The Beauty of Haverford
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.
The 70 structures built since the founding of the College demonstrate great architectural diversity and maintain a simple elegance and openness. Recent additions include:
- the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center
- the 100,000-square-foot Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center
- Kim Hall and Tritton Hall, student residences under construction (scheduled to open in fall 2012)