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Reviews 381 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: old buildings, Bundy has no A/C, and reslife is difficult to work with at times.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a certain type of diversity you're seemingly allowed to have without being shunned.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of talk. Less action.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I didn't encounter any challenges. the professors and students alike are very welcoming and inclusive. Admissions cares more about the content of your character than test scores.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love it! lots of great opportunities, very available resources, and there's always someone to answer your questions.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It really depends on the day. There's always meal exchange.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Oh God, the Quakers will keep going through ANYTHING. One day, when Winter was still terrorizing everyone, Richmond sunk to 18-20º F below 0º...without windchill. Were classes canceled? No. No they were not.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Earlham is well known in the community, and there are some events that are fun to go to (like the Spring festival), but otherwise it's not much to look at.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: All I know is that I constantly get woken up by (presumably) drunk people howling. I assume the parties go well.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Mostly, you're stuck on campus if you don't own a car, or you don't know someone who has a car. The bus system in Richmond is almost nonexistant, and the shuttle the school runs is more than a tad confusing.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: we don't have "the Greek Life"

College Sophomore

Parking: I don't drive, and none of my friends have cars, so I don't know anything about this issue.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing can sometimes be a nightmare, since you have to go on a special website to do so, but otherwise, it's pretty good.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's a lot of variety in the student body, so you can always find someone who is interested in what your interested in.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana and alcohol are the drugs you're most likely to see on campus. Every weekend, you will inevitably hit a cloud of weed, or run into an intoxicated individual. It definitely could be worse, but it also could be better.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships are the only reason I'm able to attend Earlham, and even with them, I have to take out loans for the steep tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My hall is good. The dorm rooms are fairly spacious, and the bathrooms stay relatively clean. Other places are more rough, but on the whole, I think campus housing is good.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While this school is relatively safe, there have been a few incidents that worry me. For instance, this past semester there were two individuals arrested on campus for carrying concealed weapons (guns). We were also warned of another individual who was driving around in a van, and asking female students to come up and give him directions.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favourite thing about Earlham is being in the choir.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Most are dedicated to service and to make a difference.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The intown is charming and offers some local charm.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Work load difficult but worth it.

4 College Junior

Computers: I've always had really good experiences with getting help for technical problems, sometimes printing can be annoying though.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: There haven't been many parties in the last couple years due to Res Life policies. Going out can be challenging and disappointing most of the time.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Richmond is a small city but in the last couple years some pretty good places have opened up, like thai, vietnamese, japanese, and there's some good mexican food too. And then there are some cute local diners and coffee shops that are cheap and charming.


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Anna Benfield
Takoma Park, Md.
Women's Studies
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People come to Earlham for the academics, the Quaker principles, and the community. And, for the most part, they fall in love with the off-beat professors and student body. Earlham students are mostly fun, interesting, self-motivated, and incredibly involved on campus. Classes are compelling, and professors have a real love for their subjects and an investment in the students they teach. Quaker beliefs have mostly a positive and constructive presence on campus, helping remind staff and students to be mindful, open, and respectful. The opportunities are endless, and if Earlham's right for you, you're going to have an incredible four years. Surviving the crummy weather and the dismal off-campus dining scene will all be worth it.

Most people really love it here, and the positive attitude is contagious. However, be aware that all good things come at a price. If you get claustrophobic in small social scenes or small towns, look elsewhere. The small size is responsible for the best and the worst of Earlham life. Richmond can be quaint and grounding, but after four years, most Earlham students are excited to be off to more exciting destinations. The campus is safe, with decent campus food and more than decent campus housing. The nightlife is hit or miss, though, and students have mixed feelings about diversity and dating options. However, without Greek life, students agree that a wide array of social options are available without heavy drug use or overly strict security. As you move about, you won't have to hike from a faraway parking lot, but you might have to do a bit of hunting to find a car to borrow to get around town. Indiana weather is a strange bag, but you can always find refuge from a random thunderstorm in the lovely Wellness Center. If you're the Earlham type, you'll realize this school and everything that comes with it has amazing things to offer you.

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