#54, overall score 57.67/100

Fun Fact:

Haverford’s computer programming club is called FIG, which stands for “FIG Is Good.”

Why should Jewish students attend Haverford? If you’re looking for a small liberal arts college with an active Jewish community, Haverford offers a solid and welcoming Jewish community with unique programs like the Liberal Arts Birthright Trip, an active Israel group, an amazing Shabbat dinner atmosphere, thoughtful classes (some with faculty members) and great volunteering opportunities like the Stories That Live Holocaust storytelling fellowship. —- Rabbi Eli Gurevitz, Rohr Center for Jewish Life

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 21%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $51,024
  • Room & board costs: $15,466
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $46,400


  • Location: Haverford, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,233
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 300
  • Jewish population share: 25%
  • Student origin: 12% in-state/88% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Fords
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Big Donkey Ultimate, Sneetches

ISRAEL Score: 13.67/20

  • Score: 13.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 20
  • Israel-related clubs: Bi-Co Friends of Israel
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14/40

  • Score: 14/40
  • Hillel: Haverford Jewish Student Union
  • Chabad: Rohr Center for Jewish Life
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 35
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 22 (6 Orthodox, 9 Conservative, 7 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within one mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Oscar Goodman
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: All over the country
  • Kosher food details: There’s a Giant grocery store just two train stops away, with a kosher deli/bakery/sushi and full kosher shopping experience. There are also a pizza place and meat place in Merion Station (around a 10-minute drive away).
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