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Haverford College
Office of Residential Life
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Living @ Haverford: About Us

When Haverford College opened in 1833, the 21 students (all male) were expected to live in housing provided on the second and third floors of Founders Hall, the College's first (and for many years only) building. The rooms, all singles, measured 9 l/2 feet by 5 l/2 feet (!) and were constantly under the watchful eyes of resident faculty and staff. Barclay Hall, the College's first separate dormitory, was built in 1877 and designed to accommodate over 100 students in a variety of less meager room configurations. In 1904 the College dispensed with dorm proctors, expecting students to take full responsibility for their own conduct in the dorms, and the original dorm rooms in Founders were converted to office space many years ago.

Today, the College provides housing for over 1100 women and men in a variety of settings. (The number varies slightly each year depending upon enrollment). There are six houses ranging in capacity from 5 to 18, nine large dormitories ranging in capacity from 62 to 153, and seventeen two story, dormitory apartment buildings (each of which can accommodate up to 24 students). The apartments, are collectively known as the Haverford College Apartments — HCA. The residence halls are overwhelmingly coed. First-year students are housed in single-sex rooms, suites, or apartments that are coed by floor. Upper class students have the option of gender-neutral housing in all their housing – rooms, suites, apartments.


Marianne Smith

Marianne Smith

Director of Residential Life

Chase Hall

Office of Residential Life

Chase Hall, Suite 213
(610) 896-1298
Fax: (610) 896-4960