The college was founded in 1833 by Philadelphia Quakers to provide their sons with an opportunity for higher education. Although Haverford is no longer affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (and it went co-ed in the 1980s), elements of Quaker culture still remain, with the most prominent example being the Honor Code, which governs students' academic and social behavior.
Haverford is known for its academic excellence, which places it in the top ranks of private liberal arts colleges. Although the college is anything but large, (roughly 1,100 students attend) cooperative agreements with Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania give Haverford students a wide range of educational and social opportunities. Major student events on campus include Screw Your Roommate, Snowball, La Fiesta, Haverfest, and Plenary.