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From PHL to Haverford College

Hey ‘Fords! Hope your summers are going well!

Some of you (like me) will be traveling great distances to be here (exciting!) and will have to navigate your way from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Haverford College. It can be a little daunting if you haven’t made the trip before, so we’ve listed a few options available that will get you to campus.

Public Transportation – Cost: ~$10

Philadelphia’s public transportation, Southeastern Public Transportation Authority (or SEPTA) can be a bit confusing at times, but it’s a great affordable route! You’ll take two SEPTA trains: the Airport High Speed Line and the Paoli/Thorndale Line, and travel time in total is about an hour, plus layover times while transferring.

From PHL:

The Airport High Speed Line (labelled on signs as the Center City Train) has four stops in PHL at terminals A, B, C/D, and E. From any of these stops, take the R-1 Train (a.k.a. the Airport Line) to 30th Street Station. Inform the conductor that your final destination is Haverford, Pennsylvania and that you will need a transfer ticket. Keep the ticket receipt with you; you’ll need it to board the next train. Approximate traveling time is around 30 minutes.

From 30th Street Station:

Once you arrive at 30th Street Station, follow signs directing you to the Regional Rail and locate the Paoli/Thorndale Line (the train itself will be labeled Malvern). Keep your transfer ticket out, and ride the train to Haverford Station.

From Haverford Station:

Walk about 10 minutes to Haverford’s campus! You can choose to take a left on Lancaster and walk through the main entrance of College Lane. Or, alternatively, you can walk through Haverford’s back entrance using the following route:

Rideshare – Cost: $32 – $54

If you have a credit card set up, you can order a ride using a rideshare app, such as Lyft. Rideshares are fairly convenient; the trip is about 30 minutes with no stops. However, at times of high demand rates may drastically change, making the total fair very uncertain.

After exiting your terminal, follow signs towards Ground Transportation. It will be in the same direction as Baggage Claims, if you checked a bag before your flight. Once at Ground Transportation, follow signs to a designated Ride App Pickup location and wait for your ride!

Taxi – Cost: $55 – $70

If you don’t have a credit card, taxi cabs are an alternative option for getting a ride. As with rideshares, prices can vary, but instead with the added traffic surcharge. The trip is about 30 minutes.

As with Rideshares, follow signs towards Ground Transportation/Baggage Claims. Opposite of Ride App Pickup locations in Baggage Claims are Taxi Pickup locations. There are typically a line of taxis waiting for passengers.

These three routes should get you to Haverford’s campus just fine and in a short amount of time! Feel free to contact us at with any questions!


Alright, ‘Fords… it’s time for us to say goodbye (for now!)

Our time being Dean’s Office Summer Interns has come to a close! Kim, Hanna, and I will no longer be in the office or managing social media, but you can still expect weekly blog posts and can contact with any questions you might have. Keep an eye out in particular for posts about the Customs pre-orientation program and directions to campus from the airport!

It’s been a pleasure working on this blog, getting to engage with you this summer, and assigning your housing; we hope you’ll find a supportive community in your hall and Customs teams. May your first year here at Haverford be engaging, expansive, and fun! As President Raymond said, take risks! There’s a lot to learn about the world and yourself. Along the same line of thought, don’t take this first year TOO seriously. This is a big transitional period; by the end of your first year you’ll have learned some things, had some fun, and made new friends. And it’s okay if that takes time… it’s all a process!

Take a deep breath, and don’t forget to enjoy the rest of your summers! We can’t wait to meet all of you during Customs and beyond!

Work Studies

During your time at Haverford, you may find yourself working a job on campus! It’s a great way to get some meaningful work experience, build career skills, and an income to support educational expenses. Haverford College makes finding employment opportunities super easy through its Student Employment Program.

Mission Statement: The mission of the student employment program is to provide students with meaningful work experiences that build practical skills particular to a certain function and general skills such as: punctuality, discipline, honesty, thoroughness, teamwork, and problem solving. Building these employment skills works in partnership with the academic program which forwards students’ intellectual development in the liberal arts.

