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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.

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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.

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.

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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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not into the athletics division at Haverford, but there are many sports that people can participate.


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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
  • NAA
  • 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)
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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 20% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 10% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 21 responses

  • 38% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 81% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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