Haverford College is a
private, coeducational liberal arts
college located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.
college was founded in 1833 by area members of the Orthodox
Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers) to ensure an education grounded in Quaker values for young Quaker men.
It is the
oldest college or university in the United States with Quaker origins.
Although the college no
longer has a formal religious affiliation, the Quaker
philosophy still influences campus life.
Originally an all-male institution, Haverford
began admitting female transfer students
in the 1970s, and became fully co-ed
when the board of managers came to consensus
on a proposal initiated by former
president John R. Coleman
. The reason for the delay was not because of a
lack of interest in co-education in prior years, but rather a
concern for how such a change would affect Haverford's relationship
with neighboring, all-female Bryn Mawr College.
As of 2007, more than half of Haverford's
students are women.
All students at the college are undergraduates
, and almost all live on campus.
Haverford remains one of the smallest of the nation's elite
liberal arts colleges
most of the 20th century, Haverford's total enrollment was kept
below 300. It went through two periods of expansion after the
1970s, and its current enrollment is 1,168 students.
Haverford has been described as "quietly prestigious" and has been
classified by Princeton Review
one of most difficult schools to get into - ranked 18 among all US
colleges and universities in "The Toughest to Get Into" category.
It placed ninth in the U.S. News and World Report
rankings of U.S. liberal arts colleges in both 2006 and 2007, and
tenth in 2008
.It is also known as one of the "Little Ivies
". Haverford is known for its
rigorous academics, symbolized and maintained by the faculty's
resistance to grade inflation..
is a member of the Tri-College
Consortium, which allows students to register for courses at
both Bryn Mawr
College and Swarthmore College. Haverford enjoys an especially close and
storied relationship, familiarly referred to by students and
professors as "Bi-Co" (bi-college) with its sister school, Bryn Mawr
College. It is also a member of the Quaker Consortium ("Penn-Pal") which
allows students to cross-register at the College of General Studies
(CGS) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Starting spring 2009, Haverford students
can also take classes in Wharton School of Business. Haverford also has a
3-2 engineering program with the California
Institute of Technology which allows students to receive a dual degree from
Haverford and Caltech.
In 1896, the students and faculty of Haverford voted to adopt an
to govern academic affairs.
Since then, every student has been allowed to schedule his or her
own final exams. Take-home examinations are also common at
Haverford. These exams may include strict instructions such as time
limits, prohibitions on using assigned texts or personal notes, and
usage. All students are bound
to follow these instructions by the Code.
Originally conceived as a code of academic honesty, the Honor Code
had expanded by the 1980s to govern
social interactions. The code does not list specific rules of
behavior, but rather outlines a philosophy of trust, concern, and
respect for others that students are expected to follow. When a
student (or other community member) feels that another student has
broken the Code, he or she is encouraged not to look the other way
but rather to confront the possible offender and engage in a
dialogue with him or her, before taking matters to an Honor Council
which can help mediate the dispute. Ideally, many potential
violations are worked out through dialogue (mediated or not) and
Student government officers administer the Code, and all academic
matters are heard by student juries. More severe matters are
addressed by administrators. Abstracts from cases heard by students
and joint administrative-student panels are distributed to all
students by several means, including as print-outs in mailboxes.
The trial abstracts are made anonymous by the use of pseudonyms
, which are often characters from
entertainment or history.
The student body convenes every semester in a plenary session
. At these meetings, the
Honor Code or Student Constitution can be amended, and at Spring
Plenary it must be re-ratified by the entire student body.
The Honor Code is touted by the Office of Admissions, and every
student is required to sign a pledge agreeing to the Code prior to
matriculation. Unlike Honor Codes at institutions such as
University, which are imposed on the students by the
administration, the Haverford Honor Code
is entirely student-run.
The Code originated by a body of
students who felt it necessary, and current Haverford students
administer and amend it every year.
