Bryn Mawr College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Bryn Mawr College is a private women's liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 34%. Founded in 1885, and located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College is one of the original Seven Sisters colleges. Bryn Mawr is a member of the Tri-College Consortium with Swarthmore and Haverford colleges, where students can cross-register for classes. Students may also register for classes at the University of Pennsylvania. Along with strong academics, Bryn Mawr is rich in history and traditions including "Parade Night" at the year's start and "May Day" at the end of the spring semester. In athletics, the Bryn Mawr Owl's compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The college fields eleven intercollegiate sports.

Considering applying to Bryn Mawr? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Bryn Mawr College had an acceptance rate of 34%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 34 students were admitted, making Bryn Mawr's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 3,166
Percent Admitted 34%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 36%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Bryn Mawr is test-optional for applicants from the U.S. Applicants to Bryn Mawr College may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required to do so. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 61% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 660 730
Math 640 770
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Bryn Mawr's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Bryn Mawr scored between 660 and 730, while 25% scored below 660 and 25% scored above 730. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 640 and 770, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 770. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1500 or higher is competitive for Bryn Mawr.

Requirements

Bryn Mawr College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Bryn Mawr participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. The SAT writing section is optional at Bryn Mawr.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Bryn Mawr is test-optional for applicants from the U.S. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required to do so. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 34% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 30 35
Math 25 30
Composite 28 33

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Bryn Mawr's admitted students fall within the top 11% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Bryn Mawr received a composite ACT score between 28 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 28.

Requirements

Note that Bryn Mawr does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Bryn Mawr participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. The ACT writing section is optional at Bryn Mawr College.

GPA

Bryn Mawr College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Bryn Mawr College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Bryn Mawr College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Bryn Mawr College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Bryn Mawr College, which accepts just over a third of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Bryn Mawr also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional for domestic applicants, so admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. Strong application essays and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Bryn Mawr strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Bryn Mawr's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The data show that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 25 or better. 

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