First-Year Admission

At Bryn Mawr College, we don’t have a set GPA cutoff that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission—nor is there a magic SAT score that will ensure a student is offered admission.

Instead, we review each application holistically, taking into consideration a number of factors, including:

  • A high school record that shows evidence of ability and a challenging program of study
  • Performance on standardized tests
  • Guidance counselor and teacher assessments of character, maturity, and readiness for college
  • Community and extracurricular involvement that demonstrates a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world
  • Skillful writing that conveys a strong sense of individual voice

Applicants are expected to complete a four-year secondary-school course. We know that school curricula vary widely, so we will consider applications from any student who has maintained good records and continuously studied the basic subjects.

Students who complete the following program will be best prepared for study at Bryn Mawr:

  • Four years of English (grammar, composition, and literature)
  • At least three years of mathematics
  • Three years of a modern or ancient language or a good foundation in two languages
  • Some history coursework
  • Three courses in science, including two lab sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • Electives such as art, music, or computing