Bryn Mawr women possess an intense intellectual commitment, a purposeful vision of their lives and the desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world. Well known for its long tradition of intellectual inquiry, Bryn Mawr has consistently produced outstanding leaders and scholars. In fact, Bryn Mawr is ranked among the top ten of all colleges and universities in percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D., and is considered excellent preparation for the nations top law, medical and business schools. Proud of its 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the College offers students the opportunity to work closely with professors; more than 500 students collaborate with faculty on independent projects every year. Students may also choose from more than 5,000 courses offered through nearby Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, as well as the University of Pennsylvania. Committed to diversity, students come from 45 states and 60 countries and more than a third of Bryn Mawr students are women of color and international students. Minutes outside of Philadelphia and only two hours by train from New York City and Washington, D.C., Bryn Mawr is recognized by many as one of the most stunning college campuses in the United States. Its mixture of collegiate Gothic architecture and post-modern buildings owe much of their beauty to the original campus plan that was created and executed by Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, landscape architects and the designers of New York's Central Park.