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What is a Pre-Major Advisor?

Hi Friends! 

There’s a survey you all should fill out on Dean Glanzer’s Checklist, that’s due on July 22nd! It’s to help Dean Glanzer match you with a pre-major advisor! 

And your next question: What IS a pre-major advisor?

Because we’re a liberal arts college, you don’t have to have a major declared coming in, and although some of you might be very set on one specific track, most of you probably don’t know what you want to do with your life and that’s TOTALLY okay! Think you’re 100% certain of what you want to do? Maybe you’ll change your mind while taking classes outside of that discipline!  

And that’s precisely where a pre-major advisor comes in! 

Your pre-major advisor won’t necessarily be someone from a discipline you’re going to major or minor in, but they’re a great resource for helping you choose classes and keep track of graduation requirements! They’ll also be a good person if you ever have trouble in a course or just need a pointer in the right direction.  

They’re also one of the first professors you’ll meet on campus! They’ll try and set up a meeting with all their advisees within the first week of classes and then an individual one, usually once or twice per semester.  It just helps add an extra friendly face to the sea of newness that can be the first year experience.  

In my personal experience, my pre-major advisor was AMAZING! He was incredibly helpful when I was struggling through the pre-med track, and was actually a huge factor in helping me switch from a Biology major to an English major.  I even remember our first meeting when he taught us (his advisees) the best way to address professors at a school where some go by first names and some go by Professor [insert last name here]: start with Professor [insert last name here] and then see how they sign off their emails, but always start off emails with a greeting! 

Your pre-major advisor will also help you choose classes, which happens during Custom’s week, so DON’T worry about that just yet, but if you REALLY want to see what classes might be offered, check out the course search page for this coming year!

Make sure to fill out your pre-major advisor survey and keep up with Dean Glanzer’s Checklist!

And, as always, if you have questions please feel free to shoot us an email at!  


Student Sunday #6 –Taylor Seid

Taylor Seid
Class of 2022 
Biology and Economics Major 
From San Marino, CA 

What do you do on campus?
On campus, I played varsity volleyball my first year. I’m currently working in the bookstore, Admission Office as an Admission Fellow (tours, etc.), on the ResLife committee as a Residential Student Liaison for Tritton/Kim for 2019-2020 school year, and on the Joe Schwartz 3K committee for Race Day Registration/Prizes!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 
My favorite spot on campus is the Campus Center. I lived in Tritton my first year, so it was easy for me to just walk across the street to go to The Coop, study with friends in the chairs by the window, and to work in the bookstore (and now the Admission Office!). 

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
My most memorable experience at Haverford so far was Customs week. I had already been on campus because of volleyball preseason, and so I knew my teammates but during that week I also got to know the other 15 or so people in my Customs group, as well as others in my incoming class. It was really fun to get to know everyone before classes began. We had dorm olympics, a mixer, and meals as a hall (just to name a few things!). I think it was a great opportunity to bond with my hall, and I made some really good friends from it ! The Customs program continues throughout the year, as there are CP’s and a possible UCA living on the hall. It’s a great way for first years to get to know the people living in their hall, their incoming class, and upperclassmen. 


International Student Support (ISSO): Resources for International Students

Hello Friends! 

Today I wanted to share with you some of the resources I believe are helpful for international and students of diverse backgrounds in general.

The International Student Support Office: 

This is the office dedicated to providing F-1 Visa students with resources and support in everything that is related to living, studying and working in the US as an International Student. That’s where you will find your DSOs (Designated School Officials), Denise V. Allison and Natasha Weisz. And here is a quick reminder of what your DSOs can help you with:

  • Working in the United States.
  • Applying for a driver’s license.
  • Applying for a Social Security number.
  • Changing their major, program or degree level.
  • Changing their education level.
  • Transferring to a new school or taking a leave of absence.
  • Taking a break from school.
  • Traveling outside the United States.
  • Moving to a new address.
  • Changing your name.
  • Requesting a program extension.

More about ISSO here:

Another interesting resource that the ISSO offers is the Holiday Opportunity for Multicultural Exchange (HOME).

