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In Affirming Mission, Bryn Mawr Board Sets Inclusive Guidelines For Undergraduate Admission

Posted February 9, 2015

After months of study and consultation, the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College voted at its Feb. 7 meeting to accept the recommendation of its board working group charged with reviewing the College’s mission with regard to transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming applicants. Letter from Board Chair Arlene Gibson Letter from President Kim Cassidy […]

A Letter from President Kim Cassidy

Posted February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 Dear Faculty, Students and Staff, Earlier today Chair Arlene Gibson sent a message about the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees’ decision on mission that will shape our undergraduate admissions policy as we move forward. At the heart of the Board’s decision is an affirmation of Bryn Mawr’s mission as a women’s college. […]

A Letter from Bryn Mawr Board Chair Arlene Gibson

Posted February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 To All Members of the Bryn Mawr Community: During its meetings this past weekend, the College’s Board of Trustees discussed and approved a recommendation from a Board working group that was created at the September 2014 Board meeting to examine the mission of the College with respect to transgender, non-binary, and gender […]

Bryn Mawr Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Posted July 21, 2014

Beginning with the 2014-15 application cycle, undergraduate applicants to Bryn Mawr College will have the option of submitting standardized test scores. In the past, scores from tests such as the SAT or ACT were required for consideration. “We have always conducted a holistic review of a student’s application and that will continue,” says Bryn Mawr […]

College Names Pelema I. Morrice As Chief Enrollment Officer

Posted May 6, 2014
Pelema Morrice for Michigan Alumbus

Pelema I. Morrice, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), will be Bryn Mawr College’s Chief Enrollment Officer beginning in July, announced President Kim Cassidy today. “Pelema is a highly successful enrollment professional with a deep understanding of the demographic and cultural trends impacting liberal arts colleges and the entire […]

Interim President Cassidy Attends White House Summit on Increasing College Access and Completion Rates for Low-Income Students

Posted January 16, 2014
white house

Bryn Mawr College Interim President Kim Cassidy joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and an invited group of approximately 150 higher education, government, philanthropic, and business leaders today for a White House summit on increasing college access and completion rates for students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups.  Bryn Mawr was invited […]

Bryn Mawr Makes Forbes’ Ranking of America’s Top Colleges and Universities

Posted August 1, 2013

Bryn Mawr College has come in at #40 on Forbes‘ 2013 ranking of America’s top Colleges. The ranking differs from many others in that it doesn’t differentiate between colleges and universities. Traditional small liberal arts colleges fare well but are in the minority among the top 50. Among women’s colleges, Bryn Mawr is joined only […]

Admissions Officers Review “Admission” on

Posted March 28, 2013

Bryn Mawr College Admissions Officers, accompanied by Susan Snyder, an education reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, saw and reviewed the new Tina Fey/Paul Rudd comedy Admission last night. In the film, Fey (who created and portrayed Liz Lemon, a character who attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Maryland ‘on a partial competitive jazz […]

Today’s the Day For Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2017

Posted March 21, 2013

For the 2,700+ students who applied for admission to Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2017, the wait is finally over as of 4 p.m. today. That’s when decisions are posted online and applicants can find out if they have been accepted. With the highest number of applicants in Bryn Mawr’s history vying to join this year’s […]

Bryn Mawr Holds Digital Humanities Workshop in Connection With Project on Cold War-Era Mind Control

Posted March 8, 2013
Traces of Mind Control From Cold War America Schedule

Bryn Mawr College is holding a digital humanities workshop on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22, in the Benham Gateway Conference Room. All are invited to attend. The workshop, titled “Traces of Mind Control From Cold War America: Exploring the Challenges of International Digital Humanities Initiatives,” covers the challenges of completing small scale cooperative […]

The Year in Review: 2012

Posted January 17, 2013

Click to view the 2012 Year in Review slideshow. As the spring semester gets underway, we take our annual look back at the year that was. Faculty News Fellowships. Prestigious fellowships included a Sloan Research Fellowship awarded to Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a Guggenheim to History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman, and two […]

Extraordinary Gift by Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and Howard Levine Reinvigorates Bryn Mawr’s Art Collection

Posted September 6, 2012
Howard Levine & Brian Wallace, curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts, in the Levines’ home gallery before the collection’s move

