When Bryn Mawr College opened its doors in 1885, it offered women a more ambitious academic program than any previously available to them in the United States. Other women's colleges existed, but Bryn Mawr was the first to offer graduate education through the Ph.D.—a signal of its founders' refusal to accept the limitations imposed on women's intellectual achievement at other institutions.
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Bryn Mawr College is a highly selective women's college right outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A close-knit community of about 1,350 undergraduate students, Bryn Mawr is renowned for its academic excellence and engagement with the world.
On Bryn Mawr’s historic campus, students find challenging courses and research opportunities; strong bonds with faculty, students, and alumnae/i; and innovative programs that connect study with action. Students, faculty, and staff work together to build a community that is inclusive and welcoming. Through a holistic curriculum, the country’s oldest Self-Government Association, and a student-owned honor code, Bryn Mawr encourages original thinking.
Critical, creative, and collaborative, Bryn Mawr students and alumnae/i are agents of change and forever members of a community founded on the respect for individuals.
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Wellesley College was founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, who were passionate about the higher education of women. Wellesley’s first president, Ada Howard, and nearly all of the College’s early educators and administrators were women.
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Wellesley's motto is "Not to be ministered unto but to minister." Smart, serious women choose Wellesley because the college believes in making a difference; disciplined thinking; pragmatic leadership; valuing diversity; and service.