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Orientation at Earlham

Welcome to your guide to New Student Orientation (NSO) at Earlham! As you begin your Earlham journey, our NSO staff are dedicated to helping you get acquainted with the people, places and services that will help you on your path to graduation.

Keep in mind, if you have family members helping you move in, that unvaccinated guests must wear masks indoors. Learn more at earlham.edu/coronavirus.

Fall 2022 New Student Orientation will be Aug. 20-23, 2022! Make sure you have your calendars marked and know what to expect when arriving on campus.

Learn more about what you need to do before arriving at orientation on our Coutndown to NSO page.


First things first—let’s get you to campus! Earlham is located on National Road 40, not far from I-70 exit 149A. We are in the Eastern Time Zone.


Richmond is situated near three international airports, including Dayton, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. If you will need transportation from the airport to Earlham, please consider flying into Dayton so you can catch one of our provided shuttles or arrange for a charter van.

Earlham College will provide transportation for new students arriving at the Dayton International Airport for the Fall 2022 New Student Orientation.

RSVP is required. Please use this form to reserve your spot on a shuttle.

The shuttles will leave the Dayton Airport on:

Friday, Aug. 19, at:

  • 9 a.m.
  • Noon
  • 2 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20, at:

  • 9 a.m.


Note: Fall 2022 NSO check-in starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Passengers are requested to wear face-covering while onboard the van. The van driver will be waiting outside the airport at the arrival terminal. Shuttles will depart at the time indicated and will not be held for late arriving flights. If you will arrive a few minutes after your desired shuttle, please choose the next subsequent time.

If you prefer to be picked up outside of our shuttle times, you may use the Charter Vans desk at the Dayton airport to schedule a pick up. The Charter Vans phone number is 937-898-4043.

Please note: the cost for shuttles arranged outside of the pick-up times above will be the student’s responsibility.

If you plan to send baggage and parcels ahead, please send them directly to Earlham College at the following address, labeled with your name:

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374


The package should not weigh more than 70 pounds (or 32 kilograms). Please be sure to include an identification tag on all of your luggage.

NSO Schedule

There will be several New Student Orientation staffers on hand to welcome you, provide information and help you get started upon your arrival—so start counting down as the big day approaches!

Saturday, Aug. 20

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.Check-in and registration
Athletics & Wellness Center Concourse
Arriving after 11 a.m.? Report to the Student Life Office, first floor of Earlham Hall, to check in.

Resources for students
Athletics & Wellness Center
11 a.m. – NoonNew Student Welcome and Matriculation Ceremony
Chase Stage (Rain location: Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall)
Noon – 1:30 p.m.Concurrent lunch sessions
Various locations
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Students: Academic adviser meetings
Various locations

Families: Letting go while staying connected
Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Students: Diversity, equity and inclusivity panel
Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall

Families: Academic adviser meetings
Various locations
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Student services by appointment
Various locations
3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.Students: Meet NSO leaders
Comstock field (Rain location: AWC)
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Welcome home carnival
The Heart (Rain location: AWC)
4:45 – 5:30 p.m.Families: Meet your campus collaborators
Lingle Hall, Center for Visual and Performing Arts
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Families: President’s reception
Lobby, Center for Visual and Performing Arts
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.Students: Dinner
Dining Hall
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Residential living expectations overview
Various locations
8:30 p.m.Unpack, relax and settle in!

There are even more activities planned for Aug. 21-23, so download the NSO schedule or check your new student packet to plan your weekend!