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Haverford College Traditions

by Luigie Febres, Class of 2022

Student traditions on campus are a big part of every college! They give you a sense of belonging that is unique to your school. Although this list does not include all of Haverford’s exciting traditions, it has some of the most popular traditions on campus.

Pinwheel Day: *The following information is of the highest clearance, only those a part of the Haverford community are allowed access.* On the dawn of one of the first nice days in spring, the black squirrels come out of hibernation and meet at Founders porch. They organize themselves in a squirrel huddle where they finalize their game plan. Soon after they gather all of the pinwheels from the previous spring and place them all across Founders green. When they hear the first Haverfordian come out of their room from an all-nighter, they put on the finishing touches and scurry back to their trees. They will watch all of the usually stressed out students sprawled across Founders green relaxing and having fun, a chatter amongst themselves.  



Midnight breakfast: It’s 11:55 pm and you’ve been on this problem set for a couple hours and all of sudden you hear a rumble from the depths of the Earth. You think it might be an earthquake but then realize that it’s just your stomach. Now you start thinking about where you can get food but everything’s closed :/  “Ping!” You check your phone and see that you’ve received a reminder email about Midnight breakfast. Wait, that’s today! Then you notice everybody in the library, as if it were rehearsed, stands up and exits to the DC. As soon as you walk into the DC the beautiful smell of french toast and bacon fill your nostrils. Soon your stomach is full and you’re ready to tackle that problem set for another couple of hours.  

Haverfest: Most Haverfordians like the spring semester better than the fall for many reasons: Winter is slowly unclenching its frosty claws, there are two weeks for finals, and the most popular reason is *insert drumroll* HAVERFEST! This is a weekend long fest that happens right before the first week of finals. It is filled with activities, food, art, live music, and did I say MORE FOOD! Each year the Haverfest committee picks a theme for the festival. Just like Pinwheel Day you’ll find students laying all over Founders green just chilling.


Screw Date: Is organized by Ford’s Against Boredom (FAB) a group on campus that offers free (yes, FREE) weekly activities on and off campus! Customs teams match their first years with others based on their preference for a romantic, platonic, or (my personal favorite) “surprise me.” Once paired, first years will have the option to eat out at one of Ardmore’s delicious restaurants with a free coupon!

Lloyd Holiday Lights Competition: Each hall is responsible for decorating their porches in whatever theme. From Scooby Doo to a classic snowman, Lloyd lights brighten that usually dark corner of campus. Even those that live in south campus make the trek to Lloyd to see the beautiful lights. Students and faculty are then prompted to vote for the best porch and the winning porch gets a cash prize to split amongst each other!


Welcome from the First Year Dean’s Council

Congratulations Class of 2023! On behalf of the First-Year Dean’s Council, I am so excited to welcome you to Haverford. Now that the long and grueling college process is over (you made it!), enjoy the remainder of your senior years, gap years, and the many other fun experiences you may be having before college!

As the First-Year Dean’s Council, we are here as a support system for you as you transition to Haverford. Just a few months ago, we all went through the very same transition, and so we are excited to help you navigate it even before you arrive here at Haverford next August. As I found when I was preparing to arrive, talking to current students was a great way to learn more about Haverford. The eight of us are engaged in a wide variety of academic programs, activities, teams, and organizations here at Haverford, so we are more than ready to take on your questions, concerns, or just talk about what life here at Haverford is like! We’ve prepared a series of blog posts for you that will be posted here on a weekly basis.

The First-Year Blog will consist of a range of posts from the members of the First-Year Dean’s Council. The posts focus on many different aspects of life at Haverford, and I highly encourage you to read them in order to get a sense of what the Haverford community is like. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about anything from the posts–they’re here for you all to learn about Haverford and to prepare for life here. Again, congratulations, and welcome to Haverford!

