Haverford College


Haverford College is a private liberal arts college with about 1,190 undergraduate students. It is a member of the Tri-College Consortium, together with Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College, allowing students to register for courses at the other two colleges when they need. At the same time, it is also a member of the Quaker Consortium, and allows students to cross-register at the College of General Studies, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Haverford College was founded in 1833 as a religiously-affiliated institution with Quaker values for young Quaker men, it became co-educational in 1980. The college is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on the Main Lane about 3 miles west of Philadelphia. The campus is the oldest collegiate arboretum in the United States, with more than 50 buildings for academic, athletic or residential purposes.

The college offers degrees in bachelor’s program, and has a 3/2 engineering program with California Institute of Technology. It maintains a distribution requirement, which, in addition to major course work, spreads course work in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Meanwhile, the college also offers concentrations in fields like biochemistry, biophysics, East Asian studies, education, mathematical economics, etc.

The mission of Haverford College is:

Haverford College is committed to providing a liberal arts education in the broadest sense. This education, based on a rich academic curriculum at its core, is distinguished by a commitment to excellence and a concern for individual growth. Haverford has chosen to remain small and to foster close student-faculty relationships to achieve these objectives.


Haverford College has been accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921.


Haverford College comprises 28 departments, from Anthropology, Archaeology to Sociology and Spanish.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Political Science and Government
  2. Psychology
  3. Biology/Biological Sciences
  4. History

In the 2012 U.S. News and World Report list, Haverford College was No.10 among all the liberal arts colleges in the United States.

At the college, an Honor Code is adopted to govern academic affairs, with which students are allowed to schedule their own final exams. In addition, take-home examinations are available at Haverford, as the students are required to follow the exam instructions by the Honor Code.


Applications are accepted via email, in which the applicants need to submit SAT or ACT test score, and ACT with writing test score. Haverford is very selective in admission, as many factors can taken into consideration during the admission, including secondary school record, GPA, application essay, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and personal qualities.


The tuitions and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is USD 42,208. The room and board fee is USD 12,842 or higher.

With a need-based allocation formula developed by Haverford, financial aid is available to students who need it. About 52.3 percent full-time students get scholarships or grants every academic year, and the average aid amount is USD 35,416.

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