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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 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."

Student Body

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.

Campus Life

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."


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
660 - 760

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 780

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 15

Other Admission Factors


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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

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  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

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


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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Students Say

The typical Haverford College graduate has a starting salary of around $38,600. Students feel that Haverford offers a great deal of internship opportunities, especially ones with financial support. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center and the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities act as grant-making organizations to fund internships and research experiences on-campus, locally in the city of Philadelphia, across the U.S. and abroad. The Integrated Natural Science Center offers "plenty of internship opportunities." The Center for Career and Professional Advising, with a mission to "empower" past and enrolled students to "translate their Haverford liberal arts education into a rewarding life," offers several job boards like CareerConnect as well as other helpful resources.

With so many choices of majors and opportunities to take courses at neighboring schools, it's no wonder that some of the only unifying characteristics of Haverford alumni are that they are prepared and successful. Ken Ludwig, a 1972 double major in English and music theory and composition, credits his time at Haverford—where he wrote librettos for school shows and studied Shakespeare—with his success in graduate school. After Haverford, he went on to earn degrees from Harvard (where he studied under Leonard Bernstein) and Cambridge. Ludwig knew that Haverford was the right place for him after his first visit to the campus: "In addition to having the best academics I had ever seen, [it] was a very human place—a caring place—where I would feel happy." Just as Ludwig's career trajectory can be traced back to his time at Haverford, other graduates find themselves taking advantage of Haverford's myriad liberal arts offerings, trying their hand at numerous careers before deciding on something that might not have even crossed their minds without certain experiences they had during college. One political science graduate from 2008 underscores how much her undergraduate experience at Haverford meant to her in her post-college life, particularly when she found herself following a different path than she originally envisioned for herself: "The best part of the Haverford experience is that is allows you to be malleable. A liberal arts degree doesn't say that this person has to do one thing: I've gone from being a teacher, to academic consultant, and now a business development manager for a big corporation. My experience has let me be nimble."


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

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College grant based solely on need
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Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
88% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Kelly Wilcox

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

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Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
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Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intramural sports
32% 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


Though small, Haverford College is proving that it’s not the size that counts, but rather the idea and passion behind making a change. The Gardner Integrated Athletic Center was the first recreation center to achieve LEED Gold certification in the United States. Haverford students can plant and weed in the college’s expanding student garden, and study local flora in the on-campus arboretum. In fact, 30 percent of Haverford’s grounds are maintained organically, and the college has reached a 23 percent waste-diversion rate. Haverford has reduced the toxins flowing into the groundwater by switching to organic fertilizer and using porous salt, and by planting a living roof with sedum on three of its buildings. Haverford has a formal Sustainability Committee focused on reducing energy use, food composting, and emissions. Facilities Management has retrofitted 33 percent of the buildings on campus with new HVAC systems, windows, and insulation. Haverford offers a car share program, a bike program, a vanpool, and group transport to the other colleges in its consortium, so students don’t have to drive. Other environmental improvements are being made in the dining halls, where better recycling, pre- and post-consumer food composting, a new dishwashing machine, and biodegradable or reusable dishware are all making a difference. Two new residence halls, built to LEED Gold standards, are equipped with numerous green specifications including green roofs and high tech HVAC systems that are more efficient and decrease energy consumption. Impressively, 100 percent of the energy used on campus is powered by wind, ensuring that Haverford is indeed a place for pioneers.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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:

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Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

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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

Campus Visits Contact

Admission Office

Admission 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
Valley Forge National Park
Penn's Landing, South Street - night life

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9am-5pm; 10am-1pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

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 during the Fall semester while classes are in session


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.

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