Sept. 2, 2011
Question: Does Bryn Mawr College allow double majors?
Concentrate and ask again. But, this time, don't ask The Dean. If you want to know about double-majoring at Bryn Mawr …or if Connecticut College requires SAT's … or if the University of Miami has need-based aid for international students (etc. etc.), check Web sites first. Then try emailing or telephoning the admission office if you strike out on the Web.
Granted, asking college-admission questions can sometimes feel like consulting a Magic 8-Ball. Even when you get an answer, you're not always sure that it's reliable.
But some questions have simple, straightforward answers, and you shouldn't be fearful of going straight to the horse's mouth (usually admission offices) to get them. The Dean receives far too many school-specific, cut-and-dry queries that should have been directed to admission offices (or to different college departments) instead. These include:
On the other hand, there are some questions that you probably DON'T want to ask admission offices … either because the question itself could reveal details that are best kept under your hat or because you're only going to get a party-line answer, not the straight scoop, from admission officials. These questions include:
By the way, I found Bryn Mawr's info on choosing majors after a 4-second Google search, which is much faster (and less annoying) than getting a lecture from The Dean. Seehttp://www.brynmawr.edu/deans/major_spec_info.shtml
The answer: Outlook good.
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