Haverford, PA
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Reviews 317 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Haverford is an arboretum so the campus is beautiful. The COOP is an okay space, but it definitely grows on you.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation into Philly is easy and pretty cheap!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's hard to tell the financial background of students at Haverford because people don't usually talk about it.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not go out very often but there aren't that many options when I do

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Campus wi-fi is shotty sometimes, but overall computers are accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Haverford is small, so get used to seeing the same people out most nights. That being said, parties can be pretty fun and are always free.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students at Haverford like to experiment and have a good time. That being said, it is also a welcoming community full of dedicated students, so drugs and alcohol are lower priorities for most. The school is very good about protecting students from law enforcement, and will break up a party before the law gets involved.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Haverford has put me in a great position for pursuing graduate education and, ultimately, a career.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Haverford is very committed to student-athletes. There are no classes between 4pm and 7pm to allow for practices and games. The Ford may have a nerdy reputation, but the bottom line is close to 40 percent of students are varsity athletes. Games are well attended with baseball and men's basketball being the most popular. The weight room is fantastic, and student athletes enjoy free, daily laundry service. The school has done a phenomenal job in building competitive athletic teams.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Haverford has pretty mild winters and lovely falls and springs.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots of good food near Haverford, but you will need a car to fully explore the Main Line. Public transportation into Philly is good, but expensive.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Couldn't be happier with my academic experience at the Ford. My classes are interesting and engaging. Make no mistake about it, Haverford is very intense and challenging at times, but the professors are invested and generally very accommodating.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Could not have been more disappointed by the food at Haverford College. It's borderline insulting. I love almost everything about this school, but the Dining Center is a joke. The food is low-quality and prepared poorly. You can bet that almost everything you consume will be overcooked, including the coffee. The dishes are often unclean, yet put out for the students to use, and the staff can be rude at times. The Coop is decent, but isn't open on weekends, is very expensive, and is super-slow. The Dining Center is the single worst part of my experience at Haverford.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They just let you do your own thing to some extent. A lot of trust is put in the students.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No worries at the Ford. Campus safety does a good job.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is one main lot where most people park far away from classes and housing

4 College Freshman

Athletics: 60% of students are varsity athletes, but not many people attend games.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The typical pay is 9 dollars/hour for the first year on the job, then 9.25 and so on but they are very flexible

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I went in the health center three times in one week before the decided to give me a blood test for mono... I had it.

3 College Freshman

Weather: There are seasons... it gets cold.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ardmore, Bryn Mawr and Haverford have great restaurants

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Dining Center food is the worst but the Coop and Lunt Cafe food is great, although they have terrible hours.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are a little small, and there is a little of a walk but they are very nice.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They treat us as adults and everything is dandy

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Student run alcohol policy so it is not against the rules for underage students to partake, making safety the number one concern because people do not drink in private.


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Kira E. Jones
Moorestown, NJ
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On the whole, students are satisfied with their experience at Haverford. Most seniors look back on their Haverford education with a distinctive appreciation. It is a fondness that comes from understanding how profoundly the College has changed them. Haverford teaches its students more than just school subjects: it teaches them to lead honorable lives. Students feel that they have learned just as much from each other and the Haverford community as they have from their courses and professors. Many alumni do not realize the scope of their education until years later, but the impact is almost always felt. In this way, Haverford is unique.

Academically, the school has a spirit of reflective intellectualism that discourages students from becoming too detached from the real world. Social relations are guided by honor and civility. The student body generally has a sense of purpose and perspective and knows how to relax while tackling a challenging school curriculum. Granted, Haverford is not for everyone. Extreme partiers will not be happy here, nor will those who have no thirst for learning. Haverford's small size and rigorous classes will quickly make for an unwelcome atmosphere if you don't accept them. Also, the school can get suffocating if you don't get out of town once in awhile. However, if you're looking for a place where everyone knows everyone else's name, where the college president will meet with you on a moment's notice about anything, and where students bond over the heavy (but manageable) workload, Haverford is a terrific choice.

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