This summer, Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and her husband, Howard Levine, have reinvigorated Bryn Mawr’s extensive collection of works on paper thanks to an extraordinarily generous gift of nearly 500 pieces. “Over the course of 20 years, Jacqueline and Howard have assembled an unparalleled collection of works by 19th and 20th century artists,” says Brian […]

Class of 2016 Receives Acceptance Letters

Posted March 29, 2012
Admissions 2012

The wait is finally over for the more than 2,600 students who applied to be members of Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2016. Decision letters were sent late last week and students could go online as of 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, to find out whether they had been accepted. “I screamed once I realized […]

Bryn Mawr Student Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13 Pens Article About Autism for India Abroad

Posted February 16, 2012

In the latest issue of India Abroad, Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13 writes about how Bollywood and the Indian IT industry can change the face of autism in India. Somasundaram has written for the magazine’s “Teenspeak” section since age 12. Her latest article is based on a final paper from her “Autism Spectrum Disorders” class last semester […]

Bryn Mawr College and Posse Foundation Create First Posse Exclusively for Women Pursuing STEM Majors

Posted February 7, 2012

Bryn Mawr College will host the very first women’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Posse in the fall of 2013, announced Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe and Posse Foundation President  and founder Deborah Bial today. Bryn Mawr’s latest partnership with the Posse Foundation is one of the initiatives the White House highlighted today in […]

Applications Reach an All-Time High for Bryn Mawr Class of 2016

Posted February 2, 2012

More than 2,600 students have applied to be members of Bryn Mawr’s class of 2016. Those numbers represent an all-time high and a 12-percent increase in admissions applications from last year. The College has also seen a sizable increase in the number of students applying for early-decision admission. This year’s entering class of 365 students […]

Creative Writing Program Reading Series Hosts Panel of Short Story Authors

Posted October 28, 2011

POST UPDATED NOV 3 Five of the most important short-fiction writers working today—Frank O’Connor Award finalist Robin Black and four of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” honorees, Chris Adrian, David Bezmozgis, Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell—discussed the place of the short story in America, as well as their work and influences, at Bryn Mawr […]

Bryn Mawr Banter: Join Conversations About Life at BMC

Posted September 15, 2011
screenshot of "Bryn Mawr Banter" page

What is it like to live in a Bryn Mawr dorm? What do you do on the weekends? Is it hard to participate in athletics?  Can you work out even if you’re not an athlete? Where do you find a faith community? Are there opportunities for activism, public service, and career exploration? What was the biggest challenge […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Class of 2015

Posted August 25, 2011

With laundry baskets, laptops, pillows, books, clothes, and everything else needed to transform a dorm room into a home, the 364 members of the Class of 2015, many with families in tow, have arrived at Bryn Mawr for Customs Week. The Class of 2015 hails from 35 states and the District of Columbia, and from […]

Bryn Mawr Tops Princeton Review’s List of “Dorms Like Palaces” for Second Year In a Row

Posted August 2, 2011

For the second year in a row, Bryn Mawr tops the Princeton Review’s list of schools with “Dorms Like Palaces.” We’re also among the schools featured on this Today Show clip announcing the release of the rankings. Other lists Bryn Mawr scored highly on include “Best Campus Food,” “LGBT-Friendly,” and “Students Study the Most.” Visit […]

Bryn Mawr Receives Grant for New Community College Partnerships

Posted April 7, 2011

Bryn Mawr College has received a three-year, $400,000 Community College Transfer Initiative (CCTI) grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to fund its participation in a program that helps community-college students transfer to prestigious four-year institutions, announced Provost Kim Cassidy today. Through the grant, Bryn Mawr will partner with the Community College of Philadelphia and […]

BMC in the Media: A Women’s College That Wants to Change the World

Posted September 22, 2010

Under the headline “A Woman’s College that Wants to Change the World,” The New York Times‘ Jacques Steinberg has a Q&A with Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe in advance of the “Heritage and Hope” conference.

