From the School

Haverford is a coeducational, residential liberal arts college located 8 miles west of center city Philadelphia. Haverford was founded in 1833 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). While the College is no longer formally affiliated with any religious body, the values of academic strength, intellectual freedom, individual worth, and tolerance upon which it was founded remain central to its character.

Haverford's 1,200 students represent a wide variety of interests, backgrounds, and talents. They come from public and independent schools from all 50 States, DC, Puerto Rico, and more than 30 countries around the world.

Extensive cooperation with nearby Bryn Mawr College adds an important dimension to the resources available at Haverford. Educational opportunities are further enhanced by cooperation with Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania.

The academic experience at Haverford revolves around opportunities for students to be directly engaged with their education on the highest levels. Special emphasis is placed on collaborative work and research, and three academic centers the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Hurford Humanities Center, and the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center support student and faculty engagement beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom. And Haverford is one of the very few institutions where all students produce a senior thesis or final project.

Although students choose Haverford because of its academic excellence, a strong sense of community participation informs the Haverford College experience both inside the classroom and out. Haverford is well known for its emphasis on self-governance, and students work together through the arts and cultural activities, service programs, athletic programs, and day-to-day campus life.

The Honor Code, affirmed by the student body each year, embodies the philosophy of conduct within the College. Students are expected to maintain a strong sense of individual responsibility as well as intellectual integrity, honesty, and genuine concern for others.

Haverford College offers an atmosphere of intellectual and personal challenge, excitement, and growth in a close-knit community that is dedicated to encouraging humane values during the undergraduate years and for a lifetime.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
660 - 750
SAT Math
650 - 740
ACT Composite
30 - 33


Early Decision
November 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities


Haverford offers the following academic programs, in addition to the majors and minors named above, as Concentrations: Africana and African studies, biochemistry and biophysics, creative writing, dance, education, environmental studies, gender and sexuality studies, Hebrew and Judaic studies, Hispanic and Hispanic American studies, international economic relations, Latin American and Iberian studies, mathematical economics, neural and behavioral sciences, peace and conflict studies, 3/2 liberal arts and engineering, and theater studies.

Students may pursue pre-medical, pre-law or pre-business intentions through any major; special advising is offered in these areas.
Founded in 1833, Haverford College in Pennsylvania is “small, but exceptionally vibrant and engaging,” offering a “solid academic experience” under one of the country’s oldest and most revered honor codes. Though founded by Quakers, the school is nonsectarian, but the community aspect of its founders remains, creating what one student calls “a challenging, interesting environment with the best people I know.” The teacher education program is one of the most notable, but there is a strong emphasis on writing and a “breadth of amazing programs” for everyone else. The real love affair is with Haverford’s “awesome, invested” professors, who “lead a group of idealistic students to point—but never force—us into a better way of thinking.” They want to put in the time to get to know you, and the small size of the school “allows for plenty of opportunities for collaborating with faculty and staff and building a relationship.” “You are more than just a face in a classroom of many; you are a unique person that has something to offer,” says a student. “My ‘big intro lecture course’ has forty-one students,” says another. “My professor still knows me by name, and we have long conversations when we pass on Founder’s Green.” The school’s learning environment stresses “engaging in hard and honest conversations with your peers,” and “students have a lot of power” through their roles in the administration of the college. “I love the amount of independence and autonomy [the school] gives to its students,” says a student. Because of the kind of student this attracts, “we wind up with a really conscientious student body invested in the school.” The resources available to students here are incredible, as well. You can get “credit for research” (there is plenty of research here in every department), and if you want to go off campus for research, “you can get funding for that as well.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

John Whitehead
Former Assistant Secretary of State

Jerry Levin
Former CEO Time Warner/Philanthropist

Andrew Lewis
CEO, Union Pacific

Joseph Taylor
Nobel Prize Winner, physics

Dave Barry
Humorist and author

Howard Lutnick
CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald

Juan Williams
Former NPR, political coresspondent


For the 2010-2011 School Year, tuition for Haverford College is as follows: For Tuition, the cost is $40,260, for Room and Board $12,346. In addition, there is an activity Fee of $364, and an orientation Fee of $200 (new students only)


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Jan 31
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


There are more than 150 student organizations on campus. Musicians, athletes, writers, actors, rock climbers, gourmet cooks, feminists, political activists . . . everyone finds ways to pursue their extracurricular passions at Haverford. There are 11 varsity sports for women and 12 for men, including the only varsity cricket team in the nation. In addition, the students support a host of club sports and intramural teams.
Everyone is “passionate,” “people are always up for intellectual discussion,” and “everyone works very hard.” Students here were all motivated enough to get in and “want to succeed for themselves and not to appease others.” Students describe other students as having “hearts of gold and giant brains that they put to use to change the world for the better.” “It’s a small school full of nice kids—not naive (well, sometimes naive), just genuinely compassionate and interested in other people, whether or not that’s ’cool,’” says a student. Though all are bound by “intellectual passion and interests outside of academics,” diversity otherwise on campus “lacks a little.” Still, “the great thing about Haverford is that, although we have a variety of students from all different social circles, everyone is a touch awkward.” This is a fact that the “nerdy and ridiculously friendly” students embrace. “I feel like I could potentially become friends with anyone on campus,” says a student.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
87% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time