Haverford offers Bachelor of Arts
and Bachelor of Science
Students may choose among 31 majors in the natural sciences, social
sciences and the humanities. While nearly all of the departments are
strong, and are complemented and enhanced by the offerings of
neighboring Bryn Mawr
College, Haverford’s natural sciences are particularly
In the 1950s, Haverford
was the first institution in America to teach modern laboratory
biology (molecular biology
undergraduates. In addition, the only National Academy of Sciences member to teach at a liberal arts college today is
departments boast graduates including Nobel laureates
Almost all departments require a senior
or project for graduation, and many departments also
have junior-level seminar
project such as in biology
(superlab). The College also
maintains a distribution requirement, spreading course work in all
three areas of humanities
, social sciences
and natural sciences
, in addition to major
In addition to majors and minors, Haverford offers concentrations
in Africana studies
, East Asian studies
and gender studies
, health and society, Latin American
and Iberian studies
, mathematical economics
, neural and
may pursue pre-medical, pre-law or pre-business intentions through
any major; the college offers special advising by professionals in
those fields. Music students enjoy close proximity to
Philadelphia's music tradition: the Philadelphia Orchestra and The Curtis
Institute of Music, where students can receive discounted concert
tickets and take on extra instrument or voice lessons.
An additional option is the "3/2 liberal arts and engineering"
course of study. This allows students to take three years of
liberal arts and science courses at Haverford and then two years of
engineering courses at the California
Institute of Technology.
northwest portion of the campus is located in Haverford
Township in Delaware County, and the southwest part of the campus is located in
Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County.
The campus is a national arboretum
contain a nature trail, a pinetum
different conifers, a duck pond, historic trees of diverse species,
sculpture, as well as flower and Asian gardens. The buildings on
campus are mostly stone and reflect Quaker and colonial design
principles. Recent renovations and additions within the last 5
years include a center for science (The Integrated Natural Science
Center, or INSC) and a new athletics center (The Douglas B. Gardner
'83 Integrated Athletic Center). Planned additions in the future
include renovations for a larger humanities center, new performing
arts space, a student center and a new dorm to decompress current
Much of the student body (99%) lives on campus, where housing
options include apartments, themed houses such as Yarnall House
, and traditional dormitories.
Various options for housing exist, including suites of singles,
doubles, and triples. Housing policy is very liberal and many
non-freshman suites are co-ed. In 2000, at the urging of
Haverford’s inQUEERy, co-ed roommate options were officially
permitted for the first time, having occurred without official
sanction since 1974.
Approximately 75% of faculty live on campus, which is unusually
high for liberal arts colleges.
Local attractions within walking distance include Wawa
and Chipotle. Merion Golf
Club and Suburban Square are also located within walking
Haverford is located on the Main Line about west of Philadelphia.
The school is connected to center city
Philadelphia by the SEPTA R5
rail system and Norristown
High Speed Line
Activities available at Haverford range from the usual small
college options of a capella
performances, alternative concerts, student film screenings, and
, to smaller
adventures, such as tag or sardines
the sciences center.
Free music events are often presented in the basement of Lunt (a
student dorm), adjacent to the always-popular Lunt Café
. Professional funk, rock, blues, and
jazz bands are brought in by the Federation of United Concert
Series, a student organization. Student musicians have created a
vibrant musical community on campus, forming a number of bands with
eclectic styles. Haverford boasts practice facilities, a recording
studio, and a record label, Black Squirrel Records, which releases
compilation albums that feature Haverford student bands. Students
also run their own radio station, WHRC Radio, which broadcasts
publications include the Bi-College News, a newspaper in
collaboration with students at Bryn Mawr College that serves both campuses; The Haverford Review, a
student literary magazine; Without
a , the Haverford satire/humor magazine; the Haverford Journal,
an academic journal; and The Record, the student
Many students are involved in volunteering, either on their own or
through Haverford's volunteer coordination organization, Eighth
Dimension. Volunteer opportunities are especially plentiful due to
Haverford's proximity to Philadelphia. Activism is also a part of
student life, and groups such as the Sexuality and Gender Alliance
(SAGA), Students Toward a New Democracy (STAND), Amnesty
International, College Republicans, and College Democrats have a
presence on campus. The student body is overwhelmingly politically
liberal, but is not without its vocal conservative elements. High
value is placed in listening to many sides without disrespect or
vitriol, in spirit with the Honor Code.
