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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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
7%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
9%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
67%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
88%
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
45%
Male Faculty
55%
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 11 responses

  • 27% Progressive/very liberal
  • 55% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 9% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 83% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 13 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 43% Democratic
  • 43% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 29% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 14% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 11 responses

  • 73% Very accepting.
  • 18% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% 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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