The college was founded in 1833 by Quakers for whom academic excellence, offered in a setting of tolerance and mutual respect, would serve a larger goal of "educating the whole person". Though we are nonsectarian today, Quaker values continue to guide the community and its stewardship.
The Haverford College experience is a vibrant one enriched by traditions, scholarship, service, the arts, athletics, and new experiences learned living in a diverse, intimate residential community. Our rigorous academic program focuses on individual growth, intellectual exploration, and pushing the boundaries of each discipline. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion and debate. Haverford's serene campus, located just outside Philadelphia, is a beautiful and stimulating environment. Frequent train service to and from downtown Philadelphia adds to campus resources and enhances student opportunities.
In addition to course offerings at Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr and the University of Pennsylvania, there are numerous opportunities for internships and volunteer service in the surrounding communities and in Philadelphia. If students want to go farther afield they may participate in one of over 50 study abroad programs supported by Haverford. Domestic study away programs include exchanges with Claremont McKenna, Spellman, and Fiske Colleges.
There are more than 145 student organizations on campus. Musicians, athletes, writers, actors, rock climbers, gourmet cooks, feminists, political activists . . . everyone finds ways to pursue their extracurricular passions at Haverford. There are 11 varsity sports for women and 12 for men, including the only varsity cricket team in the nation. In addition, the students support a host of club sports and intramural teams.