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  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bryn Athyn College Campus Security is always patrolling the campus, even though there is, luckily, little need for them. Usually, the security officers need to open a building for someone who forgot or lost their student ID.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, since Bryn Athyn College is a small school, there is no Greek Life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There aren't that many clubs at Bryn Athyn College, but every student is encouraged to either join an already existing club, or to create a new one! Two of my close friends recently started a Games Club which incorporates Game Nights where students gather to play Sorry!, Monopoly, and other boardgames that have been forgotten in the technology age. They also however, embrace gamers, and have various game systems hooked up in the Social Center so that everyone can play their favorite video games.

    Great for these types of students

    Bryn Athyn College is great for students who want to be more than a number. In class your professors will call on you by name, and outside of the classroom you will have meaningful conversations with your professors not limited to just classwork. Also, many teachers give you their cellphone number and encourage you to call them if you have any questions about an assignment. Bryn Athyn is also great for students who want to make a difference in their college. It is very easy to get active in the Bryn Athyn community, and to make a difference.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The town of Bryn Athyn celebrates Charter Day in early October, this is when the Academy of the New Church - the high school, and Bryn Athyn College, gather to celebrate the founding of the town.

    Bang for the buck

    As a commuter student, Bryn Athyn is definitely worth the price of tuition for me, I'm paying under $20,000 for tuition this year! For resident students the cost is a little more, they're under $30,000, but that is still a great deal on college, especially since Bryn Athyn is a private college. While there isn't as much variety in majors as larger, more expensive schools, the college is expanding and recently added a Psychology major and Business minor.

    What to do for fun

    At Bryn Athyn College, you're just a short walk, or drive, from the train station, which can take you into Philadelphia for some fun nights out. Also, there is the Bryn Athyn Historic District right across the road from the college, even though the grounds close at dusk, Bryn Athyn students are known for taking 'haunted walks' with the local students who have stories of the Bryn Athyn Beast, and Swedenborg's ghost. The college is also located near the Penny Pack Trust, which gives students a chance to hike the trails and get in touch with nature.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dinning hall is average cafeteria food. Sometimes they'll have specials throughout the month that break up the average menus, especially around the holidays. Also, the dinning hall itself is set up like a restaurant, with booths around the perimeter and tables in the center. There is also a fireplace in the middle of the dinning hall which is welcoming during cold winter months.

    Dorm Life

    While I am a commuter student, I have spent a lot of time sleeping over with my friends in the dorms. Dorm life can be slow on the weekends, especially around midterms and finals, but usually there is always a game night or dance party going on in the dorms. There is also a Social Center on campus with a pool table, big screen tv, air hockey, and board games. This is a great place to get together with friends when visiting hours in the dorms hasn't started.

    Academic Rigor

    There are CORE Requirements that every student is required to take in order to graduate, but most of them co-inside with the major requirements. The academic advisers are great with helping you figure out your course schedule so that you'll be on track to fulfill all of the CORE and major requirements in order to graduate in time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering Bryn Athyn College, be sure to visit, that's how I knew I wanted to be a student there. Also, ask questions while on a tour of the campus, it shows that you're interested and you might learn some interesting things about the town of Bryn Athyn and the people there. Be prepared for some lazy weekends, Bryn Athyn is only a few minutes outside of Philadelphia, but the town itself is very quite and rural. Do not be afraid to make friends while you're visiting the campus, teachers, administrators and current students are friendly faces on your first day as an official student!

    In three sentences

    Bryn Athyn College is located in a tight-knit community setting. Many of the professors will take the time to get to know you outside of the classroom because they genuinely care about you. While religious courses are required every year, there are 'easy' courses for students not familiar with the New Church, which the school was founded on.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The type of people that go to this school, are generally pretty honest. Safety at school is fantastic, and security is always patrolling in the event that something happens.

    Greek Life

    No Fraternities or Sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    Always something going on through the social committee.

    Great for these types of students

    Openminded students, and religious students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Follow the religious teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for half the price of other schools in the area.

    What to do for fun

    There are sporting events almost every weekend. There is an outdoor volleyball court, and an completely redone social center, with enormous TV and surround sound, a pool table, and air hockey table. There is also a director of social life, so there are weekly events for students to attend, most are free of charge. Only trips cost money.

    Food and Dining

    Typical Dining Hall food. The meal plan is good though because you can go up as many times as you like, and you can take as much as you like with you. The only down side is that the 3 meal times that are set are one hour each, and on weekends you have to use the High School Dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms, are decently sized for dorm living. However, they don't have fantastic amenities. Once you get to sophomore year and up the dorms are awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are condensed into trimesters, so there is a lot of information to take in during a short time. Teachers do a good job of balancing work out for you so that you're not overwhelmed. On average you can expect 2 hours of outside work per hour of class work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind. You're going to learn a lot about a new religion, so it is important to have an open mind.

