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First Year Experience Program

Guided by the idea of creating a cohort and a common sense of identity as a foundation for success, the First Year Experience (FYE) Program gives students the opportunity to attend numerous social and educational programs in their residence hall.  These programs are designed to provide students opportunities to make connections with peers, become familiar with the Earlham community, and explore their own interests and values.

The First Year Experience Program is the framework upon which the Residence Life staff bases its work within the first year student area.  The Office of Residence Life strives to facilitate learning outside of the classroom.  The residence halls are a laboratory of sorts, in which students have the opportunity to implement and enact the ideas, theories, and concepts discussed in the classroom.  Designed to complement your academic encounters and enhance your overall experience, the FYE program and Residence Life staff will walk along side you during the unique experiences of your first year in college.  The social and educational programming within the residence halls will provide you with the education, knowledge, and access to campus resources that will help you be successful while you are exposed to new environments, relationships, and challenges throughout your time at Earlham College.

The First Year Experience Program focuses on four growth areas: interpersonal (how we construct relationships with others), intrapersonal (how we construct our personal belief system and identity), Earlham College success (creating a foundation for academic and social success at Earlham), and community (creating a sense of school pride, engagement with the Earlham and Richmond communities, and the development of an understanding of Principles and Practices).

Example Programs:


  • Social engagement
  • Roommate agreements
  • Conflict resolution
  • Confrontation/Mediation
  • Cultural understanding and appreciation for diversity


  • Leadership
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sexuality
  • Values
  • Resilience

Earlham College Success

  • Knowing resources
  • Alcohol education
  • Sex and sexual misconduct
  • College survival tactics
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: Connecting with professors


  • Social engagement
  • Community standards
  • Hall traditions
  • Bystander intervention
  • Service and volunteerism
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