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College Houses

Theme House Communities

Theme houses are elements of our residential life program that have special connections to our educational program. Many are supported by an academic department and advised by a member of the teaching faculty. These communities provide special experiences that extend various aspects of our educational program. Theme houses enable both majors and non-majors with an active interest in a field to live together and explore a theme in a more independent residential setting. Please read our Theme House Policy Statement.

The Campus Life Advisory Committee reviews Theme House communities every four years, and will begin the process this fall.  For the 2019-20 year, no new Theme House proposals are currently being accepted.

Students interested in living in a Theme House for the 2019-20 academic year can begin their application process through the Theme House Common Application.  The link to the online form is below, along with application information and deadlines for each Theme House in the Application Summary Sheet.


Friendship House Communities

Friendship Houses provide students with the opportunity to establish an intentional community, within the larger Earlham community, based on shared social, academic, or service-based interests. Unlike the Theme communities, Friendship Communities need not be connected with an academic department. Proposals that promote service, shared responsibility for house activities, and academic success are strongly preferred. Friendship communities should bear in mind the College's priorities on sustainability, wellness and living respectfully with our greater community.

To read more about process, application, and eligibility, please read the Friendship House Application Information document.

 Note: The following houses have central air conditioning: 417 College Avenue, Blue Shutters, Garner, Marshall, and Woodman. Other houses listed have no central air conditioning; window or portable A/C units not allowed due to electrical safety concerns. 

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Blue Shutters - LGBT House


Address: 404 College Avenue
Occupancy: 7 beds

Cunningham Cultural Center - African/African American Cultural Center

Cunninghamcenter _1Address: 420 College Avenue
Occupancy: 3 beds




Foster House - Outdoor Education


FosterhouseAddress: 712 National Road West
Occupancy: 9 beds




Fry House - Sustainable Agriculture

Fry House 2Address: 525 SW G Street
Occupancy: 10 beds




417 College Ave. - Environmental House


Address: 417 College Avenue
Occupancy: 5 beds

Garner House - Mindfulness House


Address: 531 National Road West
Occupancy: 5 beds

Hobbs House - Deutsches Haus (German House)


HobbshouseAddress: 414 College Avenue
Occupancy: 4 beds




Marshall House - Quaker House


MarshallhouseAddress: 301 College Avenue
Occupancy: 7 beds

About This Community:  Quaker Living Learning House provides an environment for Quaker students and students interested in Quakerism. The house provides an atmosphere and a space where residents explore what Quakerism means to students, community members and others. House sponsored events to make the Quaker presence on campus more visible include workshops, worship and fellowship.

Penn House - Casa Hispana (Spanish House)


PennhouseAddress: 620 National Road West
Occupancy: 8 beds




Kelly House - Beit Kehillah (Jewish Cultural Center)


ReecehouseAddress: 446 College Avenue
Occupancy: 7 beds

About This Community: The residents of JCC sponsor weekly Shabbat dinners, maintain a library of resources on Jewish life and faith, and provide special events on holidays and other occasions.

Russell House - Japan House


RussellAddress: 610 National Road West

Occupancy: 7 beds




Reece House - Interfaith House


Address: 400 College Avenue

Occupancy: 7 beds




Wildman House - Maison Française (French House)


WildmanhouseAddress: 416 College Avenue
Occupancy: 6 beds




Woodman House - Literary Arts House


WoodmanhouseAddress: 240 College Avenue
Occupancy: 8 beds



Cutter House - Femme STEM

Cutterhouse _1Address: 440 College Avenue
Occupancy: 11 beds




Edwards House - Music


Address: 410 College Avenue
Occupancy: 8 beds




Wilbur House - Fashion House


Address: 126 SW 7th Street
Occupancy: 8 beds




Brown House - Positive Sexuality

Address: 234 College Avenue
Occupancy: 6 beds

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