The Student Employment Program offers a wide range of work areas, including campus libraries, the dining center, the admissions office, facilities, dean’s office and administrative services, peer tutoring, etc. My first year, I worked in Audio Visual setting up presentations for classes, conferences, the VCAM theater, and guest speakers. Not only was it good work experience, but it also got me out to some really interesting guest speaker talks that I otherwise would never have gone to!

The college makes it super easy to find employment opportunities throughout the Haverford campus community via the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) and the Part-Time Job Board, which also features employment opportunities from the surrounding area.

If you anticipate working a job during your time at Haverford, it might be useful to get your documentation together beforehand. Those who have not worked for the college must provide original I-9 documentation and, unfortunately, copies and faxes aren’t accepted, so gathering these items before you arrive can be super helpful! You can find a list of acceptable I-9 documentation here:

As always, let us know if you have further questions at


Academic Resources

photo: Alexandra Iglesias ’21

Hey everyone!

As the school year approaches, you may find yourself thinking about your courses and academic workload. It’s super important, especially in your first year, to keep in mind the various academic resources Haverford has to offer!

The Office of Academic Resources (OAR) offers students a variety of services to help students actualize their academic potential through their course work and research here at Haverford College. Through the OAR you can schedule coaching sessions, access digital resources, meet with peer tutors, and attend workshops tailored towards strategies for time management, exam prep, presentations, and many more!

You can schedule a coaching session with professional staff members through the OAR’s website throughout the fall and spring semesters, and even the summer. These advisors can help you with whatever you need, whether it’s creating a better scheduling system or accountability for longer projects. There are even walk-in hours on Fridays from 1-2 pm.

The OAR’s digital resources are chock-full of various handouts that provide strategies for academic reading, exam prep, note taking, fighting procrastination, overcoming finals stress, etc. They’re super accessible and can be found right on the OAR’s website.

Peer tutoring is an awesome resource available to Haverford students, and is one of my personal favorite services the OAR provides. You can find a peer tutor for a wide variety of disciplines, from STEM to language courses. I used a peer tutor my first year for Math 121, which was super useful for strengthening my foundational knowledge of concepts we were using in class. You can meet with a peer tutor any time during the semester simply by making an appointment through the OAR’s website! In addition peer tutoring, Haverford also offers the Writing Center, a system where you can get help from upper-class students on academic essays, lab reports, oral/PowerPoint presentations, and personal essays for fellowships and applications.

This brief introduction to the OAR just scratches the surface of all the supports it provides, so always keep an eye out for events they hold once the school year starts! You can learn more about the OAR and the resources they offer here:

And as always, let us know if you have further questions at

Student Sunday #8 – George Doehne

George Doehne   


Class of 2022

Growth and Structure of Cities and/or Political Science

From Pasadena, CA

What do you do on campus?

On campus I participate in HavOC and the climbing club, help run Haverford Votes, write and edit for the Clerk, work at the Dining Center. will be a peer tutor at the Writing Center next year. I’m heavily involved in HavOC (Haverford Outdoors Club) and the climbing club, which organize weekend and break trips as well as other events like the Pre-Customs Orientation Program, which I was part of during my first year and will be helping lead this year. I’m also on the executive committee for Haverford Votes, I write for the Clerk, and I work at the Dining Center. Next year I’ll be a peer tutor for the Writing Center and a customs person!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 

My single favorite spot is the fireplace in the Dining Center. It’s cozy, warm, and a good place to meet friends and do work. Runner-up goes to the Coop, for when I need to buckle down and write something (but also might want a quesadilla).

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?

Goofing off during an unexpected snow day by making seven-foot-tall snow sculptures, then going inside to warm up by having hot chocolate with my hall.

Guest Post: Haverfarm!

Hey y’all,

The Haverfarm is a student-oriented farm that aims to teach as well as promote sustainable agriculture. The farm is for the students and because of this the farm can aid students in whatever way. If that is helping run a personal project to teaching a P.E. credit, there are many possibilities. At the farm we aim to only use organic seeds and environmentally sustainable practices. Some of the plants we have grown this summer are: tomatoes, garlic, peppers, lettuce, green beans, sunflowers, and zinnias.

Besides our production plot behind the facilities building there is another plot located in HCA called (*drumroll*) HCA Garden. This garden is open to ALL Haverford students and all the produce there is free. If you would like to harvest some produce but you have no idea how to, email us at and we would be glad to teach you how to properly harvest! If you have experience in agriculture or none at all, come to the farm and say hi!

