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Earlham Edge


Gain an edge on your college career by participating in Earlham Edge, a five-day interdisciplinary pre-orientation experience for incoming students of any major.

You'll be introduced to your new home of Richmond, Indiana, and the surrounding Whitewater Valley through fun field trips and service opportunities.

You'll explore the exciting opportunities at Earlham to become engaged in tackling some of the world's greatest challenges. Faculty in the fields of health, sustainability, social justice, and entrepreneurship will help you learn more about how you can make a difference during your four years at Earlham.

You'll also build relationships with other incoming students, as well as faculty and student leaders of the program, helping to ease your transition to life at Earlham.



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Additional Information

Earlham Edge is a non-credit bearing five-day experience running from Sunday, August 11, through Friday, August 16, prior to New Student Orientation. It is led by faculty and students of Earlham's Environmental Leadership Program and supported by other faculty associated with EPIC.

The $200 program fee covers all expenses during the program, including accommodations, meals, equipment, and transportation.

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Here's what you'll need during the Earlham Edge program:

  • Dorm room essentials, such as pillows and bed sheets (you may bring all of your items for the fall semester with you at the start of the program)
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for walking and biking
  • Swimming suit or clothes that can get wet (for canoe trip)
  • Shoes or sandals that can get wet (for canoe trip)
  • Towels and toiletries (toothbrush, soap, etc.)
  • Protection from sun (hat, sunglasses)
  • Day pack for carrying snacks, water bottle, etc.
  • Rain jacket
  • Cash (~$50 recommended to have on hand). This is most important if you are arriving prior to Sunday, in order to cover meal expenses until the program officially starts. Beginning Sunday afternoon, all your essential expenses will be covered.

What are the dates and how much does it cost?

  • August 11 - August 16, 2019. The cost ($200) covers all expenses during the program (accommodations, all meals and equipment, transportation). This program is supported by funds from the EPIC program, which has greatly reduced participation costs. Note that participation in this program DOES NOT utilize your EPIC Advantage funding.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the program?

  • That depends on when you apply! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with an application deadline of June 15, 2019.* You should be notified within a few days of application submission whether you've been accepted or placed on a waiting list. However, note that your participation is contingent upon payment of the $200 fee. Payment is accepted electronically.
  • *Please note that the application deadline has been extended from the original date of June 1. 

What happens on Arrival Day?

  • Registration takes place on Sunday, August 11 from 3-5pm EDT (New York Time). Students will check into student housing and have time to place belongings into their fall dorm room placements. Following registration, students will have the opportunity to get to know one another before, during, and after dinner.

I need to fly to Indiana — how does that work?

  • We will offer a shuttle service to campus from the DAYTON AIRPORT ONLY on Sunday. Shuttle times will vary depending on arrival times. You should plan to arrive to Dayton no later than 3pm on Sunday. If this isn't possible and you must fly in on Saturday, please contact edge@earlham.edu. We will try our best to work this out. If we have a large number of students for which this is an issue, we will run a shuttle on Saturday as well, but only from Dayton.

Where will we be staying?

  • Housing during the Earlham Edge program will be in Earlham's campus housing. All transportation to off-campus activities will be provided. 

Do we bring all our school items with us?

  • You can. Students will move in to their fall dorm room at the start of the program.

What are the payment, cancellation and refund policies?

  • The $200 program fee is needed after your application has been received in order to reserve your spot in the program. We will contact you with details about how to pay the fee. This will be applied as a credit to your account. We will officially bill you on or after July 1, 2019, using your account credit to pay the balance. You will not need to pay the fee a second time.
  • The $200 program fee is fully refundable until June 1, 2019. Due to the specialized nature of this program, there will be no refunds issued after June 1, 2019. All requests for refunds must be made in writing to Jamey Pavey, Director of the Environmental Leadership Program.

Application Process

If you haven't already submitted your non-refundable $250 deposit, please confirm your place in Earlham's Class of 2023. Only students who have completed this step are eligible to apply for Earlham Edge 2019.


Applications for Earlham Edge open on February 1, 2019, and close June 15, 2019.*

*Please note that the application deadline has been extended from the original date of June 1. 

The process is as follows:

  • Fill out an online Earlham Edge application form.
  • You will receive an email notifying you of your participation status.
  • If accepted, you will receive via email information on paying the $200 program fee for Earlham Edge 2019. This $200 program fee will remain on your account until you are officially charged on July 1, 2019.
  • Upon receiving your Earlham Edge program fee, you will receive a course information packet with forms to return.
  • Return liability release waiver, health forms and vaccination record.
  • Complete participant questionnaire and arrival information.
  • Once all paperwork is complete your place will be confirmed.
  • Your student account will officially be charged the program fee on July 1, 2019.
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Peter Blair

Peter Blair
Professor of Biology; Co-Director, Center for Global Health and the Integrated Program in Health Sciences

Jonathan Diskin

Jonathan Diskin
Professor of Economics; Director of the Center for Social Justice

Mike Deibel

Mike Deibel
Professor of Chemistry; Co-Director of the Center for Global Health and the Integrated Program in Health Sciences

Corey Fritz

Corey Fritz
Assistant Director of EPIC Programs


Gene Hambrick

Gene Hambrick
Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Executive in Residence

Jamey Pavey

Jamey Pavey
Director of Environmental Leadership Program

Jay Roberts

Jay Roberts
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Education

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