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Haverford College

  • Haverford, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 52%48%
    student ratio
  • 1,187
    total students
  • $46,790 | $46,790
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 23%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 710
    sat math
  • 710
    sat reading
  • 700
    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Haverford, a Small Liberal Arts College near Philadelphia, Offers Undergraduates Rigorous Academics and Tight-Knit Community

Haverford College is a small liberal arts college located on an idyllic campus in the Philadelphia suburb of Haverford. Founded on Quaker values, Haverford provides a rigorous and intensely personal undergraduate education inspired by intellectual depth, integrity, collaboration, and dedication to improving the human condition. There is no place where students are more trusted, are more directly engaged with their educations, and have more opportunities to shape their own paths.

This community has over 1,200 students from 45 different states and nearly 40 countries. More than 80% of the classes at Haverford have fewer than 20 students, and 36% have fewer than 10 students. It's a truly residential college with 98% of students and 61% of faculty members living on campus.

Haverford was established in 1833 and has one of the oldest student-run Honor Codes in the country. The Honor Code -- a philosophy of trust, concern, and respect -- guides the entire campus community. Reflections of the Honor Code include the absence of RAs in dorms, 24-hour lab access, and unproctored exams. In addition to Haverford's rich history, the college is located only 8 miles from Center City Philadelphia, one of the most historically significant and culturally vibrant cities in the U.S.

Top Majors at Haverford Include Biology, English, Psychology, and Economics, Among Others

Haverford College has many liberal arts majors to choose from, with the most popular being English, history, psychology, biology, political science, and economics. Haverford also offers majors in astronomy, chemistry, classics, computer science, East Asian studies, fine arts, French, mathematics, music, philosophy, religion, sociology, and many more.

Haverford students have access to a tremendous intellectual community.

Students can take classes at the Tri-College partner schools, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, as well as the University of Pennsylvania, which offers a 4 + 1 engineering program that grants a B.S. from Haverford and a master's from Penn in 5 years.

One of Haverford's major strengths can be found in the faculty, which comprises more than 135 scholars at the top of their fields. There is an intimate student-faculty ratio of 8:1. Haverford faculty members are internationally recognized thought-leaders dedicated to working closely with undergraduates. The academic experience at Haverford College is designed to maximize the amount of time students spend in direct collaboration with faculty: the core of the classroom at Haverford is learning from the professor's direct research and scholarship, and having the opportunity to be an active, vital participant in every class.

Haverford Has a Long History of Athletic Participation and Success

Haverford has the only collegiate cricket team and the oldest soccer team in the country, winning the first-ever collegiate soccer match over Harvard in 1905. In 1997, Karl Parnya became the first Division III athlete to run a sub-4-minute mile. Former track team captain Philip Noel-Baker later captained Britain's Olympic team on which the movie "Chariots of Fire" was based, and he went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959. The annual Hood Trophy competition between Haverford College and Swarthmore concluded last spring with the trophy remaining at Haverford for the 23rd straight year.

Thirty-seven percent of Haverford students compete on 23 varsity teams, 18 of which play in the highly competitive Centennial Conference at the NCAA Division III level. Haverford varsity athletes have been recognized with dozens of nationally prestigious academic awards and fellowships, including 11 Rhodes Scholars, 9 Fulbright Scholars, and 22 Watson Fellowship winners. Fords have won 27 individual national championships and earned 296 All American selections.

Haverford Meets 100% of Admitted Students' Demonstrated Need With a Combination of Grants, Scholarships, and Work-Study

Haverford's admission process is need-blind for US citizens and permanent residents/eligible non-citizens; an application for financial aid has no bearing on the admission decision for those students. Haverford will meet the full demonstrated need for all admitted students who are determined to be eligible according to the college's formula and procedures. Haverford is one of only a handful of institutions that replaces a loan expectation with college grant that does not have to be repaid, helping to make Haverford more affordable than ever while unburdening our graduates of debt.

The Campus of Haverford and Neighboring City of Philadelphia Offer Many Different Extracurricular Activities

Haverford Township is about 50,000 in population and is also near other institutions such as Bryn Mawr and Villanova, which gives this "college town" a plethora of coffee houses, bookstores, and eateries to choose from. While Haverford itself offers a peaceful and green retreat from city life, it is conveniently located on a regional rail line, which makes it easy for students to take advantage of all that Philadelphia, the 5th-largest city in the U.S., has to offer -- including social, historical, and cultural experiences, jobs, and internships.

Some of Philadelphia's activities and attractions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rodin Museum, Liberty Bell Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, and Penn's Landing, just to name a few. Philadelphia is also home to the Phillies baseball, Sixers basketball, Eagles football, and Flyers hockey teams as well as many college sports programs, including NCAA Division I basketball.

Many Modes of Transportation, from Local Bus Lines to Major Airports, Are Available to Haverford Students

Haverford offers the blue bus, and local regional rail lines connect nearby colleges that have a co-study program with Haverford. There are also trains, trolleys, and taxicab services that operate through surrounding towns and the greater Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 miles from Haverford.


Location & Contact

370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
USA

Mr.Jess Lord

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Phone: 610-896-1350
Fax: 610-896-1338
Email: admission@haverford.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Astrophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Archeology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

23% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,585
    • Accepted842
    • Acceptance Rate23%
    • Enrolled1,187
    • Female Applicants1,928
    • Females Accepted466
    • Female Acceptance Rate24%
    • Male Applicants1,657
    • Males Accepted376
    • Male Acceptance Rate22%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Transcript of high school record
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 31st June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 710 660 750
    • SAT Math 710 650 740
    • SAT Writing 700 660 750
    • ACT Composite
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$46,790
    • Out-of-state tuition *$46,790
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$424.00
    • Room and board *$14,350.00
    • Room only *$8,180.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,187
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.85%
    • Black or African American6.49%
    • White or Caucasian64.62%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.25%
    • Asian7.16%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races7.08%
    • Unknown%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.56% representing 39 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students87% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 98%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Volunteer Programs, Student government, Choral groups, Multicultural Groups, Orientation Team/Residential Life Leaders
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton No No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Fencing No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash No Yes No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball No Division C No
    • Wrestling No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton No Division C No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Fencing No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Squash No Yes No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty148
    • Full-time Percentage82%
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 1,187 students to 131 faculty


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