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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties here typically only happen on Friday and Saturday nights, and some of them are good and some are bad. Based on which campus group is hosting the event, it is usually pretty easy to predict whether it will be an enjoyable event or not beforehand. For those who aren't into parties, Nerd House on campus has a bunch of great, creative options every weekend.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties definitely have had a positive impact on my experience here. Everyone comes together for them, so its a good way to hang out with people you are friends with but might not have classes with or bump into a lot during the week.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors really care about students, and the classes are generally very interesting. There is a pretty big workload, but it is definitely possible to do well if time is managed well, and there are many resources on campus to turn to for help with academic work and planning.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is definitely diversity on campus, and the vast majority of people are very accepting. Ethnic/racial diversity isn't talked about all that often, but there are places on campus to go to engage in such discussions. The most outspoken people on campus are liberal, so at times it can seem that that is the opinion of the whole school, but in actuality there is a pretty even mix of political beliefs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a real choose-for-yourself vibe here. I have never experienced peer pressure to drink or do drugs, and it is definitely possible to have great fun on weekends without using substances. Because of the honor code, the campus administration is very lenient regarding alcohol use. Campus Safety is always there to call when a situation may be getting out of hand, and it is their goal to protect people, not to be punitive.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Safety and Security office at Haverford is great. They are very approachable and helpful, and they do a good job of addressing problems when they arise. I think more people feel very safe on this campus and the loss of property is not a common problem here at all.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors here really care about the success of students. They have plenty of office hours and are happy to meet with students outside of those hours if they are asked to. I've definitely had some professors who were better than others at explaining the material in the class or who were much more engaging and interesting than others, but I think all over them had good intentions and attempted to be fair to the best of their ability.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While Haverford has fewer alumns than other, bigger school, from what I understand people in the network try hard to help other people in the network/students still going to the college.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. I currently live in what is generally considered the worst dorm on campus, and I still really like it; I would be happy to keep living here for the next three years of college. Since Haverford does not have a huge campus, most dorms are really close to classes - it takes me less than five minutes to walk to my farthest class.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: About 1/3 of Haverford students are varsity athletes, and some teams perform well for their division. There isn't a ton of school spirit, and athletics are mainly important to those who are directly involved in them. Students do sometimes go to games or events to support the school or their friends.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People don't generally attend games which is a bit of a bummer. Most of the teams are pretty competitive in the Centennial conference and I have heard good things about the coaches. The teams are pretty close knit groups socially. Facilities are up to date and I have no complaints with them.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Haverford is very liberal and I would say the vast majority of people make a concerted effort to make the community an excepting place for everyone. Of course we have problems, who doesn't? Despite our stated values and the general inclusiveness of our campus, we are a largely white, middle-upper class community. I can't speak for minorities on campus because I'm a white/hetero/cis-gendered woman and I have it pretty easy. There are spaces for expression and discussion of the issues that our community experiences and I think in the current climate people are starting to speak up more than ever. There are a number of groups trying to bring awareness to various types of privilege on campus (economic, racial, etc.) and just get people to acknowledge it and talk about it. Students have expressed problems with microaggressions and indifference toward injustice. I think we have a lot of systems in place to handle instances of offensive behavior among students and generally people in the community look out for one another. However, our values and image sometimes lead us to forget that things happen here too, even if we seem like a community where they wouldn't.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Registration process is painless--it's very unlikely that you won't get into a class you want unless it is extremely popular. Professors are always a matter of personal preference--there are teaching styles that work well for some and not for others. I have really enjoyed almost all of my professors, and respected them both as experts in their field and excellent instructors. Classes are engaging, unique, and offer knowledge in areas that are especially interesting to Haverford students. We have a Peace, Justice, and Human Rights department. A lot of our classes examine very relevant issues around economics, race, politics, scientific innovation, etc. The workload is moderate, but you definitely have the power to control your own stress. Professors are known for giving more/less work and they're very clear about assignments in their syllabi. We also have self-scheduled exams! Whether you stay in your comfort zone or challenge yourself with your classes, your workload almost always depends on time management.