students play tug of war during dorm olympics

Campus Life

A vivid sense of community is at the heart of life on campus.

Clubs & Organizations

When it’s time to put your studies on hold, there’s so much fun to be had at Haverford. Here, you have just as much freedom to fill your recreational calendar as you do to forge your own academic path. Living so close to so many peers makes it easy to build on shared interests, take impromptu trips to Philadelphia, join one of more than 145 clubs, and meet tons of new people.

Residential Life

Residential life at Haverford can take on many different forms, from traditional dorms to apartment living to specialized houses dedicated to a cultural or academic focus.

Res Life at Haverford

  • 98%

    of our students live on campus

Here, in dorms without RAs, you’re trusted to share living quarters entirely with your peers

A mouthwatering stack of fluffy pancakes with butter on top

What's for lunch?

Whether at a main meal, late-night study break, or spur-of-the-moment meetup, you’ll find delicious, healthy, sustainable food to fuel your interactions.

Dining Highlights

#1 highlight of finals week? Midnight Breakfast, when deans and the President serve students their fave breakfast fare!

Go Fords!

Whether you’re an elite varsity runner competing in a conference championship or a flag football enthusiast darting around Cope Field, exercising the body and mind go hand-in-hand at Haverford. Athletics allows students to grow and learn, express creativity and leadership, and strive for excellence just as they do in the classroom, in the laboratory, or on stage.

Haverford Athletics

  • 53%

    of our students play on a varsity or club team

  • 300+


members of the track and field team practice in the sunshine

At Haverford, everyone’s in the game.

Haverford fields 23 Varsity teams and club and intramural options include badminton, crew, golf, soccer, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and rugby.

Photo: Michael Branscom.

the football team poses together back in the late 1800s

Undefeated Since 1972

Haverford College phased out football in 1972. Who needs football when you field the only varsity cricket team in America?

Football Team, 1897-98.

Who Run the World? Squirrels!

We’re Fords. So what’s with the Black Squirrel? Our mascot is the Black Squirrel, whose real-life cousins are longtime denizens of our arboretum campus. They seldom stay still long enough for a photo op.

black squirrel mascot relaxing on campus
  • 13:1

    squirrel to student ratio*

The Black Squirrel has a genetic adaptation that gives it a bold, black coat. Join our distinctive community and stand out from the pack with your fellow Haverfordians.

* not a real statistic

Squirrels are a symbol of feisty, energetic determination!

When it really comes down to it, everyone’s a “creative.”

Artistic expression and appreciation lead to new viewpoints—viewpoints that you’ll find yourself applying to your life inside and outside your classes and laboratories. Even if you don’t take a class in the arts, our wide array of student-generated programming, clubs, and exhibitions will ensure that you see the world in a new light.

  • 30

    arts related clubs

  • 6

    campus galleries & exhibition spaces

Explore Campus

Stop by our Virtual Visit page to get a feel for Haverford College!

Virtual Visit

Clubs & Events

As a Ford, you can help guide any of the more than 145 campus clubs and organizations.

Haverford Engage

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