Haverford College

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#51, overall score 61.42/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend Haverford College? 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


  • Location: Haverford, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,268
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 250
  • Jewish population share: 20%
  • Student origin: 24% in-state / 86% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Clerk
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Fords
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Big Donkey Ultimate / Sneetches

COST & AID Score: 11.67/15

  • Score: 11.67/15
  • Tuition: $52,754
  • Room & board costs: $15,958
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $46,398
  • Average loan debt: $18,932
  • Starting median salary: $54,700

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 21%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Median SAT range: 1390-1530
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 8
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Bi-Co Friends of Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 6/11

  • Score: 6/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 9.46/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 18.41/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.75/34

  • Score: 12.75/34
  • Hillel: Haverford Jewish Student Union
  • Chabad: The Rohr Center for Jewish Life — Chabad House
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • 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 1 mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Oscar Goodman
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: There’s a Giant supermarket just 3 miles away — two train stops — with a full kosher shopping experience including a deli, a bakery and sushi. Merion Station, about a 10-minute drive from campus, also has a kosher pizzeria and kosher meat options.

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