Information for Parents

Welcome to Earlham College and the Richmond community. The weekend of orientation events listed below will help you get to know Earlham better and give you an opportunity to meet some of the people who will be making an impact on your student's life during the next few years. We encourage you to attend the events which have been created especially for parents and/or parents and students. Following is a tenative schedule that will updated during the summer.

August 22

Admissions staff will host a Hospitality and Information Table in the Richmond Room of the Landrum Bolling Center from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Come by for coffee and answers to any questions you might have.

Welcome at Chase Stage in front of Lilly Library, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. You will be introduced to the student leaders of New Student Orientation and several College administrators. Highlights include the inspiring comments about a liberal arts education, and Nancy Sinex's description of the fascinating, accomplished and talented incoming class.

Parents Meet with Academic Advisers – From 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet you student’s academic adviser and get to know some the other first year students and their parents in a small group setting. It’s an excellent opportunity to ask questions about what your student should expect in their first college classes.

All Parents Gathering: Student Service Panel in Goddard Auditorium, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. You may be tired by this time but this is your chance to get any last minutes questions answered from Residence Life, Counseling, Health Services, Public Safety and the Academic Enrichment Center.

August 23

Breakfast for Parents with College Representatives in the Comstock and Orchard Rooms in Runyan Center, 8:00 a.m. A chance to chat with college administrators and other parents. Geographic seating opportunities will allow you to locate other Earlham parents near your home.

All Student and Parent Gathering: Engaging with the Curriculum in Goddard Auditorium, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. You really don't want to miss this opportunity to hear about Earlham's general education program as well as the expansive offerings available in the curriculum.

Talking About Letting Go and Staying Connected, meet in the Richmond Room of the Landrum Bolling Center at 11:00 a.m. In small groups, you will have time to talk about the challenges and joys of leaving your student at College.

Navagating Important Issues, location TBA, 1:00 - 3:15 p.m. Parents join their students in sessions titled "Positive Sexuality, Issues of Consent, and Bystander Intervention" and "Alcohol and Community Living."

The parents’ formal orientation program concludes at 5:30 p.m.

We hope these recommendations guide you in making your orientation to Earlham fruitful. If you need to pick up some last minute items for your student, and you will, there are plenty of national chains and local shops for all of your basic needs. Some favorite casual restaurants are El Rodeo and Little Sheba’s. If you are interested in a more formal dining experience, the Old Richmond Inn and Galo’s Italian Grill are excellent.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Earlham Community!


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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admissions