Jacob Gaba, Class of 2022



Class of 2022 First Year Dean’s Council with Dean Katrina Glanzer. Photo credit: Dex Coen Gilbert ’21

Welcome, Class of 2023!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Haverford and welcome to The First Year blog! From now until Customs begins on August 28th, 2019, current Haverford students will post regularly to get you excited (and hopefully ready!) to begin your first year at Haverford. Over the coming weeks and months you’ll get a sneak peek at Haverford’s resources and traditions, learn about current student communities, and begin to imagine how you will make this campus your own.

As the first year dean, I already know you belong here and am grateful to my colleagues in the Admissions Office for the work that they’ve done to bring you here. I’m looking forward to learning about what aspects of this community, and how we do the hard work of learning with and from one another, resonated with you. I hope you will see yourself and your experiences reflected in the blog as the posts unfold. Whether you are the first in your family to attend college or are intimately familiar with Haverford, whether you are coming from Philadelphia or will arrive with 12-hour jet lag, whether you identify as an athlete, a student of color, a musician, a queer or trans student, an entrepreneur, a nerd, an organizer, a scholar, or all of the above, know that I eagerly anticipate getting to know you and your stories over the coming year.

I also want to share next year’s academic calendar. Customs, our year-long orientation program, will begin for all first-year students on Wednesday, August 28th. Please note that International Student Orientation, which is required for all international students, begins on Saturday, August 24th. You may also apply or be invited to a variety of other pre-Customs programs, with earlier arrival dates, so I’d advise you to hold off on making travel arrangements just yet!


Hello from your Customs Co-Heads!

Hello incoming first years!

As this year’s Customs Co-Heads, we (Madeline Guth ‘19 and Tina Le ‘19) are so excited to welcome you to campus next Wednesday! We’ve been preparing for your arrival since last fall, and can’t wait to kick off Customs Week. We know that this whole Customs thing can be really confusing for incoming first years (What IS Customs?? What is a CP?? Why are these upperclassmen bothering me on Facebook and blowing up my email?!?), especially since the program is so unique to Haverford. We hope that this blog post can be a good introduction to the Customs Program and Customs Week (but also feel free to reach out with any further questions!).

First, let’s back up and start with the basics: Customs is Haverford’s first year orientation program. It starts with Customs Week, which takes place as soon as you arrive on campus (Wednesday, August 28th!!) and continues until the day before classes start (Monday, September 3rd). All first years are members of a Customs group, which is based off of your room assignment (e.g. everyone in Apartment 22 is on the same Customs team, while everyone in each section of Gummere is on a different Customs hall).  In addition, each Customs group has a Customs team composed of six upperclassmen who serve as resources for first years, with each taking on somewhat different roles:

Three Customs team members live on every first year hall:

  • 2 Customs Persons (CP): Your two CPs are typically sophomores. Their job is to help create an inclusive and fun hall environment, and to assist your adjustment to college life.

  • 1 Upperclassmen Advisor (UCA): Your UCA is a junior or senior. UCA’s provide academic guidance and support to first years, and serve as a liaison to the administration.

Three Customs team members do not live on your hall. They all facilitate discussions (some mandatory, some informal) on a range of topics related to identity. The positions are:

  • 1 Ambassador of Multicultural Awareness (AMA): Your AMA focuses on facilitation related to personal identity and how one’s own experiences relate to both Haverford’s and the broader community.

  • 1 Honor Code Orienteer (HCO): Your HCO serves to “orient you to the honor code,” as well as to focus on facilitation related to the Haverford community.

  • 1 Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF): Your PAF focuses on facilitation you related to broader issues of identity and social justice in the world beyond Haverford.

You may have received an introductory email earlier this summer from your Customs team, and all of these folks will be up and smiling early on Wednesday to help you move into your new home here at Haverford! Move-in day can be overwhelming, but you can depend on your Customs team to help out however they can, be it to answer questions about the registration process or where panels are located, or to help you carry all your belongings up to your room. Customs Week itself includes a mix of informative panels and presentations and fun events (like an outdoor movie screening, a super fun concert/dance, and a scavenger hunt)! The week will end with Dorm Olympics, when we’ll pit the first year dorms against each other in an epic competition full of all kinds of different events.

