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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.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People are very friendly and will try to socialize with new students. Generally, girls are more fashionable that guys. You'll find all sorts of people at Earlham. The most important thing though is that everyone is well accepted.
Earlham has a diverse student body, with a lot of international students from all over the world.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: At Earlham there are students from all over the world. Very diverse.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I definitely think there are a lot of attractive guys on campus (as well as a fair share of unattractive dudes). There are plenty of athletic types if you're into that, but there's a lot of guys that are smart/funny/whatever but not in an obnoxiously nerdy way. Basically a lot of the smart guys are good looking. As far as girls though, there's plenty of good looking girls. There's a lot of girls who don't shave, but everyone's pretty cool. Some groups that stand out on campus are hipsters, athletes, theater people, and stoners, but of course there are a lot of mixed groups and even though people might have their own friend group I've found people are quick to accept new people as their friends and hang out with people who don't necessarily share all their interests.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Diverse Hipsters, Geeks and Jocks – We got it all at the Ham, man. If you're into the socially awkward cuties, we are stocked. If you like the hot appeal of sexy accents, our student body is made up of about 25% international students. Everyone is extremely friendly here for some reason, and I'm not just saying that. You'll come across a few jerks, but generally speaking Earlham is made up of kind, unique and interesting individuals who want to do cool things in life. Also...they smoke a lot of weed here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 146th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 216th
    Smartest Girls
  • 251st
    Friendliest Girls
  • 357th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 470th
    Friendliest Guys

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Anna Benfield
Takoma Park, Md.
Women's Studies
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Like most things at Earlham, the dating scene is a bit odd. Earlham is notorious among some crowds for making people reconsider their heterosexuality, and the student body is generally supportive of students whose romantic lives cross traditional borders. Many Earlham students tend to resist labels, not wanting to tie themselves down to a specific sexual category. Attractive people of all genders make Earlham a place full of possibility and excitement. The small size lends the campus its intimacy, but it is also responsible for claustrophobic dating options.

If you go through small ponds fast, be prepared. Standards of beauty at Earlham are not necessarily so standard. Students often value an off-beat style and unique personality over bra size. This isn't to say we Earlhamites are so high and mighty we are above noticing some nice abs or legs, but makeup and a bottle of bleach might not get you as far here as the University of Miami. As you may have noticed from student reviews, one man's beauty queen may be another man's geek-of-the-week. There's no guarantee you'll find the girl or guy of your dreams, but Earlham offers a true range of incredible people, some of whom are sure to flip your switches. For the straight crowd, the odds are in favor of the gentlemen, but don't be too hasty, guys—most EC girls don't take kindly to overeager come-ons.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Condoms are often available for free from RAs. They go quick, though, and you can get as many as you want for really cheap from Health Services. Other birth control options are available through the doctor's clinic at Health Services. They will also help you get Plan B.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The Heart
  2. The Athletics and Wellness Center
  3. The Lilly Library
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Back campus
  2. Parties at College houses
  3. Your friend's single
Social Scene
Earlham students are mostly extroverted, social, and easygoing. Making friends is easy here, and people don't think twice about striking up conversations with strangers. Fluid sociability means that someone who's interesting to you probably won't stay a stranger for long, and social circles overlap a great deal. People enjoy hanging out with friends and usually have fun in more creative, less conventional ways.
Hookups or Relationships?
The romantic and sexual scene on campus is mostly polarized at the opposite extremes. Students either play the random hookup game or seem only weeks away from planning their wedding and naming their children. The gray area in between gets more complicated and tends to get the rumor mill going.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
The campus's small size means that you don't have to go out of your way to cross paths with most people on campus on a daily basis. That cute boy or girl in your econ class will probably hold a work-study job somewhere on campus and be involved in a club or sport, as well. To meet potential mates, get involved on campus in whatever interests you most. You'll have a chance to meet lots of potential friends and dates who can't help but share common interests. Parties are a good chance to flirt and dance with people you've already become more familiar with.
Dress Code
The stereotypical Earlhamite shops at Goodwill, the free box in Runyan, and their roommate's closet, throwing together a "dirty hippy" look with a brush-free hairdo and flip-flops. However, this is only a facet of the population, as many students spend a bit more time and money to coordinate athletic, preppy, and artsy appearances.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 13 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 11 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 29% Long-distance relationship
  • 21% None
  • 14% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 14% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 7% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 7% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 7% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at your school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 30% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 50% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 20% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
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