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The two-week summer Explore-A-College Program at Earlham College allows your student to take part in a "dress rehearsal" for the real college experience before he or she graduates from high school. By taking a class taught by an Earlham professor, students develop college-level discussion, research, and time management skills that will better prepare them for college work.
And, upon successful completion of the two-week course, your student will earn two semester hours of transferable college credit!
The cost for the Explore-A-College Program is $1,850, which covers tuition, room, board, and two semester hours of college credit. The college credit (pass/fail) is given upon successful completion of the course, and is transferable. One transcript will be sent to you after the program; subsequent transcripts must be requested from the Registrar’s Office at Earlham College.
You also must plan for travel to and from the program, books/course materials, and off-campus and personal activities. Costs for books and/or materials range from $10 to $120 depending on the class. The amount of money needed for extra activities depends on the personal spending habits of each student. Students have opportunities to go off campus accompanied by a staff member to go to a movie, get ice cream, visit a local museum, go shopping, etc.
A $50 non-refundable application fee is due with your application. This is applied toward your Explore-A-College Program tuition. A deposit of at least $200 is due by June 15, and the remainder must be paid before or on the day of registration, June 23.
Financial aid is very limited and based on academic standing and need. Students applying for financial aid assistance MUST first be accepted into the Explore-A-CollegeSM Program. We must receive the application to the program before or along with the financial aid application. To apply for aid, please download the financial aid application from the website or contact the Director. The financial aid application deadline for the Explore-A-CollegeSM Program is April 30, 2013. Students will be notified by May 15, 2013.
Explore-A-College Program students are housed in an Earlham residence hall. Most of the rooms are double occupancy; a few are triple; and a few are in a suite arrangement. Males and females will be housed on separate floors of the residence hall.
Classes range in size from five to 18 students. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
Many families choose to bring their children to the Earlham campus. For those students who come by air transportation, we provide free shuttle service for the student to and from the Dayton International Airport, which is the airport closest to Richmond, IN. Students arriving at other venues will be assessed a transportation fee of $50.
If at all possible, please schedule flights to fit within the following times:
Earlham is a private, liberal arts college that emphasizes academic inquiry in a challenging intellectual environment. It is one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, well known for the strength of its programs and the quality of its teaching. Earlham College offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in 40 fields. Lilly Library is recognized as the nation’s foremost undergraduate teaching library. The student body is made up of nearly 1,180 students from 46 states and over 75 countries.
Quakers established Earlham in 1847. The College’s long-standing Quaker values encourage community, intellectual exploration, social concern, peacemaking, and service. Many faith traditions, from Quakerism to Islam and Catholicism to Judaism, are represented in our student body.
Located in Richmond, Indiana, a city of 37,000, Earlham College is 45 miles from Dayton, and within 75 miles of both Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Earlham has a wooded 200-acre front campus with 38 buildings and a 600-acre back campus of woods, fields, and farmland. Nearly ninety percent of the students live in eight residence halls and 30 college-owned houses, many with international or academic theme.
The Enrollment Process
2012 Program Schedule (pdf)