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 you the opportunity to attend numerous social and educational programs in your residence hall. These programs are designed to offer you opportunities to make connections with peers, become familiar with the Earlham community and explore interests and values.

The FYE 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 you have the opportunity to implement and enact the ideas, theories and concepts discussed in the classroom. Designed to complement academic encounters and enhance the overall experience, the FYE program and residence life staff support you during the unique experiences you encounter during your first year in college. The social and educational programming within the residence halls extends to you the education, knowledge and access to campus resources to ensure success while providing exposure to new environments, relationships and challenges throughout your time at Earlham College.

The FYE program focuses on four growth areas:

  • Interpersonal (how to construct relationships with others).
  • Intrapersonal (how to construct your personal belief system and identity).
  • Earlham College success (creating a foundation for academic and social success at Earlham).
  • Community (creating a sense of school pride, engagement with the Earlham and Richmond communities and the development of an understanding of Earlham’s Principles and Practices).

Example programs

Social engagement
Roommate agreements
Conflict resolution
Cultural understanding and appreciation for diversity
Religion and spirituality
Earlham College success
Knowing resources
Alcohol education
Sex and sexual misconduct
College survival tactics
Tuesdays with Morrie: Connecting with professors
Community engagement
Social engagement
Community standards
Hall traditions
Bystander intervention
Service and volunteerism

More information and resources

The Office of Residence Life works behind the scenes to keep you safe, healthy and fulfilled throughout your journey at Earlham College. Whether you are looking for academic advice, a shoulder to lean on, or opportunities for personal and professional growth, our team is here to support you through it all.

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.