Bryn Mawr College Visit Report by Keilexandra
Campus Visit Notes for Bryn Mawr College
Although I'm not too excited about women's colleges, I decided to drop by Bryn Mawr anyway because an old friend whom I hadn't seen for 2 years transferred there as a sophomore this year (from Sarah Lawrence College). She likes BMC, although I appreciated her honesty about its drawbacks too.
Classes are difficult, as reputed; the campus is gorgeous and estate-like (whereas I would describe Swarthmore's campus as stately yet welcoming, not "gorgeous"). My friend lives in Haffner, the language dorm, which has many singles for freshmen, is quiet, and relatively easy to get into because it's on the edge of campus. All of the dorms are mixed-class; Pembroke E and W, for instance, are known for being more social but less tight-knit than Haffner because of the layout (long hallways vs. small tower clusters). Watch out for the basement of Erdman Hall--cockroach infestation.
Bryn Mawr also has extensive traditions, some of which (e.g. Hell Week) sound a little too close to sorority hazing for my comfort. But my friend is not the crazy-making type (dressing up in outrageous costumes for class, racing to Haverford's duck pond in order not to be the last one there to be dumped in) and she still said it was fun. Other traditions are poignant, like the step sings and the passing of the lanterns.
Weak departments: Econ, Spanish. Strong departments: French, English; and my friend is majoring in psych with neuroscience concentration, which satisfies her.
I will note, however, that both main libraries are "meh"--architecturally boring compared to the rest of the campus, and rather sterile on the inside.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Bryn Mawr's food is award-winning and supposedly really good. I didn't try it, but my friend confirmed that Haverford pretty much mobs the dining halls on the weekends.