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Reviews 158 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Filled with great, nice, well-rounded students. Very challenging/rigorous academics, but worth it! Close and personal relationships with the more-than-willing-to-help professors. Small class sizes.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It may be different than an average state school social scene, but Haverford has a surprisingly robust party scene when you know where to look. Most Saturdays there will be at least one large party, and many groups party on Thursdays and Fridays as well, if not also during the week. Parties are very welcoming and open to the entire student body, and even when intoxicated students are friendly and look out for each other.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining options in the nearby towns are often a trek, but worth it. Places like Chipotle are popular destinations among students. There are a number of good restaurants in Bryn Mawr and Ardmore, within walking distance, although a car makes it much easier to go off-campus for food.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't know much about off-campus housing. Almost everyone lives on campus. Occasionally students are kicked off campus or don't get the housing they want in the selection process, and move off campus. The housing around the school is expensive and limited.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration mostly leaves the students to their own devices, trusting to the responsibility and integrity outlined in the honor code. Sometimes, certain administrators overstep their bounds, but generally they work with the students to ensure the best experience possible.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: While the coop and lunt cafe offer nice alternatives to the DC, with good sandwiches, sushi, snacks, desserts, and other delicious but unhealthy options, their prices quickly add up. The DC's food is one of the biggest complaints among students, although it is slowly improving. After a few months, you learn what is good and how to make the most out of the food the DC offers.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others. Freshman housing is decent; even Gummere, which is by all accounts the worst dorm, is fondly talked about by its residents. Except for the two new dorms, Tritton and Kim, which are sparkling clean and have nice facilities and amazing bathrooms, the rest of the campus housing options are remarkably average.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is a little bit expensive but there are plenty of diverse options in walking distance including both chain restaurants and unique restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The honor code allows students to have a lot of freedom and responsibility and there is not a lot of interference from administration because the students are trusted and make their own rules.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The school is very small so sometimes seeing the same people over and over again can be boring. However, the best parties are ones where you can simply dance with your friends. The party scene is usually well contained and has a good impact on the student body.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is not a lot of selection in the Dining Center and the coop and lunt cafe cost money so that is not ideal either.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is pretty great to live on campus. I have been lucky enough to live in the two newest dorms both my freshman and sophomore year. They are very environmentally friendly and allergy free and generally very clean and nice to live in. The housing process is done through a lottery system and can be very stressful at times.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The mainline is a nice place to live in.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always parties going on during the weekend, however sometimes it feels like there could be more. Still fun though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, most are walking distance. Many off campus restaurants also deliver.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love going to college at Haverford. It's almost everything I want in a college. The social life isn't overwhelming but it's always fun and exciting. I'm learning a ton in my classes and I've gotten to know a lot of my professors. I've joined various activities that I wouldn't have been able to join at a larger school. I feel a sense of intimacy with the campus due to its small size. The honor code also makes Haverford a great place to be. I do wish Haverford students were more politically involved and talked about topics such as class, race, etc. more, but I think that aspect of the college can improve.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The honor code shapes much of campus life and is a great thing about Haverford. Not only does it affect academic life but it affects social life as well and makes sure everyone is looking out for one another.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are amazing at Haverford. The class sizes are very small, so you get to know your peers and your professor very well. Office hours are another great resource so you can get to know your teacher and also get one on one help from them. The class lottery sometimes doesn't work out the way you want it to, but you can usually get into a class eventually if you really want to.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is absolutely beautiful. Most the facilities are of quality also. There's always something to do whether it's during the week or on a weekend.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: A ton of people are either varsity athletes or club sport athletes. There's a P.E. requirement so that's part of the reason why some people do club sports. Both types of teams host a lot of social gatherings for the entire campus to attend.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety & Security is always there to help. No one is afraid to go to them if they need something. Also, health services is extremely accessible.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While some introductory courses like chem or psych are classes of 50 people, most are smaller than so. As a first year, I even had a class of 7! There are so many opportunities to establish a great friendship with your professors in this close-knit community. There's a good mix of seminar- and lecture-style classes.

The variety of courses offered is a great plus, especially with the Quaker and TriCo college consortium. Haverford kids can take classes at BM, Swat, and Penn, all of which equally count towards the GPA

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very generous, but I definitely used external scholarships to cover costs that I can't afford

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Basically, you can take a great liberty in choosing to drink or smoke but it's better not to flash your beer bottle to a campus safety car that drives by if you're underage--just an unspoken rule. By the Honor Code, we recently established an alcohol and drug policy, such as the prohibition to drink in academic buildings. But since it was passed by the students, I believe many follow that without much enforcement by the administration.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Probably because Bryn Mawr and Villanova are nearby, the delivery restaurants like Golden China, Insomnia Cookies, Tiffin, and Domino's are always available. They know the campus by heart.

While Haverford students also have access to Bryn Mawr dining options (as part of the BiCo dining plan), there are a handful of local restaurants to go to on a friday night to keep things interesting, like Snap Pizza. Favorite chain restaurants like Chipotle and McDonald's are also available.

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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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