At Haverford, we accept the Common Application, Questbridge Application, or the Coalition Application in addition to a brief supplement. There is no preferred application. All application types are given equal consideration.
Our primary consideration in the evaluation process is academic excellence. Haverford is interested in students who demonstrate ability and interest in achieving at the highest levels of scholarship and service; engaging deeply and substantively with the community; and growing both intellectually and personally. The rigor of the courses you’ve taken, your grades, and the consistency with which you’ve worked over four years gives us the clearest indication of how well you will do at Haverford. Standardized tests also play a role in helping us evaluate you in comparison to students taught in many different secondary schools. Recommendations, the form and content of your writing, your potential for contribution to the campus community, and your interview all help the Admission Committee draw fine distinctions among highly talented applicants.
Methods of Applying
Postmark your application by Jan.15. You'll receive our decision in early April. If you're admitted, you'll need to reply to our offer by May 1. If you wish to remain on another school's waitlist after May 1, let us know, and we can extend your deadline.
This is a good option only for those who have decided early in the college search process that Haverford is their clear first choice. As an Early Decision applicant, you agree not to be an ED candidate at any other college. You also agree, if admitted, to withdraw your Regular Decision applications from other colleges and to enroll at Haverford. Early Decision I applications should be submitted by Nov.15, and you will be notified of our decision by December 15. Early Decision II applications must be submitted by January 1, and you will be notified of our decision by February 15.
ED applicants may be admitted, deferred for reconsideration with the Regular Decision pool, or denied admission.
Deferred Enrollment/Gap Year
If admitted through the Early Decision or Regular Decision process, you may request to defer your enrollment for one year provided you make that request by May 1. During your gap year, you may not enroll as a degree-seeking student at any other institution or apply to any other colleges.
To request a deferral, contact Jess Lord, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
If you want to enroll at Haverford after completing your junior year of high school, you may apply to do so through the Regular Decision process (Early Decision application is not allowed). You must include a letter with your application detailing your reasons for choosing this option. You are also required to have an interview with a member of our Admission staff.
If you plan to apply to Haverford as a Transfer student (offered for fall entry only), please submit the Common Application, required writing supplement, and supporting credentials by March 31. You’ll receive our decision by May 15.
Guest & Special Students
If you plan to apply to Haverford as a full-time Guest student for a semester or an entire year, or take an occasional class or two as a Special student, you must use a different application for admission.
- Guest Student Application (full-time, non-degree-seeking, fall or spring)
- Special Student Application (part-time, non-degree-seeking, fall or spring)
We recommend that all applicants schedule an interview prior to applying. Interviews are generally available beginning in the spring of your junior year through early January of your senior year. See "Visiting: Interviews" to learn more about Interviewing at Haverford or a city near you.
Standardized Testing Requirements
Applicants to Haverford (both first-year and transfer) are required to submit the results of either the SAT or the ACT. We do not require the optional writing section for either test, and will not consider scores from those sections in our evaluation. We do not require applicants to submit SAT subject tests.
For students applying to the Class of 2021 and for transfers who took the SAT prior to March 2016, we will accept scores from the old three-section SAT format. We will give equal consideration to the results of both the old and new SAT if you submit both.
Students whose first language is not English and who have never attended a school where English is the primary language of instruction must also take the TOEFL or IELTS. Haverford requires a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL or 7 on the IELTS.
IB, AP, International Exams, and College Courses
If you've taken International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, international exams (such as A-levels), or college courses during secondary school, we view this as significant evidence of your academic accomplishment and preparation. If you have taken courses at a college or university, please have a transcript sent directly from the school to our office.
Typically applicants will have taken a rigorous college preparatory program that includes at least: four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of one foreign language, three years of laboratory science, and three years of history or social studies. Personal interests dictate additional courses in foreign language, mathematics, science, social studies and history. Most candidates will have taken more than the minimum expectations, including honors, enriched, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses, if offered. Most students admitted to Haverford will have a high-school diploma or GED, though exceptions to this requirement can be made.