Haverford College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. All students at the college are undergraduates, and almost all live on campus.
The college was founded in 1833 by area members of the Orthodox Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to ensure an education grounded in Quaker values for young Quaker men. Although the college no longer has a formal religious affiliation, the Quaker philosophy still influences campus life. Originally an all-male institution, Haverford began admitting female transfer students in the 1970s and became fully co-ed in 1980. Currently, more than half of Haverford’s students are women. For most of the 20th century, Haverford’s total enrollment was kept below 300, but the school went through two periods of expansion after the 1970s, and its current enrollment is 1,190 students.
Known for its rigorous academics and resistance to grade inflation, Haverford has been described as “quietly prestigious.” It placed ninth in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of U.S. liberal arts colleges in 2010 and is commonly known as one of the “Little Ivies”.
Haverford is a member of the Tri-College Consortium, which allows students to register for courses at both Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College. The college enjoys an especially close relationship with Bryn Mawr College. It is also a member of the Quaker Consortium (“Penn-Pal”) which allows students to cross-register at the College of General Studies (CGS) and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.