It is a program that promotes cultural exchange between international students and members of the Haverford community. You can find more information here.

International Student Orientation (ISO)

This is a four and a half days orientation for international students. Here you will receive a lot of information about being an F-1 student at Haverford, how to maintain your status, what the resources on campus for you are, etc. You will also have a chance to go shopping for items for your dorm or take the time to open a bank account, for instance. The most important aspect of ISO is the networking that happens during these days. You are likely to meet your future close friends during the orientation as well as upper class students that are likely to be able to answer all sorts of questions you might have in the future. 

International Students Resource Persons (ISRPs)

During ISO you will also meet your ISRPs, who will guide you through campus and activities during ISO. These are the people you will want to reach out to during your first semester when you have questions related to being an International Student at Haverford. 

You can learn who your ISRPs are here!

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

The OMA supports diversity on campus. It coordinates Summer Social Justice Institute, supports International Student Orientation, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Customs as well as numerous affinity groups. It also provides diversity grants for student groups and leaders promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. And their interns lead individual projects such as Wellness Center and International Student Center. You can find more information about the OMA here.

Student Organizations

There are many organizations on campus. These are a great way to find people with a similar background or culture to your own and bond. They are a great resource to start building your support system because of the shared experiences.

You can find these organizations here .

Cultural Centers:

You can find information on each cultural center here.

Customs Folks

In each hall you will have a customs team that will help you navigate your first year at Haverford. All of them are great resources for different things, however, if you need to speak with someone that has a more diverse background or that understands your struggles with the cultural and social aspects of Haverford, you should talk to your AMA (Ambassador of Multicultural Affairs). 

Dean Katrina Glanzer

You have probably already heard from her many times and I know I have personally mentioned her several times. What happens is that she is a great resource. She will be your first year Dean so whenever you do not know where to go for assistance, I am sure Dean Glanzer will be able to point you in the right direction. 

The following are general resources that can also be very helpful:

The Writing Center

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Writing Center can be very helpful with essays at all stages. That can be understanding the prompt and task you were given, brainstorming, writing a strong introduction or conclusion or the final revision before you turn your essay in. However, the writing center can also be helpful for oral presentations. Yes! You can give your oral presentation just for practice, or to get some feedback. 

Resources for Writers

Speaking Resources

The Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA)

The CCPA help current students and alumni with career and professional goals and also prepare for the world of work. They can review your resume, read your essays for grad school application, and do mock interviews to help you prepare for that very important interview that is coming up!

Bryn Mawr College Airport Shuttle

Bryn Mawr has airport shuttles available for every break at an accessible price! So if you are flying back home, this might be a good option for you. More information here.

Blue Bus to Suburban Square

On the weekends and breaks if you are staying on campus, you can hop in the Blue Bus to go to Suburban Square to go grocery shopping or simply spending time outside of campus! This is where you will find the Blue Bus schedule.

Health Services

Health Services provides a lot of resources to make sure your well-being on campus. They have Cold Care Kits available 24/7 at Campus Safety, and near exam periods they will sometimes allow you to make a self-care package either for yourself or a friend! This is also where you will need to go if you don’t have all of your shots! If you want to learn what other services Health Services offer, you can click here.



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…

  • Try a need food/fruit/vegetable and send us your reaction
  • What’s your packing process looking like?
  • Plant something!

Submit your photos and answers to

As always, if you have any questions or comments you can email me at I would love to get to know you!


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

Student Sunday #5– Ben Klamka

Ben Klamka
(He/him or They/Them)
Class of 2022
Prospective Music/Linguistics double major
From Albany, NY

What do you do on campus?
On campus, I’m involved in a lot of music ensembles: I sing, arrange, and starting this year might do some beatboxing (???) in the ‘Ford S-Chords, a TTBB a cappella group on campus which is known for performing barefoot and wearing white overalls. I also play piano in the Bi-Co Jazz Band, and sing in the Bi-Co Chamber Singers. This coming year, I’ll also be a customs person, so I’ll be living with fourteen first years in Gummere, half a flight of stairs away from where I lived on my first year hall last year!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 
I’m a big fan of the tables outside the DC; when it’s nice out, it’s great to eat a meal with your friends and catch up with other friends as they walk by. I also really like the Crypt–it’s definitely the coolest place to do musical things on campus. Additionally, Gummere gets an honorable mention–it’s so easy to roam around and find friends both on and off your hall who are willing to hang out.

