Haverford College

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370 Lancaster Avenue

Haverford, PA 19041-1392

Phone: (610) 896-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Haverford College is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,205, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Haverford College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 9. Its tuition and fees are $45,426 (2013-14).

Haverford College is located 10 miles from Philadelphia in Haverford, Pa., on a campus that is classified as an arboretum, encompassing gardens and a large pond. Although the school was founded by a group of Quakers from Philadelphia and New York, the school does not have a religious affiliation today. Haverford has 21 NCAA Division III sports teams in the Centennial Conference, and the school has the oldest college soccer team and only varsity cricket team in the country. Haverford does not have any fraternities or sororities, but it has more than 134 organizations that students can get involved with on campus. Haverford is a residential college, and more than 98 percent of students live in one of the residence halls, campus apartments or houses.

Haverford College offers students the opportunity to take classes at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. Haverford has one of the most extensive collections of Quaker history in the world. Also, The C. Christopher Morris Cricket Library and Collection is the largest collection of cricket memorabilia in the world. Haverford offers a number of study abroad programs through its International Academic Programs office, including programs designed specifically for pre-med students and science and math majors. Notable alumni include actor Chevy Chase, journalist Juan Williams and author Frank Conroy.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Haverford College provides a liberal arts education in the broadest sense, fostering an uncommon spirit of inquiry, debate, problem solving, creativity, ingenuity, and love of learning. A sense of high principle, both academically and personally, is the watermark of a Haverford education. It is embodied in the honor code and reflected in the lives of alumni. Haverford's traditional emphasis on a rich curriculum, on undergraduate involvement in faculty research -- all students are required to complete a Senior Thesis -- and the connecting of academics to issues of social justice is extended by three interdisciplinary Centers: The Hurford Humanities Center; The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and The Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1833
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $387,446,074


When applying to Haverford College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Haverford College is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 22.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 22.9%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Haverford College is 8:1, and the school has 83.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Haverford College include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Political Science and Government, General; Anthropology; and Chemistry, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 89%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 13%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10%
Political Science and Government, General 9%
Anthropology 7%
Chemistry, General 7%

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Student Life

Haverford College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,205, with a gender distribution of 47.1 percent male students and 52.9 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus. Haverford College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,205
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Haverford College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Haverford College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Haverford College, 45 percent have cars on campus.

Students who have cars on campus 45%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Haverford College, 50.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $39,702.

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Tuition and fees $45,426 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,810 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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