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Reviews 193 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like the campus and the town where it's located.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are many students for whom the deciding factor in coming to Earlham was financial aid. It tries very hard to give out the scholarships and grants incoming students need.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Unless you want to smoke some weed and sip on local hipstery artisinal beers on back-campus in the woods, you're out of luck.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's average. However, if you find yourself hungry after 9:30pm you're kind of screwed.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others. Bundy has a lot of problems and it often takes awhile for them to be fixed (the men's bathroom was recently closed for a week before maintenance addressed the issue). Some dorms lack AC. The social scene is pretty dead. It's good for introverts and those who wish to avoid partying, because it's pretty difficult to find one. Weed is everywhere and if you try hard enough you can find alcohol, but the administration is very strict about house parties. RAs are generally lenient.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The financial aid process happened awhile ago, but it was smooth process from what I can remember. I received aid to help pay for college. However, there were not a lot of scholarships that the college offered to the students, causing more loans to be offered.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are always security guards patrolling the campus. They are approachable and willing to help. If something happens that should be addressed, emails and text alerts are sent out to the campus.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I plan to have a internship eventually. I think that the internship will be extremely helpful for my future and I believe that the college will definitely help me find an internship that fits my needs.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school does not really allow students to live off campus unless they have a specific reason to. So many students do not have the option of staying away from campus. I do not think that the school helps others find housing either.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I enjoy the fact that people at my college can dress and act in any way that they please. People do not make fun of others or judge them for being who they are. I enjoy that fact that people are very open and not closed minded to other cultures and interests.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is pretty average. The food is about the same as anywhere else. Except there are a few more different cultural foods around campus. The cos is usually pretty affordable and tastes pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did receive financial aid, however it was a somewhat difficult process. And I did not receive enough financial aid in order to pay for my schooling.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus strictness is about the perfect amount. People are adults and should be treated like such. However there are rules that must be followed. The administration does a fine job of enforcing these rules.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is constant safety on campus. Students are protected and feel safe. There have not been any crimes reported thus far.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The local area is enjoyable. The restaurants are pretty good. However, there are not many places that are close for entertainment. One may have to drive quite awhile in order to enjoy themselves.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at my school are not focused on pressuring students. The athletics program is just there for those students who wish to participate in sports. The program is very supportive of other sports and allows students to enjoy their college experience on and off the field. The athletics program allows for students to focus on their classwork as their main priority.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Richmond is a pretty town, although there isn't a lot to do.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I appreciate the aid that I receive, but I just wish there was a way that I didn't have to struggle to find scholarships my last couple years here, since I didn't have this problem my freshman and sophomore year.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know how I feel about off-campus housing, but it would be great if they had more parties.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I wish we would have more parties throughout the year, it would make the campus seem more like a college scene on the weekends.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life on campus, but I wish we would. It would make the campus more lively.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Not all the sports' teams on campus are great, but we do get a great crowd regardless if you're good or not.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love Mills, it's the best dorms to live in on campus in my opinion.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is low, security bikes around and keeps an eye on students at night so we're safe, and I feel safe walking across campus at night and in the dorms. My one concern is when Richmond police try and get involved, as I don't trust them to have the student's best interests at heart.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: At first it seems like there are only chains with a few exceptions, but once you find the good places it's not bad at all. La Mexicana is an authentic and amazing Mexican restaurant/grocery store that Earlham students love, and Square Donuts is a cheap donut place that is open crazy hours so midnight study break donuts are a thing.

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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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