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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of interracial dating and couples which is shocking! I appreciate the athlethic groups and clubs are diverse in ethnicity as well

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 Freshman

Diversity: They like to claim that we're diverse, but the majority of the "non-white" students are asian. Not many African Americans or Latinos

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Christians, Republicans and lower-middle class people are completely outnumbered.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus is diverse in regards to interests, beliefs, sexual orientation, and economic background, but the average student is a white, upper-middle class liberal agnostic person. I think most anyone would be accepted on campus, but might not feel like they can find people like themselves if they are super religious or republican.

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Kira E. Jones
Moorestown, NJ
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Haverford students feel that the school is not a very racially diverse campus, as many of Haverford students are white and from relatively affluent backgrounds. Some people are definitely more willing to expand their cultural horizons than others.

One’s measure of Haverford’s diversity is, for the most part, dependent on where a student comes from. A significant number of students come from mostly white high schools and consider Haverford to be remarkably diverse. In reality, Haverford is probably on par with most liberal arts schools. There is diversity, but the diversity does not do a particularly effective job of transforming anybody’s world view or cultural experience. Minority students from minority-majority schools typically find the culture shock much more powerful than white students from white-majority schools.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 50%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 5%
25+: Unknown
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus has a reasonably active Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA). Most students feel Haverford is a comfortable place to be gay, though some have felt an unspoken intolerance.
Political Activity
Most students are politically and socially liberal, though there are a fair number of outspoken conservatives. Few students are very active in politics, but a handful of politically-active liberals sometimes organize and participate in protests.
Economic Status
Haverford aims for economic diversity, and some exists. However, a clear majority of the student body comes from upper- and upper-middle-class backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Haverford is not a particularly religious campus. Most students do not identify themselves as members of any particular religious group. There are fairly active Christian Fellowship and Hillel groups, and a bi-college (with Bryn Mawr) Episcopal Campus Ministry. Between four and eight percent of each class identifies as Quaker, and a Quaker Meeting House stands on the north end of campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Haverford’s Black Student League (BSL) is fairly active, as is ALAS, the Alliance of Latin American Students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% Progressive/very liberal
  • 67% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 100% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 9 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 9 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 9 responses

  • 89% Very accepting.
  • 0% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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