Information for Parents


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! (Participants in the U.S.A. on a visitor's visa are not eligible to receive the college credit.)

Program Cost

The cost for the Explore-A-College Program is $2,000, 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.


A $50 non-refundable application fee is due with your application. This is applied toward the Explore-A-College Program tuition. A deposit of at least $200 is due by May 30, and the remainder must be paid before or on the day of registration, June 21. Online and credit card options are available. Contact Director for details.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • The program offers a 10% discount to participants who are Quaker, children or grandchildren of Earlham alumni or siblings of an Earlham student.
  • Need-based financial aid is available based on admission credentials and the family's financial situation. Contact Director for a financial aid application. 
  • Any participant wanting to be considered for a scholarship or financial aid must apply by April 15.

Other Expenses

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.


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.

Class Size

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:

  • Arrival at Dayton Intl. Airport: between noon and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015. 
  • Departure from Dayton Intl. Airport: between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

About Earlham College

Established in 1847, Earlham College is a selective, private liberal arts college. With its emphasis on significant experiences and profound inquiry, an Earlham education is excellent preparation, not just for your first job, but  for a career and a lifetime of rewarding involvement. As business leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, authors, activists and more, Earlham alumni are global citizens making a difference in the world. 

Earlham offers undergraduate preparation in 34 majors, 35 minors, and six independent programs, including pre-professional preparation in health care, law, and engineering. It also offers a M.A.T. for those interested in secondary education teaching certification. A Center for Integrated Learning assists all students in exploring career paths through meaningful and rewarding domestic and international internships. 

For the past five years U.S. News & World report has ranked Earlham among the  top 12 liberal arts colleges in the country for undergraduate teaching. Earlham professors are teaching scholars who are invested in their students' success in the classroom and beyond. Of the approximately 100 full-time faculty members, 98% hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their fields. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1; 70% of the  classes have 19 or fewer students. Faculty and students are on a first-name basis, in order to emphasize that they are partners in learning. 

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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