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Countdown to NSO

This is it—your official countdown to New Student Orientation at Earlham! On this webpage, you’ll find information about all of the things you need to check off before arriving on campus, as well as how to prepare for your arrival in August. Make sure you continue to check your Earlham email regularly—that’s where you’ll find all your official communications from the College, including reminders about upcoming deadlines.


New Student Orientation is August 6, 2021! Make sure you have your calendars marked and know what to expect when arriving on campus. Learn more about the College’s COVID-19 response and our plans for an in-person fall semester.

Sign in and check it off

Your new student portal is where you can find a checklist of all the tasks you’ll need to complete in the coming weeks. In your portal, find links to:

  • Activate your Earlham account.
  • Update your address information.
  • Update emergency contact information.
  • Submit a photo for your Earlham ID.
  • Submit your housing application.
  • Complete the required Alcohol Awareness Program.
  • Complete the Advising Questionnaire for course registration.
  • Complete assessments, including the Quantitative Assessment and the Language Placement Self-Assessment.
  • Review your financial aid award and accept or decline loans.

Download your digital Earlham Swag

You’re an Earlhamite now—time to (digitally) dress like one! Download some of this digital swag to show off your Quaker colors.

  • Social media frames
  • Phone backgrounds
  • Zoom backgrounds


In your new student portal, you will complete an Advising Questionnaire that will help us match you with an academic adviser in preparation to register for courses. You’ll also complete a Registration Adviser Contact Preference Form, which will tell your adviser how to get in touch with you.

Academic advising

As a first-year student you’ll be assigned to an academic adviser who will work with you to plan and register for courses and start the process of discerning your major.

All Earlhamites are expected to declare a major by the end of their second year. Once you declare your major, you may be assigned a new academic adviser in your major’s discipline.

Most of our academic advisers are professors, and others are administrative faculty with years of experience at Earlham, so you’ll start building relationships right away with the people who can help guide you on your path through Earlham.


Ready to find out where you’ll live next year? Log into your new student portal to complete your housing application to get the ball rolling. Also, if you are unsure of what to bring, you can check out our packing list for help.

Choosing your meal plan

If you’ll be living in a residence hall, you’ll also need to sign up for a meal plan. And lucky for you, Earlham has some great dining options—both in our main dining hall (which many students and faculty affectionately call Saga) and in Café 1847.


You can log into your new student portal at any time to review your financial aid award. That’s also where you’ll need to go to accept or decline any loans.

Questions about your award? Contact our Office of Financial Aid—they’re always happy to help.

Ready to make a payment or set up a payment plan? Just sign into your Student Account Center to get started. (You should have received an email to set up your account.) Our Office of Accounting can answer any questions you have about payment plans or the Student Account Center.


Are you considering working part-time while you’re a student? We have a number of on-campus student employment opportunities!

If you are planning to work on campus, you will need to bring two original forms of identification—like a passport, social security card or driver’s license—when you come to campus, so you can complete your employment and tax paperwork.

Learn more about student employment and how you can start applying for jobs in our Center for Global and Career Education.


Tour around our 800-acre campus to find your new favorite study spot before NSO by scheduling a virtual or on-campus visit today! Or if you have a question about anything throughout the summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to your admissions counselor.

Earlham will be closed Tuesday, June 22 due to power outage. Email and single sign-on are also affected so this closure includes remote work.
Earlham will be closed Tuesday, June 22 due to power outage. Email and single sign-on are also affected so this closure includes remote work.