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| I am a recent Haverford graduate and part of an underrepresented group (a minority). I would say that I had a love-hate relationship with Haverford. It's one of those places that sounds fantastic on paper and in theory, but in practice it's a huge disappointment. I say this because the Honor Code is definitely presented as the governing social and academic code, but it is only beneficial for the majority group on campus. I'd argue that the social aspect of the Honor Code is not upheld to the fullest extent, especially to people of color or those who don't assimilate to Haverford College. People are not as open-minded as they claim to be; they are only open to those who have liberal viewpoints on the social and political issues of their choosing. The community is also pretty insensitive to people who are religious. Haverford can fall into the "color-blind" trap and thus can be oblivious and sometimes insensitive to racial and cultural issues. I've noticed that people of underrepresented groups have had to "responsible" for educating the entire Haverford community about what acceptable relations "with the other" is like. This is true from administration, to faculty and staff down to the students. Of course this is a general, not absolute truth. I don't think that sacrificing these things, if they are important to you, are worth the now 50/k + per year. If you don't fit the mold, don't go to Haverford unless you're yearning for that challenge of finding your NICHE in any place. If I commuted, I probably would have been much happier, but looking back, I would have just transferred. There are SOME great people at Haverford, but to me it's just not enough for the investment. |
|Feb 01 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| Here's the scoop with Haverford- While they play up the Honor Code, the extraordinary education, the unique and close-knit community, and the beautiful campus, I felt let down in all of these respects.|
Sure, the Honor Code sounds good on paper, and Plenary takes place and everything, but I feel like the only reason people go is because if you DON'T go, Plenary will be held AGAIN, and nobody wants that. The Honor Council basically spams you with emails, and they try and grind the Code into your mind during orientation, but I still feel like very few people actually care about it, and it's just something Haverford likes to play up in their brochures.
The education... Okay, I won't lie, the courses in general are very informative, and the teachers hold high degrees from prestigious schools, however, this doesn't make them great teachers. And yes, all schools have some good and some bad teachers, but, aside from one professor, I really haven't had particularly great experiences with professors. They will certainly help you after class if you seek them out, but I feel like I can sometimes just coast through classes without learning much and then end up with an A. The classes aren't easy, but as long as you don't party and black out every night of every week, you'll probably be fine.
The community- I really did not feel welcomed to the school past the first week of Customs. They try and get you to bond with all the kids in your customs group (orientation group), and honestly, they do a good job with this, but soon everyone splits off into other groups, and if you aren't great at making friends, like me, you'll find yourself feeling ostracized very quickly. The people here are not super friendly, though they like to act it on the surface. Honestly, it's what I expect when I think of an elite, cold, "little ivy"- the kids are generally cold, elitist (though they have no right to be, because they act much better than they are) and ivy league snooty.
The campus is certainly beautiful, but you'll kick yourself come January, Feb, March, and April. It's nonstop ugly and freezing, and I know this is just what the northeast is like, but hey, it's worth mentioning.All in all, I would not recommend coming here. It sounds SO much better on paper than it actually is. Please at least visit the campus and get a tour (and be a spec) before you decide to come here, I honestly wish I could redo college and go somewhere else, and I'm only a sophomore. Save yourself while you can.
|Dec 24 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I have gone through high school, college, graduate school, and post-doctoral training, all at top-notch institutions. I can say that I grew more as a person and as an academician at Haverford than at any other place. |
| Starting Job: Graduate assistant, Preparedness: A+, Reputation: A+ |
|Nov 03 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |