Aerial view of Founders Green

Haverford College is a leading liberal arts undergraduate college located outside Philadelphia that is known for its academic rigor, Honor Code, and beautiful arboretum campus.

The Haverford College experience is a vibrant one enriched by traditions, scholarship, service, the arts, athletics, and new experiences learned living in a diverse, intimate residential community.

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Haverford was founded in 1833 by Quakers for whom academic excellence, offered in a setting of tolerance and mutual respect, would serve a larger goal of "educating the whole person".

Though we are nonsectarian today, Quaker values continue to guide the community and its stewardship.

Our picturesque 216-acre campus is open to the public throughout the year.

We encourage prospective students to visit our campus. Take a student-led tour, sit in on a class, eat in the Dining Center and check out options for on-campus living.

  • Haverford offers a one-of-a-kind education. There is no place where students are more trusted, are more directly engaged with their education, and have more opportunity to shape their own path.

    • 1,187 Students
    • 9:1 Student to Faculty ratio
    • 98% Live on campus
    • 1833 Founded
    • >48% Receive a college grant
    • 98% Faculty with highest degree in field

    Haverford's small size makes possible a highly personalized, hands-on educational experience.

    Haverford's intentionally diverse curricular requirements ensure that our students are well-rounded, expansive thinkers. Students take courses in each of three major academic divisions for a variety of ideas, concepts, and intellectual approaches.

    A student studies in the Philips Wing of Magill Library


    The Honor Code, which is written and governed solely by students, covers more than just cheating and plagiarism, it is a way of life on campus.

    It began in 1897 as a simple system for holding exams without proctors. Since then, the cherished Honor Code has become the purest expression of the College's values and an intrinsic part of a Haverford education.

    Students gathered in the Old Gym for an open discussion of an Honor Council trial abstract given the pseudonym "Toy Story."

    Photo: Brad Larrison


    Our serene campus, located just outside Philadelphia, is a beautiful and stimulating environment.

    The campus has 200 acres of award-winning architecture and landscaping, more than 50 academic, athletic and residential buildings, and a nationally recognized arboretum with 400 species of trees and shrubs, a 3.5-acre duck pond, gardens and wooded areas.

    A view of Barclay Hall from the Duck Pond

  • Academics

    Our rigorous academic program focuses on individual growth, intellectual exploration, and pushing the boundaries of each discipline. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion and debate.


  • Admission

    The Admission process at Haverford is conducted as a comprehensive, holistic review in which each application is treated personally and individually, with extraordinary care and attention to detail.


  • Faculty

    Haverford faculty members are internationally recognized thought-leaders dedicated to working closely with undergraduates.


  • Honor Code

    The Honor Code — a philosophy of trust, concern, and respect — guides our entire campus community.

    Honor Code

  • Centers

    Whether your research takes place on campus or across the globe, the Academic Centers provide funding, support, and resources for those who want to design their own high-level scholarship.

    Academic Centers

  • Libraries

    The Haverford College Libraries act as a locus of intellectual activity supporting the teaching, research and learning needs of the Haverford community.


  • Athletics

    Haverford's Athletics is committed to the belief that physical education is an integral component of each student's liberal arts education.


  • Clubs & Activities

    Haverford has more than 145 student groups that organize educational and social events on campus.

    Clubs & Activities

  • Events

    Learn about visiting scholars, music performances, student generated outings, and more.