Academic Centers & Other Facilities
Haverford's three academic Centers shape daily life at the College, by invigorating the arts on campus, supporting cutting-edge research, and inspiring students on issues across the globe.
The Centers provide myriad opportunities for students and faculty to enrich their scholarship and engage beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom
The 188,000-square-foot KINSC houses the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, psychology and mathematics, and:
- serves as a platform for collaborative scholarly activities among faculty and students who share a passion for scientific inquiry across a diverse and interdisciplinary range of topics
- offers a range of programming and support that promotes close collaboration between faculty and students
- provides financial support for summer research and scholarship (including overseas), travel to professional meetings and workshops, and on-campus symposia.
The KINSC is equipped with superb computer and research laboratories, seminar rooms and classrooms:
- In chemistry, advanced instrumentation, lasers and biochemical facilities support both coursework and research.
- Physics highlights include labs for nanofabrication and tunneling microscopy, biophysics, and non-linear fluid dynamics.
- The biology department is equipped for molecular and cellular biology and the study of genetics, immunology and macro molecular structure.
The collaborative research that faculty, staff and students conduct in our outstanding KINSC facilities is at the forefront of their respective disciplines.
The HCAH enhances Haverford's intellectual and cultural life by fostering challenging exchanges among faculty and students as well as diverse communities of writers, artists, performers, thinkers, activists and innovators.
With programs in four intersecting domains—scholarship, teaching, arts, and public forums—the HCAH:
- promotes deep connections between classic humanistic study and contemporary intellectual, artistic and ethical currents in the wider public world
- provides broad support for student–faculty research in the Humanities with academic-year stipends, summer research assistantships and internships
- sponsors Student Seminars and Reading Groups.
Specific HCAH initiatives include:
- Dialogues on Art: visits to and conversations about contemporary art in greater Philadelphia
- The Student Arts Fund: brings creative figures to campus and supports creative student endeavors
- The E. Clyde Lutton '66 Fund: support for planning, production and promotion of performing arts at Haverford.
The CPGC connects the College's academic programs with the wider world by bringing to light the key global issues of the day, so that Haverford students are equipped to tackle these problems beyond the campus.
- is a highly visible example of the College's Quaker ethos and its historic commitment to social justice
- serves as an incubator of fresh ideas and provides a link between classroom instruction and experiential learning
- supports student and faculty projects that strive to (1) further our understanding of conflict, discrimination and inequality at home and abroad; and (2) create a better world through study, research and action.
The Center sponsors a long list of programs, including:
- more than 60 summer internships each year
- a monthly campus-wide discussion series
- joint faculty-student experiential learning programs in locations like China, Guatemala and Indonesia.
Haverford's Libraries give information and research support to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the College. Library staff focus their energies on helping individual users identify what they need, retrieve it quickly, and use it effectively. Most of Haverford’s varied collections of print, visual, audio, and electronic media are tied to the academic curriculum, but rare materials unique to the College attract researchers worldwide.
The Libraries share both catalog and collections with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges. The Tri-College library consortium leverages the strengths of its combined collections and staff to provide a broader range of resources and stronger specialist guidance than is possible in the typical small liberal arts college.
Other Centers & Facilities
The College also provides access to a wide range of information and services to guide students in their studies, including: