The Wait is Over

Months of reading, evaluating, interviewing, and committee meetings have culminated today—we are releasing official admission decisions for our Class of 2016.

We had an amazing year in Bryn Mawr admissions. More than 2,600 women from around the world applied for first-year admission—representing the largest and most academically talented pool in our 126 year history.

We laughed, cried, and felt inspired after reading your essays. We were wowed by your academic achievements and were equally impressed with the glowing endorsements of your teachers and counselors.

And we wondered how you managed to juggle school with so many extracurricular activities.

The admissions process is always affirming; this year was no exception. We were thrilled to know so many stellar young women were eager to become part of the Bryn Mawr legacy. With so many strong applicants and only 365 seats in our class, we knew hard decisions needed to be made. This year, with our expansive applicant pool, marks our most selective year for admission in more than 30 years! We admitted only 41 percent of our applicants. For some students, today will bring relief and good news; for many others disappointment.

We know that there are many great students to whom we could not offer admission. During the next month, millions of high school seniors will begin evaluating their options. Whether Bryn Mawr is on that final list or not, we are confident that in the end, students generally end up where they are meant to be.

To each of the applicants for the Class of 2016, we extend our sincere gratitude. We got to know many of you through campus visits, emails, and of course, your essays. We are happy that every one of you was so excited about Bryn Mawr. The coming weeks are just the beginning; as your mailbox begins to fill with envelopes, know that your college journey has just begun!

Keep Calm (and Mawrter on): What to do while you wait

Earlier this month, we gave you a glimpse into what it’s like in the Admissions Office right now. As we continue to read the nearly 2,700 applications for freshman admission, we’re aware that while we evaluate, each of you is waiting. Bryn Mawr will mail official admission decisions at the end of March; and since you’re likely eager to learn of your decision, we want to offer suggestions on ways to keep yourself occupied until those infamous envelopes begin flooding your mailbox:

  1. See the first Hunger Games movie. From what we hear, tickets (which went on sale last week) are going fast.
  2. Step away from Facebook and Twitter. We promise you that constantly hitting refresh won’t make any news come faster. We do, however, recommend connecting with other prospective students on our Class of 2016 Facebook page.
  3. Have a dance-off with your friends. Many of our students will tell you that one of the best ways to relieve stress is to dance it out.
  4. Watch the first two seasons of Downton Abbey. Trust us, this will be important.
  5. Read a classic. May we suggest Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston or Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez? If you need some serious empowerment, then try Bossypants by Tina Fey (her 30 Rock alter ego, Liz Lemon, attended Bryn Mawr!).
  6. Remember that you worked hard in high school and soon you’ll have some great choices to make!

We hope you’ll try some of our recommendations; in the meantime, feel free to share what you’re doing while you wait with us and other prospective students. Tell us on Facebook or hit the comments below!