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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Most are dedicated to service and to make a difference.

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3 College Junior

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

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities are nice; some buildings lack air conditioning but most buildings are undergoing or have undergone recent renovation. A new arts building is currently under construction.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Earlham's campus life is like no other. The student union (the HUB) was newly renovated a few years ago and is very modern. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, and an art gallery, it's a very popular hangout. There are tons of organizations to join, and there are always fun activities and events going on across campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: My school has provided me with work experience that is much more impressive than any other college grads I know. Right now, while you are looking at schools, you may think that a fifth year or spending some of your summer at school is weird, but trust me, I would not change anything in my program! Plus, being in Richmond allows hands-on learning at museums, planetariums, and other cultural attractions.

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Construction on campus has been continuing at an impressive—though not overly frenetic—pace. Slowly but surely, the most rundown buildings are being converted to state-of-the-art facilities. The Athletics and Wellness Center opened its doors in 1999, welcoming students to swim, work out, run, and shoot hoops. The Landrum Bolling Center (LBC) doesn't have the charming woodwork and windows of Carpenter Hall, but the classrooms have more than their fair share of high-tech everything. If you're the equestrian type, you're in luck, as the College has a riding arena that opened in 2003. Basically, if we don't have it yet, it's sure to be in the works.

With a few exceptions, anything you can't locate on campus you should be able to find in Richmond. It can be scary, however, to realize how long some students can go without leaving campus except to visit Lobill's (a grocery store a couple blocks away). The Earlham Film Series shows movies in Dennis every weekend, and the school does a good job bringing interesting acts to campus, from mentalists to Ursula Rucker to Hasidic reggae superstar Matisyahu. For the campus's small student population, Earlham has high standards for facility maintenance and construction, providing students with a great environment for learning, socializing, and recreating.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
800 acres
Student Centers
Runyan Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Lilly Library
  • Wildman Science Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Coffee Shop
  • The Heart (the College’s central courtyard)
  • Runyan Center
Bar on Campus
None; Earlham is a dry campus.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jazzman's Coffee kiosk in the Runyan Center
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies are shown for free by the Earlham Film Series every Friday and Saturday night on the large screen in Dennis 110. The films represent a wide range of primarily independent and international productions.
"Green" Initiatives
The Earlham Environmental Plan divides the College's responsibilities into seven different areas: new and remodeled buildings, energy conservation (buildings/grounds), energy conservation (transportation), water use, solid waste/recycling/composting, land use and stewardship, and culture of sustainability.
School Slang
  • (The) Quake: Reference to Earlham's mascot, the Hustlin' Quaker; most frequently heard at athletic events
  • Brick City: College-owned student and faculty housing to the south of campus
  • The Burrow: Barrett Hall's basement
  • College Avenue: The street that parallels the College on the east side; home to most College-owned houses
  • College Meeting for Worship: Weekly Quaker meeting in the meeting house Sundays at 11 a.m. Students and faculty are often invited to share their message.
  • Consensus: A Quaker practice of decision-making. Love it or hate it, everyone's got to agree with it.
  • Convenor: The leader of a campus group (known in most schools as the president)
  • Convocation: Lecture event held alternate Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Cookies and punch follow the Q&A section.
  • EH: Earlham Hall
  • ESG: Earlham Student Government
  • The Hash: The weekly Saturday morning beer-drinking escapade
  • The Heart: The courtyard that lies in the center of campus
  • Hoosier: A person from Indiana
  • LBC: The Landrum Bolling Center, an academic building on the north side of campus
  • Lilly: Lilly Library
  • Moodle: Web-based academic resource
  • OA: Olvey/Andis Residence Hall
  • P&P: Principles and Practices. Especially as a first-year, you're not going to hear the end of this "living document" regarding Earlham's ethical intentions.
  • PAGS: Peace and global studies, one of Earlham's more unique majors
  • RPD: Richmond Police Department; avoid at all costs
  • SAB: The Student Activities Board which plans weekend events
  • SAGA: The main dining hall
  • SAGA Shopping: Illicitly making the most of your block meal by assembling a back-pocket doggy bag
  • SciLi: Science Library (gets cultish after a while in late hours of the night)
  • Web DB: A personalized online program used to register for classes, look up student and faculty contact info, send out class-wide emails, and reference your cumulative transcript and progress reports
  • Wilderness: A popular extracurricular and minor on campus
  • Womyn's Center: A space on campus open only to those identifying themselves as women
  • Baccalaureate: The senior class plans its own Baccalaureate (the speakers and events to precede commencement), and instead of hiring an outside celebrity, they select a favorite faculty member as the speaker.
  • Bundy 500: Now that spring semester no longer runs through Memorial Day weekend and Bundy has gotten a facelift, this famed tradition has finally retired. Yet the excitement of cockroach races down the halls of Bundy (in the spirit of the nearby Indy 500) lives on as a fond Earlham memory.
  • Convocation: While today's students know Convocation as the bi-weekly speaker series that draws the Earlham community into Goddard Auditorium every other Wednesday at 1 p.m., the tradition goes back to the College's founding, when students were required to attend worship.
  • Farm Day: Every Saturday at 10 a.m., the people at Miller Farm (one of the theme houses on campus) hold Farm Day. This is a community work day and meal that is open to the Earlham and Richmond communities. A number of workshops are offered, including ones like beekeeping, maple syrup tapping, and more.
  • The International Festival: Since the 1980s, Earlham's large international student body has collaborated on a week-long celebration, complete with eclectic cultural events, presentations, and foods.
  • Winter Candle Lighting : Every winter, as the fall semester draws to a close, students and faculty meet at Stout Meetinghouse and light luminaria candles. The tiny lights encircle the Heart and line both sides of the main drive out National Road.
Urban Legends
  • The Athletic and Wellness Center is supposedly haunted by a ghost who played basketball every night at Trueblood Field Center.
  • The Joseph Moore House on College Avenue is haunted, despite its recent renovation to house the Public Affairs offices.
Favorite Things To Do
On alternating Wednesdays at 1 p.m., the campus shuts down for Convocation. Professors and speakers from off campus speak in the Goddard Auditorium, and punch and cookies follow. Also, on sunny days, it's nice to hang out or join a pick-up soccer or Frisbee game on the Heart. Procrastinating after dinner? Watch a free movie in Dennis, or check one out from Runyan desk. Want to move your body? Play pool or pingpong at Runyan, or go for a swim or catch a yoga class at the Wellness Center. Finally, get some work done at the library, or meet with your group project partners in the Coffee Shop with an iced skim latte.
Student Newspaper
The Earlham Word
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
In a classic prank that took place before the interstate was built, travelers heading east along Route 40 after the Indy 500 were directed off the main road and around Earlham's campus with "borrowed" road construction signs.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 33% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 17% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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