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About Bryn Mawr Athletics

Bryn Mawr College, throughout its 130-year history, has been committed to developing excellence in women. The Department of Athletics affirms the College’s mission by providing a competitive intercollegiate athletic experience in which Bryn Mawr's student-athletes are supported and challenged in their pursuit of excellence. The goals of the department are:

  • To raise the level of individual and team performance, ability, and competition
  • To enhance institutional recruitment efforts and support retention
  • To identify and recruit scholar-athletes
  • To integrate athletics within the educational mission
  • To hire and retain highly qualified coaches and teachers
  • To create and promote a sense of pride, self-confidence, and teamwork
  • To provide scholar-athletes with great opportunities through good coaching, competition, and access to facilities which support the athletic program

The Bryn Mawr Owls compete as a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division III is the largest division of the NCAA, with 450 total members and 42 different conferences within the division. According to NCAA studies, Division III student-athletes have a graduation rate approximately five percent higher than the overall student body, report significantly greater gains in time management when compared with the student body, report greater involvement in volunteering, and are more likely to report that they see themselves as part of the campus community.

Bryn Mawr is a charter member of the Centennial Conference, one of the nation's elite small-college conferences. Founded in 1992, the Centennial Conference encourages athletic competition among national liberal arts colleges and universities that share similar academic aspirations and a commitment to the importance of the total educational experience of students engaged in sports. Bryn Mawr is one of 11 members of the conference, which also includes Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus, and Washington College.