Key Facts

Academic Programs
Tuition and Financial Aid

Students 1995-96

Undergraduates: 1122
Graduate Students: 542

Geographic Distribution (Undergraduates)

  • 50 states, several American possessions, and 44 foreign countries
  • 10.6% - New England
  • 38% - Middle Atlantic
  • 14% - South
  • 15% - Midwest
  • 4% - Mountain
  • 10.9% - Pacific
  • 7.6% - Foreign
  • Diversity (Undergraduates):

  • 26.6% from American minority groups, including
  • 4.6% African American,
  • 17.9% Asian American,
  • 3.9 % Latina,
  • .2% Native American; and
  • 10.9% with foreign or dual citizenship
  • Class of 1999

    344 women, including 93 (27%) admitted under the Fall or Winter Early Decision Plans
  • 73% attended American public schools
  • 27% attended independent or foreign schools
  • 62% ranked in the top 10% of high school graduating class
  • 58% scored above 600 on Verbal SAT I (before recentering)
  • 60% scored above 600 on Math SAT I (before recentering)
  • 38% earned credit toward Bryn Mawr's A.B. degree for outstanding performance on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams
  • Undergraduate Faculty 1995-96

    Men and women are equally represented among the 120 faculty members, of whom 119 are full-time. They teach 100% of the classes and 95-98% of them are involved in research. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and 85% of classes have fewer than 25 students; 60% have fewer than 15.

    Academic Programs

    Degrees offered: A.B., M.A., M.S.S., M.L.S.P., Ph.D.

    Special Academic Programs

  • Academic exchanges with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania
  • International Economic Relations Program for students interested in careers in international business or finance
  • Secondary School Teaching Certification for students preparing to teach in junior or senior high school
  • Exchange with Spelman College in Atlanta
  • Three-Two Engineering Program with the University of Pennsylvania
  • Three-Two Program in City and Regional Planning with the University of Pennsylvania
  • Katherine E. McBride Scholars Program for women beyond the traditional college entry age interested in earning an undergraduate degree
  • Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program for students preparing to apply to schools of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.
  • A.B./M.A. program in French
  • Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) through a cross-enrollment agreement with St. Joseph's University.
  • International Programs

  • Language Institutes in Avignon, Madrid, Florence, and Moscow
  • Archaeological excavations in Central Siberia, Greece, and Turkey
  • Exchange with Tsuda College in Tokyo
  • Self Government and the Honor System

    Bryn Mawr students have the oldest self-government in the country. The community functions under a student-administered academic and social honor system. S.G.A. annually administers a budget totalling over $150,000 generated from student dues.


    Bryn Mawr is a member of the Division III Centennial Conference, whose members include Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus, Washington, and Western Maryland Colleges and Johns Hopkins University. Bryn Mawr competes in the following sports:
  • field hockey
  • volleyball
  • cross country
  • soccer
  • basketball
  • swimming
  • lacrosse
  • tennis
  • Arts

    Activities include theater, dance, fine arts, orchestra, chamber music, choral groups, film presentations, creative writing, and literary publications

    Studios and practice rooms for art, dance, and music

    Performing artists and writers presented in the last year include Irene Worth, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Boys of the Lough, Lark Quartet, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Dorothy Allison, Sonia Sanchez, and Anna Quindlen

    A full-time director of the arts

    Expenses 1995-96

    Tuition and Fees
    Room and Board

    Financial Aid

    Over 52% of the undergraduates have financial aid, including over 50% with grants from the College. Awards are a combination of work-study, loans, and grants. Financial aid eligibility is based on the family financial situation.


    Most Competitive (Barron's Guide)

    Graduate and Professional School Admission

    Nearly 100% of Bryn Mawr students applying to law schools and 85% applying to medical schools in 1987-1993 were admitted. Bryn Mawr ranks first in the nation in the percentage of its graduates who earn Ph.D.s in the humanities and third in all fields. It is the only women's college among the ten institutions in the nation with the highest percentage of winners of the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. The top ten institutions are Bryn Mawr, Caltech, Chicago, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, MIT, Pomona, Reed, Swarthmore, and Yale. Over the past five years Bryn Mawr graduates have won many prestigious national fellowships including Beinecke, Fulbright, Goldwater, Javits, Luce, Marshall, N.S.F., Rhodes, Truman, Wallenberg, Watson, and many others.

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    Last updated February 20, 1996.