Haverford admissions are highly selective, and the school only admits about 26% of its annual applicant pool. The College has a need-blind admissions policy, meaning that a student's financial need is not considered in the decision process. Haverford also offers an Early Decision plan, and approximately 54% of Early Decision applicants are admitted.
According to admissions officials, a student's character, application essay, extracurricular activities, recommendations, secondary school record, and GPA are the most important factors considered in the selection process. Other factors include class rank, standardized test scores, demonstrated talents, volunteer work, and work experience. Admissions officers may also consider an applicant's level of Interest, alumni relation, geographical residence, interview, ethnicity, and whether the individual is a first-generation college student.