See y’all soon,

The Haverfarm


Don’t forget to join in on the Havenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes!!! Check out last Thursday’s post for the rules. This week’s items are…

-Send us your favorite Vine 

-What’s your song of the summer?

-Show us one of your interests

Submit your photos and answers to

Exclusive Interview with President Wendy Raymond!

What first drew you to Haverford?

Everything drew me to Haverford, in the first place and for a long time. I’ve been in liberal arts education for about 25 years, at two other small liberal arts colleges, and of course everyone in that world knows about Haverford. They know that it as a place of excellence with talented and creative students, faculty, and staff, and also the Quaker heritage that really lets it be a place of community, contribution to community, and integrity, all of which are undergirded by the truly lived student Honor Code. All of that draws me to Haverford.

AND my husband is a Haverford grad! He’s class of ’82, so I’ve had Haverford in my hip pocket for a really long time because I’ve known Dave for over 30 years, and we’ve been married almost 26 years. We moved cross-country and the Haverford Magazine went with us wherever we were. So even though it wasn’t like I was studying Haverford there, I did have some familiarity with it and lived with a Haverfordian for a long time. And I know that Dave really loves the values of this place. So that also is a way that I’ve thought for a long time about how Haverford would be an amazing place for me to be. You never know how that’s going to play out, and I’m still so incredibly fortunate and humbled by the fact that it’s happened in this way. I’m just thrilled to be here!

Do you have a favorite part of campus?

The first thing that comes to mind is the Nature Trail. I’ve walked it almost every day that I’ve been here (one day it was thunderstorming and I didn’t get to go out), either in the early morning or the evening. Last night, for example, I saw a doe with her triplets! They were spotted and tiny. Another time there was a fox in the middle of the trail, looking at me, tail outstretched. And of course if you walk at night there are all the fireflies. It’s just magical!

And the new library! It’s incredible. I was lucky enough to get a tour last week; the library staff is one of the first small groups I met with. I met with them on my second day, and that space is fantastic.

What was your first-year experience like as an undergraduate at Cornell?

It was fantastic! I loved Cornell. I left my state of Wisconsin because I needed a different, more expansive adventure. And this is all a first-year experience, right? You come to a place that you think you love, but you kind of love it on paper. I’d actually never visited it. And, literally of course because of the generation I’m in, it was literally all on paper because there was no internet. I was drawn to Cornell because it was founded in 1865 for men, women, and people of color.  So it was founded upon a principle of complete inclusion, and that was really attractive to me compared to other Ivy League institutions, which were not founded that way. Cornell is also New York State’s land grant institution, which means public, but it’s a university of seven undergraduate colleges some of which are public, some are private. I love that idea of bringing together the public and the private in one place.

I knew what I wanted to study; it was government. I was going to be a lawyer, and I switched in my very first year, probably within the first six weeks, to being a chemistry major. So Cornell was transformative for me, intellectually and academically.

But also my living experience — we did not have Customs, we had RAs — was also really great. I was the president of my dorm and so I was really involved in thinking about programming and bringing people together, and that was really fun. I met lots of people from all over the world and had my eyes open wide compared to when I first stepped foot on campus.

A shift from a major in government to chemistry is a big change. Do you have any advice for first-years as they meet with their pre-major advisors?

I know, not only from my personal experience but also from being a professor for so long, that being open-minded about what you’re experiencing is so important. That’s the advice I’d give to people: be as open-minded and exploratory as you can possibly be. That starts with how you set up the classes that you take. Are you willing to take a class that has a prefix that’s not something you’ve had in high school? Maybe you don’t know about sociology, anthropology, or psychology because your school didn’t offer things like that. So that would be one: be open-minded.

And number two: be curious. That’s not just about the academic part, but about: “why did your professors, or how did your professors, get into what they’re doing?” Often times, even at a small, small place like Haverford, students can be intimidated about having conversations with faculty. But a simple question to ask a faculty member, even if you’re shy or nervous, is “How did you become a mathematician?” or “How did you become a jazz instructor?” you name it, and they might have a really interesting story to tell. So be curious in all kinds of ways.

