Founders Hall as seen from the sky

Why Haverford

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Haverford is consistently considered among the top academic institutions in the United States.

Our rigorous academic program focuses on individual growth, intellectual exploration, and pushing the boundaries of each discipline. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion and debate.


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.

  • #9 Doctorate producing institution according to NSF Survey.
  • #10 Quartz News: 25 Schools Responsible for the Greatest Advances in Science.
  • One of 14 Top-Producing Institutions for Fulbright Students and Scholars.

Class Size

  • 39% of classes with fewer than 10
  • 76% of classes with fewer than 20


student:faculty ratio

Popular Majors

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science

Student Body

  • 1,373 total enrollment
  • 42%Identify as people of color
    • 6% Black/African American
    • 9% Latino/a/e
    • 20% Asian/Asian American
    • 7% Two or more races/ethnicities
  • 13.6% international students
  • 49% students who study abroad

The Class of 2025

Students hail from 36 States, D.C., Puerto Rico and 27 Countries.

    • Australia
    • Bangladesh
    • Brazil
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • China
    • Egypt
    • Ethiopia
    • Hong Kong
    • India
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Lebanon
    • Mongolia
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Palestine
    • Somalia
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • United Kingdom
    • Vietnam

View the Class of 2025 Profile

Students have access to a tremendous intellectual community.

As a Haverford student, you are free to take classes at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, and the University of Pennsylvania offers a 4 + 1 engineering program that grants a B.S. from Haverford and a masters from Penn in just 5 years

students approaching the blue bus to head to bryn mawr college

Students catch the Blue Bus, a free shuttle that runs between the Haverford and Bryn Mawr campuses.

Our community is close-knit: 98% of students and 40% of faculty live on campus.

Haverfordians truly share a common experience. There is no anonymity here—you will be a valued member of the community and your contributions will be felt.


students living on campus


single rooms

city hall at the end of broad street in philadelphia

Downtown Philadelphia is just 13 kilometers from our stunningly beautiful campus.

The train station across from the campus entrance makes it easy to take advantage of all that Philadelphia, the 6th largest city in the US, has to offer - whether that be social, historical, and cultural experiences, jobs, or internships.


The Haverford faculty is composed of more than 135 scholars at the top of their fields. The absence of teaching assistants and graduate students means the focus of the education is squarely on you.

  • 9:1 student:faculty ratio
  • 99% full-time faculty with highest degree in their fields


Students who complete a Senior Thesis

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.

Haverford students and faculty in Trinidad

Our Academic Centers take you beyond the traditional classroom.

Whether your research takes place on campus or across the globe, the Centers provide funding and support for those who want to design their own high-level scholarship and engage directly with what they are studying.

  • $10K Students can receive up to $10,000 in research funding through the Academic Centers
  • 150+ More than 150 students participate in internships funded by your Academic Centers every year

Thanks to a partnership between the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, students from Jonathan Wilson’s “Economic Botany” class spent spring break in Trinidad and Tobago on an experiential-learning study tour.

A student stands at a microphone in front of the student body

Students have a strong voice in the College's operations.

In addition to independently governing the Honor Code, students serve on hiring committees, manage budgets, and run more than 150 clubs and organizations. They are colleagues in stewarding the institution and experience an unparalleled degree of freedom and responsibility. Reflections of the trust we have in our students include unproctored exams, the absence of RAs in dorms, 24-hour lab access, and the lack of an admission enrollment deposit.

Rebecca Mu Jie Chang '19 addresses the student body during Plenary at Haverford College.

Making a difference for the global community.

Pelagia Majoni ’22 Wins 2020 Student of Vision Abie Award

The prize honors young women dedicated to creating a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for which they build.

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Powering India’s Electric Vehicle Revolution

Shreyas Shibulal '15 started Micelio, his company that is focused on India’s growing electric vehicle industry, just over a year ago.

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Ken Ruto ’20 Named Second Runner-Up in Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

The computer science major received $25,000 to support the development of Flux, a smart water meter designed to improve water systems in his home country of Kenya.

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A grid of Haverford College alumni faces

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

A liberal arts education is the best professional preparation. Our students are admitted to medical school, law school, and other professional schools at rates that are significantly higher than the national average.

Beyond Haverford

What's Next?


Haverford College provides an extraordinary setting for one's education. While the campus is currently closed to visitors, we have put together resources to help you get a sense of the place.



The Admission process at Haverford is conducted as a comprehensive, holistic review in which each application is treated personally and individually, with extraordinary care and attention to detail.


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