The Sophomore Plan

From Andrea Lirio 

The Sophomore Plan is a program Bryn Mawr offers to help students, particularly sophomores (like me!), with selecting a major, deciding whether or not to study abroad, and preparing for internships and other professional opportunities. During the fall semester, I met with my dean to discuss the goals and interests that would help shape my college plan and experience. We discussed my potential major and courses needed to complete it, my interest in going abroad during junior year, and my past internship experience.  Continue reading

DLT at Bryn Mawr

At Bryn Mawr, each dorm has a number of students who serve as dorm officers. They’re called the Dorm Leadership Team (DLT). All of the dorms have Hall Advisors (HAs), Customs People (CPs), one Dorm President, one Peer Mentor, and one Culture and Diversity Assistant (CDA). They serve as mentors for incoming first years to help in their transition to Bryn Mawr as well as representatives to create a safe and welcoming community. Meet some of our DLT!    Continue reading

Now we wait

From Cheryl Lynn Horsey, Chief Enrollment Officer


For most colleges and universities with application deadlines, November marks the beginning of application season with applications and materials being submitted for early and regular decision. No doubt this can be a stressful time for everyone. Students are frantic with the prospect of learning their fate, and parents may be anxiously standing by to support as they navigate what may seem like a mysterious process.

Over the past few months, your student has worked to curate and assemble college lists and applications – transcripts, essays, interviews, college visits – there are a lot of moving pieces. Now that the application is submitted, what happens next?

The application is now in the hands of very capable admissions officers who are responsible for admitting a class of students who will thrive and persist at their institution. This is not a process taken lightly. Admissions officers spend hours upon hours on committee discussions and holistic reviews of applications to admit the best class possible.

As you and your student await the admissions decision, it is important that both of you manage your stress levels. This is particularly important with social media being such an integral part of our lives. Peers will begin posting decisions and this may further exacerbate the anxiety that you both may be experiencing. Managing expectations is really important at this point. Understand that whether or not your child gets into their top choice is no reflection on your parenting, nor is it a reflection on their worth. Colleges and universities receive far more qualified applicants than they can admit.

Another tip that cannot be stressed enough is allow your student to be in the driver’s seat during this process. The parental instinct is to protect and to advocate for your child, but encourage them to communicate with their counselors and admissions officers. Helping your child take the lead will foster their ability to develop the emotional and self-regulation skills that will be needed when they go to college.  All students need to take on a more independent role in college and this is a great time to start practicing those skills. We know that this process is a family one and we encourage you to stay involved and be supportive of your child while giving them room to grow and learn.

Final words of wisdom:  Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.



The Career & Civic Engagement Center at Bryn Mawr

From Katie Krimmel, Associate Dean of the Career & Civic Engagement Center


I always share my cell phone number with students. If they are ever on the fence about applying for a job or an internship, I want them to call me so that I can remind them of all of the ways their Bryn Mawr education has prepared them for this next challenge. I love encouraging students and learning what matters most to them. I am fortunate to do that work every day.  As the Associate Dean of the Career & Civic Engagement Center at Bryn Mawr I want to tell you more about our unique Center. Continue reading

Tips for Completing Your Financial Aid Application

From Susan Chadwick, Director of Financial Aid


With October 1 right around the corner, many students and families have financial aid on their minds. Suddenly there are questions about changes in income, how retirement should be reported on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and what an FSA ID is used for in the process. While financial aid applications can appear daunting at times, there are many tips and tricks that can help you along the way.

Here are my top tips to successfully navigate the FAFSA and CSS Profile, College Board’s application used by many schools, to apply for institutional need based aid.

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

From Andrea Lirio

With a year of college under my belt, there are a lot of things I wish I had known — from what to pack and what classes to pick to how to make the most of my college experience — before jumping in. As the semester comes to an end, I decided to go around campus and ask my peers what they wish they had known. I hope this helps you as you plan for move-in day!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of College Visits

Campus visit advice from Bryn Mawr’s Coordinator of Visits and Events, Libby Lakeman. 

If you are planning on visiting a few college campuses this summer, or even if you have some visits laid out for the fall, I am here to help make sure you capitalize on each experience. The campus visit can be overwhelming: you are being given a lot of information in a very short amount of time by staff and current students who seem all too happy for you to be at their school. So, below are a few insider tips to help you navigate your visit. Hopefully, they will help you come out on the other side feeling energized and optimistic about the rest of the college admissions process.

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Your Summer To-Do List

A few tips for enjoying summer while being productive. 

Summer is finally here, which means something different to everyone. Maybe it means total relaxation. Maybe it means babysitting your younger siblings all week. Most likely it’s some combination of responsibility and fun. Whether you are headed into sophomore year or senior year, there are some things all high school students can do over the summer to prepare them for the coming year.

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