These are all easier said than done. We’re not, sort of, built that way. Another way of framing that is risk-taking. Take some risks! This is a safe-ish place. From the perspective of a 17 or 18 year old it might not seem safe, but I know it’s a safe place to take risks about what you’re studying, what you’re thinking about. Maybe you’d like to take Chinese even though you think it’s going to be super hard, which it is for most people. Excellent! Great place to take a hard class and be taught along the way.

What are you most excited about for this upcoming year?

I’m really most excited to get to know students. My last job was as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, the equivalent of what the provost is here, and that didn’t really remove me from students, but I had much less student contact than I had as a professor; I was mostly focused on work with faculty. So I’m really excited about working with students because my first love is teaching. I’m not going to be teaching here, at least not right away, so I won’t have student contact that way, but my job as president is to know students and to understand what you’re interested in about Haverford and how Haverford can be changed into an even better place for you and for students who come after you. I’m in this work because I love 20-something-year-olds. Your age group is just fantastic; you’re changing, you’re developing, you’re exploring, you’re having crises of confidence, crises about “Who am I?”, “What are my identities? How do those intersect?”, and I just find all of it really stimulating because I have complete confidence in the journey that you’re on!

Any additional advice for the incoming class as they enter their first year?

Have fun! This is advice for all of us, and especially first-year students. We can tend to get super serious about what we’re doing, and that’s cool, but it’s not cool when it leads to stress and lack of well-being. So, what can you do for fun? How can you intersect with the other first-years you’re meeting? Other faculty and staff? What makes your heart sing?


Hey Everyone!

There are a lot of awesome places and opportunities near Haverford, like taking classes within the Tri-Co, checking out Suburban Square, and going in to Philly… but how are you going to get to any of these places?? Haverford unfortunately doesn’t allow first-years to bring cars to campus, and walking by foot would be a HUGE bummer. Luckily Haverford and the surrounding area provide various means of transportation to your various needed destinations!

Blue Bus + suburban square runs

The Blue Bus runs between Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College seven days a week. They run every 20-30 minutes, so taking a class at Bryn Mawr is super accessible and easy to fit in your schedule. Weekdays they run from 7:30AM to 1:00AM, but run until 2:45AM on Friday and Saturday. And on Saturdays, the Blue Bus will make trips to Suburban Square, which sure beats walking there!

Tri-Co Van

Similar to the Blue Bus, the Tri-Co Van makes its rounds between Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges. It leaves a bit less frequently, but offers easy transportation to the Tri-Co Consortium.

Airport/train station shuttles

During the period before breaks, Haverford shuttles will make trips to the train stations nearby and the PHL airport. This is super helpful if you’re heading home and need to take a train or plane.

Regional Rail/Norristown High-Speed Line

There aren’t any school-sponsored means of transportation into Philadelphia, but there are two great forms of public transportation: the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail and the Norristown High-Speed Line. For a few bucks, you’re in the city in about half an hour. Be sure to check the schedule beforehand so you’re not stuck waiting!

While you may not be able to have a car on campus your first year, these buses and shuttles should get you everywhere you need for these next two semesters! As always, if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at


Don’t forget to join in on the Havenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes!!! If you don’t know them by now, check out our June 6th post for the rules. This week’s items are…

  • Something you’re gonna miss from home
  • How do you unwind?
  • Riddle time! What English word has three consecutive double letters? (credit to Reader’s Digest)

Submit your photos and answers to


Hey friends!

While a lot of your time at Haverford will be focused on school and extracurriculars, a good chunk of it will be spent on break (hell yeah). Whether you’re driving or getting a bus/plane ticket home, it’s helpful to keep in mind the dates and logistics for school breaks.

Fall Break

10/11 – 10/21

Fall Break begins Friday, October 11th at 4:00 p.m. and ends Monday, October 21st at 8:30 a.m. You have the option to register to stay on campus; all residence halls will remain open. In previous years, the Dining Center has closed on Friday at 2:00 p.m., but there are talks about it staying open for Fall/Spring break, so stay posted! If not, it will reopen Sunday the 20th at 5:00 p.m. The VCAM kitchen will be open and pantry goods will be available in the OAR kitchen. The Coop will remain open over break Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you’re planning on returning home, there are airport shuttle runs on Friday from Stokes at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at $12 per person.

