10 Things You Should Know about Your Libraries

Students use the libraries’ services and resources for many different purposes.  For a brief introduction, see photos and details on this website: library.haverford.edu/first-years/Bonus: If you answer the 9 questions at the end before August 28, you will be entered into a drawing for gift cards from the Wawa, the store where everyone gets their snacks

Check out the links for student theses, research guides, rare books, DVDs, the Global Terrorism Research Project, and more.  Watch for an email this month from your personal librarian who will be your first point of contact for all library and research needs.

library blog

Students, faculty, and librarians giving lightning talks about their digital projects

Account Message Mistakenly Sent

Please find below a message from IITS regarding a message that many of you received last night. The issue appears to be resolved. Some of you did not receive the message IITS refers to here, so please disregard this post.


Dear Student,

We’re writing to let you know that the message you received about 9 hours ago indicating that your Haverford account was to be deleted was sent in error. We are very sorry for this mistake.

We found a glitch that caused our student record-keeping system to have two records for you. We erased the duplicate record, which caused the system to send you that notice. The notice went out before we could catch it.

Again, we are very sorry for the inconvenience and confusion this caused you. Your account is, and will stay, fully intact.

Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 610.896.1480 or via email at ProDesk@haverford.edu.


The IITS ProDesk Team

Message From Customs Co-Heads Regarding Seminars with Faculty

Members of the Class of 2017 and incoming guest, exchange, and transfer students:

We would first like to welcome you to Haverford, and we are honored to have the opportunity to help you transition into becoming a Haverford student. As Customs Week Co-Heads it is our job to welcome you to Haverford, and to help transition you into the broader Haverford community by equipping you with the necessary information as well as showing you how our campus operates.

As part of Customs Week, all first-year students participate in small, seminar style discussions with members of the faculty. These seminars are intended to help introduce first-year students to ‘the academic discussion’, and provide an opportunity to engage in earnest and intellectual discourse before the start of classes.

Topics for the discussion range from perspectives on climate change to musings on Nelson Mandela. There are 17 seminars from which you may choose, and space will be limited to 25 students in each seminar. By following the link below, you will find a list of the members of the faculty who will lead these discussions along with their
respective topics and a brief description. Take a few moments to look over the offerings; choose one that is of interest to you. Once you arrive on campus for Customs Week, you will receive the exact details about your seminar in your Customs Week schedule.

Enrollment in these seminars is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you find that the seminar for which you want to register is already full, simply sign up for another seminar that piques your interest.

To sign up, go to the following website, log in with your Haverford username and password, and please select a seminar by August 19, 2013.

Seminars with the Faculty:


We very much looking forward to meeting all of you in a few short weeks. Until then, enjoy what remains of your respective summers.


Alex Lee and Vin Dioguardi
Customs Week Co-Heads 2013


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! blogs.haverford.edu/8D/facebook.com/pages/Haverford-8th-Dimension/100132273393183

Email us! 8dstaff@haverford.edu

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!

Get your Housing Assignment

The much anticipated housing assignments are finally here.  Karl and I encourage you to check your email (if you haven’t already) and find out where you are housed for next year. Smitty, Raisa, Karl, and I put many hours into placing each of you, and we are thrilled with the results. We encourage you to start contacting any roommates or suitemates, and you will be contacted  by members of your customs team soon.

If for some reason, you did not receive an assignment or if you have questions about your location, let us know at hc.new.students@gmail.com or 610-896-4900.  We will be available to answer phone calls from 8:30-4:30 on Monday-Friday.  Please look at the Residential Life page before calling because many questions you may have can be found there.



Karl and Nate pressing the button to send out housing assignments

Karl and Nate pressing the button to send out housing assignments

Update on deadlines

June 28, 2013 - Your Faculty Adviser needs to know a bit about you before you arrive.  Please feel out the adviser survey which you can find at: www.admin.haverford.edu/servlet/reality/hcadmin/introletter

August 2, 2013 - Writing sample


July 21, 2013 - Confidential Health Record -    www.haverford.edu/healthservices/services/forms.php Must be submitted by July 21, 2013. Students under 18 may need assistance/information from their parents when completing the form.  There is a fee penalty if the form is late so, take a look at all the information in the Health Center web site to make sure you are ready to make a healthy transition.www.haverford.edu/healthservices/services

August 28, 2013 - Information on getting started in Haverford’s technical network is available through iits.haverford.edu/help-center/getting-started-at-haverford/ There is an important Quiz which you should complete as soon as possible, but no later than the 28th of August. 

The Haverford Area

While we hope you are pumped about the diversity of activities available on campus, we hope you will also use your time as a Haverford student to explore Haverford, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, and the surrounding area. Haverford provides opportunities to make it easier for you to get off campus. For example, the Student Activities Office distributes free SEPTA (Philadelphia area public transit system) tokens and train tickets via online sign-up at the beginning of each week to enable students to get to know the city without spending money. Check out this link to find out where in Philly you could go: www.haverford.edu/activities/philly/. ‘Fords Against Boredom (FAB) also regularly sponsors trips to Philadelphia sports games, concerts, art galleries, and performances to help students become aquatinted with the area, and as with all FAB events, it’s all free! Eighth Dimension, Haverford’s community service office, is also a great resources for becoming more involved in the community on and off campus.

