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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.

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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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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4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are taken seriously and are the best part of the school. Very rewarding!

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4 College Junior

Academics: Great selection of majors, classes and awesome professors!

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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
8:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
146
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
22
Total FT Faculty
146
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$87,414
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
93%
Programs/Majors Offered
34
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 13 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 12 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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