Haverford, PA
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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!

5 College Freshman

Academics: They are intense. Do not be deceived by the fact that most courses earn only 1 credit, you will work yourself into the ground to earn it - but in a good way. Classes here are hard (no matter what kind of high school background you come from), and give a lot of work, but hey - at least you know you're getting your money's worth!

5 College Freshman

Academics: It is very clear that the academics at Haverford are the reason that every student is here. The professors are all obviously knowledgeable and capable. The other highlight is your fellow students; everyone is excited to learn and participate.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Based on my friends experiences at places like Yale, Harvard, and Penn, I can confidently say Haverford is harder than Ivy League schools; we are assigned far more work and it's much harder to get As. That said, you have a lot of support and the professors really want to help you succeed. These professors are at Haverford because they want to get to know you as an individual and as a student and I have had some really thought provoking and life affirming conversations in my professors' office horus. Intellectuals thrive in the close classroom environment here and you hone your skills articulating your thoughts, thinking critically and creatively, and developing your ability to write.

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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
Moorestown, NJ
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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 8 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 6 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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