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Beyond Haverford

No matter the field, Haverford grads are always in high demand. Why?

Haverfordians are regularly recognized for scholarly achievement.

A Haverford education carries clout worldwide.

Where do Haverford students go after graduation? Anywhere they want.

A liberal arts education is the best professional preparation.

The skills, knowledge, and critical thinking you develop via Haverford’s liberal arts curriculum have applications in so many different fields and careers all over the planet. As a Ford, you automatically stand out in the world, and are better able to inform, heal, and improve it.

  • Jeremy Zoll

    Right after his junior year he landed a summer internship in the front office of a major league baseball team, and it’s been a meteoric rise ever since. Today he’s director of minor league operations for the Minnesota Twins.

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    sports
  • The CEO of Global Blood Therapeutics spoke to Haverford magazine about his company's experimental drug, GBT440,  and its promise in treating people with sickle cell disease.

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    medicine
    business
  • Man faces camera and smiles

    Daniel Dae Kim '90 Talks Diversity in Hollywood and Producing "The Good Doctor" With Hometown Newspaper.

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    arts
  • Mimi Fuchs '13

    Fuchs works for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Submillimeter Array, a telescope located atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

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    science
  • Oscar Wang in the hallway of the Community College of Philadelphia

    Wang is the CEO of College Together, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Philadelphia’s underserved students through the college admissions process, at the Community College of Philadelphia.

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    civil-rights
  • Amancay Kugler

    Kugler's circus arts company has performed to critical acclaim in Chicago and Philadelphia.

    beyond
    sports
  • Richard Peet in his boardroom

    Peet is bringing to market the health benefits of high-fiber, gluten-free chicory flour and the therapeutic potential of biosynthetically produced cannabinoids.

    beyond
    medicine
  • Ann Marie Baldonado

    As a producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross for 20 years and now as talent producer for Comedy Central’s The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, Baldonado has focused on researching and recruiting newsmakers—actors, writers, politicians, and academics—for radio and TV appearances.

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    arts
  • Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley in Burning Man's San Francisco headquarters

    Beyond the famous Burning Man Festival, Debucquoy-Dodley works year-round to organize artistic and cultural programs for the San Francisco-based nonprofit Burning Man Project.

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    sports
  • Eric Krotkov with a robotic arm

    From self-driving cars to in-home electromechanical helpers, Eric Krotkov ’82 is turning science fiction into reality.

    beyond
    technology
  • Kaur is a co-founder of The Sikh Coalition, an organization dedicated to legal advocacy for a religious minority that often finds itself the target of discrimination.

    beyond
    civil-rights
  • Kabat-Zinn, the scientist/thinker who in 1979 melded mindfulness with medicine and launched a still-growing modern movement, visited campus via the Whitehead Mindfulness Initiative.

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    medicine
  • Smiling man holding a basketball

    In Philadelphia, the 76ers can order yakisoba noodles for breakfast and drink bone broth during film sessions. It's all part of the team's food program under executive chef JaeHee Cho.

    beyond
    food
    sports
  • Waldean dancing with the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

    The former growth and structure of cities major thought he would be an architect, but is now living out different dreams as a professional dancer in Sweden. 

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    arts
  • In Côte d'Ivoire, political science alumna Rebecca Levy ’04 works to fight poverty as an employee of USAID.

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    civil-rights
  • Ron Shapiro headshot

    The former sports agent, author, and founder of the Shapiro Negotiations Institute shares some of his "trade secrets."

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    business
  • Bob Croslin using a cane and a camera phone

    Perez, who discovered he was legally blind at 30, is passionate about helping the education-technology community understand the crucial role it can play in giving all learners access to education and job opportunities.

    beyond
    technology
  • As chair of the HIV clinic at the Mayo Clinic, director of its HIV transplant services, associate dean of the Mayo School of Health Sciences, and associate professor of medicine, Dr. Stacey Rizza is on the front lines of treating and understanding HIV and hepatitis C.

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    medicine
  • Author, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist, and all-around funny guy who got his start as a humor writer at Haverford.

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    arts
  • This ambitious Haverford alumna talks about her goals and the challenges that come with being an aerospace industry CEO.

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    technology
  • Breaking the rules is the secret to this sommelier’s success.

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    business
  • Pioneering "New Urban Mechanic" Chris Osgood '99 is changing the way Boston delivers services and solves problems.

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    technology
    government
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Hands-on research with real-world application

Every student completes a thesis prior to graduation that contributes to their field of academia. The high-level research experience that students gain, in every department, prepares them for the next step in their academic life or career.

