Residential programs and services are what separate the on-campus living experience from an ordinary off-campus space. At Earlham College, we believe in the positive and long-lasting impact that on-campus living experience has on our students. We know that learning does not just occur in the classroom, which is why we require all of our students to live on-campus - to balance their academic work with practical and social experience. Together, the Earlham College residential program compliments the academic curriculum and provides structure for whole student development.
The Office of Residence Life directs many programs and services within the on-campus residential system to create the best on-campus living experience for our students. When our students first arrive, they are immersed in our First Year Experience program for traditionally-aged freshmen students. Students’ opportunities are broadened as they progress with on-campus living-learning communities which focus on academic and service-based goals to blend textbook learning with experiential education. Finally, we engage students in their community through our leadership and involvement programs to develop their inner leader. These programs are all built on a foundation of exceptional services to make our students lives easier, giving them the ability to put their focus where it needs to be – learning! Services such as our break shuttle service to the Dayton International Airport during academic year breaks, on-campus storage to facilitate easy transition between academic year rooms and off-campus programs, and a room change process that is dynamic and accessible to meet our students’ needs. Together, our students have a strong, supportive environment to explore and be independent as they prepare for graduation.