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August Programs

What are the August Programs?

August Programs are a great way for students to jumpstart their college career. Taking place before New Student Orientation, these pre-orientation programs offer early arrival to campus, early interaction with Earlham faculty members and student mentors, and the chance to become familiarized with the Earlham campus and the Richmond community.

Incoming first-year and transfer students can participate in either August Wilderness or Earlham Edge.


August Wilderness

August Wilderness is a backcountry wilderness adventure that promotes introspection and personal development during the transition to college. The Mountain program takes students to the Uinta Mountains in Utah and involves backpacking in elevations ranging from 8,500 - 12,000 feet. This trip is led by student and faculty instructors who aim to facilitate an experience that encourages growth, self-discovery, and learning. Participants can earn three academic credits.

Key Information

  • 2019 Dates: July 27 - August 16
  • Program fee of $1,900
    • $200 deposit required to secure a place on the program
    • Financial aid is available to those who qualify and apply by June 1, 2019 (deadline has been extended from original date of May 15)
  • Apply between February 1 and June 15, 2019 (deadline has been extended from original date of June 1)


Earlham Edge

Earlham Edge is a 5-day, immersive experience taking place on Earlham's campus and in the surrounding Richmond community. Students will explore innovative interdisciplinary topics in a real-world, experiential format working directly with faculty members and students mentors. Incoming students will gain insight into prospective majors and careers, engage with local community organizations, learn from professionals and outside experts, and explore the local area all while building friendships with fellow Earlhamites. This program carries no academic credit.

Key Information

  • 2019 Dates: August 11-16
  • Program fee of $200
  • Apply between February 1 and June 15, 2019 (deadline has been extended from the original date of June 1)


Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and 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) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.