After Customs Week, your Customs team will continue to be a major source of support for you throughout your first year here at Haverford. Various members of the Customs team will facilitate different sessions on topics ranging from race to sexuality to Honor Council abstracts. Don’t be surprised if members of your Customs team are also around for less formal events, such as hall time, pre-games, dinners, etc. While the six days of Customs Week are a central part of the Customs program, it is the interactions with your Customs team and the program throughout the year that makes Customs so unique.

For many first years, their Customs team and hall become their first circle of friends at Haverford; at the same time, there are also a wide range of other resources and communities on campus there to support you and help you find your friends. There are a wide variety of first year experiences and all are okay— whether your Customs hall becomes your very best friends or whether you find your community elsewhere on campus, the Customs program is here to support you and help you find your place and be your best at Haverford.

Also, if you want to check out our preparations for Customs, follow @haverfordedu on Instagram— we’re taking over the account through Tuesday! To keep up with the Customs fun once you arrive, follow on Snapchat— we’re taking over that account starting on Wednesday! Finally, please feel free to email and with any Customs-related questions!

Guest Post: Marilou Allen Office of Service and Community Collaboration

Hello Class of 2022!

Haverford is excited to welcome you all onto campus in a few short days!

My name is Sarah Curtis (Class of 2020) and I am a staff member with the Marilou Allen Office of Service and Community Collaboration (formally 8th Dimension). I’m writing today to inform you all about how community service and engagement will shape your Customs experience.

First, a brief introduction to the OSCC. the OSCC is comprised of eight student staff members who plan events and service trips (both around campus and in greater Philadelphia) as well as work with satellite student groups (ex: Street Outreach (which feeds homeless people in Philly weekly), or Stitch and Bitch (which knits clothing for homeless people in Philly)) to get students involved in the greater Philadelphia community. The OSCC also oversees the summer camp “Serendipity” which makes Haverford its home in the summer. The student staff members at the OSCC are dedicated to confronting inequality and enacting positive change in our communities. We support students by making service inclusive, accessible and meaningful. By challenging their ideas about service and the communities they work with, we facilitate growth and learning. We aim to build relationships with, and advocate for, the groups we serve. Through connecting students with opportunities we provide tangible ways to engage outside the classroom.

Each student staff member undertakes a year-long partnership with a community organization in local Philly. My partnership for example is with Mill Creek Farm, an urban is West Philly. Any student can participate in community service with the OSCC, but if you think you would be interested in becoming a staff member and undertaking a community partnership, we will be accepting applications in the spring of 2019.

Now, onto the part of the blogpost that directly pertains to all of you. Every first year Customs group will participate in a service trip organized by the OSCC and your Ambassador of Multicultural Affairs. For this service trip you might be outside weeding on an urban farm, packaging food in a food bank, or helping with wildlife conservation. Each service trip will take place on a Saturday morning in the fall.

For my first year service trip my hall and I worked with Cradles to Crayons (an organization that provides school and life supplies to impoverished families with children) to help clean and sort donated shoes. It was a great bonding experience for my frosh hall and we took some fun photos:

Your frosh service trip could also be a great way to get off campus and explore Philly; and we hope that these trips will inspire all of you to take advantage of both our resources, and those of greater Philadelphia.

If you have any questions about the service days feel free to reach out to the OSCC student staff members at We hope you enjoy your service days and look forward to working with all of you in the future!



Your 2018-19 OSCC staff members:

Gabe Halperin-Goldstein ’19

Dita Cavdarbasha ’19

Seanna Viechweg ’19

Jharna Jahnavi ’19

Sarah Curtis ’20

Angie Petrichenko ’21

Mary Cott ’21

Catherine Kim ’21

Pre-Customs Outdoors Program (PCOP): Applications due June 15th


Hey friends! My name is Jake Murray, and I’m one of the leaders of the outdoors club here at Haverford. If backpacking is a passion of yours or even something that you’re just interested in trying out, I highly encourage you to apply for the Pre-Customs Outdoors Program (PCOP)! You can access the application in the form below. PCOP is a free, four night backpacking trip before customs week in the fall that aims to give you an introduction to Haverford in a smaller setting than customs week. The program will run from August 20th through customs week. No prior experience is necessary. You simply must be a member of the class of 2022 planning on attending Haverford in the fall. We unfortunately cannot accept international students due to conflicts with ISO. I participated in PCOP before my first year at Haverford, and it was an incredible experience, both in that I got to spend five days backpacking before customs started, but I also met some of my best friends at Haverford (most notably my ping pong rival and my roommate).

