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Founded in 1833, Haverford College in Pennsylvania is “small, but exceptionally vibrant and engaging,” offering a “solid academic experience” under one of the country’s oldest honor codes. Though founded by Quakers, the school is nonsectarian, but the community aspect of its founders remains, creating what one student calls “a challenging, interesting environment with the best people I know.” The real love affair is with Haverford’s “awesome, invested” professors, who “lead a group of idealistic students to point—but never force—us into a better way of thinking.” They want to put in the time to get to know you, and the small size of the school “allows for plenty of opportunities for collaborating with faculty and staff and building a relationship.” “You are more than just a face in a classroom of many; you are a unique person that has something to offer,” says a student. “My ‘big intro lecture course’ has 41 students,” says another. “My professor still knows me by name, and we have long conversations when we pass on Founder’s Green.” The school’s learning environment stresses “engaging in hard and honest conversations with your peers,” and “students have a lot of power” through their roles in the administration of the college. “I love the amount of independence and autonomy [the school] gives to its students,” says a student. Because of the kind of student this attracts, “we wind up with a really conscientious student body invested in the school.” The resources available to students here are incredible, as well. You can get “credit for research” (there is plenty of research here in every department), and if you want to go off campus for research, “you can get funding for that as well.”

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Everyone is “passionate,” “people are always up for intellectual discussion,” and “everyone works very hard.” Students here were all motivated enough to get in and “want to succeed for themselves and not to appease others.” Students describe other students as having “hearts of gold and giant brains that they put to use to change the world for the better.” “It’s a small school full of nice kids—not naive (well, sometimes naive), just genuinely compassionate and interested in other people, whether or not that’s ’cool,’” says a student. Though all are bound by “intellectual passion and interests outside of academics,” diversity otherwise on campus “lacks a little.” Still, “the great thing about Haverford is that, although we have a variety of students from all different social circles, everyone is a touch awkward.” This is a fact that the “nerdy and ridiculously friendly” students embrace. “I feel like I could potentially become friends with anyone on campus,” says a student.

Campus Life

The culture of “trust, concern, and respect” created by the honor code carries over into the rest of this “awesome, at times idiosyncratic, place where community thrives and cliques are very loose if existent at all.” “The honor code unifies everyone.” “Being able to take an exam in your own room, sitting relaxed on your bed because your professor trusts you not to look at your books is one of the luxuries of being here,” says a student. People study hard here, but they take a break over the weekend at a party or two “before cracking the books again. Athletics are also “really important” for much of the student body—most here are athletic, even if it’s not at a varsity level—and some of the male sports teams “function like fraternities” (which do not exist at HC). Because it’s a small place, “sometimes it feels like everyone knows your business,” but everyone is so insanely nice that “the social scene is great.” Students govern themselves and the happenings at the school through the “Plenaries” that happen twice a year, when the majority of the student body must be present. New York and Philadelphia are both easily accessible by train, and “Suburban Square (the local outdoor shopping center) is a great place to hang out, get coffee, or even go shopping.”

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370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041



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Integrated Natural Sciences Center
John Whitehead Campus Center
Lutnick Library
Jane Lutnick Fine Arts Center

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Philadelphia - sight seeing, shoppping, historical
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Franklin Institute of Natural Science Museum
Valley Forge National Park
Penn's Landing, South Street - night life

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Available during the Fall semester while classes are in session


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Philadelphia International Airport is 20 miles from campus. Main Line Airport Limousine Service will take you directly to Stokes Hall on the Haverford campus; to call for this service, use the airport courtesy phones (push Main Line). If you want to call in advance, Main Line's number is 610-525-0513 (or 800-427-3464 in Pennsylvania). Limousines leave approximately every 45 minutes. Public transportation is also available from airport to campus. Take a SEPTA Airport Express from the airport to 30th St. Station in Philadelphia; trains run every 30 minutes and take 20 minutes to reach 30th St. From 30th St. Station, take either the R-5 Paoli Local or the Bryn Mawr Local to Haverford (not all trains stop at Haverford; check timetables available at the station). The ride from 30th St. to Haverford station takes approximately 16 minutes. The walk from Haverford station to campus takes 8 to 10 minutes: Walk down Haverford Station Road. Turn left onto Lancaster Avenue; then turn right onto campus at College Lane. If you don't want to walk, the Bennett Taxi Service can drive you from the station to campus; call 525-1770 (a local call). Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Philadelphia. Amtrak takes you to 30th St. Station; to get to campus from there, use the SEPTA commuter trains as described above. From the Greyhound station, walk to the Market East SEPTA train station and take the R-5 Paoli Local or the Bryn Mawr Local as described above; the ride from Market East to Haverford takes approximately 25 minutes.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 24 (Valley Forge Interchange) and follow signs to I-76 E. (Expy to Philadelphia). Take I-76 to Exit 28A for I-476 (South/Chester). Proceed south on I-476 to I-476 to exit 5: US30-St. Davids-Villanova exit. Turn east on U.S. 30 (Lancaster Ave.) and proceed for approximately 3.5 miles through Villanova, Rosemont, and Bryn Mawr to Haverford. After you see the Haverford Post Office on the left, turn right into the main entrance of the Haverford campus at College Lane. Follow the signs to the visitor parking lot. Check our website at www.haverford.edu for additional directions.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriot 762 West Lancaster Ave Wayne, PA 19087 (610)687-6633 Radnor Hotel 591 East Lancaster Ave St. Davids, PA 19087 (610) 688-5800 Philadelphia Marriott 111 Crawford Ave West Conshohocken PA 19428 (610) 941-5600 Desmond Hotel and conference Center One Liberty Blvd Malvern, PA 19355 (610) 296-9800 Wayne Hotel 139 East Lancaster Ave Wayne, PA 19087 (610) 687-5000


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