Haverford College: Narrative Description

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370 Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
Tel: (610)896-1000
Admissions: (610)896-1350
Fax: (610)896-1338
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.haverford.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1833. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $348.5 million. Total enrollment: 1,172. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 3,035 applied, 29% were admitted. 79% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 1,172 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 39 other countries, 81% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 6% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 0% 25 or older, 99% live on campus, 0% transferred in. Retention: 96% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT, SAT II: Writing Test. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/15, 12/15 for early decision. Preference given to children of alumni, to the extent possible.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,690 includes full-time tuition ($29,990), mandatory fees ($280), and college room and board ($9420). College room only: $5290. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: volunteer programs, student government, choral groups, multicultural groups, orientation team/residential life leaders. Major annual events: Haverfest/May Day, Snowball, athletic events against Swarthmore. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,156 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Magill Library plus 4 others with 395,799 books, 88,828 microform titles, 3,240 serials, 10,716 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The school has cooperative arrangements with several colleges and universities (see Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania) and is located near many colleges and universities in metropolitan Philadelphia area.

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