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About Haverford

The Campus

From the tree-lined approach along College Lane, the natural beauty of the Haverford campus reveals itself, with vistas, gardens, wooded areas and a 3.5-acre Duck Pond.

One of the best ways to experience the landscape is to walk the 2.25-mile Nature Trail that encircles the campus.

An Illustrious History

The Haverford campus is the oldest planned college landscape in the country. Our meticulously maintained 200 acres contain a nature trail, a Pinetum, flower gardens, and scampering black squirrels (our unofficial mascot).

The quiet beauty of the campus reflects a landscape design created in 1834 by the English gardener William Carvill, who was influenced by the landscape master Sir Humphrey Repton. A courtyard garden includes the Carvill Arch, an architectural feature from the designer's original greenhouse.

An Arboretum Campus

Among the campus's more than 2,500 labeled trees are:

  • the Penn Treaty Elm, a descendant of the American Elm under which William Penn signed his treaty with the Native Americans in 1682
  • several of Carvill's historic trees
  • collections of oaks, beeches and maples and 19 state-champion trees.

Architectural Elegance

The 70 structures built since the founding of the College demonstrate great architectural diversity and maintain a simple elegance and openness. Recent additions include: