Bryn Mawr College Visit Report by bclintonk
Information Session: Yes - Small, intimate info session: 2 prospective students, 2 parents, 1 current student, 2 admissions officers sitting around a small conference table in a lovely room. Charming, and oh-so-inviting!
Campus Tour: Yes - Our guide was knowledgeable, informative, funny, told lots of amusing and instructive little anecdotes. Very endearing.
Campus Visit Notes for Bryn Mawr College
My D fell in love with this place. Strong academics, a close-knit community, the consortium with nearby (1.5 mi) Haverford and, a little further, Swarthmore and Penn opens lots of additional academic (and social) opportunities not usually available at a small LAC. Gorgeous campus and location are almost ideal for her. A strong selling point: Bryn Mawr's honor code prohibits inquiring about anyone's grades or talking about your own, on the theory that the environment shouldn't be about competition for grades but mutual support in a quest to achieve one's personal best. That resonated strongly with D. Icing on the cake: Bryn Mawr's patron and protector is the Greek goddess Athena, with whom D has identified since early childhood, and their school mascot is, naturally, the owl, also identified with Athena. It was love at first sight . . . until she saw Haverford, which managed to edge out Bryn Mawr for #1 in her heart. But she'll be happy to attend either, and in either case will have plenty of interaction with the other.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
We stayed in King of Prussia, a 15-min drive; lots of reasonably priced hotels. Bryn Mawr also has a charming on-campus B&B.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Ate at a pretty decent Japanese place on Lancaster Ave., the main business strip. There are several other choices there as well.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Took the train in to Philly to see what that's like. Excellent: fast, efficient, frequent service. Students at Bryn Mawr & Haverford go into Philly a lot on weekends, or to take classes at P