Bryn Mawr College Visit Report by prestige_factor7
Admissions Interview: Yes - It went very well, I think. I think all interviews are conducted by admissions officers, but the overall atmosphere of the interview was very laid back. I felt very comfortable and the officer made sure to faciliate the discussions and none of the questio
Information Session: Yes - Pretty standard and very informative. I went up for the Fall Preview Day and everyone was very honest and genuine. A big plus for me was that the president of the college, Nancy Vickers, conducted the information session, which demonstrated to me how pers
Campus Tour: Yes - Very nice. I also attended a residential college tour, and all I can say is that I have never seen any dorms that are better and bigger than those at Bryn Mawr. (But then I haven't been many places...so I may be a bit biased.)
Classroom Visit: Yes - I attended an introductory econ class. I was expecting it to be huge, but it was only about 30 students, and according to the students, most of the intro classes are not huge. (The largest classes are supposedly only around 60 students.) The professor see
Campus Visit Notes for Bryn Mawr College
I had a great time attending fall preview day. I got the sense that the school really wants to ensure that whoever is offered a spot in the freshman class will be happy here. I felt overwhelmed (positively) with the friendliness of the student and I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity (where I come from, there are no Asians). I liked the friendly atmosphere at the school and the feeling that students really care about other students. I felt that the admissions officers might even discourage students from applying if Bryn Mawr if the "fit" didn't feel right (this actually didn't happen, but I know that they would not be afraid to do so because it will only create a healthier lifestyle for the college and the student).
With that said, the one thing that caught me off guard was the prevalance of the honor code. It is very real and it scared me. To be honest, I am extremely unmotivated. The only reason why I get good grades in high school is because of my drive to beat other people. At Bryn Mawr, the honor code prevents this, instead emphasizing intristic competiton (competition against oneself). In the case that I come to Bryn Mawr, I will definately have to change my outlook on life, which is a scary thing for me to do. However, this is something that I must work out for myself. Don't take the honor code for granted. I thought it was BS until I stayed overnight and every student (whether they were hostesses or not) talked about the honor code. It is a good thing though as it fosters a community spirit and it is especially a good thing for those getting away from the competitiveness of high school and the focus on GPA and grades. Personally, I haven't decided if this is the right place for me yet, so I can only provide my honest opinions.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
I stayed over at a relative's house, so I do not know anything about this.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
I do not know...sorry. I have to say though that Bryn Mawr's food is amazing. Within the course of two days, I honestly believed that I have lived through the Freshman 15.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
I do not know as I drove down to Bryn Mawr. The train station is literally right outside of campus, so catching the train to and from Bryn Mawr is really convenient. A lot of prospective students actually took the train down here. Unfortunately, I cannot