National College Decision Day: 5 Reasons to Choose Haverford

by Michelle Kaplan, Class of 2022

1: Collaborative Environment Haverford fosters a collaborative environment where students are competitive with themselves rather than each other. Studying in groups is common and students work together to understand difficult topics. Students do not discuss grades, promoting a collaboration between students.



2: Honor Code The honor code is a big part of life at Haverford and students take it very seriously. Academically, students are trusted to take self-scheduled, unproctored exams, cite sources, and produce their own original work. The honor code also impacts social life at Haverford cultivating an open and accepting community.



3: Campus Resources There are many resources available and accessible to students on campus. The Office of Academic Resources (OAR) supports students academically, providing academic coaching and access to peer tutors. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) assists students trying to navigate the hectic lives of college students. The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) supports Haverford’s commitment to amplifying diversity.



4: Location Haverford’s location is unique to many smaller liberal arts colleges. Located on the Main Line, minutes from downtown Philadelphia, students are afforded the opportunity to explore a diverse and historical city.  Travel is simple with the PHL airport 30 minutes from campus as well as a train stop within walking distance. The college campus is beautiful throughout the year and must be seen. The suburban location is an arboretum within walking distance of many shops, restaurants, and stores.




5: Bi-Co,Tri-Co, and Quaker Relations Haverford is a consortium member with Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. The Bi-Co, between Haverford and Bryn Mawr, allows Haverford students to easily take classes at Bryn Mawr. The blue bus transports students between the schools every 15 minutes during the day. The Tri-Co, between Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore, provides students the opportunity to take classes at Swarthmore. Books and journals from Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore libraries are also available to Haverford students through the Tri-Co. Haverford’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania enables students to take some classes at Penn.