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at or my co-leader Hayle Meyerhoff at Applications will be due June 15th at 11:59 P.M! Unfortunately, to keep the trip free we have to limit it to 3 trips of 6 first years (18 first years total), so we cannot accept everyone that applies, but even if we don’t have room for you, there will be ample opportunity throughout the year with HavOC to participate in and even lead trips. Can’t wait to be spending time with you next fall!

PCOP Website

PCOP application

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Welcome and Next Steps

Dear member of the Class of 2022:

Haverford College welcomes you!

We are busily preparing for your arrival, and in the coming weeks, we will have a great deal of important information to share with you. This letter is the first of several communications you will receive from the College this summer.

During the first week of June, you will receive access to The First Year website (, which is a vital resource for members of the Class of 2022. The website will detail critical deadlines, and provide links to important forms and assignments you need to complete this summer. Links on the website will activate at different points throughout the summer, so you should make a habit of checking it regularly. Please review the Arriving on Campus section where you’ll find procedures for Move-In Day – Wednesday, August 29 for most students.

Students participating in various Pre-Customs programs and international students will have arrival dates prior to August 29. You will learn more about the available Pre-Customs programs on the First Year website.

In the coming months, you should expect to receive the following:

  • In early June, you will receive an email from prompting the activation of your new Haverford user account. The email will be sent to the email account currently on record with Haverford’s Office of Admission. You should ensure that the Office of Admission has an up-to-date email address for you. Once you have activated your Haverford user account, you will have access to your Haverford email address as well as password-protected forms and tasks due this summer, as outlined on the first year website. After the email from ProDesk goes out, the College will communicate with you exclusively through your new Haverford email address, so it is important that you activate the account as soon as you are prompted to do so. Contact ProDesk if any questions arise: or 610-896-1480.
  • In late July, Haverford’s Business Office will mail fall semester tuition bills. For more information on billing, visit the Student Account page at

You can subscribe to The First Year blog (, where you are currently reading this message, for a student-driven perspective on making the transition to Haverford and life here.

Proactive navigation of the college experience is an important part of a successful transition to college. While your parents will be able to gain an overview of summer tasks through the website, and are welcome to subscribe to The First Year blog, we expect you to take the initiative in completing various tasks, and communicating with relevant resources and people at Haverford.

Our staff, which includes Residential Life and our Dean’s Office Summer Interns, will be available this summer should you have any questions. In addition, staff at Haverford’s Health Center will check emails and phone messages on a weekly basis throughout the summer. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the fall and to working with you over the summer and in the years to come.

As Dean for First Year Students, my role over the summer is to serve as point person for questions or concerns as you prepare to arrive at Haverford, and to begin to get to know you. During the course of the next year, I look forward to serving as a resource for you as you encounter the exciting opportunities, challenges, and the range of experiences that accompany the transition to college.

Again, welcome to our community!


Dean Katrina Glanzer

National College Decision Day: 5 Reasons to Choose Haverford

by Xiangruo Dai

Today is May the 1st, which means it’s National College Decision Day! Whether you have made a decision already or are still staring at piles of college letters on your desk, you should be proud of your accomplishments so far and realize your potential to achieve so much more. Whether you chose Haverford or elsewhere, on behalf of the entire First Year’s Dean’s Council, I want to laud you for your hard work that’s allowed you to come so far, and want to send you well wishes for your next four years of education, growth, and experiences.  

Once again, Congratulations!!

