Haverford College, one of the top undergraduate institutions in the United States, is renowned for its atmosphere of intellectual vitality and student engagement. Over 70% of our students go on to earn a graduate or professional degree, and they are regularly admitted to elite graduate universities. Our broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences prepares students to pursue careers in a wide range of professions.
Students at Haverford reap the many benefits of attending an all-undergraduate institution: all courses are taught by professors, and all resources and facilities are available to undergraduates. Developing close collaborative relationships with faculty members allows for more than productive classroom experiences; many Haverford students are involved in research with their professors that most people would not even think about until graduate school. In addition to research opportunities provided by academic departments, our three academic centers help students find internships and research positions, bring experts to campus to give lectures and participate in colloquia, and sponsor Haverford students who wish to attend conferences in a variety of fields.
In order to maintain a strong sense of community and opportunities for academic growth, the College has chosen to remain small, with only 1,194 students. Classes are small (80% have fewer than 20 students) and consist primarily of discussion rather than lecture; students are expected to be active participants in their education rather than passive recipients of knowledge. Students do not compete with one another but rather work together to benefit from one another’s strengths. This spirit of collaboration is bolstered by Haverford’s Honor Code, a philosophy of conduct that strengthens the climate of trust, concern, and respect.
Haverford balances the benefits of a small community with expanded opportunities through its extensive academic and social cooperation with nearby Bryn Mawr College. Students can enroll in classes or pursue a major at either school, live on either campus, and eat at either campus. Many extracurricular activities also operate jointly. In addition, Haverford students have access to the resources of Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Haverford offers a beautiful, spacious campus with easy access to one of the biggest cities in the United States; Philadelphia is a 20-minute train ride away and has abundant cultural and historical offerings, as well as many opportunities for internships and community service. Despite the proximity and allure of a major city, social life at Haverford is primarily centered on campus. Ninety-eight percent of our students live on campus throughout all four years, and the College offers over 145 extracurricular clubs and organizations, including the International Students Association.
Haverford, Pennsylvania, is located 13 kilometers west of Philadelphia. The campus is an idyllic arboretum, but a commuter train a few steps from campus can take you to Philadelphia in 20 minutes. New York City and Washington, D.C., are each less than two hours away by train.
Type of College: Independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, four-year liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1833
Size of Campus: 216 acres; 13 kilometers from Philadelphia
Number of Students: 1,194 (10% of our students have grown up or attended high school outside the United States.)
Number of Faculty: 158
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Majors: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Dance, East Asian Studies, Economics, English, Fine Arts, French, Geology, German, Growth & Structure of Cities, History, Italian, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Romance Languages, Russian, Self-Designed Major, Sociology, Spanish
Concentrations and Programs: Africana & African Studies; Arabic; Biochemistry & Biophysics; Chinese; Creative Writing; Dance; Education & Education Studies; 4+1 Engineering; Environmental Studies; Film Studies; Gender & Sexuality Studies; Geoarchaeology; Health Studies; Hebrew & Judaic Studies; International Economic Relations; Japanese; Latin American & Iberian Studies; Mathematical Economics; Middle East & Islamic Studies; Neural & Behavioral Sciences; Peace, Justice & Human Rights; Pre-business; Pre-law; Pre-medicine; Scientific Computing; Theater Studies; Writing Program
Geographic Diversity: 42 states, 40 countries
International Student Services: Our International Students Mentor will assist in your adjustment to American culture and education, provide academic and personal counseling, help you with immigration matters, and provide assistance and guidance as needed. The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) supports many student organizations, including the International Students Association (ISA), which aims to provide a support system for international students at Haverford College and helps ease their transition to life at Haverford and in the United States. ISA members work with the OMA to create an additional orientation program for international students. Other student organizations include Alliance of Latino American Students, Asian Students Association, Caribbean Essence Organization, Korean Students Organization, Sons of Africa, South Asian Students Association, and more.
International Student Budget: (2015–2016)
Tuition and Fees $48,656
Room and Board $14,888
Financial Aid: Haverford has funds to provide financial aid for a limited number of students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For all students offered admission, the College will meet 100% of the demonstrated need (without loans) for all four years of attendance. Financial aid for international students consists of scholarships and work-study (campus jobs). All financial aid is based on need; Haverford does not offer merit-based scholarships. All enrolling students will need to submit a certification of family finances.
Test Score Requirements: SAT Critical Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests (in any subject) if available in your country (or ACT). Students whose first language is not English or who have not attended a school where English is the language of instruction must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum required TOEFL score is 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the Internet-based test. The minimum required IELTS score is 7.
Application Deadlines and Fees:
Early Decision: November 15 (not open to international students applying for financial aid)
Regular Decision: January 15
Application fee: $60