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Countdown to move-in

This is it—your official countdown to move-in and New Student Orientation at Earlham! On this webpage, you’ll find information about everything you’ll need to check off before arriving on campus, as well as how to prepare for your arrival in August.

Note: You will receive an email when it’s time to activate your Earlham account and enter the New Student Portal.

Be sure to check your email regularly—that’s where you’ll learn how to activate your Earlham account and email address. After that, you’ll find all your official communications from the College, including reminders about upcoming deadlines, in your Earlham email account.

We can’t wait to see you on campus this fall, Earlhamite! Here are some important dates to put on your calendar:

New Student Orientation: Aug. 17, 2024 (check back soon for details)

International Student Orientation: Aug. 14, 2024 (check back soon for details)

Start of fall semester classes: Aug. 21, 2024

We can’t wait to welcome you home.

Earlham is a place for advocates, athletes and artists. For scientists, writers and almost-nailed-it-bakers. For bare-footers, do-gooders and world changers.

And now, it’s a place for you.

Welcome home, Earlhamite.

Get your official Earlham ID

Submit your photo via the new student portal so we can begin preparing your official student ID.

IDs will be mailed out later this summer.

Download your digital Earlham swag

It’s almost time to meet your adviser

We know it’s a lot to take in, but you don’t have to do this alone! We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Go to your new student portal when it’s live (you’ll get an email about activating your account when it’s ready) to complete an Advising Questionnaire. We’ll match you with an academic adviser to help you register for courses. You’ll also complete a Registration Adviser Contact Preference Form—so you adviser knows how to get in touch with you.

Academic advising with you in mind

We understand your need for advising will change throughout your college career. From the first year to graduation, we’ll be by your side to help you get the most out of your Earlham experience.

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. They’ll help you explore all of your options, passions and interests.

Once you declare your major—which all Earlhamites are expected to do by the end of their second year—you will be assigned a new academic adviser in your major’s discipline. Begin to learn about options in your future career field and talk about post-graduation plans.

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.

Next steps

  • Learn more about the Course Planning Tool.
  • Complete advising questionnaires and placement exams in the new student portal once your account has been activated.

Time to get your suitcase ready

Ready to move into your home-away-from-home? It’s time to find out where you’ll live next year! Learn more about housing applications, rank your living preferences and check the packing list if you’re unsure of what to bring.

Once your Earlham account is activated, go to your new student portal to start the process.

Get ready for some great food

If you’ll be living in a residence hall, you’ll also need to sign up for a meal plan. Lucky for you, Earlham has some great dining options—both in our main dining hall and in Café 1847.

Set up your payment plan

Stay on top of your scholarships and aid package. 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? Beginning around July 1, 2024, you can sign in to your Student Account Center to get started. (Login using your Earlham username and password.) Please email any questions you have about payment plans or the Student Account Center to the Office of Accounting.

We make applying for campus jobs easy

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

Search and apply for jobs and internships, find career discernment resources and schedule an appointment with a career coach in our Center for Career Education through Handshake, our online career planning platform.

Please note:

In order to complete employment and tax paperwork, you’ll need to bring to campus two original forms of identification such as a passport, social security card or driver’s license.


Explore campus to find your new favorite study spot before move-in by scheduling a virtual or on-campus visit today! If you have a question about anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to your admissions counselor.

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.