The Haverford Experience

Haverford College is a coeducational liberal arts college located outside of Philadelphia. It is nationally recognized for its strong academic program and student-run Honor Code. Haverford's size (about 1,200 undergraduate students) fosters close relationships between students, faculty, and staff.

Although students choose Haverford for its academic excellence, a sense of community participation informs all aspects of the Haverford College. Students work together through the arts and cultural activities, self-government and service programs, athletic programs, and day-to-day campus life.

Find out why students choose Haverford College

Dates & Deadlines

The Office of Residential Life offers a “Living at Haverford” calendar with the most important dates and deadlines.

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  • Academics

    Students may take any class offered at Haverford. For a full list of departments, please check the Course Guide.

    • Students must take 3 out of a total of 4 courses per semester at Haverford.
    • One course can be taken at Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College and/or the University of Pennsylvania.
    • Free transportation is provided to Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College. The University of Pennsylvania can easily be reached at the students’ expense using SEPTA public transit.
    • Students are graded in class on a traditional American 4.0/A scale. Find out more about grades.
    • If a class is over-subscribed, students enter a lottery; spots are not guaranteed.
    • The Biology and English Departments tend to be oversubscribed and may not be available every year. Students interested in these departments should first check with Dean Mancini.
    Inside a Haverford College classroom.

    Inside the Classroom: Modern Mediterranean History with Associate Professor of History Alexander Kitroeff.

  • The Honor Code

    Haverford is distinct from many schools in that it is governed by an Honor Code. Not a list of rules, the Code is a philosophy of conduct designed to promote community through honesty, integrity and understanding. Self-scheduled, take-home, and/or unproctored examinations are a routine part of the Haverford experience. In the social realm, it is expected that students will show concern for others and that problems, when they arise, will be dealt with in a spirit of mutual respect. Exchange students are expected to adhere to the Honor Code while at Haverford.

    Honor Code.

    A student prepares for exams.

  • The Philadelphia Region

    The cultural and educational resources of Philadelphia are just ten miles away and easily accessible by public transit. The trip into town takes about 20 minutes. The city and surrounding area combine a unique blend of old and new. The history of the nation is relived at Independence National Park, the Liberty Bell, and Valley Forge National Park.

    Downtown Philadelphia offers theatre, ballet, symphonic orchestras, and restaurants. The Philadelphia area offers more than 100 museums, including the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia International Airport is also easily accessible by rail from the College. New York City, Washington, DC, and the New Jersey seashore are all easy day trips from the Haverford campus.

    Philadelphia, PA

    Joseph Alexis Bailly's statue of George Washington at Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

  • Residential Life

    The vast majority of students (and many faculty) live within the grounds of campus. Transfer and Exchange students are housed together in an on-campus dorm. Students are typically placed in a suite of singles with a communal bathroom for the floor. Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk lamp, shelves, dresser, closet/wardrobe, and desk. Housing assignments are done automatically for exchange students, so no extra forms are necessary.

    Student move-in day.

    Customs People help in-coming First-Year students move into their dorm. Photo: Brad Larrison.

  • Student Life

    Haverford has a number of political, religious, artistic, and cultural clubs and organizations. Many exchange students participate in activities sponsored by the International Students Association and volunteer for social service opportunities. The college also sponsors a variety of events (concerts, dances, movies, etc.) which are open to all students free of charge.

    Haverford's athletic facilities include an indoor track, weight and fitness room, athletic fields, basketball courts, fencing and squash courts. Students may also use the swimming pool located at nearby Bryn Mawr College. Exchange students may participate in club and intramural (basketball, soccer, softball) teams.

    Haverford has a single dining hall where all students on the meal plan eat their meals, making it a very social place. Food is also available for purchase outside the meal plan at the Coop or in Lunt Café, open in the evenings.

    The Humtones

    The Humtones, Haverford College's oldest a cappella group. Photo: Dan Z. Johnson.

  • Student Resource People (SRPs)

    Exchange students arrive in August approximately a week before the start of classes for Customs, an orientation program which acquaints new students with the college and surrounding areas. Several Student Resource People (or SRPs) are assigned to the exchange students and help with academic registration, student services, banking, shopping, and day-to-day questions about living within the college community.

    The Trust Walk

    The class of 2017 participates in the Trust Walk around campus, one of the many traditions of Customs. Photo: Brad Larrison.