Bryn Mawr College: Narrative Description

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101 North Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Tel: (610)526-5000
Free: 800-BMC-1885
Admissions: (610)526-5152
Fax: (610)526-7471
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, women only. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 135-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $464.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $25,000 per student. Total enrollment: 1,772. Faculty: 196 (159 full-time, 37 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 1,926 applied, 47% were admitted. 66% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 11 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,296 students. Part-time: 31 students. Students come from 49 states and territories, 42 other countries, 80% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 5% 25 or older, 97% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; mathematics; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Haverford College, Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, Spelman College, Villanova University, Temple University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,330 includes full-time tuition ($27,900), mandatory fees ($730), and college room and board ($9700). College room only: $5570. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3490 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 100 open to all. Most popular organizations: musical and theater groups, community service, Student Government Association, International Students Association, cultural groups. Major annual events: Fall Frolic, Lantern Night, May Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, shuttle bus service, awareness programs, bicycle registration, security Website. 1,200 college housing spaces available; 1,190 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Miriam Coffin Canaday Library plus 2 others with 1.1 million books, 157,522 microform titles, 4,400 serials, 3,100 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.2 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 5,737, Bryn Mawr is a suburban area 11 miles from Philadelphia. The immediate area has two clinics and a hospital, a public library, and churches of major denominations. Nearby Philadelphia offers all the facilities of a large city. Part-time employment opportunities are limited.