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
Definitely finding people who share my passions, through clubs and classes and mutual friends and chance meals at the DC and all the other ways you meet people at Haverford, has been something that has defined my experience so far.


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

International Student Support Office (ISSO): More Acronyms!

Hello, friends!

Following the post by Hannah and Jonah on HaverAcronyms, I will add a few more acronyms to the list! If you are an international student, you are very likely to run into them as soon as you arrive to the United States! These are not acronyms specific to Haverford, but you will hear them a lot. And to my domestic friends, you might be somewhat acquainted with some of these acronyms and might have never heard others so if I were you, I would keep reading!

Without any further ado, let’s start!

CBP – Customs and Border Protection

One of the largest U.S. law enforcement organizations and it is the main border control organization. You will meet these officers at the point of entry such as airports. They will decide whether or not you are allowed to enter the country.

CPT – Curricular Practical Training

CPT is a temporary work authorization provided to the students on F-1 visa, which is directly related to a credit-bearing course or major requirements.

DHS – Department of Homeland Security

This is the U.S. government department that ensures the safety of its citizens.

DMV – Department of Motor Vehicles

It is the agency that administers vehicle registration and driving licensing.

DOL – Department of Labor

It is the agency responsible for enforcing federal labor standards and promoting workers’ wellbeing.

DoS – Department of State

It is the agency responsible for foreign affairs and conducting international relations. The Department of State issues visas.

DSO – Designated School Official

DSOs are the ones that represent the school when it comes to F students matters. You should report to DSOs if you have questions about:

  • Working in the United States.
  • Applying for a driver’s license.
  • Applying for a Social Security number.
  • Changing their major, program or degree level.
  • Changing their education level.
  • Transferring to a new school or taking a leave of absence.
  • Taking a break from school.
  • Traveling outside the United States.
  • Moving to a new address.
  • Changing your name.

Requesting a program extension.
Haverford’s Designated School Officials are:

Natasha Weisz and Denise V. Allison

EAD – Employment Authorization Document

Document that proves you are allowed to work in the United States.

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

It is the legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

I-9 – Form

The form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.

I-94 – Form

It is the Arrival and Departure Record form. It records when you enter and leave the United States. You will be instructed on how to access this when you arrive to campus. Also, you should always keep these documents safe for your records.

ICE – Immigration and Campus Enforcement

It is a law enforcement agency of the federal government of the United States tasked to enforce the immigration laws of the United States and to investigate criminal and terrorist activity of transnational organizations and aliens within the United States.

IRS – Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administers and enforces U.S. federal tax laws.

OPT – Optional Practical Training

OPT is a temporary authorization offered to students on F-1 visa to work on their related field for a period of total 12 months.
PDSO – Principal Designated School Official
It is a DSO with added responsibility such as:

• A PDSO is the main point of contact for SEVP.
• A PDSO must make updates to DSO information in SEVIS.
• A PDSO must file for recertification.

Haverford’s PDSO is:
James Keane

SEVIS – Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information regarding:
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools.
F-1 and M-1 students studying in the United States (and their F-2 and M-2 dependents).
U.S. Department of State-designated Exchange Visitor Program sponsors.
J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program participants (and their J-2 dependents).

SEVP – Student and Exchange Visitor Program

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that administers the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). It ensures that government agencies have essential data related to nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors to preserve national security.

SSA – Social Security Administration

The United States Social Security Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits.

SSN – Social Security Number

These are numbers generally assigned to individuals authorized to work in the U.S. If you plan to work on campus, you will go through a process to get your SSN because you cannot be paid until you have one.

TSA – Transportation Security Administration

This is the agency that has authority over the traveling public in the United States. They are the officers who scan luggage and check tickets during domestic travel in airports.

USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that administers the country’s naturalization and immigration system.

