Richmond, IN
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Reviews 362 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Freshman

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

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.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Earlham gives a lot of financial aid, especially to international students from UWC schools and through the Bonner scholarship.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Students aren't typically allowed to live off campus, but there are college owned houses that students can live in.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus is dependent on student

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Could be better or worse.

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College Senior

Majors: Haven't had one, don't plan on it.

4 College Senior

Majors: Happy overall. Small field, may be difficult.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Very decent. Good faculty, courses available.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Only 1100 on campus students - no trouble parking

3 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities on campus are steadily improving- esp with the addition of the new science and art buildings!

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security officers and health staff are kind generally

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1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Unacceptable generally, although about once a week the food isn't bad

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Top #5 in terms of diversity

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2 College Junior

Academics: Difficult if youre a science major

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3 College Junior

Academics: Academics are the best of what this school has to offer

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: It is no secret that Earlham lacks school spirit for its sports teams. Crowds at games are usually small but enthusiastic. The Wellness Center is a quality facility for both athletes and non-athletes alike.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've met some truly amazing people at Earlham and made some of the best friends of my life. There are intriguing people everywhere, and the size of the school makes it so you'll probably have the opportunity to meet someone you find particularly interesting at some point. The friendliness of the student body is hard to come across anywhere else, and most people are willing to talk and hang out with newcomers. Earlham's size does make it a bit suffocating at times, however, and there will definitely be phases where the craving to go somewhere more exciting and meet new people will be intense. When it comes to academics, I must say I have had a quality experience with most of my classes and professors with the exception of a few that left me utterly uninspired; the classes here really seem to be hit or miss. Also, Richmond is utterly devoid of recreation, with the nearest city being Indianapolis at about an hour and a half away.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: For its size, Earlham is one of the most diverse colleges I have ever been to. It is not uncommon to hear three different languages being spoken just on your way to class, and something like 20% of the student body are international students. In terms of financial status, Earlham's compliance with students' needs make it diverse in this aspect as well, especially by means of the Bonner Scholars Program. I've known people who go here free of charge or who only pay a few thousand a year, a price that is unbeatable at most other schools. As for political beliefs, the school seems to be overwhelmingly liberal, though I've met a few conservatives (all of whom tend to be on the football or baseball teams).

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers at Earlham, so fear not if you don't have a laptop! The internet is usually pretty fast and campus-wide, but if you need to use the campus computers, there are labs in most of the academic buildings. The computers seem new, too, and are usually very fast, which is convenient if you need to print something out on your way to class.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The History and English departments both have engaging professors and an abundance of resources from which to learn about. The best part about these subjects is probably the intensity with which the professors care about them and about you as a student. They are easily approachable and will be more than willing to help with literally anything you may need. If reading/writing based courses aren't your thing, though, it may prove to be a bumpy ride.

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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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