Why Haverford

Haverford, one of America's leading liberal arts colleges, offers a one-of-a-kind education.

There is no place where students are more trusted, are more directly engaged with their education, and have more opportunity to shape their own path.

Haverford College at a Glance

Haverford students are admitted to medical school, law school, and other professional schools at rates that are significantly higher than the national average, and that are comparable to those of other highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities.

Student Body


total enrollment






students of color

  • 13.2% New England
  • 11.2% Pennsylvania
  • 11.1% Midwest & Central US
  • 30.4% Mid-Atlantic (not including PA)
  • 12.1% Pacific Coast
  • 10.6% South
  • 11.4% International

View the Class of 2021 Profile


Class size: % of classes with...

  • fewer than 10 42.9% (42.9%)
  • fewer than 20 75.9% (75.9%)
  • fewer than 30 89.5% (89.5%)
  • 50 students or more 0.8% (0.8%)

Popular Majors

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Political Science
  • Psychology


student:faculty ratio


full-time faculty with highest degree in their fields


students living on campus.


faculty living on campus.

Honors, Scholarships, Prizes

  • Fulbright Scholar Program Fellows: 38
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellows: 66
  • Nobel Prize Recipients: 3
  • Pulitzer Prize Recipients: 6
  • Luce Scholars: 10
  • Truman Scholars: 7
  • Goldwater Scholars: 26
  • Rhodes Scholars: 20
  • Senator George Mitchell Scholar: 1
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholars: 27
  • Guggenheim Fellows: 20
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellows: 63
  • Carnegie Endowment for World Peace Junior Fellows: 2
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholars: 2
  • Marshall Scholar: 8
  • Beinecke Scholars: 6
  • Winston Churchill Fellows: 3
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars: 19
  • Gates-Cambridge Scholar: 1
  • National Science Foundation Fellows: 48
  • Keasbey Fellows: 10


Haverford also has...


students who play an intercollegiate sport


students who study abroad


alumni who attend graduate school within five years


Haverford is consistently considered among the top academic institutions in the country.

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.

Professor Schrier Chemistry instructs Matt Holmes '15 while his students assist him with his research for the summer in the KINSC labs.

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

Astronomy Library

The Haverford College Libraries act as a locus of intellectual activity supporting the teaching, research and learning needs of the Haverford community. Students collaborate in the Astronomy Library inside of Strawbridge Observatory.

A student prepares for exams.

You will have an unparalleled degree of freedom and responsibility.

The Honor Code – a philosophy of trust, concern, and respect – guides our entire campus community. 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

A student prepares for exams.

The Haverford faculty is composed of more than 135 scholars at the top of their fields.

Haverford's student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the absence of teaching assistants and graduate students means the focus of the education is squarely on you.


student:faculty ratio


full-time faculty with highest degree in their fields

A grid of headshots of all six new faculty members

This year, new professors joined the Departments of Biology, Classics, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Philosophy, and Religion.

The assistant professor of chemistry is part of a team awarded $75,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund a new educational initiative that will prepare students in STEM fields to persevere through challenges and failures in the classroom and lab.  

Highlighting faculty professional activities, including conferences, exhibitions, performances, awards, and publications.

Our community is close-knit: 98% of students and 61% of faculty live on campus.


students living on campus.


faculty living 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.

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.

Downtown Philadelphia is just 8 miles from our stunningly beautiful campus.

Downtown Philadelphia is just 8 miles from our stunningly beautiful campus.

The train station across from the campus entrance makes it easy to take advantage of all that Philadelphia, the 5th largest city in the US, has to offer - whether that be social, historical, and cultural experiences, jobs, or internships.

Philadelphia's skyline.

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.

Student filmmakers document researchers on the Gulf Coast as part of the Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Fellowship. Haverford’s three Academic Centers came together to fund Wake, a student-produced documentary about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on life in southern Louisiana.

Photo: William Colgin
Aubree Penney HC '13 speaks during plenary.

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

Students are the heart and soul of Haverford, and as such they play a major role in all decisions. Students are involved in hiring decisions, sit on administrative committees, and head events and organizations.

Aubree Penney HC '13 speaks during a pro-con debate on a resolution regarding environmentalism and the Honor Code at Spring Plenary at Haverford College on Sunday evening, February 19, 2012.

We strive to make Haverford's education accessible regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Haverford meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Haverford is also committed to minimizing debt upon graduation, including a no-loans policy for students with family income below $60,000/year.


receive some form of financial aid

More than 47%

receive a college grant


average award of college grant

Customs group celebrating winning dorm olympics.

Haverford students start their college careers with instant friends and mentors.

"Customs" is our unique orientation program. The first week of college is spent bonding with your “Customs” group - and they continue to support you throughout your first year of college (and well beyond).

The combined forces of the freshmen from the Haverford College Apartments, Tritton Hall and Kim Hall proved unbeatable at this year's Dorm Olympics.

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What's Next?


Haverford College provides an extraordinary setting for one's education. We hope you'll visit and see for yourself!

There's no better way to get a feel for college than by visiting, particularly while school is in session.



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.

We wish you the best in the application process and look forward to hearing from you!


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