Since this is after all the Haverford Blog, let me put in a few final words for why you should chose Haverford (especially if you are on the edge)

The Honor Code (A Community of Trust, Concern, and Respect)

  • As you know, the Honor Code is a large part of our community, and allows for a unique experience such as self-scheduled and self-proctored exams. But did you know it impacts not just academics but also personal relationships as well?  Each year the Honor Code is revised and re-ratified by the student body. For more info:

On Campus-Resources

The Community

  • A friend once described Haverford students as smart, socially active, and cooperative. I think that’s a great way to describe our community as well. With just over 1300 students, everyone knows everyone and there is a sort of mutual assistance between all of us, where we all strive to do our best but there is never intense competition, and there are just positive vibes all over.

Our Partnerships (Quaker, Tri-College and Bi-College Consortiums)

  • You are able as a Haverford student to take classes at Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania, allowing you to experience the tight and personalized experience of a liberal arts college with the resources of a much larger university. More than just an academic partnership though, our schools share a close-knit bond for anything from dining to school events to living opportunities. For more info:


  • Unsure of if you want a school in the city or our in the wilderness? Why choose when you can have the best of both? With Haverford’s unique location in suburban Philadelphia, the peaceful woods and the bustling city are both just a short train ride away. Furthermore, Philadelphia’s special position as a mid-way point between Washington DC and New York City allows for Haverford students to be closer to the action, be it political conferences, cultural events, social activism, or just a weekend getaway.

The transition to college can be intimidating, but you’ll have support

by June Hoang, C’21

Hi lovelies, I want to CONGRATULATE you all again on becoming Haverford’s Class of 2022! (Welcome to the hub of the most creative, inspiring and dopest people). College is indeed a very unique experience that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. As you are preparing for your transition from high school to college, you might feel a bit excited, confused, and even scared of what is to come. Don’t worry, I was in your position last year (no way!) so I know exactly what you’re going through. It certainly took me a while to adapt to this new college life but I finally made it! In this blog post, I would love to share with you all my experience as a first-year on campus.

I got a chance to know the campus earlier than the rest of my peers since I lived here for five weeks over the summer as a Chesick Scholar. I also moved in one week early to participate in a week-long orientation known as Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute ( woah, long name!) before officially entering Customs Week. Despite having a chance to explore Haverford early, I still faced utter anxiety when I first moved in back in August. I had only moved to the U.S. from Vietnam two years before I began college. Traveling across the country again away from my family was definitely a nerve-wrecking highlight of my life. When I received an email about housing, my brain was juggling a bunch of (super legit) questions: What if I can’t get along with the people on the hall? What if I don’t like the Dining Center food? Would I be able to cope with the amount of college work? With a stomach full of butterflies, I realized that my anxiety soon dissipated once I met my Customs team and my fellow hallmates.

Thankfully, my first-year hall is an amazing group of people who have made plenty of positive influences on my college experience. My Customs team offered valuable advice in terms of navigating the campus in both academic and social aspects. They introduced me to different resources at Haverford including the Office of Academic Resources (OAR), Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA), and Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC). I utilized these centers within the first semester to help plan what my future goals look like and do my class assignments. The OAR is especially essential for my transition to college-level coursework with their tutor program and multiple workshops in time management and semester blue-printing.

In addition to academic support, my first-year hall is my ride-or-die. I remembered setting lots of self-expectations at the beginning of the semester which compelled me to walk extra miles to achieve what I wanted, even if that meant risking my physical and mental health. I considered myself very independent so I never reached out for help (which is a terrible way to cope with stress, friends!). Luckily, my hallmates quickly recognized that I was having problems so they reached out to me. Constant check-ins from my first-year hall quickly pulled me back on track. I learned to enjoy my first-year experience and became more active on the hall. Rolling into the second-half of my second semester, we have spent a lot of time doing homework, eating, and exploring Haverford together. We even created our hall game (“Drying Rack Battle Ship”) and had plenty of fun at school dances.

