Haverford College offers one of the finest undergraduate educations in the world
Rooted in our Quaker heritage, the Haverford community centers on upholding the value of every individual. Haverford provides a rigorous and intensely personal liberal arts education inspired by intellectual depth, collaboration, and commitment to ethical leadership. There is no place where students are more trusted, have more opportunity to shape their own paths, or have a more profound impact on the overall community experience.
The core of the classroom experience involves learning from each professor’s direct research and scholarship, and enjoying the opportunity to be an active, vital participant in every class. It is expected that all students will be involved in research. Students are true collaborators and trusted colleagues in the classroom.
Our faculty members are internationally recognized thought-leaders dedicated to working closely with undergraduates. At large research institutions, it can be difficult to connect with your professors—but the experience here is designed to maximize the amount of time students spend in direct collaboration with faculty. Forty percent of our faculty live on campus, allowing them to develop strong, supportive ties and undertake in-depth research with their students.
Trust. Concern. Respect.
Our campus culture engenders an immediate sense of colleagueship between students and faculty and creates a relaxed, personal atmosphere. A philosophy of trust, concern, and respect for every individual guides our community and serves as the basis for our completely student-governed Honor Code, allowing students the agency to self-schedule unproctored exams, among other stress-reducing benefits. In addition to governing the Honor Code, students serve on hiring committees, manage budgets, and run more than 145 clubs and organizations.
Haverford is one of the very few institutions at which every student will produce a senior thesis or project. This capstone academic experience offers every Haverford student the chance to develop and execute their own original scholarly work. Students become true scholars and understand what it takes to create knowledge and seek answers to challenging questions at a deep and practical level.
Recent graduates have gone to programs at the University of California-San Diego, Harvard, University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University just to name a few. Our alumni pursue careers in fields ranging from business to medicine to public service to science and technology.
Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges together comprise the Tri-College Consortium. Students may register for classes across the three schools, and any social event within the Tri-Co is open to the entire Tri-Co community. Haverford students may also take courses at the University of Pennsylvania, including the Wharton School of Business. The University of Pennsylvania partners with Haverford on accelerated master’s degree programs in engineering, bioethics, and city planning.
The admission process
Haverford attracts some of the world’s brightest and most engaging college-bound students every year. Our primary criterion for admission is academic excellence. Haverford admits students based on their ability and dedication to achieving at the highest levels of scholarship and service, who will engage deeply and substantively in the community, and who are intent on growing both intellectually and personally.
The admission process is conducted as a comprehensive review, where each applicant is treated personally and individually, and every part of the application is taken into account. We provide you with the opportunity to convey the broadest sense possible of who you are, what you have achieved during your secondary school experience, and how you will both contribute to and grow from a Haverford education.
We are committed to making a Haverford education accessible and affordable. With a $36 million annual aid budget, we meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students—including international students, undocumented students, transfers, and students admitted from the waiting list. Nearly 50% of the student body receives some form of financial aid from Haverford; the average grant award is $62,948.
We want all students to thrive and to have full access to the College’s educational and cultural opportunities, regardless of their financial resources. We strive to remove the hidden costs of attending college; for example, our financial aid supports you to participate in study abroad and social events on campus are free. We are equally committed to minimizing student debt after graduation. If you’re a student from a family with an annual income below $60,000, there will be no loan expectation as part of your financial aid award. Families with income of $60,000 or higher may have a loan expectation as part of their financial aid package, ranging from $1,500- $3,000 per year.
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Haverford is located eight miles from the sixth-largest city in America. The city of Philadelphia has a significant impact on the experiences students have both on and off campus. Philadelphia, America’s first World Heritage City, includes world-class museums, renowned restaurants, sports teams, and venues for the arts. The urban environment is rich with service, career, and internship opportunities.
Students from 47 states and 48 countries
students who live on campus
clubs and organizations
1,472 total students
American Indian – 0.8%
Asian – 23.3%
Black/African American – 9.1%
Hispanic/Latinx – 10.3%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islands – 0.2%
White – 55.5%
Unknown – 0.7%
*The “Unknown” category indicates students for whom no race/ethnicity information is recorded.*
“There are few places where students are given as much freedom, respect, and sense of themselves as substantial humans as they are at Haverford.”
“I was struck by how much I was respected by my instructor yet challenged and not allowed to be complacent. I was given all the support I needed but no room not to give my best.”
“Haverford students genuinely care about this place and the experience that every student has here. If there’s a barrier to progress, students will lift each other up and over the wall.”