The end.

You can find more information regarding these acronyms here:

If you have questions, concerns, or doubts remember you can always email me at I will gladly answer any questions regarding living and studying in the United States as an international student.

Student Sunday #4- Cat Kim

Cat Kim
Class of 2021
Biology Major and Fine Arts Minor
From Great Neck, NY

What do you do on campus?
During the school year, I am a Peer Awareness Facilitator (PAF) in the Customs Program, work for the Office of Service and Community Collaboration, and am a co-head for Graphic Novel Reading Group. I also do graphic design and logo work for various groups on campus. This summer, I’m working in the Microbial Evolution and Ecology Lab doing research on Streptococcus pneumoniae.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? 
My favorite spot on campus is the woodsy path between the apartments and campus because it’s so beautiful and it’s where I run into most of my friends.

What has been your most memorable experience at Haverford so far?
My most memorable experience at Haverford was designing the merch and flyers for Haverfest in my first year because it was really cool to contribute to such a huge event in the Haverford community that unites everyone in celebrating the last day of classes and the end of a busy semester. And it’s super cool to still see some people wearing the shirts I designed!



What’s up, ‘Fords? Hope your summers are going well!

Over the course of my first year at Haverford, I picked up SO many Haverford acronyms (Haveracronyms?) that I now use daily in my life on campus. I thought it’d be useful to compile them here so you can get familiar with them before you step on campus (and become lost and confused like I was).

HCA – Haverford College Apartments 

The HCA complex, generally referred to as just “the apartments,” is located at the south end of campus fully eqquiped with kitchens and common room areas. 


KINSC – Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center

The KINSC (pronounced KIN-sk) houses a wide portion of Haverford’s natural science departments. It’s not only a building, but a program that funds research projects, holds symposia, and connects students with faculty work. 


SciLi – Science Library 

Haverford’s science library, located on the 3rd floor of the KINSC. 


GIAC – Gardner Integrated Athletic Center

The GIAC (GEE-ack) is a relatively new athletic facility (opened in 2005) that includes a fitness center, an arena, squash courts, a fencing salle, and campus safety offices. It’s also LEED gold-certified!


VCAM – Visual Culture Arts and Media

The VCAM (Vee-Cam) is a 24/7 creative hub for students, faculty, and staff housing the interdisciplinary Minor in Visual Studies, Haverford Innovations Program, Makers Arts Spaces (with a 3-D printer!), a screening theater. 


DC – Dining Center

The DC is Haverford’s one and only dining center that offers “all you care to eat” meals within a rotating menu that is constantly revised with student input. 


DCB – Dining Center Basement

This is a great place for studying/relaxing! The DCB features various group study rooms, a small home theater, the blackbox theater, and the bandroom. 


OAR – Office of Academic Resources 

The OAR offers students various educational supports to fully actualize your academic abilities, including workshops, walk-in hours for academic advice, and a system for finding peer tutors (free of charge) for tons of different subjects, including natural sciences, math, languages, and more! 


CCPA – Center for Career and Professional Advising

The CCPA works to help students explore, identify, and realize their career goals as they translate their liberal arts education into meaningful work. Here you can find the Part-Time Job Board, resume-building supports, and networks for connecting with Haverford alumni. 


CPGC – Center for Peace and Global Citizenship

The CPGC is a very broad program that offers means for local community engagement, courses and curricular pathways for social justice work (such as a major, minor, or concentration), and financial support for student and faculty projects and activities that advance peace, social justice, and global citizenship. 


CAPS – Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS is an excellent on-campus resource for student mental health, offering walk-in periods (that get extended during finals week) and the opportunity to schedule weekly appointments with a counselor/therapist. 


ADS – Access and Disability Services 

ADS seeks equal and meaningful access to all campus programs, facilities, and services for all students through providing accommodations and resources for students with disabilities. The coordinator, Sherrie Borowsky, is great and works to meaningfully connect with the students who are serviced. 


SLO – Student Life Office

The Dean’s Office and Student Life is generally responsible for all of student life on campus, including academic, social, and community affairs. 


