Arrival On Campus

First-year students are expected to arrive at Haverford on Wednesday, August 27 between 8:30 a.m. and noon. International students are expected to arrive on August 24.

Early Arrival

Special permission may be granted to arrive on Tuesday, August 26 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 complete this form before 4 p.m. on Friday, August 8. Students with special permission from the Office of Residential Life 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.

Late Arrival

We strongly encourage all students to arrive during the registration hours on August 27, however, if you must arrive after registration closes, please notify the Office of Residential Life (610-896-1298 or before 4 p.m. on Friday, August 10 so that arrangements can be made to leave the student’s room key at Campus Safety and to notify his/her Customs group to expect a late arrival.

International Students

International students are required to arrive on Sunday, August 24 to participate in International Student Orientation program (ISO) coordinated by the Office of International Students Services.  Eligible students have received a mailing from Denise Allison, Director, during the spring.  Further information regarding ISO can be found on the web site for International Students. Any questions about this program should be directed to Denise Allison at (610) 896-2960 or

Non-Academic Registration

The non-academic registration process includes verifying health records, satisfying student accounts, picking up room keys and receiving student identification cards.

Student Employment: If you are planning to work on campus you should come to the Student Payroll table on the 2nd floor of Founders during registration. To save time at registration you can have your W-4 and I-9 completed and ready to turn in.  You will need to bring two pieces of ID - your social security card and a picture ID, or if you prefer you can bring just one piece of ID but it must be your valid US passport (copies of all forms of ID will be accepted).  If you live in Pennsylvania it is mandatory to turn in the PA local income tax form.  Please remember these forms must have your social security number on them. We also ask that you sign up for direct deposit so you won’t have to wait another month for a replacement check.  Just fill out the direct deposit authorization and bring a voided check. Student Payroll is paid on a monthly cycle which is the 15th of every month and time sheets are due the last Friday of the month. You can also find the necessary forms ahead of time and bring them with you.

Unexpected Delay

If a last minute emergency creates an unexpected delay on arrival day, please notify the Office of Residential Life ( or 610-896-1298).  After 4 p.m., please leave a message with Campus Safety at (610) 896-1111.


For students traveling alone, it is helpful to have a print out of the Haverford Campus Map. Taxi fare from Philadelphia airport to Haverford College is approximately $45, and the trip takes about 30 minutes. The service is available through the Information desk at the airport near the baggage claim area from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.   For more information see Visiting: Getting Here.

Dining Center

Meal service for first-year students does not begin until lunch on Aug. 27 but students who have permission to arrive early may pay cash for meals until then.  Meals will be provided without charge for students attending the International Student Orientation program starting with lunch Aug. 26. The meal charges and hours are:  hot breakfast at $7.25 from 7 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch at $9.25 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.; dinner at $11.50 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Any changes in hours will be posted in the Dining Center.).

New students and their parents, as well as any accompanying family members, are invited to lunch as guests of the College on the 27.  Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Dining Center.  Free tickets will be available at Non-Academic Registration.

Parent Events

Parents are invited to a series of informal talks and seminars designed specifically for parents of incoming students and their families.  We will begin at 1 p.m. with an opportunity for you to meet Dan Weiss, President of the College.  A printed schedule of the various sessions will be available at non-academic registration, and can be accessed HERE or via the Customs website.


For answers to frequently asked questions about first-year housing and living at Haverford, go HERE.