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Undergrad Profile

An academic community

An academic community
Haverford offers one of thefinest liberal arts educations in the country and attracts incredibly bright and dedicated students from nearly every state, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 40 foreign countries. Thirty-five percent of Haverford students from the United States self-identify as students of color. Diversity—defined in its broadest sense—is central to the Haverford experience, as a breadth of views, ideas, and experiences creates a more dynamic, exciting campus.

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. 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. The student-faculty ratio is just 9:1, and 61% of professors live on campus, making it easy for them to stay fully connected to the campus community. Developing close, collaborative relationships with faculty members facilitates the type of intellectual risk-taking and innovative research that is the heart of the Haverford experience. Haverford students work with their professors in ways most people wouldn’t even think about until graduate school.

Haverford’s three academic centers—the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, the John Hurford 60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship—bring students and faculty from related fields together for conversation and collaboration. These centers encourage them to make connections across different academic disciplines and explore new possibilities at the intersection of existing bodies of knowledge. The centers also help students bring an outward focus to their education by sponsoring speaker series and artists in residence. To provide opportunities for students to put what they learn in the classroom to use in the world around them, they offer funding for students to attend professional conferences and complete summer internships around the world.

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 on either campus. Many extracurricular activities, such as the student newspaper, drama club, social action groups, and intramural sports, operate jointly. In addition, Haverford students have access to the resources of Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania.

A residential community
The community experience at Haverford is defined by the Honor Code, a philosophy of conduct that emphasizes a climate of trust, concern, and respect. The Honor Code enhances life at the College by encouraging constructive dialogue and debate in and out of the classroom and provides students with great freedom and responsibility. There is a strong tradition of student self-governance; exams at Haverford are unproctored, and students live in dorms without the supervision of residential advisors.

Haverford has also been shaped by the values of its Quaker founders. While the College does not have an official religious affiliation, the values of individual dignity, intellectual vitality, and tolerance are central to its character.

Haverford’s community is close-knit, and its social life is largely campus centered. Ninety-eight percent of students live on campus throughout their college career, and they all contribute to the many social and extracurricular opportunities Haverford has to offer. Haverford is home to over 145 extracurricular clubs, new clubs are regularly created in response to students’ interest and initiative, and funding is available from the College to pay for equipment, supplies, and events.

When students want to venture off campus, they’ll find plenty to do. Not only is the College within walking distance of many shops and restaurants, but Philadelphia is a quick train ride away. They call Philadelphia “one big campus,” and it’s easy to see why: there are more than 50 colleges in the area, magnets for an estimated 250,000 students. But the city isn’t intimidating—it’s easy to navigate and full of diverse neighborhoods. From funky South Street to the cobbled alleys of the Historic District, from the riches of the city’s cultural institutions to a wealth of restaurants and clubs, the city has something for everyone.

Haverford attracts some of the world’s brightest and most engaging college-bound students every year. For the Class of 2019, Haverford received 3,468 applications. Twenty-four percent of candidates were admitted to the College, with 347 choosing to enroll.

Admitted students have strong academic records and represent a diversity of backgrounds and interests. The admission process is conducted as a comprehensive review, treating each application personally and individually, and takes into account a broad range of information. The primary criterion for admission is academic excellence. Haverford admits students based on their ability and interest in achieving at the highest levels of scholarship and service. We seek those who will engage substantively with the community and are intent on growing deeply both intellectually and personally. The College considers the school record, standardized test scores, personal recommendations, personal essays, extracurricular achievement, and interviews of candidates in making its decisions. For students admitted to the Class of 2019, 95% were ranked in the top tenth of their high school classes; their 25th–75th percentile SAT scores ranged from 680–780 CR, 680–770 M, and 680–780 W. Thirty-five percent of the members of the Class of 2018 are students of color, and 10% went to high school outside the United States.




Haverford is a coeducational, undergraduate liberal arts college founded in 1833 by the Quakers. While the College is no longer formally affiliated with any religious body, the values of individual dignity, academic strength, and tolerance upon which it was founded remain central to its character.

Enrollment: 1,194 students

Retention Rate:

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Class Size: 80% of our classes have fewer than 20 students; the average class size is 14.

Campus: Haverford’s 216 acres include fields, stone buildings, a duck pond, and woods, just eight miles west of Philadelphia.

Diversity: People of color constitute 35% of the student body and 23% of the faculty; they and others work to
gether to create an environment where their experiences make a difference to the growth and development of the College.

Cost & Financial Aid: $63,986 for 2015–2016; 56% of Haverford students received some form of financial assistance, and 50% received College grant aid, with an average College grant award of over $40,014.