with time and stress management strategies
- They offer assistance to new students with general course planning, selection, and registration