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Bryn Mawr College is a private, not-for-profit institution in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. In addition to undergraduate majors in the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences, students also have access to co-ed graduate schools and a post-baccalaureate premedical program. Known as a distinguished women's college, Bryn Mawr prides itself on active learning through fieldwork, research, internships, and engaging in community and social justice efforts.

Overview of Bryn Mawr College

Students can further benefit from the college's long-standing relationships with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. These relationships allow students to take courses at each college, as required by their degree or desired by their thirst for more knowledge.

Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr serves over 1,700 students annually. Each year, they receive over 3,300 applications and accept only 33% (or about 1,100 students). Those admitted can choose from majors such as Africana Studies, Ecology, Linguistics, or Physics.

Bryn Mawr emphasizes research, regardless of a student's chosen major. To ensure ample exposure to various research techniques, faculty implement them into their courses starting in the first semester. Many departments offer research methodology courses and students can also participate in summer fellowships or assist a professor in conducting lab research.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 9:1
Graduation Rate 84%
Year Founded 1885

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,723


Undergraduate Student

Male 0
Female 1,389

Graduate Student

Male 0
Female 334

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Male     0
Female 3,332


Male     0
Female 1,100

Acceptance Rate33%

Male   0%
Female 33%

Enrollment 374

Male     0
Female 374
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Getting an education at Bryn Mawr is expensive. The total cost includes tuition, fees, room and board, and approximately $2,000 for books, supplies, and personal expenses, making the cost practically all-inclusive. In a recent academic year, the cost was $73,540 (price assumes on-campus living). In the same year, the average net price (which is total cost for the student after all scholarship and grant assistance from the institution, federal, state, or local governments has been deducted) was $33,716. Seventy-five percent of beginning students received some form of financial aid.

Two hundred ninety-three students received help from scholarships or grant aid that totaled $10,883,254, or an average of $37,144 per student. In the same year, 58 students received Pell grants totaling $328,447, or about $5,663 per student. In addition, 292 students received an institutional grant or scholarship totaling $35,903 per student. The Bryn Mawr Grant offers assistance based on need for full-time undergraduates who have completed a CSS Profile as part of their application.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $33,716
Average Total Aid $37,144
Students Receiving Financial Aid 75%
Room & Board $17,100

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $54,440
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $54,440
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $17,100
  • Other - $1,000


Bryn Mawr College offers many degrees including bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program. A combination of 155 full-time faculty and 56 part-time faculty work together to instruct nearly 1,800 students annually.

The college also offers students access to their Special Academic Programs.

  • Emily Balch Seminars: These open the door to different approaches of inquiry such as empirical investigation, cross-cultural analysis, critical interpretation, and inquiry into the past.
  • 360°: This is an interdisciplinary experience that connects students and faculty across multiple courses to discuss themes, experiences, and common problems as they relate to research and scholarship.
  • Praxis:This is an experimental program based on community learning and integrating theory and practice while engaging in relevant fieldwork.
  • Tri-Co Philly Program: This is a program for non-residents that offers students curricular and co-curricular activities in the greater Philadelphia area.

A student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1 ensures a small classroom size and a more hands-on environment to improve student learning. This tiny ratio also means students are more likely to receive individualized attention and form deeper connections with their classmates.

Bryn Mawr boasts an excellent 89% retention rate for first-time students pursuing a bachelor's degree. This rate measures how well they deliver what they've advertised to students and if their marketing is an accurate reflection of the students' experience. The college also has an overall graduation rate of 84%, letting prospective students know how many students finish their degrees in a timely fashion.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,723

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : No

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Social Sciences Majors 84 Total Graduates / 25%
Sociology 22 Graduates
Anthropology 14 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 14 Graduates
Economics, General 13 Graduates
Urban Studies/Affairs 13 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 32 Total Graduates / 10%
Psychology, General 32 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 31 Total Graduates / 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 20 Graduates
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 11 Graduates
English Language and Literature/Letters 30 Total Graduates / 95%
English Language and Literature, General 30 Graduates
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 26 Total Graduates / 8%
Linguistics 10 Graduates
French Language and Literature 7 Graduates
Comparative Literature 2 Graduates
Russian Language and Literature 2 Graduates
Spanish Language and Literature 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 39%

Outcome & Salary

An important measure in choosing which college to attend is their outcomes. Data from 2011-2012 shows that 84% of first-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students attending full-time in this year received a bachelor's degree. All (100%) non-first-time, degree-seeking, undergraduates also received a bachelor's degree.

Students who graduate from Bryn Mawr can typically expect an early career salary that averages around $58,100 per year and a mid-career salary averaging $111,400. Graduates can expect a $520,146 10-year return on their investment (based on 10-year potential earnings of $655,010 and a net education cost of $134,864). Graduates also have a potential $1,634,146 20-year return on their investment (based on 20-year potential earnings of $1,769,010 and a net education cost of $134,864).

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $58,100
College Grads Average Salary $65,501
College Grads Mid Career Salary $111,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $655,010
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,769,010
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $134,864
10 Year Projected ROI $520,146
20 Year Projected ROI $1,634,146
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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