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Reviews 212 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, often walking alone late at night without any worries. That being said, sexual assault has been an issue on campus (as on every campus). Administration response has been frustrating, but students have responded incredibly well. Earlham students believe and support survivors of sexual assault. This past semester, a student publicly called out an assaulter in order to draw attention to the issue. AASV (action against sexual violence) is an on-campus student organization that discusses and raises awareness surrounding the issue. Although administration needs to step up its game, the student community is really good about addressing the issue of sexual assault.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are, for the most part, incredibly helpful, passionate, and knowledgeable. They go by their first names (because of the Quaker values of Earlham) which makes them more approachable in some ways. Courses in every area are challenging and engaging. A lot of the assigned readings are incredibly interesting, and on more than one occasion I've discussed them with friends (in a non-academic setting). Courses are also frequently interdisciplinary, drawing on and connecting several subjects. Classes are usually very small (10-20), with a few intro classes reaching 50-60 students.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Earlham has a very strong alumni network, with alums often connecting students to jobs or other opportunities (as well as sometimes attending Hash.)

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm quality varies a lot. For freshman dorms, Barrett is usually considered better than Bundy. Bundy has a livelier atmosphere and slightly larger rooms, but Barrett is much cleaner and has AC (which is important for more than just August and May). There are also lots of spaces in the theme houses, which have the advantage of being closer to Dominos and Marsh, having more living space (which can also be used for parties), and living without RAs.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports teams are visible on campus but not particularly popular among non-athletes. Some games are attended but usually not considered any kind of social event.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Earlham attracts an incredibly diverse group of students and professors, and classes are challenging but manageable. We have tons of great traditions, like Beerster (beers are hidden all over campus around Easter time) and Whiskey Tue.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is fairly accessible.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had great professors and courses.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I hope to have good career prospects as the school is known for its commitment to public and social service.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life at my school.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am marginally attentive to athletics at my school.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's still the only school that I would consider attending due to the small size, the academic standards, the course options, the student population, and the professor credentials.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The wellness center in my school is very nice and well-designed for everyone to work out.

The baseball stadium is one of the nice facilities Earlham has.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In terms of academics, Earlham is very rigorous and has a lot of inspirational professors who are willing to help. In terms of community, Earlham is very friendly and internationally diverse. In terms of financial assistance, Earlham tends to be very generous and supportive.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Very spacious rooms, nice buildings, but no air conditioning, odd layouts, inconsistent room styles, and partially gender segregated

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's pretty good, better in some ways than other similar schools

3 College Senior

Athletics: decent for a small college but certainly could be better

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Not great social activity, or community involved with campus life

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've become a person, and I love my education.

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.

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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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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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