Bryn Mawr Alumnae and Students Get Together for an Evening of Networking

Posted September 16, 2010

As part of the Alumnae Volunteer Summit on Saturday, Sept. 11, nearly 125 Bryn Mawr students had the opportunity to connect with nearly 50 alumnae at a Conversations on Careers Dinner in Thomas Great Hall. The career networking event was co-sponsored by the Alumnae Association and the Career Development Office. Alumnae at the event  work […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Unprecedented Number of International Students in Class of 2014

Posted August 26, 2010
move-in day

Cloudy skies occasionally threatened, but did not rain on the 369 members of Bryn Mawr’s class of 2014 as they arrived on campus, wrangled their belongings into dorm rooms, met new classmates and advisers, and parted from their families on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The College also welcomed five transfer students and five Katharine McBride Scholars. […]

Bryn Mawr College Tops The Princeton Review’s list of “Dorms Like Palaces”

Posted August 3, 2010

The Princeton Review has placed Bryn Mawr #1 in the category “Dorms Like Palaces” as part of its annual college rankings. “They are truly, truly glorious at Bryn Mawr,” says Princeton Review Editor Robert Franek of our residence halls. CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports on the annual survey and Bryn Mawr’s ranking at […]

Open Campus Days Draw Record Number of Admitted Students to Bryn Mawr

Posted April 22, 2010
Photo of admitted students jumping

Last weekend 286 students and their families descended on Bryn Mawr’s campus to attend Open Campus Days.  Students stayed overnight in the dorms with hostesses, ate in the dining halls, went to an a cappella and spoken-word concert, met departmental representatives at the  academic fair, and visited classes on Monday to get a feel for […]

Bryn Mawr College Names Laurie Koehler New Dean of Admissions

Posted April 8, 2010
Photo of Laurie Koehler

Bryn Mawr College has named Laurie Koehler, who currently serves as director of admission at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, its the new dean of admissions, announced Jenny Rickard, Chief Enrollment and  Communications Officer. Koehler will join Bryn Mawr this summer. “After a nationwide search in which we met with many truly outstanding candidates, we […]

Admissions Offers Tendered to Talented, Diverse Group

Posted April 1, 2010

Earlier this week, Bryn Mawr extended offers of admission to talented young women from around the world, potential members of the Class of 2014. These students, like current Bryn Mawr women, are an impressive and diverse group, representing 53 countries, 47 states, and the District of Columbia. Twelve percent are citizens of countries other than […]

Associated Press Article Highlights Spanish-Language Admissions Page

Posted February 8, 2010

An Associated Press article about efforts to reach out to Hispanic students and their families features Bryn Mawr’s new Spanish-language admissions page. The story quotes Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer Jenny Rickard and student Daisy Mateo ’10, whose picture appeared with the article. The piece was picked up by hundreds of media outlets nationwide.

Bryn Mawr’s Year in Review and a Peek at What’s Ahead in 2010

Posted January 12, 2010

There are still a few more days before the hustle and bustle of the spring semester has everyone so busy that they can’t remember what happened last week, let alone last year. So we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2009 so special and to take […]

SmartMoney: BMC Among Schools That Waives Application Fee Online

Posted January 11, 2010

This article quotes Director of Enrollment and Communications Jenny Rickard about Bryn Mawr’s decision to waive the application fee for students who apply online.

Bryn Mawr Takes Part in Online Admissions Forum

Posted December 3, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer Jenny Rickard joined her counterparts from the University of Pennsylvania; the University of Vermont; Princeton, Marquette, and Wesleyan Universities; and Grinnell and Williams Colleges for a live webcast about the admissions process on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The event, titled “Inside the Admissions Office,” was sponsored by WSJ On […]

Bryn Mawr Joins Other Top Schools in Online Admissions Forum

Posted November 24, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer Jenny Rickard will join her counterparts from The University of Pennsylvania;  The University of Vermont; Princeton, Marquette, and Wesleyan Universities; and Grinnell and Williams Colleges for a live webcast about the admissions process on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The event, titled “Inside the Admissions Office,” is […]

Bryn Mawr Featured in Associated Press Article on the Posse Foundation

Posted November 17, 2009

Bryn Mawr is featured prominently in “College students find support in campus ‘posses,'” an Associated Press story about the Posse Foundation. Posse has worked with the Bryn Mawr Admissions Office since 2001 to bring talented students from Boston-area public schools to Bryn Mawr. The article appeared in the print or online versions of hundreds of news outlets across the country.

