Bryn Mawr College

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#67, overall score 56.92/100

Fun Fact:

Students often leave offerings before a statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, in order to receive her help before finals or other academic projects.

Why should Jewish students attend Bryn Mawr? If you’re looking for a small liberal arts college with an active Jewish community, Bryn Mawr offers a solid and welcoming Jewish community with unique programs like the Liberal Arts Birthright Trip, an active Israel group, an amazing Shabbat dinner atmosphere, thoughtful classes (some with faculty members) and great volunteering opportunities like the Stories That Live Holocaust storytelling fellowship. —- Rabbi Eli Gurevitz, Rohr Center for Jewish Life


  • Location: Bryn Mawr, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,381
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 200
  • Jewish population share: 14%
  • Student origin: 18% in-state / 82% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Bi-College News
  • NCAA Division: III

What Students Say:

“We have easy access to Philadelphia and special traditions.”

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • Tuition: $50,500
  • Room & board costs: $15,910
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $41,891
  • Average loan debt: $25,448
  • Starting median salary: $50,200
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Jane M. Oppenheimer Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 16.67/20

  • Score: 16.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 38%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Median SAT range: 1310-1500
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

”The school could do more to help with student mental health.”

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 6
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Bi-Co Friends of Israel
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 7.03/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 12.28/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

What Students Say:

”I would love for my Jewish community to be more open to discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

JEWISH LIFE Score: 13.25/34

  • Score: 13.25/34
  • Hillel: Bryn Mawr College Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Center for Jewish Life
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 35
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 21 (6 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 7 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Maggie Siff
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: A Giant supermarket three miles away — two train stops — has a kosher deli/bakery/sushi and full kosher shopping experience.

What Students Say:

“This school does not offer kosher food as part of the meal plan. If keeping kosher is a large part of your life, this may not be the best school for you.”…”We have a small but diverse Jewish community - everyone practices Judaism a bit differently. It makes for interesting conversation.”

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