Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College is a highly selective women's college right outside the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A close-knit community of just over 1,300 undergraduate students, Bryn Mawr is renowned for its academic excellence, diversity, and engagement with the world.

On an historic campus, students find challenging courses and research opportunities; strong bonds with faculty, students, and alumnae/i, and innovative programs that connect study with action. Through a holistic curriculum, the country’s oldest Self-Government Association, and the Honor Code, Bryn Mawr teaches and values critical, creative, and independent habits of thought and expression. Bryn Mawr seeks to sustain a community diverse in nature and democratic in practice, for we believe that only through considering many perspectives do we gain a deeper understanding of each other and the world.

Partnerships with nearby Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania expand academic and social opportunities for Bryn Mawr students. Philadelphia, the sixth largest city in the United States and a short 20-minute train ride away, also provides academic, professional, and social options for students to explore.

Critical, creative, and collaborative, Bryn Mawr students and alumnae/i are agents of change and forever members of a community founded on the respect for individuals.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College; Women's College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 34%
  • Average ACT range: 30
  • Average SAT: 1418
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes, for US Citizens only
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Archaeology; Architecture; Art History; Arts; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geology; History; Humanities; International Relations; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology; Urban Planning
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $71,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Basketball; Women's Cross Country; Women's Field Hockey; Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Lacrosse; Women's Rowing; Women's Swimming and Diving; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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