Student Resources You Need to Know

WOMEN’S CENTER (610) 896-1292

Located on the second floor of the Whitehead Campus Center, the Women’s Center serves as an informal meeting place for students, faculty, administration, and staff.
The Center offers special programs, educational, cultural, and gender related events to help alleviate the gender myths and assumptions people make about each other. The Women’s Center library has books, articles, and other
information for, by, and about women.
Through the events sponsored by the Women’s Center, a wide range of topics including sexuality, gender, spirituality, education, ethnicity and race are addressed in a fun and supportive way.
The Women’s Center encourages the entire bi-college community to drop by but especially encourages student and faculty groups to utilize the space for meetings, gatherings and other functions – all are welcome.
The Women’s Center is staffed by student assistants (SAs). The  staff this year are:,
 Gavriella Fried ’14,Farida Essa ’14. Hannah Klein ’15, Abi Moeller ’15 Caleb Worblewski ’15.   Interns are Maddy Durante ’16, Hannah Figa ’16, Marie-Annett Bernard ’15 and Marilou Allen, Director.
Most of the staff are trained Sexual Assault Student Assistants (SASAs), available to help members of the community needing their support.
Their beeper number is 484-571-2775 (24 hours daily).




You’ve got a friend in Philadelphia! Six, actually! Haverford House, a program of the Center for Peace Global Citizenship, sponsors six recent Haverford grads to serve as ambassadors to Philadelphia for the Haverford community. Learn more about what Learn more about what they’re up to and see how you can get involved at…





Office of Academic Resources

Stokes Hall 118

Individualized Academic Coaching Sessions

Academic Enrichment Workshops, Seminars, and Group Discussions

 Academic Review Centers  Peer Tutoring  Educational Technology Tools

The Office of Academic Resources (OAR) works with students in a variety of settings to propel them towards excellence in their academic pursuits through targeted goal-setting, skills identification and development, individualized coaching, and partnership with other resources on campus. The staff is committed to enhancing the academic experience of all students so that they are in a position to take full advantage of the many amazing opportunities available at Haverford and are poised to grow as confident and competent communicators, scholars, and community members.  

Students can expect a highly individualized and comprehensive approach to their academic success when visiting the OAR. The staff meets students where they are and recognize that every Haverford student defines success and personal growth differently.

70701_lg You can set up an individualized academic coaching session with an OAR staff member to help strengthen an array of personal skills and strategies associated with academic excellence, including:

  • time management approaches
  • reading comprehension strategies
  • focus and study techniques
  • semester planning
  • approaches for navigating the college classroom
  • goal setting/values identification
  • improving public speaking/presenting
  • preparing for graduate/professional school

peer-tutoring Peer tutoring is also available and strongly recommended for students seeking one-on-one instruction from fellow Haverford students.  This service is free and appointments can be made online.


Students are encouraged to take an active role in the ongoing development of the office by offering suggestions for workshops, discussion topics and speakers.    

The Class of 2017 will also be the first class to take full advantage of the suite of technology tools being infused into the OAR.  Students will be able to collaborate, learn, create and teach each other in creative new ways with the support of interactive touchscreen monitors, audio and web conferencing tools, collaborative working spaces, new software, and other tools.

Here’s what Haverford students are saying about the OAR:

 “The OAR has definitely helped me understand the components that go into being prepared for a reading-writing class other than the officially stated assignments. I am now able to take better notes on readings…and feel much more prepared for class and for writing assignments now.”

“I think the personalized attention is the most important aspect, one of the best parts about going to Haverford is that the workshop was not one-size fits all, but focused on personal attention.”

 “The OAR is staffed by very nice people who clearly understand what they are talking about, and are very helpful in providing specific and general study advice.”

What I appreciate so much about the OAR is that they recognize that academic performance is so closely tied to a variety of other factors in a student’s life. When I meet with the OAR, I’m not simply talking about my classes or my schedule, but also discussing life and the factors of being a student that can impede my ability to be academically efficient in the way that I want to be.”

 We are eager to enrich your transition to college.

Visit us on our website at:

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Follow us on Twitter!

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel, OARtv!


Get Social!


We are so excited to welcome you, the newest additions to the Haverford community, when you arrive on campus for Customs in two weeks. But in the hopes that you feel like a Ford before you ever even move into your dorm room, we wanted to invite you to join our virtual communities, if you haven’t already.

While you are probably already a member of the Class of 2017 Facebook group, don’t forget to visit the College’s own official page at, and “like” us to receive our updates right in your feed.  Our Facebook page is full of campus news, information, and photo galleries that can help you learn the lay of the land before your arrival. It’s also a great place to ask questions that can be answered in a timely manner by members of the College’s administration.

