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.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||9:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Considered But Not Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||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|
|Average Total Aid||$37,144|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||75%|
|Room & Board||$17,100|
- 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
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Social Sciences Majors||84 Total Graduates / 25%|
|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%|
|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).
|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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