    In three sentences

    Bryn Athyn is a small school, with a spiritual basis. The school is attempting to expand through athletics, but is still trying to retain their core values. The school is part of a very tight knit community

  • 11/12/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 14 people found this review useful. 3 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    uh..ok

    Will enjoy being here

    Like to be away from home

    Will learn a lot

    uh....yeah it's ok

  • 09/21/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 4 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for someone who is a good athlete and wants to go to a small school.

    Bang for the buck

    Big plus: Every new student is given a laptop.

    Will enjoy being here

    This school has alot to offer athletically, but the student body is very small. The campus is very nice and the dorms are really nice and roomy.

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like small schools don't mind missing basketball and football (although you can watch the high school's teams play), don't mind fairly strict rules, or taking religion classes. This school is very good for students looking for a close relationship with their professors and administration. Students WILL get to know pretty much EVERYONE.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few things that I was a little upset about when first coming here were the rules; the strict curfew for first year students, the visitation hours for the opposite gender, etc. and the absence of a football team and no Greek life. Note, there is no cable inside of the dorm rooms, just the lounges (something that I was not aware of until arriving). The Internet here can be a pain sometimes also (trying to connect things wirelessly i.e. printers, game counsels, etc.). We have a Facebook page for those with any questions; just find and ask any questions you have. Anyone that you find from will be more than willing to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid and scholarships are readily available making the school very affordable. I know a lot of people that go here because it�¢??s so affordable for them. So we have a beautiful campus, nice dorms, decent food, and administration/ teachers are very friendly and helpful all for a pretty decent cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Eh.. It's still growing on me (I'm just starting out). My friends that I made here so far are kind of the only things keeping me going. The people here are super nice and welcoming though. I also like the whole trimester situation, it's like you get a wider variety of classes throughout the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Love the small class sizes and teacher-student interaction. The workload is reasonable.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    6 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Kids who want to learn a lot, but who really want a small campus. It is definitely what I would call a close-knit community.

    Did enjoy being here

    It was good for a summer, but too small for a city girl like me.

    Did learn a lot

    I took an intro Microbio class last summer as a senior, and they really emphasize a learning environment where you get a lot of one-on-one time with the professor. Really helpful.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    History majors, looking for small school (200-something students total); those looking to become teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that they have the major you're looking for (many freshman were surprised at the small number of options and had to re-adjust what that want to major in). Keep in mind this is a religious school (2 religion classes a year are required, plus mandatory weekly chapel)

    Bang for the buck

    Moderately priced

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is gorgeous, the teachers are involved and work hard to help struggling students. Small class size.

    Am learning a lot

    Limited options for majors. Not many classes offered, and those that they do, are offered during specific times, and often coincide with other classes (with no option to take them at another time).

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Located in a small community. Lot's of security everywhere. Virtually no crime.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    Few clubs, but you can always start your own.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer many Minority scholarships

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical cafeteria quality food.

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers seem to be very lenient so far. Not much of a challenge. If you did well in highschool, you'll do fine here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that the collage offers your major. I've heard many students talk about going after such and such a degree only to learn that it isn't offered here...and they're already inrolled

    In three sentences

    A tiny collage located within a close knit community. The majors here are very limited and mainly offer only B.A. degrees. The campus is breathtaking and everyone is friendly.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everyone is really nice so it is really safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    BA offers a lot of clubs and activities

    Great for these types of students

    People who are good at heart and are looking for a peaceful place to chill and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall Bryn Athyn is a great place.

    What to do for fun

    The only bad thing in BA is that there isn't much fun stuff to do

    Food and Dining

    The food can either be good or really bad

    Dorm Life

    If you make great friends it makes dorm life great.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are really nice and want to see the students succeed and do good in school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself and have fun, it is a great school filled with great people.

    In three sentences

    Bryn athyn is an excellent school filled with great people. It is a nice and beautiful campus, and easy to get around. Sometimes it can get boring and all the nice people can be a bit overwhelming at times.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are the type of student who likes to be NOTICED, Bryn Athyn College is the right place for you. This is one of the greatest gifts Bryn Athyn College has to offer. Everyone knows you, whether it be your peers or the faculty members.

    Bang for the buck

    Bryn Athyn College really is what you make of it. There is opportunity to make any individual flourish. You just have to look. The deans, advisers, and faculty members are fully dedicated to making your collegiate experience unforgettable. I say, embrace what Bryn Athyn College has to offer. Trying to fight against the system and what not will only get you in trouble. Remember, Bryn Athyn College is a small campus. That can be a blessing and a curse. Everyone knows just about everyone. You can make that work for you or against you.

