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| Haverford is really an awesome place for students looking for a small liberal arts college and all of the positives and negatives that go along with it. That said, there are a lot of positives and I've found that they far outway the negatives. Small classes, friendly people, necessary attention, challenging academics vs. everyone knowing your business. Still seems pretty good to me. |
|Nov 24 2006|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| You've read about the small size, close faculty/student relationships and cozy and friendly environment. All true.|
What I'll address is the issue often raised my many minority students about haverford as I am a minority individual. I am surprised that minority students today complain about a lack of diversity on campus as when I was there, % was 22 and not the 31% it is today. Can it be more, of course...
Haverford may be harder for minority students than expected because of the small size. 32% minority may seem like a lot, and it is, but 32% of 1150 kids is very different than 32% of a campus of 1300-2000 students. "Critical mass" is an issue. I have to say that, i was "depressed" with the diversity of HC when I was there but I learned to be friends with people I wouldn't have otherwise have taken the time to get to know... and am firends with them even today. It can be lonely at times because, given the numbers, it'll be hard to find someone with your exact background and interests, but I think it makes you stronger as a person. I applied to and was accepted as a transfer to Brown and Columbia my sophmore year but I decided to stay at HC and can't be happier with my decision. I realized that my friends at those schools hang out with people just like them and don't know people who are different which i realized is a shame.
Haverford isn't a perfect place and occasionally insensitive things occur, but i think it happens far less here than anywhere else. I think one reason why minority students here get occasionally "disappointed" is because Haverford sets itself to very high standards in terms of community and values, almost unreachable, so disappointment is often magnified against these lofty benchmarks. In addition, i think Haverford provides a supportive environment for students to explore and find their voice as I certainly found my confidence and determination there.
|Aug 12 2006|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| This place is definitely not worth your parents' 45K/year. Sure the student body is small, but if you have even slther of originality or real life-experience (i.e. not a lfe of white-bread suburban opulence) then you will hate over 90% of the people there. Unless, of course, you already consider a third-rate a cappella performance in a disgusting basement of an out-dated and poorly maintained dorm to be the highlight of your weekend or have a poster of O.A.R. on your wall.|
The resources here are average at best. The labs are small and clearly cannot accomodate the growing number of science students each year (unless you consider waiting in line for 45 min - to an hr to take a reading on one of two GC/MS from the 1940s to be worth your time). The dorms are pitful: small, dark, and poorly kept. Don't bother calling maintenance, they won't get back to you. Our medical center doesn't have a doctor on staff-one shows up when he wants to, usually only once a week, don't count on him in the winter though.
The academics are top notch (the only place i know of where a 94% on a test is not an "A") but believe me, it's not worth it. You'll select from a handful of classes in a handful of departments. Limited Enrollment will screw you out of your first choice classes and schedule conflicts will screw you out of what's left. Sure, feel free to take classes at Swarthmore or Upenn if you can afford a 2 hour commute-one way.
I would never come here again.
|Aug 06 2006|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2008 |