The college has regular college-sponsored events, such as a
"Screw-Your-Roommate" Dance, where roommates set each other up on
blind dates. Haverford has no fraternities or sororities, but
is considered to be the
closest resemblance to one on campus.
In 2002, a group of students founded a computing club called FIG (a
for FIG Is
Good). Services provided by FIG include the college's student
portal, Go!, server space for students, and an online discussion
forum called the Go! Boards. Amid controversy, the boards have
become a major venue for discussion on campus as well as providing
a popular method of procrastination.
Of the nation's 357 "best" colleges, the Princeton Review ranks
Haverford as #6 for Best Overall Undergraduate Experience.
addition, Haverford, unlike many of its peers, is located within
easy travel of a large metropolitan center and the opportunities
that Philadelphia offers.
on several other lists for the 2007 year. On the list for "Best
Overall Academic Experience for Undergraduates," Haverford ranks
#8; "School Runs Like Butter," #17, "The Toughest to Get Into,"
#20, "Best Quality Of Life," #14, "Happiest Students," #16.
Haverford College competes at the NCAA
level in the Centennial Conference
The men's and women's track and
and cross country
teams are perennial powerhouses in their division. The men's
outdoor track and field team has won all 16 Centennial Conference
championships. In the 2007 NCAA
Country Championship Race, the men's team finished 2nd; their
highest finish ever. The women's team has captured the last four
Conference titles. In 1997, Karl
'97 became the first (and only) Division III
athlete to run a four-minute mile,
clocking 3:57.6. The history of Haverford track also includes
former team captain Philip
Noel-Baker 1908, who later captained Great Britain's 1924 Olympic
team upon which the movie Chariots
of Fire is based, and became a 1959 Nobel peace prize winner years
Haverford's soccer team, the
nation's oldest, won the first intercollegiate soccer match in
1905, beating Harvard
College. It is also of interest to note that Harvard's team was founded by a Haverford alumnus during
his graduate education there.
Haverford soccer squads were
named national intercollegiate champions three times by the
Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association
in 1911, 1915 and
1917. This was prior to the NCAA's sanctioning of a season ending
tournament to crown the national champion, which began in
Haverford boasts the only varsity cricket team in
the United States, and ESPN Magazine
has called Haverford "the epicenter of Philadelphia's cricket craze".
The team, which was
started in 1833, is generally accepted as the first cricket club
exclusively for Americans. Haverford has a strong rivalry with the
Pennsylvania's club team. The first match in this series was played
in 1864 and is believed to be the 3rd oldest intercollegiate game
in America after the 1852 Harvard-Yale crew and
1859 Amherst-Williams baseball contests. Haverford
's current team has a heavy contingency
from students of South Asian heritage, and the XI team regularly
travels to Oxbridge
intercollegiate basketball game played east of the Mississippi River occurred in Ryan Gym in
1895 between Haverford and Temple
A former varsity star is Hunter R. Rawlings III, the former president of
team has competed since
the early 1930s and is a member of both the Middle Atlantic
Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) and the National
Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association (NIWFA). Recently retired
coach, David Littell, fenced in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
In 2007, the Haverford Fencing team fenced
an undefeated MACFA season (a school record) and won its third
championship. Other championships were won in 1983 and 2004.
current Haverford Coach is Chris Spencer, formerly head coach of
The women's volleyball team competed in the NCAA tournament in 2006
and 2007 after winning the Centennial Conference for the first time
in 2006 and repeating the victory in 2007. In the 2007 tournament,
the team hosted the regional NCAA tournament where they advanced
the to the regional championship but lost to defending national
Haverford is a smaller college and has a smaller alumni population
than its peers. Because expansion occurred in the 1980s, most of
Haverford's alumni are still quite young. Despite this, as of 2007,
Haverford alumni boast 4 Nobel Prizes
, 19 Rhodes Scholarships
, 10 Marshall Scholarships
, 9 Henry Luce
Fellowships, 48 Watson Fellowships
, 2 George Mitchell Scholarship
, 2 Carnegie Endowment
Junior Fellowships, 1 Churchill Scholar, 13 All Americans
, and 19 NCAA
Post-graduate winners. Since March 1961, over 138 Haverford
alumni have served in 64 developing
countries as Peace Corps
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