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Earlham College

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About Earlham College

Earlham comprises Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion, located in Richmond, Indiana, a city of about 39,000. Founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Earlham College is an independent, four-year, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning.

Approximately 1,200 undergraduate students attend Earlham College on its 800-acre tree-shaded campus. Earlham College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in 40 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, as well as permitting self-designed studies and a cooperative program in engineering.

HeartMaster of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees also are offered at Earlham College.

Campus information

Earlham's 800-acre campus includes Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion. Approximately 1,200 undergraduate students call this tree-shaded campus their home.

HeartOn the campus, students and visitors will discover a 600-acre stretch of woods, streams, ponds, old fields and prairie used for scientific research and recreation. Additional natural areas are set aside for scientific research, including an old growth forest and a rock preserve.

Currently, 94 percent of students reside on campus in one of eight residence halls or more than 20 theme and friendship houses.

Between 1998 and 2014, Earlham expanded, renovated, and constructed major campus buildings — including academic, residence halls and athletic facilities — representing an investment of over $40 million.

Richmond is a city largely within Wayne Township, Wayne County, in east central Indiana, United States, which borders Ohio. The city also includes the Richmond Municipal Airport, which is in Boston Township and separated from the rest of the city. It is sometimes called the "cradle of recorded jazz" because some early jazz records were made here at the studio of Gennett Records, a division of the Starr Piano Company.

Richmond is the county seat of Wayne County, and in the 2010 census, it had a population of 36,812. The city has twice received the All-America City Award, most recently in 2009.


Residence Halls
The traditional residence hall experience offers our students the chance to live in a diverse community of their peers as they learn what it means to live on their own.  Each of our residence halls feature a wide-range of community space balanced with the privacy and security we all want in our home.  There are several different types of living spaces to choose from: traditional single, double, and triple rooms as well as hybrid suite-style rooms.  Earlham College has been providing on-campus housing for its students in its residence hall spaces since its founding over 150 years ago.  Living within the residence halls is an important part of the education and experience of an Earlham College student.

College Houses
The college house experience offers our students the chance live in a close-knit group of their peers who have shared community and educational goals for the academic year.  There are approximately twenty different college houses that surround campus on College Avenue and National Road West, all of which house a different Theme Community or Friendship Community.  Each college house holds between five and twelve students at a time, allowing a close and independent community to live together throughout the year.  Earlham College’s college houses allow our students to have intentional learning environments beyond what a typical residence hall community provides.


Courses available 10

Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 7 Mass Communication & Media 1 Sports Science 1


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