You can also follow Haverford on Twitter (@haverfordedu) for information about on-campus events and news, and to get practical alerts about life on campus (such as wireless service outages or campus construction warnings) sent right to your mobile device. Twitter is also a great way to connect with other incoming first-years and current students. Want to be on our ever-expanding list of current and former Ford followers? Tweet at us with the hashtag #haverfordfirstyear, and we’ll add you.

And speaking of mobile devices: bookmark the TODAY section of our homepage for easy access to information you will need on the go. Our TODAY page offers important information like what’s for lunch (or any other meal) at the Dining Center, local weather, and Bi-Co and Tri-Co transportation schedules that will help those of you who will take classes at Bryn Mawr or Swarthmore.

If Instagram is your preferred social media site, then you’re in luck! The College just launched its Instagram this summer and we are hoping you’ll help us fill it with pictures of your life here, including shots of College traditions and your favorite spots on campus. Just follow “haverfordedu” and be sure to tag your Haverford-related shots with the hashtag #HaverfordCollege.

We’re always looking for tips on what you’d like to see on social media (or what you’d like to see less of), so please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Rebecca Raber ( in our Communications Office. If you’d like to take a more active role in helping to drive or create this content, Rebecca is looking for volunteers for a Social Media Student Advisory Group. More details will follow in the fall, but please reach out to her if you’re interested in being a part of this new venture.

In the meantime, good luck with packing and safe travels! We’re looking forward to seeing you here on campus soon and online even sooner!

Campus Wide Resources for Excellence


The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) is a student-run networking and mentoring program dedicated to the goal of academic excellence. Student coordinators, in collaboration with faculty and deans, plan workshops designed to communicate the wisdom and experience of upperclassmen to new students. Open to all students in all disciplines, MSP sponsors workshops and panel discussions, and can help you find jobs on and off campus, internships, and make other useful contacts. Please come to the first meeting, Friday, September 6, at 5:30pm for pizza and to learn more about the opportunities available through MSP. You can contact the Faculty Director, Jeff Tecosky-Feldman ( for more information, or visit the website.



The Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership is Haverford College’s leadership development program. In accordance with the mission of the College, the program will encourage students to utilize the diverse resources on-campus, in the surrounding communities, and around the world to build the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to become positive change agents in our increasingly global society.

The Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, aims to provide the Haverford College community with opportunities to build skills and share experiences, knowledge, and resources in the arena of leadership development. More specifically, the Board administers the Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership, plans and implements the curriculum, retreats, speakers, and workshops, advises enrolled participants, and is constantly working to expand the Institute and connect Haverford College community members to leadership development opportunities in the surrounding area and around the world.   Please explore the curriculum and exciting activities at:


WOMEN IN SCIENCE -an on-campus group that seeks to encourage involvement from women in the sciences at all interest levels — from students planning on majoring or minoring to non-majors.  In addition to acting as a supportive social space, Women in Science is involved in mentoring, providing advice on career and academic opportunities, and building connections with women in science in the Tri-Co.

Incoming women interested in the sciences can learn more about the group, sign up for a mentor, or join the group’s mailing list by e-mailing the co-heads  Ana Nourmahnad (, Maggie Perkoff (




8th Dimension – Community Service at Haverford

8th Dimension, Haverford’s Office of Community Service, would like to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2017. I hope you are all excited to start your time at Haverford. You all bring thousands of hours of community service experience with you to college, and we cannot wait for you to continue your passionate work while here at Haverford.


550004_461316380608102_1834701784_nCommunity service is an incredible way to discover the Philadelphia area, do concrete work that improves lives, learn things that cannot be taught in a classroom, and meet all kinds of new people. You are definitely going to volunteer at least once on campus while you’re here–our first-year service days are coming up!–but our hope is that you will be able to volunteer as often as you want, and our job is to help you figure out how.

There are many, many ways to get involved while you’re on campus.


First-Year Service Days are one of 8th Dimension’s oldest traditions, in which all first-year students participate. You will have the opportunity to spend a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday in September working alongside your peers to help a local organization in need. We take care of everything from transportation to lunch! You just have to show up ready to help. This event is a great way to get to know other first-years, learn about an awesome volunteer organization, and enjoy a day of being off-campus as a break from the craziness

of your first month of college. We try to have one-time service days early and often at 8D. Service Days cover a wide variety of activities and interests. In the past, they have included environmental clean-ups, housing and school improvement projects, Philadelphia AIDS walk, urban farming, playing with kids at a local community center.


