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Founded in 1833, Haverford College. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,268 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Haverford College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 8:1. There are 143 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Haverford College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,2% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 100% were in the top quarter, and 92% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Haverford College.
11 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.
4 Students rated off-campus housing 2.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
12 Students rated campus food 2.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
13 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
13 Students rated class size 3.7 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
13 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.
13 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
13 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
5 Students rated Haverford College
Excited to visit the school in a couple weeks.
It's the people here that really make this school amazing. They're passionate about their academics and really care and look out for one another.
This place honestly sucks. If your a science major, good luck. The work is endless and there is no reward until you graduate. You have no spare time to do anything other than think about science. The people are all weirdos, the food is garbage and the professors are too political or just dont teach. There is no grade inflation which sucks, The campus is garbage. The dorms suck. Worst decision to ever go here. My high school teacher's were better and actually cared about students not their precious work and I went to a public high school not some stupid sheltered private high school. This is bs for 70k a year. Waste. Dont go here. Rather go to a state school or a school nearby or even an ivy league.
I majored in Chemistry with a biochemistry concentration so many of my classes were in the physical and biological sciences. Most of the work was challenging, but I learned a lot from my various courses. Most courses were research oriented but did offer some courses with a pre-medical focus. It is definitely a place with a strong focus on the sciences. I did take courses in other subjects such as history, philosophy, writing, and art which I felt made me well rounded as an individual. The class sizes were great overall which allows for more classroom discussion. Of course, the intro to Chemistry, Biology, and Organic Chemistry courses was big, since they're normally prerequisite courses, but the sizes were pretty manageable.
The professors, staff, and administration were pretty nice and helpful. They're usually available if you have any questions regarding course work, starting clubs on campus, extra help in courses, volunteer opportunities, etc. I would describe their demeanor as down to earth so you don't have to feel so intimidated by them, but there a brilliant people who will get you to work to your best ability.
As far as the grading system goes, the scale is different from traditional courses and usually, grades are not discussed openly. The grades that you can get in a course are as follows: Pass-fail, 4.0, 3.7, 3.3, 3.0, 2.7, 2.3, 2.0, 1.7, 1.3, 1.0, etc. As you can see, certain grade point averages are not possible in individual courses such as a 3.5. I don't know if this has changed though so double check with the college. There are courses that are pass-fail which is pretty much the same as other universities, but the registrar usually lists which classes fall into this category. You can take courses at other schools nearby such as Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Univerity of Pennsylvania. I didn't take courses off campus so I am unsure of the grading scale but I would assume that it's based on the policies of each respective university.
Haverford has Quaker traditions and as such many of the values are reflected in the interactions on campus. I don't know how it is currently, but I remember people being really friendly and emphasizes diversity. At times I felt that this allowed for the expression of differing points of view that were perhaps not held by most people which are good in my view. Other times I felt that some students were doing their best to avoid dialogue to avoid offense which I understand, but it wasn't as bad as I heard on other campuses especially at the time I was attending.
Another aspect unique to Haverford is that students are required to complete a senior thesis project for their major. They range in their scope from a 40-page document to a gallery exhibit showcasing artistic work, all of which are published at the college during the completion of senior year. Also, Haverford doesn't have a graduate school so much of the research done by professors are done with undergraduates and graduates at other institutions.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Haverford and was satisfied with my undergraduate school education. If you want smaller class sizes with more challenging curriculum to make you a well-rounded student, then I would suggest attending Haverford.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Haverford College is 21%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
The awkward stereotype is definitely true and evident after about 15 minutes on the campus. There are some smart kids and some not so smart kids but the stereotypes of kids thinking that they are smart is definitely true as well.
When I was looking at Haverford I figured everyone was all so nerdy that they probably never had any fun, and that even though it's a good school it wouldn't be fun to go there.
The best thing about Haverford is the ease of living and how students really aren't hassled very much by the teachers and staff. It is very small and, as a result, most people know the same people making gossip kind of a problem. Most people that I meet outside of campus haven't heard of Haverford and confuse it for Harvard to which there is the common correction: "No, I said Haverford." There is very little school pride and most sporting events go unattended by a vast majority of the student body.
Most of my professors know my name. My favorite class has to be any class with Prof. Miller. Class participation gets to be aggravating because a lot of the students think that they are really smart and feel the need to comment on everything discussed in class. The most unique class that I have taken would have to either be acting at Bryn Mawr or Global Ethics with Gangadean. I am a philosophy major and I like most of the professors in the department, however there are some that I avoid like the plague. Most Haverford students aim to either become doctors or lawyers, so the education is usually aimed toward either one of those goals.
