International Students

Haverford students come from across the United States and around the world. The Admission Committee strives to bring together an eclectic group of students who can contribute widely varying experiences and perspectives to the College community.

A view of the international flags hanging in Zubrow Commons, KINSC.

The College offers a number of resources for international students as well as students from the U.S. who are interested in learning about other countries and cultures. Haverford's International Student Services Office provides support and resources to assist with maintaining student visas, additional orientation for international students, and guidance while at Haverford.

Haverford also has a number of cultural organizations including Alliance of Latin American Students, Asian Students Association, Caribbean Essence Organization, Korean Students Association, Re-Mix (focused on multi-racial and multi-ethnic issues), Sons of Africa, and South Asian Society.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Haverford's application deadline?

    The deadline for Early Decision applications is November 15. The deadline for Regular Decision is January 15.

    Students seeking financial aid who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must apply through the Regular Decision process.

  • What is Haverford's application fee?

    $60

  • Can the application fee be waived?

    If you cannot afford the application fee, your high school counselor (or another school official) can write a letter to be included in your application explaining the circumstances and requesting a fee waiver.

  • Does Haverford offer financial aid for international students?

    Haverford can typically provide funding for three or four international students (who are not US citizens or permanent residents) in each entering class. As you might imagine, the competition for these few spots is very keen, and the aid we provide is all based on financial need. If you apply for financial aid and are admitted, the College will meet 100% of your demonstrated financial need, but we do not offer special scholarships based on academic merit. These students, who have applied for aid and who have need, are chosen from the Regular Decision group of applicants. The decision is based on merit, but not on how much or how little you or your family could contribute toward the costs of your education.

    Please see our International Financial Aid site for additional information about financial aid for international students.

  • Is there a separate application form for international students?

    Regardless of citizenship or country of residence, all students should complete the Common Application and Haverford's required writing supplement. These forms can be completed online at www.commonapp.org. If you plan to apply for financial aid, please visit our our Financial Aid forms page to find out which forms you need to complete. (The forms will vary depending on your citizenship and where your family resides.)

  • I have already begun university study. Should I apply as a first year student or a transfer student?

    Students who plan to complete a year or more of university study before enrolling at Haverford must apply for transfer admission. Financial aid is not available for transfer students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • Am I qualified to apply to Haverford?

    Haverford seeks students who demonstrate ability and interest in achieving at the highest levels of scholarship and service; who will engage deeply and substantively with the community; and who are intent on growing deeply both intellectually and personally. We do not use any formulas in our admissions process. You can view some statistics about recently admitted students on our website by exploring Why Haverford? At a Glance or the Class of 2018 Profile.

  • What standardized tests are required?

    There are two standardized testing options for students applying to Haverford.* The first is to submit the results of the three-part SAT Critical Reasoning Test and two SAT Subject Tests (in any two subjects). The other is to submit the results of the ACT with the optional writing test. Please plan to take the tests at least one month prior to the application deadlines. You may register online at:

    *Students who live in mainland China and who cannot travel to Hong Kong to take the tests may apply without SAT scores. In that case, submitting GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores is helpful, but not required. Haverford does not have minimum required scores for these tests.

    If English is not your first language and you have never attended a school where the majority of your classes are taught in English, you must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Haverford requires the following minimum scores for TOEFL: 600 for the paper test, 250 for the computer-based test, and 100 for the internet-based test. The minimum required score for IELTS is 7.

  • May I send in test scores after the application deadline?

    Students applying for Early Decision must take tests no later than November; students applying Regular Decision must take tests no later than December.

  • Must I send official score reports, or will Haverford accept attested copies of scores?

    Haverford will accept attested copies of test scores.

  • Does Haverford require an interview as part of the application?

    No. Students applying to Haverford are encouraged to interview if they visit campus or if there is an alumni interviewer near their home, but it is not required.

  • How can I find out if there is a Haverford interviewer in my area?

    To request an interview with a Haverford representative in your area, please complete the Request for an Alumni Interview. We will do our best to connect you with a Haverford representative, but we are unable to guarantee that a Haverford representative will be available for interviews in all areas of the world. Please note that interviews are not a required part of the application process and we do not expect applicants to travel great distances for an in-person interview.

  • Will a member of the Haverford Admissions staff be visiting my country?

    Our website lists all international travel plans: Admission Counselors In Your Neighborhood. If you are on our mailing list and have provided an email address, we will email you if we have scheduled an appointment to visit your school.

  • How can I find out what is it like to attend Haverford College?

    Read our viewbook (pdf) and explore our website to find out about different departments, extra-curricular clubs, and events happening at Haverford.