Bryn Mawr College Visit Report by bclintonk

Visit to Bryn Mawr College in July 2008 by bclintonk
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since October 26 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


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:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very warm and welcoming, conveyed the sense of a cohesive and caring community, a big selling point for my D.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Admissions staff conveyed the sense they weren't looking for weaknesses, only helping to sort through whether Bryn Mawr was a good fit. It's a disarming approach, and a welcome change.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Drop-dead gorgeous campus, featuring some of the original American collegiate gothic architecture, on grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of NY's Central Park



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It's a pretty safe little academic enclave in a high-end mainline Philadelphia suburb, no security worries here.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Charming. Lovely. Cozy. The campus fosters a sense of community, and the sense of community is palpable.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Very nice, very upscale, a bit boring. There's a reasonably lively suburban business strip just a block off campus, but not a lot of student-oriented shops, restaurants, etc.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Best feature: 20-minute train ride to Center City Philadelphia. D usually doesn't like suburbs but this is an exception: a quiet oasis to get your work done, with easy access to Philly, NY, and D

Campus Visit Notes for Bryn Mawr College


Visit Description:

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