In terms of more about the area, Haverford and it’s nearby towns (walking distance), Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, are located on the Mainline, the area that encompasses all of the Philadelphia suburbs. While Haverford and Ardmore are relatively small, they are nice areas to walk around, eat out, shop, and get groceries. Some staples every Haverford student should know are within 5-10 minutes walking from campus about are as follows: Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, Bruegger’s Bagels, Saxby’s Coffee, CVS, Rite Aid, Chipotle, Wawa (kind of like seven eleven), iHop, and Trader Joe’s (particularly close to HCA).

Both Haverford and Ardmore (closer to HCA) have easy-access commuter rail train stations and high-speed rail stops, making it easy for students to get into Philly. If you don’t get free tickets from the Student Activities Office ahead of time, train tickets are $5 on-peak and $4 off-peak. High-speed rail tokens are $2 if you are not buying them in rolls, and for an extra $1 you can get a transfer that will enable you to get into center city. Philadelphia is a wonderful city and is completely worth exploring. Some areas I’d recommend becoming familiar with are University City (around Penn and Drexel), Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square (close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Love park, the old city, and the Italian market area.  Looking forward to your arrival!


Below you will find some questions and answers that might be helpful in your transition.  Keep them coming……

On placement exams:

  • Will we need to commit to the courses we select and write down in our First Year Advising Questionnaire?

No.  The courses you discussed in your adviser survey were courses that seemed interesting.  You don’t have enough information yet to make decisions.  You will need to speak with your Upper Class Adviser (UCA) and your faculty adviser before you make up a schedule.

  • Is the placement exam mandatory for all students wishing to take a class in the subject area?

Yes.  That’s how we will know where you should begin.  You would not want to be bored by a course that covers what you have already learned, and it would not be fair to students who are learning the material for the first time to have to compete with someone who is already familiar with the material.

  • Should I take a placement exam in a subject even if I’m not 100% sure I’ll be taking a class in that subject area?

Some courses have per-requisites that make it necessary to know your placement level.  For instance, Econ 105 requires a math placement of Calculus 113.  Biology has a pre-requisite of one semester of a lab science.  Most students take Chemistry or Physics to fulfill that requirement.  In both instances, knowing the math and/or Chem or Physics placement would be helpful. Additionally, sometimes students think they would like to begin a new language in college but due to scheduling difficulties opt to fulfill their language requirement with a language they took in high school.  It is best to have the placement done in case you decide to keep on going with the language you took through high school.  International students can contact me directly to think through what language they would pick.

  • Will there be opportunities to take the placement exam in the future if I decide later on that I want to take a class in the subject area?

It is possible to complete some of these tests at a later time, but since you won’t know your schedule until you meet with folks here, it makes sense to take the placement exams during the summer.  It would be a good idea to avoid taking the tests while you are trying to register for classes.

  • Can the foreign language requirement be met with an AP score of 4 or 5 or a score above 600 in the SAT II?

This is no longer the case.  The Educational Policy Committee changed the requirement.  Beginning with the Class of 2016 all students will need to complete 2 semesters of a language other than English.


On Res Life:

  • When will first-year housing assignments be released?

We are hard at work creating customs groups that we believe will provide the best possible fit for each and every freshman. Freshmen can expect an email with their housing assignment, along with contact information for any roommate/suitemates, not later than the end of July.  Customs team members will begin to contact frehsmen shortly thereafter.

  • What kinds of things go on during move-in day/customs week? Is there programming for parents? When should they leave?

A full schedule of customs week activities, including the program for parents on move-in day, will soon be available at: www.haverford.edu/customs/schedule.php.

  • Are students allowed to stay on campus during Fall break?

Many Haverford students stay on campus over Fall break, especially if they live a flight away from college.  Several college offices (such as 8th Dimension, CPGC) and student clubs (such as the outdoor club) offer alternative programming for Fall break, and some jobs will allow students to continue to work over this 10 day period.  The residence halls remain open (at no extra charge) during Fall, Thanksgiving, and Spring breaks.  The Dining Center is closed however.  more information on this at:


A Welcome from Dean Martinez

imageDear Class of 2017,

As the summer whisks by and your arrival to campus fast approaches, I write to extend my own welcome to you. Today marks the beginning of my second week on the job as Dean of First-Year Students. My predecessor, Raisa Williams, who will be retiring in August, is working hard to ensure that I am ready for you when Customs begins on August 28th.

Here’s a quick story: My first-year college roommate is named Andres. We were both from Texas; we were both Latino, and neither of us had turned in our housing preference forms (NOT a good idea). I’m not sure who decided to place us in the same room together, but it turned out to be a very lucky break both for Andres and for me. We were instant friends, and he became one of my best friends in life. In fact, three years ago I served as the best man at his wedding. I learned a lot from Andres, and I’m a better person today for having known him. To be clear, I am not promising that your roommate next year will be your best friend in life. What I am promising is that awaiting you at Haverford are some of the most profound and transformative friendships, relationships, and experiences in your life.

Between now and the time you arrive on campus, make the most of your summer and stay present with your friends and family at home. As amazing as your college experience will surely be, it is important to remember that your story has many chapters, all of which have enormous value, and Haverford will be but one of them. So enjoy your summer, and don’t stress. Everything you have to do is listed on the First Year Blog. If it’s not there, you don’t have to do it, and you should NOT be worrying about it.

We are all very excited to welcome you to campus in the fall. In the meantime, if you have any questions or if you just want to introduce yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you happen to live nearby, feel free to stop by and say hello.

See you soon,
Dean Martinez

Email: mmartine@haverford.edu
Office: 610.896.1293
Cell/Text: 207.333.1141