    What to do for fun

    Dorm life is unique at Bryn Athyn College. All the dorms are close--within 300 yards from one another. They are also right on campus. Forget having to walk three blocks to get to your classes like you do in the city or having to walk a quarter mile like you would at a huge state university. At Bryn Athyn College, the dorms are all a two to four minute walk from one another and the college as well. The freshman dorms are alright, they are not state of the art like all the others, but they are fine nonetheless. The other facilities, for sophomores, juniors and seniors, are second to none. The sophomores and juniors all get suites, complete with a living room, dining room, and kitchen. The seniors get their own cottages. I'm talking real, full-blown cottages. Ah yes, one of the many benefits of going to a small college.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining experience at Bryn Athyn College is fairly good. All meals are cooked and prepared by Sodexo. There are two dining facilities: breakfast and lunch are prepared in one, dinner in the other. With the exception of prime rib, calamari, oysters on the half-shell, and sushi, one can find just about anything they want to eat. Overall, the food and dining is fine, just fine.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is unique at Bryn Athyn College. All the dorms are close--within 300 yards from one another. They are also right on campus. Forget having to walk three blocks to get to your classes like you do in the city or having to walk a quarter mile like you would at a huge state university. At Bryn Athyn College, the dorms are all a two to four minute walk from one another and the college as well. The freshman dorms are alright, they are not state of the art like all the others, but they are fine nonetheless. The other facilities, for sophomores, juniors and seniors, are second to none. The sophomores and juniors all get suites, complete with a living room, dining room, and kitchen. The seniors get their own cottages. I'm talking real, full-blown cottages. Ah yes, one of the many benefits of going to a small college.

    Academic Rigor

    Not many people would argue the fact that Bryn Athyn College is a difficult school. However, the classes are not like you might expect. Remember, there are only 240 enrolled students. With that many students, the classes tend to mostly by discussion based opposed to lecture based. This adds a whole different element to the classroom experience. Classes are engaging, funny, and entertaining. The teachers ask a lot, only because they want what is best for the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a small school, one where you will have the ability to make friends, a name for yourself, and become involved, then Bryn Athyn College is the school for you. When I say small, I mean small. There are two hundred forty enrolled students, so make sure that that is an environment you will be willing to live in. However, just because we are small in numbers, does not mean we do not know how to have fun. We have division 3 athletic teams, consisting of players drafted from all over the country and we also have numerous organizations that host events, parties, and other fun activities.

    In three sentences

    Bryn Athyn College is a small, liberal arts institution that provides a strong academic education whilst incorporating the ideals of Emanuel Swedenborg. The faculty is superlative--willing to develop relationships with their students and provide aid at a moments notice. Ample opportunity is afforded too all, enabling every students' ability to chose their destiny.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 11

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The town of Bryn Athyn is one of the safest places around. It is a small, tight-knit, generally wealthy town, and it is extremely rare for anything safety-related to occur on campus or in the town.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Due to the small size, clubs play a fairly small part on campus. Aside from one more prominent service club, Feel Good, the club scene is low-key. But, any student who wants to start any kind of club may do so.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't feel ready to attend a bigger school, students who are religious, students who don't feel a need to party.

    Bang for the buck

    The value of the education is great for the price. The majors are limited, so it is important to be sure they have what you are looking for, but if they do, you can get a good education for relatively cheap.

    What to do for fun

    The social committee provides a number of social events, however due largely to the small size of the student body, if you show up you would likely be one of only a handful of people attending. The party scene is virtually nonexistent, so if you are expecting to go out every weekend you will be disappointed.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is fairly limited, with one dining hall that is only open during certain hours of the day. The food itself varies. Some days it is very appealing, others it is less than appetizing.

    Dorm Life

    The new dorms are very nice--far nicer than most. However this is marred by the fact that that there are just too many rules. Freshmen have curfew, and upperclassmen still have some restrictions.

    Academic Rigor

    People often say that the rigor of Bryn Athyn College can be compared to that at Ivy League schools. They were right--the teachers do not hand out easy A's. They demand excellence, however this creates a much better learning experience for the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to get creative to keep yourself entertained, such as going into the city or joining athletic teams. Get to know your professors--the academic rigor is very high at Bryn Athyn, so it is even more important to have a good relationship with those teaching you. Lastly, don't be afraid to put yourself out there--you won't find a kinder group of people at any school, anywhere.

    In three sentences

    Bryn Athyn College is a great option for undergraduate students provided that they have your intended major. Because of the small size, it makes for a very personal educational experience, and the value of the education for the cost is as good as it gets. Socially, it is a tight-knit campus with a very accepting student body.