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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/ 4/2010

College Tour '10: Haverford College

By Valerie Strauss

Haverford College
From a student

I really liked the Honor Code [see below]. Having the Honor Code and the Quaker roots kind of attracts a certain type of motivated yet unpretentious and down-to-earth student and creates a safe, comfortable environment.

I was originally concerned about the size but it seems as if it being adjacent to Bryn Mawr provides a social and academic alternative to staying on Haverford campus. Classes are also available at Swarthmore and U Penn but less taken then at Bryn Mawr.

Also the small size allows for smaller, intimate classes in which you develop relationships with professors. The combination of a small, safe, happy, and rigorous environment reminded me a lot of [the private high school I now attend].

[From the Haverford website: Some of the more concrete reflections of the Honor Code include students taking tests without proctors and scheduling their own final exams, the absence of RAs in the dorms, and the lack of an enrollment deposit for admission. But the impact of the Honor Code goes much deeper. ... The Honor Code is also completely student-run — one of the clearest demonstrations of this trust.]

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 4, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Haverford College  
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