MCC – Multicultural Center

The MCC is a space in Stokes open to everyone where students can relax, engage in peer learning tutorials and classes, and hold workshops. The space is also used for art exhibits, alumni events, speakers, and other community-sponsored events. 


OMA – Office of Multicultural Affairs

The OMA sustains and carries out Haverford’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism by supporting student programs, faculty initiatives, and curricular innovations that cultivate a vibrant and multifaceted community. 


ISSO – International Student Services Office

The ISSO provides resources that support Haverford’s international student population, including International Student Orientation (ISO) for incoming students, International Student Resource Persons (ISRPs), guidance in obtaining employment, and programs and internships through collaboration with OMA. 


BCC – Black Cultural Center 

The Ira de Augustine Reid House/Black Cultural Center is a residential space for black students and center for the Black Students’ League (BSL), an affinity group that seeks to promote awareness and cross cultural understanding through events and meetings. 


LIFTFAR – Low-Income First-in-Their-Family Assistance and Resources 

While Haverford’s commitment to the inclusion of low-income and first-generation students is primarily manifest in its financial aid policy, the administration understands there are often needs in the regular flow of student life that are outside of the parameters. LIFTFAR aims to provide financial, educational, and social resources for those who need them. 


SSJI- Summer Social Justice Institute

One of the optional pre-Customs programs which centers around social justice.  If you want more information, check out Evan’s blog post here


PCOP- Pre-Customs Outdoors Program

Another pre- Customs program that involves hiking and camping in various areas on the East Coast.  For more information, check this out this post


BMC – Bryn Mawr College

The former “Sister School” for Haverford College, Bryn Mawr is the women’s college about 10 minutes away where you can also take your classes, eat meals, and have fun! 


BlooB – Blue Bus

You take the BlooB (pronounced like the beginning of blueberry) which leaves from behind Stokes to BMC. 


Whew! That was a lot. Don’t worry about having to commit this to memory. By the end of your first semester, you’ll hopefully be comfortable with a lot of this shorthand! 

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



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Campus Building Tour II

Aaand… we’re back with part two of our virtual campus building tour! We’ve included a list of other buildings you may (and will likely) visit at some point in your first year at Haverford, including your dorms!

Dining Center (DC):


You’ll all get very familiar with the DC over the course of your first-year. It includes one large dining hall divided into two sections. Downstairs is the DC basement, which has a bunch of study rooms, a small movie theater, the Blackbox Theater (used for theater productions), and the bandroom (which is in the process of being fully revitalized!).

Whitehead Campus Center:


You’ll probably stop by the Campus Center pretty frequently while your at Haverford. It contains the Admissions and Financial Aids offices, the Coop (a campus café), the Haverford Bookstore, the Women*s Center, Central Services (for your mail and packages), and the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.


Barclay Hall houses first-years, plus some members of their Customs group. It’s right by “Barclay Beach”, the field between Barclay Hall and the Duck Pond.

Haverford College Apartments (HCA):


HCA is an apartment complex built in 1949 that now houses both first-year and upper-class students. Each apartment includes a living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

Tritton Hall:


Tritton was constructed in 2012 alongside its twin Kim Hall. Tritton offers first-years single rooms and a large common space, including two common areas and one study lounge per floor.

Gummere Hall (GUM-er-ee):


“Gum” is primarily a first-year dorm, providing singles and a common room for first-years and some of their Customs Team.



Haverfarm is a year-round farming and education space that grows sustainable food and agriculture.  Produce is distributed to students, community members, the DC, and local food banks.

Douglas B. Gardner ’83 Integrated Athletic Center (GIAC):

The GIAC provides your usual fitness, exercise, and training facilities, including a gym, the Gooding Arena, and squash courts.

Marshall Fine Arts Center:

The Marshall Fine Arts building houses studio spaces and equipment for painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography classes.

Strawbridge Observatory:

The Strawbridge Observatory houses the astronomy department, and includes 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and an astronomy library.

And there you have it: your first look at the buildings on campus! There’s so much to explore at Haverford; hopefully this brief introduction will help you navigate it. As per usual, let us know if you have any questions at