There really aren't any popular groups on campus. I'm not really that involved with any groups on campus. A lot of students do leave their dorm rooms open. Athletic events go highly unattended, as do guest speakers and theater events. The dating scene is very weird and awkward. I wouldn't be awake at 2am on a Tuesday unless I had to do a paper or decided to smoke or drink randomly. People usually stick to partying on Thursday through Sunday nights. There are no fraternities or sororities. If you aren't drinking on a Saturday night, you are either bored or off-campus. Haverfest is a really big yearly party.
In terms of "diversity" I think Haverford is not necessarily the MOST diverse place but is a very accepting environment. LGBT students seem to be widely accepted on campus. While race has recently been raised as an issue because it is not very frequently talked about, I don't think that students of color necessarily feel uncomfortable on campus. However, I obviously cannot speak for everyone. It seems to me that all sorts of students interact, and that cliquiness is not usually an issue. Haverford students are generally liberal (bordering hippie-ish in lifestyle, at times)and (again generally) very community-service oriented. Many students (I'd say a greater proportion than the general population) are even so committed to helping others that they might be classified as self-sacrificing. While I am someone who has happily engaged in a lot of community service because it is fulfilling and fun for me, I do think there is pressure at Haverford to be a "good person" and to be active in the community, both on-campus and globally. While success in most places in the world is defined by money and job position, I think success at Haverford is more defined by how much one has done to help others. Haverford students rarely seem to talk about how much they will earn in the future, and I think this is because they don't care (or feel pressure to not care). Haverford is definitely a very casual campus- students wear jeans or sweats to class usually. While this makes for a relaxed atmosphere, I do feel that a more conservative, professional-feeling student would feel out of place. A lot of Haverford students come from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Next most common seems to be Maryland, Virgina, and New England. There are also students from the West Coast, some from the Midwest (Illinois, Ohio) and fewer from the South and the middle of the country.
The school is small but don't think you'll ever get to know even everyone's story in your year. You can take classes UPenn or the other small school in the area (Bryn Mawr, Swatmore). I tend to party all around so anything within a 5 mile radius is fare game (3 other schools). There is a huge mall near-by (KOP). The food is really bad and sometimes the work can get crazy if you don't stay on top of it. If you do come here make sure you do get off campus every once in a while cause a small campus can get smaller when you trying to avoid people.
The Kindergarten Center, where ed. students get hands-on training, and the Cricket House, home Varsity Cricket
If I were to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would firstly tell myself to calm down and that everything was going to turn out fine. Then I would tell myself that I would need another extension cord and more hangers. Finally I would tell myself to not be afraid to socially impose myself on my peers. In other words, to not worry about if my neighbors want to hang out with me, just go and hang out with them! Everyone starting college is in the same, friendless, lonely boat, so if you do not put yourself out there you will never get close with those people who you think seem cool from a distance. I would also tell myself to keep my door open when I was just hanging out in my room, because it makes you seem like a more friendly person. Finally I would encourage myself to take advantage of study spaces around campus because sometimes it's easier to concentrate when you're not in your bedroom surrounded by your undone laundry and unread books. This is your campus, use it!
Our Honor Code, Customs program, and people. Each application Haverford recieves is read twice infront of the admissions commitee. The admissions commitee comes to concensus on every student accepted here. There has to be something special about a student who is accepted to Haverford. The Customs program ensures that the freshman are embraced into this tight community.
Honor Code: Gives community atmosphere-trust, concern, and respect for the individual and community. Affects social, academic, and all aspects of life at Haverford. Allows for self-scheduled/take-home tests, no need to discuss grades- leaving time to discuss serious philosophical or abstract theories of life and other miscellaneous things that come along. All the students are nerds in their own way and it is great to go to a school with so many brilliant people in a supportive and trusting environment. It's inspiring and motivating.
I wished I had known more about the workload. I expected college to be hard, but not this hard! Most of my friends at other colleges do 1/4 the amount of work I have. I'm grateful for it, though. I think it's teaching me never to settle in and always be trying my best.
The worst thing about Haverford is definitely the shortcomings it experiences based on having such a small student population. Besides causing the alumni network to be much smaller than schools of Haverford's calibur, it also means that we have less money than other schools. Resources and availability of money frequently seem to be less than desired. Also, the dining center food is awful.
One who is laidback, self-motivated, intelligent, tolerant, and committed; one who likes the feeling of community and familiarity, and is looking to contribute.
Anyone who cheats, takes shortcuts academically, doesn't put emphasis on trust, likes big schools, isn't serious about studies.
In the natural sciences, the level of research and lab experience we get as undergraduates is great. I also love the fact that I get to know my professors really well since all my classes are small and the professors make themselves readily available for students. Furthermore, I am able to take classes at other colleges nearby.
This is where Haverford students get their eat on.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
57% of students
attending Haverford College receive some sort of financial aid.
22% were awarded federal grants.
While 21% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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