Originally landscaped by the English gardener William Carvill, the park-like, 204-acre campus includes more than 400 species of trees and shrubs, a nature walk, and a duck pond. The varied architectural styles of campus buildings, representing more than 150 years of architectural evolution, give the campus a unique character and charm. Just 8 miles away from Haverford are the cultural and educational resources of Philadelphia. Frequent train service to and from the city add to campus resources and enhance student opportunities.
The culture of “trust, concern, and respect” created by the Honor Code carries over into the rest of this “awesome, at times idiosyncratic, place where community thrives and cliques are very loose if existent at all.” “The honor code unifies everyone.” “Being able to take an exam in your own room, sitting relaxed on your bed because your professor trusts you not to look at your books is one of the luxuries of being here,” says a student. People study hard here, but they take a break over the weekend at a party or two “before cracking the books again. Athletics are also “really important” for much of the student body—most here are athletic, even if it’s not at a varsity level—and some of the male sports teams “function like fraternities” (which do not exist at HC). Because it’s a small place, “sometimes it feels like everyone knows your business,” but everyone is so insanely nice that “the social scene is great” and the only thing you’ll hear complaints about is the food. Students govern themselves and the happenings at the school through the “Plenaries” that happen twice a year, when the majority of the student body must be present. New York and Philadelphia are both easily accessible by train, and “Suburban Square (the local outdoor shopping center) is a great place to hang out, get coffee, or even go shopping.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intramural sports
35% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Fords)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fords)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Sexuality and Gender Alliance is a student organization that seeks to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. It provides discussion space in the community about issues related to sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Minority Support Groups

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Lenovo, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Admissions Office Contact

Admission Office
Jess Lord

Admissions Office
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Integrated Natural Sciences Center
John Whitehead Campus Center
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Douglas B. Gardner Athletic Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Philadelphia - sight seeing, shoppping, historical
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Franklin Institute of Natural Science Museum
Historical Valley Forge Park
Penn's Landing, South Street - night life

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9am-5pm; 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Mon-Fri 9:45am - 3:45pm Sat. 10:45am-1pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Available September 22-Nov 20 and Feb 1-Mar 25 for applying students and April 1-30 for admitted stu


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Philadelphia International Airport is 20 miles from campus. Main Line Airport Limousine Service will take you directly to Stokes Hall on the Haverford campus; to call for this service, use the airport courtesy phones (push Main Line). If you want to call in advance, Main Line's number is 610-525-0513 (or 800-427-3464 in Pennsylvania). Limousines leave approximately every 45 minutes. Public transportation is also available from airport to campus. Take a SEPTA Airport Express from the airport to 30th St. Station in Philadelphia; trains run every 30 minutes and take 20 minutes to reach 30th St. From 30th St. Station, take either the R-5 Paoli Local or the Bryn Mawr Local to Haverford (not all trains stop at Haverford; check timetables available at the station). The ride from 30th St. to Haverford station takes approximately 16 minutes. The walk from Haverford station to campus takes 8 to 10 minutes: Walk down Haverford Station Road. Turn left onto Lancaster Avenue; then turn right onto campus at College Lane. If you don't want to walk, the Bennett Taxi Service can drive you from the station to campus; call 525-1770 (a local call). Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Philadelphia. Amtrak takes you to 30th St. Station; to get to campus from there, use the SEPTA commuter trains as described above. From the Greyhound station, walk to the Market East SEPTA train station and take the R-5 Paoli Local or the Bryn Mawr Local as described above; the ride from Market East to Haverford takes approximately 25 minutes.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 24 (Valley Forge Interchange) and follow signs to I-76 E. (Expy to Philadelphia). Take I-76 to Exit 28A for I-476 (South/Chester). Proceed south on I-476 to I-476 to exit 5: US30-St. Davids-Villanova exit. Turn east on U.S. 30 (Lancaster Ave.) and proceed for approximately 3.5 miles through Villanova, Rosemont, and Bryn Mawr to Haverford. After you see the Haverford Post Office on the left, turn right into the main entrance of the Haverford campus at College Lane. Follow the signs to the visitor parking lot. Check our website at for additional directions.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriot 762 West Lancaster Ave Wayne, PA 19087 (610)687-6633 Radnor Hotel 591 East Lancaster Ave St. Davids, PA 19087 (610) 688-5800 Phila Marriott 111 Crawford Ave West Conshohocken PA 19428 (610) 941-5600 Desmond Hotel and conference Center One Liberty Blvd Malvern, PA 19355 (610) 296-9800 Wayne Hotel 139 East Lancaster Ave Wayne, PA 19087 (610) 687-5000
Haverford College campus - Image 0
Haverford College campus - Image 1
Haverford College campus - Image 2
Haverford College campus - Image 3
Haverford College campus - Image 4
Haverford College campus - Image 5
Haverford College campus - Image 6
Haverford College campus - Image 7
Haverford College campus - Image 8
Haverford College campus - Image 9
Haverford College campus - Image 10
Haverford College campus - Image 11
Haverford College campus - Image 12
Haverford College campus - Image 13

Key Stats

Acceptance Rate
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists