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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 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.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The people are great and so when parties happen they're quite fun, but I do think that there should be more parties. Some weekends there isn't a ton going on, but it really depends on who lives in the houses and what part of the semester it is. There are certainly always small groups hanging out and listening to music though, so it's not lonely, but it also isn't wild.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: 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.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife is limited to mostly non alcoholic parties and gatherings which is fine if you are under 21 or not a drinker.


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What some schools say about guys and girls really applies to parties at Earlham: The odds are good, but the goods are odd. If you want to shoot off bottle rockets in the cornfield or go to parties with themes like "Knitting and 40s," Earlham is for you. Kegs are around at the beginning and end of the year, and you can probably find a chill group of people and go up to the roof of the off-limits Joseph Moore House with you. But like most things at Earlham, the parties are a mix. A party that begins with spiced rum and streaking might end up as a conventional party scene with tequila shots and dancing. You'll probably know everyone there, which can make for more fun, but also more drama. Don't do anything you don't want everyone and their mother to know about by Sunday morning.

Keep in mind: Earlham wouldn't be Earlham if we had good clubs to go to. Part of the adventure, or part of the agony for some, is that you really have to make your own fun in this lonely Midwestern town. If you want your Saturday night to look like a frat party, you're going to be bumming most weekends. But if you survive the four years with a smile, you'll have learned a lot about how to make something out of nothing.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Earlham theme houses
  • Indianapolis
  • Ohio (Cincinnati, Dayton, Oxford)
Student Favorites
Mack's Place
Other Places to Check Out
Favorite Drinking Games
For the most part, except among a small population of heavy drinkers, drinking games are not very popular. The most commonly played, though, are beer pong and card games like spoons.
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Entertainment section of the Pal-Item (
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Organization Parties
Each campus theme house usually throws a big party every year to go along with their theme (e.g., Euro-trash at French House). Miller Farm also holds an annual Halloween party, with a band playing in the barn and a house and yard full of dancing, costumed people.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Southside Café

401 S. Fifth St.


(765) 935-9723

The Wheel

514 S. L St.


(765) 935-2445

Mack's Place

Thursday night, Mack's Place has its share of hardcore Earlham regulars.

806 S. 19th St.


(765) 935-9894

Coney Island Bar

750 S. Seventh St.


(765) 962-1356

El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

3567 E. Main St.


(765) 965-1839

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 19% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 31% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 31% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 19% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Freshmen kegger.
  • 40% Homecoming
  • 20% Grad Hash
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