A top liberal arts college, Haverford is a small school with approximately 1,400 undergraduate students. Its motto, "Non doctior, sed meliore doctrina imbutus," roughly translates to "not more learned, but steeped in higher learning," which reflects how engaged students are expected to be with their education.

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The school offers about 40 majors, minors and concentrations, including anthropology, chemistry and economics. It has a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, and 98% of its students live on campus. More than half the students play a varsity or club sport. For those who are not athletically inclined, the college has 145 clubs that cover interests from archery to Caribbean culture.

Haverford can be expensive; its cost of attendance for the 2024-2025 year is nearly $90,000. However, there are generous financial aid packages available. And, according to the school, students who come from families with household incomes below $60,000 per year will qualify for aid packages that cover 100% of their demonstrated financial need without student loans.

Haverford is known for its unique honor code that governs most aspects of campus life, written and overseen by the students themselves.

The campus is only 10 miles away from Philadelphia and easily accessible by commuter rail. When students want more academic or social options than they can get from their fellow Fords, classes are available across the street at Bryn Mawr, once their sister school; at Swarthmore, which is a shuttle ride away; or at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.