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Bryn Mawr: College of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Common clues: ____ Mawr College; ____ Mawr, Pa.
Related crosswordese: MAWR
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 25224 / 86800
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Bryn Mawr College is a highly-selective women's liberal-arts college located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, ten miles northwest of Philadelphia. Bryn Mawr is located on the Pennsylvania Main Line and is connected to downtown Philadelphia by the SEPTA R5 commuter rail system.

Bryn Mawr is one of the Seven Sisters and is part of the Tri-College Consortium along with Swarthmore College and Haverford College. The school has an enrollment of about 1200 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students.

Bryn Mawr College was founded in 1885. It was the first women's higher education institution to offer graduate degrees, including doctorates. The first class included 36 undergraduate women and eight graduate students. Bryn Mawr was originally affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), but by 1893 had become non-denominational.

Bryn Mawr's traditions are a main aspect of campus life. The four major traditions are Parade Night, which takes place on the first night of the academic year; Lantern Night, which takes place in late October or early November; Hell Week, which takes place in mid-February; and May Day, which takes place on the Sunday after classes end in the spring semester. The traditions mistresses of the College, two positions elected by the student body, are in charge of organizing and running traditions.

In addition to events, Bryn Mawr's traditions extend to superstitions around the campus that can date back to the opening of the college in 1885. Another important part of the traditions is the statue of the goddess Athena, the patron goddess of the College, in Thomas Great Hall. Students leave gifts and notes for the statue when they desire help from the goddess.

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