Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College, established in 1885 and often abbreviated as BMC, is a private, women's liberal arts college. It is located in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, United States. The college offers bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctoral degree programs in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to its students.

The official mascot of Bryn Mawr College is an Owl christened The Predator. The students of BMC participate in intercollegiate lacrosse, badminton, basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, track & field, rowing, cross country, field hockey, and soccer. Students are also encouraged to participate in various club sports, including ultimate frisbee, equestrian, fencing, karate and synchronized skating. The college has a fully equipped gymnasium with state of the art equipment to help students stay at the peak of their fitness levels all the time.

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Bryn Mawr College
101 N Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr , PA 19010
General Phone: (610) 526-5000

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Bryn Mawr Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts187East Asian studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Russian language, German language, Romance languages, French language, Italian language, ...
Family and Social Work106social work, social work courses
Science60biology, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling35psychology, clinical child psychology
Fine Arts27fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Photography and Commercial Art1film studies
Drama and Performing Arts1dance, drama

Number of programs and degrees for Bryn Mawr in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree31136
Doctor's degree187
Master's degree12810
Postbaccalaureate certificate831

Bryn Mawr Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bryn Mawr had a total enrollment of 1,790 students (1,729 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 28%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 52%
Black 7%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 9%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 22%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 35%
20-21 30%
22-24 11%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey13%
New York11%
(International Students)6%
North Carolina1%
New Mexico1%
Rhode Island1%

Bryn Mawr Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %

Bryn Mawr Room and Board (2007)

Bryn Mawr offers campus housing for 1,239 of its 1,729 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bryn Mawr Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal620730
SAT Math580680
SAT Writing620710
ACT Verbal2733
ACT Math2530
ACT Composite2731

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT89%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bryn Mawr Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,540
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,540
Room and board $ 11,520
Room charge $ 6,580
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,940
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Bryn Mawr participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 323700)

Bryn Mawr Faculty

Bryn Mawr has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year35$118,28724$106,979
Associate professoracademic year19$81,40718$81,181
Assistant professoracademic year11$67,29414$68,365
Instructoracademic year4$53,2442*
Lectureracademic year15$62,33223$57,920
All faculty totalacademic year84$90,17881$79,250

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bryn Mawr Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Centennial Conference
Track Centennial Conference

Bryn Mawr Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work
Social Work, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Child Psychology
Psychology, General

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