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How different are Haverford and Swarthmore?

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Replies to: How different are Haverford and Swarthmore?

  • minimini Registered User Posts: 26,431 Senior Member
    "Swarthmore is widely considered to have perhaps the most rigorous academics, workloads, and classroom experiences of any college or university in the country. That doesn't mean that a ton of other schools aren't very, very good."

    To me, I read this and it instantly tells me that Haverford is "better" for about 99.5% of the human population. ;)
  • Chloe727Chloe727 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Not necessarily. I think Swarthmore is a really incredible place for some people. Their academics are rigorous but really amazing. As are Haverford's. I think it all comes down to finding the place that you get the right feeling from. I know that sounds trite but I know I didnt believe that until I felt it. Also, I'm sure Swarthmore specializes in some things that other schools don't so...there are a lot of benefits to both schools.
  • mycow08mycow08 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    lol you guys are so loving and diplomatic now, but you'll change your tune when you get here, and all you'll be saying is "SWAT SUCKS". It's contagious. ;)


    sorry, i love rivalries.
  • wonderingwondering Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    My advice is apply to both and then visit, see which one you like. Whichever one you choose you'll be able to experience life at the other, so it just depends. I go to Bryn Mawr and I find Swat a nice place to take classes and hang out with friends, but get more support from the administration and campus community living at Bryn Mawr than I would have at Swat. It all comes down to how you feel, and the great thing about the tri-co is that you get to experience life at the other colleges no matter which school you end up at.
  • CC AdminCC Admin Administrator Posts: 32,471 Senior Member
    Hahaha I love the title of this thread. Amherst & Williams, Swarthmore & Haverford -- some schools you always hear in the same breath.
  • kgordonkgordon User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 159 Junior Member
    Definately go to Swarthmore if you got in. It has SUCH a better reputation for Grad schools, and the diploma alone will get you jobs etc. The campus is much more beautiful, while the area around haverford is a little slummy. Plus, haverford is SO SMALL it's crazy. Swarthmore has more kids, and has a much better "feel" to it.
  • archermomarchermom Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    Interesting tht Kgordon was waitlisted at Haverford...
  • darkmatterdarkmatter Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    no wonder why kgordon is waitlisted from Haverford. Haverford i think doesnt take students who are so obssesed with reputations, competitions and grades.....n this is the most attractive feature of haverford. it is noncompetetive competetive college, if that make any sense -video catalog.
  • ReDbUll298ReDbUll298 Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    haha kgordon, quit while you're ahead. you're not going to be respected in the haverford forums if you continue to insult the school that obviously means so much to its students.
  • florusflorus Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    Kevin (Kgordon) is insulting Haverford to scare away acceptees to free up space so he can get off the waitlist. It's a pretty sleazy way to go.

    I don't think Kevin will fit in, even if he manages to get off the waitlist.
  • proud2bherdadproud2bherdad Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
    My daughter is going to Bryn Mawr and
    has a few questions relative to the social life
    in the two schools.

    Which of the two colleges have the best parties.

    On a ranking of 1 to 10 with 10 the highest
    what school has the most handsome guys &
    what school has the prettiest girls?
  • ReDbUll298ReDbUll298 Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    between haverford and swarthmore? isn't attractiveness subjective =P
  • proud2bherdadproud2bherdad Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
    Universally, beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    & it is human nature to be attracted to objects
    of beauty..... therefore, in the eye of the individual
    beholder beauty is objective
  • ReDbUll298ReDbUll298 Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    i think BMC girls hang out with Haverford guys more... that's the impression I received. At Haverford, there were jokes about Swarthmore guys being not so attractive but I know that's just on account of the rivalry. It might just be that there's a closer relationship between Bryn Mawr and Haverford to start with.
  • i am kittygalorei am kittygalore Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    my uncle went to haverford and aunt and other uncle to swarthmore. all are california university professors and very brainy and you should hear their tweedy meta-physical jabbering over special family holiday dinners... drives my business oriented parents nuts. my aunt and uncles are very cool people and that's why these schools somewhat appeal to me despite their size. :)

    too much has been written on this subject but the only thing worth adding to this debate, which is an original thought in my modest opinion, has to do with an impression i get from reading these swat/haverford comparison posts- i think there are 10-12 between both college threads that ive been reading for the last few days. it seems that some people think highly of both schools but swarthmore maybe a little more so (this guy "interested dad" for example... i think he's the swat admissions director in secret). :) factors are cited such as endowmwnt size, greater selectivity, more resources, stronger work ethic and better reputation. as evidence, % grads with phds are cited (search "PHD production" and all of these figures will come up showing swarthmore usually, but not always ahead of haverford, but most of the time they are really close and in the top 10 and separated by only 2-3 rungs)... also, they are usually both way ahead of williams and amherst in this measure as well which is surprising

    so the conclusion is swarthmore is better than haverford, right?

    but i think a more interesting question to ask is that, "despite swarthmore's huge $ endowment size, more selective (?) applicants, and reputation for hardercore academic and prestige, why is haveford able to produce at similar rates? what does haverford... have... that makes up the difference? i'm not sure if i believe haverford's 99% acceptance to med school, but if that's true, that's pretty amazing as well

    this is just my thought. beyond this, i think this issue has been beatened to death. hopefully my post will end this futile debate. go to which ever school makes you happiest... for me it's big city big school... as you can tell, i think highly of both these schools and that's why i'm spending my time on this site.
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