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Location
Haverford, PA
Undergrads
1,205
Tuition
$41,830
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are taken seriously and are the best part of the school. Very rewarding!

4 College Junior

Academics: Great selection of majors, classes and awesome professors!

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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4 College Freshman

Academics: You don't declare a major until sophomore year, but as a prospective music major I think it's fabulous. The music building and music library is one of my favorite places on campus and the major requires you to be a well rounded musician in terms of musicology, composition and performance. There are several ensemble and solo performance opportunities both serious and casual ranging from acapella, to open mic nights to the Chamber Singers or Flute Ensemble. Not to mention the faculty are spectacular, approachable and friendly!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 74th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 106th
    Best Course Variety
  • 177th
    Most Available Classes
  • 194th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 266th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kira E. Jones
Hometown
Moorestown, NJ
Major
Undecided
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One of Haverford's keystone strengths is its faculty. A large percentage of professors live on or near campus, and it isn't uncommon to be invited to their homes for dinner. We don't seem to be particularly interested in attracting "celebrity" faculty (i.e. former legislators to teach political science), but we have a solid core of bright, personable academics who know how to teach. While some professors are obviously going to be better than others, the Haverford faculty is an excellent group on the whole. We also benefit from very small class sizes-it's rare to find a class with more than 50 people, even at the introductory level. Higher-level classes frequently run under 15.

The only real problems that most students have with Haverford's academics involve the school's size. It is true that our small class sizes can cause a significant number of students to get shut out from the most popular classes. Also, because most departments only have a few professors, if one of them goes on leave, it can mean a significant drop-off in the number of courses offered that semester. The good news is that you can usually push your way into a class that counts towards your major. Haverford students can also take classes at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania, so if you really want to take something bad enough, you can usually make it happen.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
8:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
146
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
22
Total FT Faculty
146
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$87,414
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
93%
Programs/Majors Offered
34
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 80%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 18%
  • 50 or More Students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • History, General: 3%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 6%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Campus Center
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask your fellow students for advice and guidance.
  • Be friendly.
  • Don't worry about clothes-nobody is judging you.
  • Don't worry about filling distribution requirements early.
  • Get very involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
  • Have some idea of what you want to major in.
  • Relax.
  • Take one easy class a semester.
  • Take three difficult classes a semester.
Did You Know?
  • Haverford has the country's only varsity collegiate cricket teams.
  • Actor and comedian Chevy Chase attended Haverford College briefly during the 1960s. Though Chase claims to have been expelled for misbehavior, several alumni insist he left for academic reasons.
  • Haverford was recently involved in a lawsuit over the estate of J. Howard Marshall, an alumnus who passed away shortly after a marriage to Anna Nicole Smith late in his life.
  • At the annual "Screw Your Roommate" Dance, students conspire to arrange interesting and potentially awkward blind dates.
  • Haverford is part of the "Quaker Consortium," a league of area schools with Quaker influence (though Haverford no longer has an official religious affiliation, it was founded by the Society of Friends). The Consortium includes Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Haverford students are allowed to take courses (and even major) at any of the other schools.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 8 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 6 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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