4+1 Program with the University of Pennsylvania
Study for four years at Haverford, then one year at Penn, and receive a Bachelor of Science from Haverford and a Master’s in Engineering from Penn. Haverford is the first liberal arts college in the world to enter into such an agreement with an Ivy League engineering program.
During your four years at Haverford, you will take between zero and four undergraduate engineering courses (depending on your field of interest) through our course exchange agreements with Penn and Swarthmore. Typically, you will start taking these during your sophomore year, but it is essential to begin taking appropriate science and math courses at Haverford in the first semester of your first year. Please consult with the Haverford faculty contact for the Master’s degree(s) that interest you most (see below).
You will formally apply to the 4+1 program in the spring of your sophomore year, or in the fall or spring of your junior year. A GPA of 3.0 in all courses and of 3.0 in science and math courses is required to apply. However, few students who only barely meet those thresholds will be admitted; a GPA of at least 3.3 (preferably 3.5) in science and math courses will increase the probability of admission. The admissions decision is based on your transcript and letters of recommendation from one or more Haverford faculty members. Once accepted, and after completing any prerequisite undergraduate engineering and science courses, you will take three graduate engineering courses at Penn while still enrolled at Haverford. (There is no additional financial charge for these courses.) During your four years at Haverford, you will also complete all graduation requirements, including the major. You graduate from Haverford at the normal time, along with your class.
The fifth year of the program is spent entirely at Penn. You will take seven additional graduate courses to complete the requirements for the Master’s degree. There is no financial aid available from Penn for the fifth year of the program, though you are eligible for federal student loans.
Interested students should consult their advisor and the College’s advisor for the 4+1 program, Professor Walter Smith, as early as possible.