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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 or non-academic accommodations at Haverford because of a physical, learning, psychological or medical disability, please contact Gabriela Moats, Coordinator of Accommodations, Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) at Please contact her by June 15th with appropriate documentation of your disability. For more information, please review the ODS First-Year Statement  and disability documentation guidelines.

Consent to Treat a Minor: August 1

If you will be younger than 18 years of age at time of arrival, your parent/guardian must complete the Consent to Treat a Minor Form and send it to Health Services. Please submit the Consent to Treat a Minor Form to Health Services via fax (610-896-1090) or mail, or scan and email the form to both Dotty Gardler ( and Catherine Sharbaugh (

Mailing address: Haverford College Health Services
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
U.S.A. (Only add if being mailed from outside the U.S.)

Fax: 610-896-1090
Phone: 610-896-1089


Placements: August 8

General Information

All placement exams are now active! 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.

Physics Placement 

Economics Placement - 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 - There are two parts to this exam.  IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are interested in taking the Chinese placement, please email Professor Changchun Zhang at and say “ I am interested in first year Chinese, and I plan to take the part II of the Chinese placement exam on campus.”
  • 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 – (password: paris-dakar).
  • German
  • Japanese - Will be available on campus on Thursday, August 28th at 8:30 AMIMPORTANT NOTE: If you are interested in taking the Japanese placement, please email Professor Tetsuya Sato ( and say “ I am interested in first year Japanese, and I plan to take the placement exam on campus.”
  • 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 29, 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 tthe language before or have prior informal experience with it should follow up about placement.  There are elementary level sections available for absolute beginners.