8th Dimension also facilitates ongoing student-run projects (SRPs) that are run by your

fellow Haverford students. SRPs are great opportunities for students to make a weekly commitment to volunteering with a group of your fellow students. SRPs also cover a wide range of opportunities, including tutoring, hospital work, income tax assistance and more. These are super easy to get involved in, and we encourage freshmen to do so!


If you have a specific interest that isn’t covered by our SRPs, we’ll work with you to find an individual placement.


We have an enormous number of agencies with which we can help you get involved, and if you aren’t sure how you want to get involved, we have an entire staff of students who want to talk to you about different opportunities.

No matter what kind of service you’re getting involved in, we will reimburse your travel costs, which makes the opportunities nearly limitless.

To see more examples of our service projects and find out how you can get involved… 

Visit our website!

Email us!

We hope you are excited to get involved while at Haverford as we are to help you get involved. Contact us to talk about your community service interests, and like our Facebook page! We will see you at the student activities fair, our fall info session, and your First-Year Service Days! Can’t wait!

First-Year Student Meet-Ups

Just as a reminder, the Alumni Relations Office has worked hard to put together meet-ups next month so that you can get to know some of your fellow classmates before arriving. If you can make any of these, be sure to come!

You should have received an invitation via email or snail mail if you live in one of these areas. If you have not but would like to attend, please feel free to email Hope you’ll be able to make it and have a great day!

The schedule is as follows:

Sat., 8/10 - Philly (on campus) - 12-2:00pm, Barclay Beach
Sun., 8/11 - NYC-Suburbs (Scarsdale) - 2-4:00pm
Wed., 7/31 – NYC – 6-8:00pm

Pre-Law and Pre-Health Resources

From the Pre-Law desk: There is plenty you can do to prepare for the study of law, and a career in law, during your time at Haverford.  Law schools look for applicants who can write well (with grace and style); think cogently (and marshal the facts to support an argument); and who can handle extensive reading assignments successfully and in a timely manner. If you take courses that develop and demonstrate these abilities, you will be in good shape and law schools will be interested in you.
Haverford College does not have a pre-law curriculum. This means you do not need to pursue a particular course of study to prepare you for law school or to improve your odds of gaining admission.  Our overall academic strength has a very good reputation among law schools, and our alumni have found much success with just about any major here.  Any course of rigorous study — and any major including the social sciences, the hard sciences, languages and the classics — will prepare you well for the study of law.

Jennifer Barr,,  will work with you to support your interest in pre-law.  Become actively involved the the Pre-Law Society at Haverford  where you will have more opportunities to learn about law and have the opportunity to contribute to the Bi-College Law Journal.


Pre-law is housed in the Career Development Office.  Fill out your profile on OCEAN and select Law as one of your career interests.  This will allow you to receive targeted emails regarding programs that have a focus on law-related careers and interests.



The Pre-Health Office serves Haverford students and alumni who are interested in the health professions, including medicine, osteopathy, public health, dentistry, nursing, podiatry, physical therapy and more.

At Haverford College students can develop a particularly strong foundation for careers in these professions because of our academic excellence, opportunities for research and service, and humanistic Quaker values.  In addition, given our convenient location outside of the city of Philadelphia, our students take advantage of numerous opportunities to volunteer and work in hospitals, clinics, and research facilities in the area. Haverford alumni have distinguished themselves as physicians in all areas of medicine and dentistry, as leaders in public health, and in satisfying practices as nurse practitioners, nutritionists, genetic counselors, physical therapists, and more.

Michele Taylor,, provides guidance and support to our students as they plan their pre health curriculum and extra curricular activities. We help them think through their schedules to fulfill admissions’ prerequisites for medical schools and other programs in the health sciences; plan for summer and extracurricular activities; and strategize for when and how they will apply to medical or other health professions schools.  For a more in depth view at this resource please consult the Pre-Health Advising web site at:

Peer Advisors and Educators aka: the Customs Team

Among the many advantages in attending a small college like Haverford, and one of which we are very proud, is the extensive guidance system. One segment of that system that you should know about is the considerable role of the upper class students who serve as the Customs Team.  Members of the team include: Ambassadors for Multicultural Affairs (AMA) , Customs People  (CP), Honor Code “Orienteers” (HCO) , Peer Awareness Facilitators (PAF) and Upper Class Advisers (UCA).

Each first-year student is assigned to live in a Customs group for the length of the year.   While the UCAs and the CPs  live with the first year students in their group, they will  work together with the rest of the  Customs Team to ensure that you learn all there is to know about Haverford and the tri-college community.

Customs Team members will most likely reach out to the first year students during the summer.  Their enthusiasm and their genuine commitment to welcoming the in coming students to the Haverford community give them a special place among  our college traditions.