Who Comes to Haverford?

There is no single type of student who applies or accepts admission to Haverford.

We work very hard to build a class that encompasses all types of diversity—in experience, in personality, geographically, socio-economically, etc. But people who become interested in Haverford are all drawn to some core elements of the Haverford experience:

Above all else, these are students who are seeking out an absolutely top-notch educational experience that will be driven by their intellectual passions and that will put them in a position to grapple with their subject matter at the highest levels. These students are interested in high-level research, hands on experience, and connecting with leaders in their fields. The other common thread is that they value trust and integrity in their academic and social environments -- the spirit of our honor code and our model of shared-governance both appeal to students who want to be part of a community that feels a responsibility to one-another. These are students who want to be active and engaged, not indifferent and passive. They want to contribute to the greater good in large and small ways.


Application Instructions

Haverford accepts the Coalition Application, the Common Application, and/or the QuestBridge Application. All applications are treated equally, regardless of source. 

In addition to the application, students must submit:

  • High School Transcript
  • School Profile and Counselor Report
  • Guidance Counselor Recommendation
  • Haverford College Writing Supplement
  • Two Teacher Evaluations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
  • $65 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
  • Required as soon as first trimester or first semester grades are available: Mid-Year School Report Form with attached Secondary School Transcript. If your school does not have midyear grades, please provide a midyear progress report from your teachers.
  • Early Decision Form (for ED Applicants only)
  • Optional: Standardized Test Results: Either the SAT or ACT Exam. You can provide your scores in any of the following ways:
    • Enter them in the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.
    • Take a screenshot of your score report and email it to admission@haverford.edu. Please note that we cannot process test scores submitted on a high school transcript.
    • Send them to us directly from the testing agency; Haverford’s testing codes are 2289 (SAT) and 3590 (ACT).
    • Have your counselor or other school official provide a copy of your score report by email (admission@haverford.edu) or by fax (610-896-1338).
      Please note that official scores will be required for all enrolling students. Official scores will be verified and discrepancies between self-reported scores and official scores may jeopardize your enrollment at Haverford.
  • Optional: Arts/Music Supplement

  • Optional: On- or Off-Campus Interview

*The TOEFL, Duolingo English Test (DET), or IELTS is required if English is not your first language or you have not attended a school where English is the primary language of instruction. We ask that you submit the TOEFL, Duolingo English Test, or IELTS directly from the testing agency. If this is a financial burden for your family, please email admission@haverford.edu.



Quick Facts

Founded: 1833

Student Body: 1,353

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Tree-to-Student Ratio: 6:1

Unofficial Mascot: Black Squirrel

Location: 8 miles outside Philadelphia, PA

Students Living On-campus: 98%

Faculty Living On-Campus: 48%

Students who play an intercollegiate sport: 34%

Students who study abroad: 40%

Greek Life: None


Academic Highlights

Haverford's intentionally diverse curricular requirements ensure that our students are well-rounded, expansive thinkers. Students take courses in each of three major academic divisions for a variety of ideas, concepts, and intellectual approaches.

Every student completes a senior thesis here. As the culmination of your academic experience, this is your opportunity to do original independent research in partnership with faculty members, at levels usually reserved for graduate students.

Haverford’s three Academic Centers --the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities --provide opportunities for students and faculty to enrich their scholarship beyond the classroom. In addition to hosting influential speakers, events, and symposia, the Centers are the primary funding source for internships and externships.

Our unique four-college exchange program with Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania allows us to retain the strengths of the small college experience, while offering the expanded resources and opportunities usually found at a larger university. Haverford students can take a staggering array of classes at any of these Quaker Consortium schools.

Haverford College has forged innovative partnerships with some of the world's top academic institutions to offer students additional opportunities for graduate study. These accelerated-degree partnership programs mean you can get a head start on your master’s degree.

Financial Aid

We are committed to making a Haverford education accessible and affordable.

We meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students – including international students, undocumented students, transfers, and students admitted from the waiting list. More than 50% of the student body receives some form of financial aid from Haverford.

We want all students to thrive and to have full access to the College’s educational and cultural opportunities, regardless of their financial resources. Your financial aid supports you to participate in study abroad and social events on campus are free, for example, and overall we strive to remove the hidden costs of attending college.

We are equally committed to minimizing student debt after graduation. If you’re a student from a family with an annual income below $60,000, you will not have any loans in your financial aid package; loan levels for incomes above that line range from only $1500 - $3000 per year.



Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular Decision
January 15