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For more than 130 years, smart, strong women have come to Bryn Mawr College to seek an unparalleled education and meaningful opportunities to contribute to the world. That tradition continues and grows today. Bryn Mawr offers a university of academic opportunities in an intimate setting, a close, connected community that fosters lifelong connections and the preparation women need to lead.
On our historic and verdant suburban campus 11 miles from Philadelphia, a world-class faculty guides and challenges 1,350 undergraduate women and more than 400 graduate women and men from 45 states and 62 countries. Bryn Mawr is a place where teaching is valued, each student is known, and students and faculty members form close bonds. Superb opportunities for independent and faculty-sponsored research, core seminars, connected, interdisciplinary courses, and access to 37 majors and 53 minors and concentrations enable each undergraduate student to create her academic program. Bryn Mawr was the first women's college to offer graduate education through the Ph.D., a signal of its founders' refusal to accept the limitations imposed on women's intellectual achievement at other institutions. Our outstanding graduate programs — offered to both men and women — add to our community's intellectual dynamism. Longstanding partnerships with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges and the University of Pennsylvania give Bryn Mawr students a wide variety of curricular opportunities.
The Bryn Mawr experience is marked by enduring traditions and fresh possibilities that balance academic seriousness with fun. Each year, we celebrate distinctive traditions such as Lantern Night and May Day that make being a student here unique and memorable. Bryn Mawr's reach extends far beyond our classrooms and our campus. Our location offers students access to a central metropolitan area's cultural resources, and the broad diversity of Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and alumnae/I creates a global community that fosters international experiences, friendships, and networks. Engaging in scholarship, research, internships, and work worldwide is the norm here and a source of both joy and pride.
As it always has, Bryn Mawr builds both independence of mind and respect for the power of collective endeavor. Our honor code stresses mutual respect and academic integrity, and student government is powerful. These campus customs offer students firsthand experience of collaboration, responsibility, and leadership. Learning beyond the traditional classroom helps students develop strategies for teamwork and big-picture thinking. We are known for our outstanding record in placing students in graduate and professional schools and our efforts to connect graduates to other promising career opportunities through LILAC, our Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center. Some 22,000 alumnae/I, leaders in fields too numerous to mention, form a robust lifelong network for our graduates. Bryn Mawr connects women — to ideas, to opportunities, to one another, and the world.
The mission of Bryn Mawr College is to provide a rigorous education and to encourage the pursuit of knowledge as preparation for life and work. Bryn Mawr teaches and values critical, creative, and independent thought and expression habits in an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum for women and coeducational graduate programs in arts and sciences and social work and social research. Bryn Mawr seeks to sustain a community diverse in nature and democratic in practice. We believe that only through considering many perspectives do we gain a deeper understanding of each other and the world.
Since its founding in 1885, the College has maintained its character as a small residential community that fosters close working relationships between faculty and students. The teacher/scholars' faculty emphasizes learning through conversation and collaboration, primary reading, original research, and experimentation. Our cooperative relationship with Haverford College enlarges the academic opportunities for students and their social community. Our active ties to Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania, and the proximity of the city of Philadelphia further extend the opportunities available at Bryn Mawr.
We live and work together in a community based on mutual respect, personal integrity, and the standards of a social and academic Honor Code. Each generation of students experiments with creating and sustaining a self-governing society within the College. The academic and co-curricular experiences fostered by Bryn Mawr, both on campus and in the College's wider setting, encourage students to be responsible citizens. They provide service to and leadership for an increasingly interdependent world.
As the Bryn Mawr campus community grapples with the past and present realities of race and racism on our campus, we have launched the critical work of education, dialogue, and institutional change that will form the basis of the institution we wish to be.
While concerns about race and racism were the primary catalyst for this effort, building a more inclusive community requires that our analysis and actions consider all forms of exclusion rooted in social and cultural identities and their intersections. We affirm the College's core commitment to diversity in all its forms and recognize the excellence and richness that those diversities create for all people in our learning environment.

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