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security is awesome. Haverford is generally very safe. It is an "open" campus, meaning that the surrounding community can enter freely during certain hours (just not in the middle of the night), which has occasionally caused problems, but not anything serious. I have not personally had any experiences with sexual assault, but it does occur. I would say that it occurs at a rate much lower than most schools, but like at any other American college, it's an issue.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Even if I haven't loved all of my professors, my classes have always been interesting. There is a wide variety of fascinating and relevant courses offered at Haverford, and there are some incredible professors. The two classes where I wished there had been something different about the style of instruction were classes that I took my freshman year, before I was well acquainted with the departments and before I had a decent number of upperclassmen contacts that could provide me with prof suggestions and reviews. Class sizes are generally very small and most center on a seminar/heavy-discussion style (at least in the humanities and social sciences). Although students can take classes at U Penn and Swarthmore, the most common exchange is between Haverford and Bryn Mawr, which have complimentary departments and scheduling. I have really enjoyed the accessibility of Bryn Mawr classes--they double the catalog of courses and are the exact same in terms of credits.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The career center works really hard to help students find internships during the year/summer and jobs after graduation. I would say that the network of Haverford alumni, because it is such a small and tight-knit community, is really strong. If an employer who went to Haverford years before you finds out that you were in the same improv comedy group as they were, it's a helpful boost. Haverford is especially well-connected for students who are seeking opportunities in social-justice related work. The curriculum and program at Haverford is also geared in some ways toward giving students a strong starting base for a career in academia.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is enough housing for all students. There are a variety of housing options and it is generally not too difficult to get your first or second choice (a little harder if you are a rising sophomore). The housing coordinators are extremely accessible and kind. We have community houses, dorms, and on-campus apartments, all of which are generally good quality.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Haverford is a D-III school. I am not a varsity athlete, but a club athlete. The varsity teams have a lot of privileges and resources that other teams don't receive. There are a number of club teams that are as or more committed and successful as varsity teams but we don't gain any recognition or resources. The teams offer great "families" within the broader community to those who join them, but I would say that being a varsity athlete means you will be spending a great deal of your time with the team and not with other groups.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is very little crime on campus, mostly thanks to the honor code. However, because of the honor code, many people think that Haverford is completely absolved from the prospect of something bad happening, which is certainly not the case. Our rates of crime and reported sexual assault are lower than a lot of places, but they are not nonexistent.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had some really great professors and intriguing courses at Haverford. And, although I am a Haverford student, I am majoring at Bryn Mawr--so I haven't taken any classes that weren't art at Haverford in a while. Even though I haven't taken many Haverford classes recently, I think it's awesome that I am able to major and minor at Bryn Mawr (the International Studies and Italian departments are at Bryn Mawr and don't exist at Haverford). I have also taken a class at Swarthmore and hope to take a class at UPenn next year. The classes in the Tricollege Consortium (Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore) are all pretty small; the largest class I have taken was 40 people and the smallest class I have taken had 6 students. Professors are required to have office hours, which makes them available if you have any questions or just want to start a conversation about something, but if you can't make a professor's office hours, then it is usually pretty easy to schedule a better time to meet.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I haven't noticed a lot of recruiters on campus, however our career center does a great job of connecting students with organizations that they are interested in.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is great because most people can get a single. I have yet to have a roommate at Haverford, and with just one year left, I don't plan to have one. Tritton (a freshman dorm) and Kim (an upperclassmen dorm) are the nicest college dorms I've ever seen--they look like 5 star hotels. I think our housing cost is higher than other schools, but you can clearly see why when you get on campus. Gummere is largely considered the worst dorm because it is old, has a confusing layout, and has small showers, but it's honestly on par with most other colleges' dorms.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: A lot of Haverford's teams are very good in their conference, but of course as a division three school, we don't get the same funding or fan turnout as a bigger school may. However, our gym is one of the nicest in our conference and we have great facilities that both athletes and non-athletes can use.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The great thing about Haverford is that so many activities are student led, so you have a lot more power than students at most schools do. If there is ever anything that you want to do, it's so easy to just join a club, and if there's something that you want to do that is not already happening on campus, it's easy to just start something on your own and even get funding from the school.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although I feel like Haverford is a very safe environment, there are incidents of sexual assault here too like in any other school. However there are many facilities and counseling if a person does feel like talking about a sexual assault incident.

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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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