About McBride Scholars

McBride Scholars

The Katharine E. McBride Scholars Program was created to give students, 24 or above, who for one reason or another did not begin or complete their education immediately following high school, an opportunity to attend Bryn Mawr College.

The program admits students who have demonstrated talent, achievement, and intelligence in various areas including employment, volunteer activities, and home or formal study. McBride Scholars may study on a part-time or full-time basis.

Once admitted to the College, McBride Scholars must take a minimum of 24 course units at Bryn Mawr. Exceptions will be made for students who transfer more than eight units from previous work. Such students may transfer up to 16 units and must then take at least 16 units at Bryn Mawr.

McBride Scholars participate in all the same classes and programs as traditionally-aged students, and also have access to additional advising if needed as they re-transition into undergraduate education. McBride Scholars are eligible to apply for financial aid.

The Katharine E. McBride Scholar program was founded in 1986 to offer students who for various reasons were unable to begin or complete their college education at the traditional age. There are over 200 McBride alumnae/i as of 2016.

We celebrated the 30th anniversary of the McBride Scholar Program at the 2016 Bryn Mawr College Reunion.