Get to Know Interim Dean of Admissions Chuck Rickard

Posted October 9, 2009

Former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jenny Rickard has become the College’s chief enrollment and communications officer. While the College conducts a national search for a new dean of admissions, seasoned college-admissions professional Chuck Rickard (the two Rickards are not related) has agreed to serve as interim dean of admissions. Read more»

After a Summer in the Chinese Media Spotlight, Inventor Ying Pan ’13 Settles Into Life at Bryn Mawr

Posted October 7, 2009

Inventor Ying Pan ’13 of Guangzhou, China, won a major prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last May and found herself in the heat of the media spotlight as she prepared to leave home for her first semester at Bryn Mawr. Read more»

Administrative Reorganization Continues with New Appointments, New Web Site, and More

Posted October 6, 2009
Interim Dean of Admissions Chuck Rickard

Bryn Mawr College President Jane McAuliffe and members of the recently formed student services organization met in the Benham Gateway building Sept. 29 to hear from Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer Jenny Rickard and others about the latest progress in creating a new student-services structure at Bryn Mawr. Read more»

Bryn Mawr in the Media: Inside Higher Ed

Posted September 30, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s new Test Flexible policy is among the innovations taking place in the use of standardized testing by higher education institutions in admissions, writes the editor at Inside Higher Ed.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Washington

Posted September 8, 2009

Washington Post Columnist Jay Mathews looks at Bryn Mawr’s new “Test Flexible” policy and asks Will Advanced Placement Replace the SAT?

Bryn Mawr Welcomes its Most Diverse Class Ever

Posted August 28, 2009

The 380 incoming students who arrived on Bryn Mawr’s campus on Wednesday, Aug. 26, joined generations of young women who have come from all over the world each year to gather in Goodhart Hall after an arduous morning of hauling and unpacking luggage. But the newly arrived Class of 2013 is “the most international” yet, […]

Bryn Mawr College Grants Veterans the Maximum Financial Benefit Possible as It Joins the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program

Posted June 17, 2009

Bryn Mawr College, continuing its tradition of developing strong women leaders, will participate in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program at the maximum level, announced Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe. “We talk about Bryn Mawr students having a purposeful vision of their lives and a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world. […]

Bryn Mawr adopts new testing policy promoting greater flexibility and emphasis on subject mastery

Posted June 3, 2009

Bryn Mawr College, hard on the heels of an admissions year bringing a record number of applications, has completed a review of what enables success in its highly selective undergraduate college. Finding that subject-oriented tests are often more informative than other standardized tests at Bryn Mawr, it has opened more options for tests submitted with applications. Read more »

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The New York Times

Posted March 31, 2009

In the article “For Top Colleges, Economy Has Not Reduced Interest (or Made Getting in Easier)” The New York Times notes that applications at Bryn Mawr are up.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted March 16, 2009

In an article about the increase in applications at Pennsylvania and New Jersey state schools, The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Bryn Mawr College, unlike many of its private-college peers, has seen a six-percent increase in applications.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: U.S. News and World Report

Posted February 27, 2009

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jenny Rickard and her famous blue pen were featured in a recent U.S. News and World Report article about how colleges and universities have moved beyond the simple acceptance letter.

BMC Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid: Pa. Private Colleges Offer a Great Education and a Great Value

Posted February 2, 2009

Dean Jenny Rickard and her counterpart at Dickinson College assure college-bound students that financial aid continues to make private colleges affordable, even in hard times. This opinion piece originally appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Read more »

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted February 2, 2009

“It’s a beautiful place that rivals the Ivies,” Haverford sophmore James Merriam tells The Philadelphia Inquirer in explaining why he’s chosen to room at Bryn Mawr.

Bryn Mawr Named one of the 50 “Best Value” Private Colleges by The Princeton Review

Posted January 12, 2009

Bryn Mawr College has been named one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” private colleges by The Princeton Review. In its profile of Bryn Mawr on USA Today’s website, the editors at The Princeton Review said, “Classes here are challenging, boasting some outstanding professors and an impressive student-faculty ratio (8:1!)” The “Best Value Colleges” list, […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted January 12, 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Bryn Mawr is one of several Philadelphia-area liberal-arts colleges to do well in a “best-value” ranking by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted January 11, 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Nancy Thaler on the importance of the college-admissions essay.

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