What You Need to Know: A Guide for Admitted Students
Now that you’ve been admitted, you probably have questions about resources available to students on our campus.
Though not entirely exhaustive, this guide is intended to help you find the best answers to your questions about the College and its offerings for undergraduates.
Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 610-526-5152.
Call it the best of four worlds—students at Bryn Mawr can take classes at three other leading institutions: Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Through our academic partnerships with these schools, our already impressive course catalog expands to 6,000 classes. In any given year, there are 3,000 cross registrations between Bryn Mawr and Haverford. The best part? Transportation is provided and your tuition remains the same.
The College administers its own placement examinations during Customs Week in foreign languages, mathematics, and most sciences. Unlike AP examinations, they do not carry unit credit.
See also FAQ.
As one of the nation’s first colleges to honor the International Baccalaureate Diploma, we grant credit to students who have completed this rigorous course of study. As needed, students may apply to count these credits toward graduation.
Each year, Bryn Mawr students apply for prestigious national fellowships and scholarships. Fellowships may provide funding for the remainder of undergraduate study, graduate schooling in the U.S. and abroad, independent travel, or research projects.
Bryn Mawr’s Fellowships Office provides guidance and assistance to students submitting applications for fellowships. Bryn Mawr students have been named Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, Watson Fellows, Goldwater Scholars, and Fulbright Research Scholars.
At most liberal arts colleges, you’ll hear that students are encouraged to meet with faculty. At Bryn Mawr, we take that philosophy a step further by assigning every Bryn Mawr student a dean before arriving on campus.
Deans provide invaluable mentorship, helping with academic advising, social concerns, and postgraduation plans. In addition, our deans work closely with other campus constituencies such as counseling services, residential life, the registrar, and career development to ensure that students take full advantage of all available campus resources.
Access Services provides support and reasonable accommodations for students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Bryn Mawr community with disabilities.
The Leadership, Innovation and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) integrates civic engagement and experiential learning opportunities with career development services.
Whether you’re in search of a summer internship, networking opportunities, or post-graduation guidance, LILAC's Career Planning office is an excellent resource.
Bryn Mawr students are encouraged to “make a meaningful contribution to the world” and this idea becomes reality with the work of our Civic Engagement (CE). The CE allows Bryn Mawr students to build relationships with the local community and offers opportunities for internships and volunteering, as well as platforms for activism and social change.
Bryn Mawr’s Health Center provides medical, counseling, and gynecological services for current students. Many services are free under the College’s undergraduate health insurance policy.
The Summer Funding Office provides funding opportunities for eligible students who pursue unpaid internship or research experiences.
The Office of Financial Aid provides support for students and their families to ensure that they meet their educational expenses. This includes determining eligibility for various types of funding and assisting with ways to pay for the cost of an education.
There’s more to college than academics, and Bryn Mawr’s Office of Student Life helps our students stay active outside of the classroom. Undergraduates can participate in more than 150 clubs and organizations and countless events throughout the year—from film screenings to cultural visits to Philadelphia.
This office is a one-stop shop for student employment.
The College’s Transportation Department offers a variety of services for Bryn Mawr students on and off campus. The Lantern Van provides evening and late night shuttle service to and from the nearby SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) station and the R-100 train stop. Transportation is also available for students going to Haverford or Swarthmore for different academic or social events. The department also offers shuttle service to Philadelphia International Airport during breaks.
The map below shows walking distance from Gateway Admissions building to the train station. Click and drag or zoom to view more details of the streets around campus.
A number of campus offices will contact you with tasks to complete over the summer to ensure your successful transition to college life. (See also FAQs 2022.)
Beginning in mid-May, you will receive “Tuesday Newsletters” via email, which will have instructions on academic action items like researching courses, choosing an Emily Balch Seminar, and taking placement tests, as well as information on housing and health forms.
Customs Week is Bryn Mawr’s orientation for new students. Current students will help you move in and adjust to campus life. You will work with a dean or other adviser to plan your first-semester academic program in addition to learning about different offices and resources on campus.
In May, the Dean’s Office will provide more information about arrival and Customs Week.