Bryn Mawr College

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Bryn Mawr College
motto Veritatem Dilexi
founding 1885
Sponsorship Private
place Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania United States
president Kimberly Wright Cassidy
Students approx. 1,800
Employee 800
including professors 210
Annual budget US $ 96 million (2009)
Foundation assets $ 600+ million

The Bryn Mawr College ( [bɾɪn maueɾ] , Welsh for "big hill" ) is a 1885 founded by Joseph W. Taylor private high school in Bryn Mawr (Pennsylvania) , a suburb of Philadelphia . Approximately 1,300 female students are enrolled in the college. 400 students of both sexes study at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.


Bryn Mawr is one of the Seven Sisters Colleges and, along with two other Quaker founded colleges - Swarthmore College and Haverford College - part of the Tri-College Consortium. The Latin motto Veritatem dilexi means "I loved the truth". The college was founded in large part by the legacy of Joseph W. Taylor, and its first president was James Evans Rhoads. Bryn Mawr was the first college to offer degrees, including doctorates, to women. The first class consisted of 36 female students and eight doctoral students. In 2012 the college was ranked 25th in the US News & World Report in the Best Liberal Arts Colleges.

On February 9, 2015, the Board of Trustees announced the approval of a recommendation by the working group to expand the pool of applicants for students. Trans women and intersex individuals who identify as women can apply for admission now, but trans men may not. This official decision made Bryn Mawr the fourth women's college in the United States to accept trans women.

Course offer

Undergraduate college

College students can acquire a bachelor's degree in the following subjects in 8 semesters of standard study time :

Anthropology, archeology, architecture, africanology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, German, film studies, French, geology, history, gender studies, Greek, Hebrew, computer science, international relations, Italian, classical, creative writing, art history, art studies, Latin, literary studies, Mathematics, musicology, neuroscience, ecology, East Asian studies, pedagogy, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, Russian, sociology, Spanish, urban science, dance studies, theater studies, theology, economics.

In terms of liberal arts education , the students must also attend several events outside of their main subject: two events each in humanities, social sciences and natural science subjects and an interdisciplinary seminar. They must also demonstrate a good command of a foreign language, pass a swimming test and attend physical education for four semesters.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Students who already have a bachelor's degree can take a Master's or PhD (Latin: Philosophiae Doctor) in the subjects of chemistry, French (master's only), Greek, classical and Middle Eastern archeology, and clinical psychology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences , Art history, Latin, mathematics and physics. In addition, students of these subjects who are currently enrolled in the university's own college can acquire a master's degree parallel to their Bachelor's degree.

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research offers courses leading to a master's degree in social services ( Master of Social Services ), a Master in Law and Social Policy ( Master of Law and Social Policy ) and a PhD in Social Work ( PhD in Social Work ).

Rankings and statistics

The college is one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. In the annual university ranking of the US News & World Report magazine , for which criteria such as prestige, financial resources, the qualifications of academic staff and the selectivity of a university are used, the college has consistently been among the top 20 liberal Arts colleges. In the current ranking of the Washington Monthly, which rates universities from the point of view of social mobility and the involvement of students in research, Bryn Mawr College even ranks first.

According to the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates , nearly 17% of college graduates complete their PhD within 10 years of receiving their bachelor's degree. This puts the college in 8th place of all American universities, ahead of some of the well-known elite universities like Princeton (12th place) or Harvard (17th place). If you only look at the proportion of female graduates, the college even comes in 6th.

62 percent of new students in the 2006-2007 academic year were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduate class.


The Great Hall in the M. Carey Thomas Library

At Bryn Mawr College you can find the first American example of the " Collegiate Gothic " architectural style, which is reminiscent of the British universities of Oxford and Cambridge . The campus was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux , the designers of Central Park in New York City, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The old library at the heart of the campus, the M. Carey Thomas Library, is a national historic landmark.





Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Bryn Mwar: Fields of Study (English). Accessed March 6, 2010
  2. Bryn Mwar Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Degree Programs (English). Accessed March 6, 2010
  3. Bryn Mwar Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Degree Programs ( Memento of the original from April 8, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (English). Accessed March 6, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Coordinates: 40 ° 1 ′ 36.4 "  N , 75 ° 18 ′ 51.1"  W.