Athletics

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

Athletics: too much freedom for athletes

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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4 College Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are not a student priority but the commitment expected is pretty strict, it is totally possible to activities in addition to sports though. Chamber singers and theater might be pretty difficult depending on the specific sport.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Well-Loved but Not Central – Haverford is making a move to stand out more in sports and the sports, particularly basketball, soccer, and track/cross-country are well-loved. Haverford's best sport is undoubtedly cross-country followed closely by track. Students are generally athletic for a small-school and many students are part of club sports, at least occasionally. The girls ultimate frisbee team, the Sneetches, are pretty big. The athletic facilities are great and the coaches are generally pretty helpful to athletes and non-athletes alike.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 445th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1021st
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kira E. Jones
Hometown
Moorestown, NJ
Major
Undecided
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Haverford is a Division III school, and although athletes take their own sports seriously, athletics aren't a very big part of the overall Haverford experience. They don't play a large role in Haverford life. Some of our teams are exceptional, most notably the men's and women's cross-country squads and the women's volleyball team. On the other hand, there are teams that are not-so-good, and students hope that new coaches who have recently been hired can fix this. Few students attend games, with the exception of anything played against arch-rival Swarthmore, especially when the game is basketball. The most well-attended games are always our men's basketball team against theirs. The baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer teams get decent attendance at their games, too. We haven't had a football team since 1972 and brag about it through the perennially hilarious "Haverford Football: Undefeated Since 1972" T-shirt.

One nice thing about Haverford athletics is that participation is very high. Approximately 40 percent of students play on a varsity team, and another large number of students are involved in a club sport. We might not be terribly good, but we do like to play, and the College requires us to. The Haverford academic year is divided into four quarters, and by the second year, all students must complete six quarters of physical education credits as a graduation requirement. In fact, the College is so serious about this that students cannot register for their fifth semester of school (usually fall of the junior year) if this requirement isn't met. A majority of Haverford students are athletes in their own way, and if you can't find one on the court, track, or field, you can find one nearby supporting their Black Squirrels.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Centennial Conference
School Colors
Scarlet and black
School Nickname
The `Fords or the Black Squirrels
Men Playing Varsity Sports
227 - 42%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
178 - 28%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
Intramurals
Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Field House
  • Gardner Integrated Athletic Center
  • John A. Lester Cricket Pavilion
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
Both Men's and Women's track and cross-country win frequently and are therefore rather popular. Women's volleyball has experienced recent success and notoriety. Many students attend men's and women's soccer and basketball games, men's lacrosse games, field hockey games, and baseball games. Games versus Swarthmore are traditionally well-attended. Most sports will draw a large crowd if they are playing an important game.
Most Overlooked Teams
Our cricket team, the nation's only varsity-level squad, gets very little attention.
School Spirit
The paradox is that although Haverford students have minimal school spirit in the traditional "rah-rah" sense, most are very proud of the College. So we have school spirit, but it is a more mature, refined brand. Attendance at sporting events has picked up a little over the past couple years, though.
Getting Tickets
There's no need to get tickets to attend a Haverford sporting event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Nature Trail

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 73% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 9% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 55% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 20% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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