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Earlham College is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors on its campus. As of July 1, 2016, Earlham College is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

Mission and Outcomes

Within the broad context of Principles and Practices the Residence Life Program is shaped by a view of residence halls and houses as learning environments. The most important learning that occurs outside the classroom takes place between students (Schroeder and Mable, 1994). The nature of the residential program is interactive and integrated to support strong community development. The priority is on student leadership and involvement. Students living out their daily experience in reflective dialogue with peers will support connections as they learn from one another. Students guiding the nature of the program is at the heart of this learning mission.


  • Student Leadership and Autonomy
  • Student Governance and Responsibility
  • Student Interpersonal Confidence
  • Student Centered Environment
  • Students Supporting Students
  • Student Community Development

Specific Program Components

  • A student governance structure that supports student leadership and community.
  • Housing assignments that support sustained community development.
  • Programs that support academic performance and creative learning environments.
  • Student led conduct systems for prompt student/community feedback that balance individual rights and responsibilities.
  • Formal and informal interaction among diverse students, ensuring all student populations are engaged in community.
  • Facilities that are responsive to students. (life, programs and learning)
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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the 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.