In retrospect, I couldn’t have gone through my first year at Haverford without my lovely hall. Intimidating but mind-opening, your first semester of college will mark an important time in your life. Please rest assured that everyone here had been and will be going through the same experience so don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Haverford is known for its diversity with different clubs and affinity groups that (hopefully) you will quickly find your space on campus. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your senior year. Feel free to reach out to me at if you have any burning questions about Haverford. If not, it’s not too soon to start roaming on Haverford’s facebook page to see what interests you! See you all soon, Class of 2022!


Here is a picture of my first-year hall! Aren’t we so cute???


Hi new ‘Fords!

As you all start to learn more about the offices and programs at Haverford, the other members of the First Year Dean’s Council and I figured you might want a quick way to learn about the (MANY) acronyms you’ll encounter here. There are also haver-puns which are super fun! Here goes! (Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed, you’ll learn it soon once you’re on campus). – Shreya Kishore


ADS: Access and Disability Services

Your go-to for accommodations/resources related to disability. Have a medical requirement to live in a carpet-free dorm? Need particular arrangements in a class? These scenarios, and many others, are taken care of by ADS.

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services

Haverford offers FREE counseling and psychological services to all students. You can schedule appointments online for in-person appointments with one of several counselors. This service is well-used; over their four years, 50% of Haverford students have at least one CAPS appointment.

CCPA: Center for Career and Professional Advising

If you want jobs/internships/interview practice/résumé advice/job-shadow experience/networking help, go here! CCPA is probably my favorite acronym right now because they funded a networking event in New York City that I went to last week.

CPGC: Center for Peace and Global Citizenship

One of Haverford’s 3 interdisciplinary centers, the CPGC sponsors internships, brings speakers to campus, funds research, and operates a lovely, organic/fair-trade café.

DC: Dining Center

This one ya gotta know. All first years are required to be on the full meal plan, so you’ll be spending a lot of time at the DC next year.

FYDC: First Year Dean’s Council

Another important one, because the FYDC writes this blog! We are current first year students here to welcome all of you and answer any questions you have

GIAC: Gardner Integrated Athletic Center

The gym! The GIAC (we do pronounce it as jee-ack) contains a gym with cardio/weights equipment, a basketball court, a dance/yoga/step aerobics studio and a meeting room. Varsity athletes will spend a lot of time here for practices. But if you’re not on a varsity team, you can work out and take your PE classes here, too.

HCA: Haverford College Apartments

A shorthand for one type of residence hall on campus. Some of you will live in the HCAs next year!

HCAH: Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

Another interdisciplinary center that sponsors speakers, events, and internships. The VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) just opened in fall 2017 and houses the HCAH offices.

KINSC: Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center

(Most people say out the letters K-I-N-S-C, I pronounce it as a word)

This last center is both a building and a center. You’ll take science/math classes in the KINSC building. The KINSC also funds summer internships, speakers, and events.

MCC: Multicultural Center

The MCC is a room in Stokes Hall that serves as a community space for multiculturalism-related groups/events. Groups can reserve it. It has really comfy couches.

OAR: Office of Academic Resources

The OAR ( called letter-by-letter O-A-R, not pronounced ‘oar’ like on a rowboat) is perhaps the office with the most diverse offerings. From quiet study rooms to individual consultations on beating procrastination to study breaks involving yummy food, the OAR provides any and all support, equipment, and space you may need to help you to do well in school.

OMA: Office of Multicultural Affairs

The OMA supports events and programs that promote multiculturalism on campus. These include the Identity, Equity, and Social Justice institute and many others. The OMA has also sponsored a kitchen/stocked pantry for when the DC is closed over fall and spring breaks.

SEO: Student Engagement Office

The SEO helps manage clubs and funding for student activities. If you want to get free SEPTA (subway) tickets, you can reserve some in advance through the SEO’s website.


Haverhome: Haverford is basically your home.

Havercrush: Crushing on someone at Haverford? This is you word.

Havercat: The legendary cat that lives amongst us. (you also encounter it in the middle of a class)

Haverdad: A typical and generic haverman. (yeah, I know what I just did there).

Havermarried: Two Haverford students who are married.

Haverfriend: A friend from Haverford.

Havertime: Five minutes past the actual time.

Haverbubble: The bubble that students are in when they are at Haverford.