Keep in mind that Health Services will be closed Friday at 4:00 p.m. and will reopen Monday at 9:00 a.m. In the event of an emergency, call Campus Safety (they’ll remain open 24/7) and they will transport you to Bryn Mawr Hospital. CAPS will be closed over break as well, but students can still reach the on-call counselor at Campus Safety. Campus Safety also has a lock box where you can store valuable articles.

Thanksgiving Break

11/27 – 12/2

Thanksgiving Break begins Wednesday, November 27th at 4:00 p.m. and ends Monday, December 2nd at 8:30 a.m. The residence halls will remain open. Similar to Fall Break, the DC, Coop, and Health Services will close Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. There isn’t any transportation offered, so I recommend carpools if you’re headed to the airport!

Winter Break

12/20 – 1/21

Winter Break will be from December 20th to January 21st (a nice looong break). Remember to take everything you need! Campus is officially closed, so residence halls will be locked. The Coops will close at 1:00 p.m., the Dining Center will close at 2:00 p.m., and Health Services will close at 4:00 p.m. Campus Safety will remain open 24/7. Airport runs will still be available at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. for $12 per person.

Spring Break

3/6 – 3/16

Spring Break will be from March 6th to the 16th, and the notices are identical to Fall Break. Once again, the Dining Center has previously been closed for Spring Break, but might be open this year!

Summer Closing


All Haverford services and residence halls close on the 15st of May, but you have the option to rent space in HCA to stay over the summer! It’s super convenient if you work or do research on campus (like our positions at the Office of Res Life!!).

There you have it! A brief overview of what you can expect from the 2019-2020 breaks. As always, let us know if you have any questions at

Clubs and Organizations

Hey Haverfordians!

In processing your housing questionnaires, we’ve gotten to know a lot of your activities, hobbies, and interests, many of which have student groups on campus! There are over 100 student-run organizations to participate in at Haverford where you can meet new people with similar interests and passions. They can all be broken down into 7 categories: (1) Academic & Pre-Professional; (2) Activities & Recreation; (3) Affinity; (4) Community Houses; (5) Service & Activism; (6) Spiritual & Religious Life; (7) Visual & Performing Arts.

Academic & Pre-Professional

Academic & Pre-Professional clubs offer various means for expanding academic interests outside of the classroom, including hosting panels with alumni, establishing networks in external fields, and organizing workshops. These include the Pre-Health Society, The Clerk (Haverford’s Independent Student Newspaper), and Haverford Mock Trial.

Activities & Recreation

There is no one type of Haverford student and the clubs reflect the diverse array of interests on-campus. Recreational clubs include… just to name a few… music groups (e.g. Bi-Co Jazz Ensemble, one of our 6 a capella groups), sports (Softball, Men’s Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee), game enthusiasts (DnD Club, MtG Club), sketch groups (The Throng Improv Comedy, Off The Spot), and many, many more!


Affinity groups at Haverford play a vital role in ensuring an inclusive environment that empowers students of all identities by holding open and private discussion groups, panels, and meetings. Some of Haverford’s affinity groups include Black Students’ League (BSL), Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS), Queer Discussion Group, Haverford Asian Students Association (HASA), and more!

Community Houses

Upper-class students are given the opportunity to live with others who share the same identities and interests. These spaces often engage the wider Haverford community, either through open affinity group discussions or fun events. These include the Ira De A. Reid House for students that identify as Black, Quaker House for those interested in Quakerism, etc.

Spiritual & Religious Life

Haverford’s religious groups work to create a supportive spiritual and social community to those identifying as such by organizing meetings, celebrating holidays, and sponsoring events. These groups include the Jewish Student Union (JSU), Muslim Students Association (MSA), etc.

Visual & Performing Arts

Haverford’s performing arts groups are entirely student led! They include Greasepaint Productions (a Bi-Co musical theater troupe), Bounce Dance Club, and Spotlight Theater Company. You can also join the Federation United Concert Series (FUCS), a student-run group that brings various musical artists to campus to perform!

Check out the pasted link below for a full list of all the student organizations on campus! And as always, let us know if you have any questions at