Bryn Mawr College Visit Report by prestige_factor7

Visit to Bryn Mawr College in October 2006 by prestige_factor7
(Student, HS Class of 2007)
(Member since October 26 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


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:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everyone was so friendly! Many students even gave out their cell phone numbers and some even took down my cell phone number, telling me to give them a call whenever I had questions. It seems that everyone (regardless of whether they were part of the admis



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The staff are just as passionate about Bryn Mawr as the students are! They were very helpful, and they did not evade any of the "though" questions that some students asked them: they were incredibly honest and straightforward whether there were



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Beautiful campus. It looks a lot like Wash U. St. Louis...(I do not know the architectural style). Minimal construction, and I just got the sense of collegiate friendliness from Bryn Mawr.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Dorms were clean. The buildings all looked very well maintained, as well as the central quad.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
These are the biggest rooms I have ever seen on any college campus. The smallest dorm at Rhoades looked like it could fit about four people in it (it was a double and the students bunked the beds so the room looked even bigger). The singles looked amazing



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I walked around by myself at night around midnight, heading back from club events (there are visit times that are allotted to the prospective students). I did not feel threatened at all. The area around campus is suburban, and the houses all look like the



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I got nothing but good feelings from Bryn Mawr. I feel like the admissions officers and students are really people: they are as intent as ensuring that I am as good of a fit for Bryn Mawr as I am intent on ensuring that Bryn Mawr is as good of a fit for m


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Looks lovely. There are a lot of private schools around - Shipley and Baldwin, which are two of the top schools in the area. Main Line is where all the mansions are, so I get the impression that everything is incredibly safe.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I don't think that there is much interaction with the town and Bryn Mawr students, but I could be extremely wrong. I love the fact that Philly is a 20 min. train ride away, and the train station is right off of the Bryn Mawr campus, so everything is

Campus Visit Notes for Bryn Mawr College


Visit Description:

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