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Welcome to Haverford!

We’re so excited to meet you in the fall! 

First-Year students are asked to arrive at Haverford for non-academic registration and move-in on August 26, 2015 between 8:30am – 4:00pm.

Non-Academic registration will be held in Founders Great Hall. Lunch is provided to new students and their families and a program for parents begins at 1pm. If students expect to arrive after 4pm on August 26th, please inform Dean Michael Martinez at For those who arrive after 4:00pm, your room key and OneCard will be available at the Campus Safety Office.

Some students have been pre-approved to arrive before Wednesday 26th due to travel from far distances or participation in various pre-orientation programs (including TRICO Social Justice Institute, Horizons Leadership Institute, International Student Orientation or pre-season athletics).

If you have not been pre-approved to arrive early, please arrive on the 26thNOTE: Regardless of arrival date, all First-Year students are required to go through Non-Academic Registration on Wednesday, August 26. We suggest printing out Haverford’s campus map and bringing it with you when you arrive:

If you have any questions, ask Dean Martinez at

Accommodations for Disabilities: June 15

Haverford College is committed to ensuring that all students are afforded equal access to all college programs, activities and services. If you think you may need academic, housing or dining accommodations at Haverford because of a physical, learning, psychological or medical disability/condition, please submit accommodation requests by June 15thPlease see our instructions for requesting accommodations. Additional information about disability resources at Haverford can be found on the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) website, or by contacting ODS at   

Early Arrival Request: August 8

Generally, first-year students are not permitted to arrive before move-in day on Wednesday August 26th. However, there are a few exceptions. If you are arriving early for athletics or for TRICO or Horizons, you will receive information from your coaches and/or program directors about when you should arrive on campus and how to check in.

Special permission may be granted to arrive on Tuesday, August 25 if a student is flying alone and directly to Philadelphia either from the West Cost or from abroad. To request permission to arrive on August 26, please email Dean Martinez at before 4 p.m. on Friday, August 8. Students with special permission to arrive early can obtain their room key at the Facilities Management Office before 3:00 p.m. or at the Office of Safety and Security after 3 p.m.

Placements: August 8

General Information

When choosing your courses for the first semester, you will need information about the level at which you should enter a particular field of study. This process is known as “Placement.” In areas where you are particularly well prepared, you may be placed into intermediate rather than beginning level courses. Where no placement exam is given, an interview with the department chair can determine your status.

Which placement exams should you take? The general rule of thumb is that if you have absolutely no prior experience with a subject, you do not need to take the placement exam. If you have any experience with a subject and  are entertaining the possibility that you might take a course in that field at any point in your Haverford career, you should take the placement exam for that subject. You will have no other opportunity to do so. Some departments have specific guidelines that take precedence over this general rule of thumb.

Most placement exams and surveys are available online beginning July 1 and should be completed by August 8. Some language placement exams are only available when you arrive at Haverford during Customs Week in August. If you are not able to complete the online tests, please contact your Dean Michael Martinez ( or (610) 896-1293.

Placement and credit are separate issues at the College. High scores on AP exams can carry transferable credit, which can be used toward fulfilling credit requirements toward graduation. However, high scores on AP exams will not automatically assure advanced placement in a particular subject at Haverford. Such placement depends upon judgments made by the appropriate departments based on your placement exams results or interviews with the chair. Advanced placement from Haverford placement exams administered online or during Customs Week will not carry credit.

In order to accurately place you at the level which is best suited to your preparation and potential, you are expected to give your best effort while taking the exam under the principles of the Haverford Honor Code. To that end, you must complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial before taking your placement exams.

Computer Science

Physics Placement 

Economics - IMPORTANT NOTE: The econ exam is to place out of econ 105— which is the introductory course which covers both macroeconomics and microeconomics. Only students who have taken both a micro and macro economics course should consider taking the exam.  

Languages: General Information

Haverford College requires all of its students to complete two semesters of college-level study of a language other than English by the end of their junior year. This requirement may be satisfied in one of the following two ways:

  1. One full year of language study in one language at the level in which the student is placed by the appropriate Haverford College language department; or
  2. Language study in a course conducted under Haverford College’s approved International Study Abroad Programs, and as certified in advance by the relevant language department chair at either Haverford or Bryn Mawr, or by the Educational Policy Committee when the language has no counter department at either Haverford or Bryn Mawr.

Language courses may be taken at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and with advisor and registrar permission, the University of Pennsylvania. The Haverford department, however, must determine placement. Courses taken to fulfill the language requirement do not meet divisional distribution requirements and may not be taken Pass/Fail at Haverford, CR/NCR at Bryn Mawr or Swarthmore, or P/F at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Chinese - Please email Professor Changchun Zhang for more information at The subject line should be “Chinese placement.” If you have previous experience with the Chinese language and think you might place in a level beyond beginning, then taking the placement exam may be appropriate. The Chinese placement process involves submitting an essay by August 8 and taking an oral exam on Haverford’s campus on Thursday, August 27th. 
  • Spanish – Students who are planning or just considering enrollment in a Spanish course at Haverford or Bryn Mawr College at any point in the future must take the Placement Test.  The online Spanish Placement Test must be taken this summer, even if you are not planning on taking Spanish during the first year.
  • French
  • German 
  • Japanese - Please notify Professor Tetsuya Sato by email by August 8th if you plan to take the Japanese placement exam. The Japanese placement is an oral exam and will be given on Haverford’s campus in Gest Hall, Room 101 on Thursday, August 27th at 8:30AM. 
  • Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Russian – There is no formal placement exam for these languages. Students will be able to speak with faculty representing this department at the Academic Teas taking place on Friday, August 28, 2014, or by arranging an appointment to meet with the faculty teaching the introductory class during the shopping period, Sept.2-5.  Only students who have taken the language before or have prior informal experience with it should follow up about placement.  There are elementary level sections available for absolute beginners.