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Students can receive up to $10,000 in research funding through the Academic Centers


Haverford College senior psychology major Liz Heaton describes the behavioral neuroscience research she has been working on over the past year with Assistant Professor Laura Been.

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Nobel Prizes


George P. Smith ’63, one of three 2018 Nobel laureates in chemistry, is the fourth Haverford alum to win a Nobel Prize. A biology major while at Haverford, Smith credits his thesis advisor with introducing him to the field of molecular immunology that shaped his early career.

Haverfordians are regularly recognized for scholarly achievement through awards and fellowships such as Fulbright, Watson, Guggenheim, and the Nobel Prize.

Awards


Five Fords earned 2018/2019 Fulbright Student Awards. This marks the fourth year in a row that Haverford is a Fulbright "Top Producing Institution".


Support for entrepreneurship and innovation

The Whitehead Internship Program funds rising Haverford juniors and seniors in summer work related to entrepreneurship, small business, venture capital, or finance. The new Haverford Innovations Program (HIP) works to develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus by providing mentoring and financial support for student startups.

A man gives a tour of historic Philadelphia.

Beyond the Bell

Former Whitehead interns and inaugural fellows of the HIP Summer Incubator, Rebecca Fisher ’18 and Joey Leroux ’18 founded their own business, Beyond the Bell Tours, which takes visitors on historical walking tours of Philadelphia that highlight the stories of traditionally underrepresented or marginalized communities to put the people back in “people’s history.”

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Alexandra Iglesia '21
A shot of the feet of a daredevil as he walks across a tightrop.

Best Foot Forward

Sociology major Sage Disch '13 and his brother Cody found their entrepreneurial groove with a line of design-conscious made-in-America organic cotton men's socks.

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Learning From the Land

Heidi Witmer ’02, founder of the LEAF Project, brings together diverse groups of teenagers to learn about nutrition, cooking, and farming—and the values of hard work, entrepreneurship, and sustainable living. As a student, the religion major planted edible landscaping such as Swiss chard and herbs inside ornamental gardens on campus.

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A man stands in front of a tractor at a teff farm.

Teff Love: An Entrepreneur's Idea Aids Ethiopian Farmers

Aleem Ahmed ’07 is promoting the nutritionally packed ancient grain to help grow profits and improve the livelihoods of small farmers in Ethiopia.

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Experiential Learning

Across all academic disciplines and majors, Fords learn by doing. From publishing in peer-reviewed journals with professors to coursework that takes them out of the classroom and into the community to hundreds of internship opportunities around the world, Haverford students have numerous ways to apply what they’ve learned to professional settings before graduation.

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    Over 60 summer internships around the world

  • 150+

    More than 150 student participate in internships funded by our Academic Centers every year

  • 40+

    Students explore more than 40 different countries

  • Psychology Practicum Seminar

    This course offers students the opportunity to gain intensive first-hand experience working with people in a psychological services or social services setting to provide a supervised platform on which to apply what they have learned in their psychology coursework to helping others in a hands-on way.

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  • Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn

    Over fall break, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship sent its latest contingent of volunteers to High Rocks, an education and leadership institute for rural girls in West Virginia.

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  • The Class That Publishes Together

    A "Biochemistry Superlab" course co-taught by Professor Rob Fairman and Assistant Professor Lou Charkoudian recently published a peer-reviewed paper in PLOS Biology detailing not only the results of in-class research, but also how the class itself was designed to facilitate such research.

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Ethical Leadership

Haverford graduates live our values by taking what they’ve learned at the College and applying it in ways that serve the common good: working to find cures for disease, pursuing solutions for climate change, advocating for refugees, and running for office in their hometowns.

Haverford is a place that attracts and fosters activist intellectuals and ethical leaders who don’t just discuss ideas in the abstract, but understand how to use those ideas to have a positive impact on society.


Steve Larson '83, Haverford art major, explains how his training as a painter cultivated the analytical and problem-solving skills he uses as an emergency room physician, professor, and founder of Puentes de Salud.

The Summer Institute on Ethical Leadership aims to provide future leaders with tools to use when dealing with challenging situations.


The innovative summer program created two parallel course tracks: one focused on medical ethics and another on business ethics. Photo by Cole Sansom '19



  • Awards

    Haverfordians are regularly recognized for scholarly achievement through awards and fellowships such as Fulbright, Watson, Guggenheim, and the Nobel Prize.

    Awards


  • Industry

    Whether you’re destined for graduate or medical school, entrepreneurship or the arts, the business or banking realms, or elsewhere in the world at large, you’ll always find yourself applying the unique academic and social skills you cultivate at Haverford.

    Industry


  • Graduate Studies

    Recent graduates have gone to programs at the University of Chicago, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Cambridge, and the University of Pennsylvania, to name a few. Our alumni pursue careers ranging from business to medicine to public service to science and technology.

    Graduate Studies


  • Center for Career and Professional Advising

    The center empowers students and alumni to learn about and prepare for meaningful work, as they translate their Haverford liberal arts education into a rewarding life.

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Our students and graduates have been awarded Fulbrights, Watsons, Guggenheims, and the Nobel Prize.

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    Nobel Prize Winners

  • 75

    Fulbright Scholars

  • 4

    MacArthur Fellows

  • 27

    Goldwater Scholars

  • 66

    Watson Fellows

  • 20

    Rhodes Scholars

  • 24

    Guggenheim Scholars

  • 6

    Pulitzer Prize Recipients


Awards

Haverfordians are regularly recognized for scholarly achievement through awards and fellowships such as Fulbright, Watson, Guggenheim, and the Nobel Prize.

  • Headshot of Maurice Rippel

    The English major will spend the year after his Haverford graduation traveling to four continents to explore communities through their barbershops thanks to the $30,000 award.

  • Karl Johnson in his lab

    The Professor of Biology and Coordinator of the Concentration in Biochemistry and Biophysics has been awarded a $211,536 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his research on Chlamydomonas, a single-celled model organism that provides insight into the cell biology of many eukaryotes, including humans.

  • Headshots of the five Fulbright winners

    Five recent graduates earned 2018–2019 Fulbright Student Awards.

  • Nobel laureate George P. Smith is mobbed by selfie seekers at an event at the University of Missouri

    Smith, one of three Nobel laureates in chemistry this year, is the fourth Haverford College alum to win a Nobel Prize and the second—after Joseph Taylor, Jr.—from the Class of 1963.

  • Russell, who has spent the past few years as the managing artistic director of the Allentown Public Theatre, will further her theater studies at the Universität Gießen in Germany.

  • The chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration researched the connection between natural products and chemical innovation.

  • More than 1,100 people flocked to campus for Alumni Weekend 2018, which celebrated classes ending in 3s and 8s as well as a host of Alumni Award winners.

  • Julian Schneider portrait

    The philosophy and political science double major, who is currently pursuing an M.A. in nationalism studies at Hungary's Central European University, will spend next year at Kent Law School's master's in law program in the U.K.

  • The six new Haverford House fellows

    Sabea Evans, Callie Kennedy, Claire Michel, TJ von Oehsen, Sara Ozawa, and Jason Sanchez will spend next year working at Philadelphia nonprofits and strengthening connections between the College and the city.

  • Founders cupola

    Noah Bloch '16, Jonathan DeWitt '16, Grace Klinges '15, Lindsey Lopes '16, and Katie Ulrich '14 all received fellowships from the National Science Foundation that will support their graduate education and research.

  • Black-and-white headshot of Nicholson Baker and a portrait of Anya Krugovoy Silver wearing a colorful headwrap

    Nicholson Baker ’79 and Anya Krugovoy Silver ’90 were honored with a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to support their independent writing projects.

  • George O'Hara portrait in front of flowers

    The chemistry and Russian double major will continue combining his love of the natural sciences and foreign languages in Kiev, Ukraine, where he will conduct research on the integration of addiction treatment and HIV services into primary care clinics.

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Here's how our alumni are applying their skills, experience, and wisdom to life beyond campus.


Industry

Whether you’re destined for graduate or medical school, entrepreneurship or the arts, the business or banking realms, or elsewhere in the world at large, you’ll always find yourself applying the unique academic and social skills you cultivate at Haverford.

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  • Business and Finance21%
  • Education19%
  • Healthcare17%
  • Science and Technology13%
  • Law and Legal Services9%
  • Public Service and Government9%
  • Communications, Leisure, and Tourism8%
  • Architecture, Arts, and Museums5%

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Our students are admitted to medical school, law school, and other professional schools at rates that are significantly higher than the national average.


Graduate Studies

Recent graduates have gone to programs at the University of Chicago, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Cambridge, and the University of Pennsylvania, to name a few. Our alumni pursue careers ranging from business to medicine to public service to science and technology.

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Recent Graduate School Highlights

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Jefferson Medical College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University
  • Science and Math23%
  • Medicine and Health21%
  • Arts and Humanities16%
  • Law11%
  • Social Sciences11%
  • Business and Finance9%
  • Education8%

Recent Graduate School Highlights

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Jefferson Medical College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

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