Runyan Center

Runyan Center is the epicenter for student life at Earlham College. Located on the south side of campus near the Athletics and Wellness Center and the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, this building is where students gather for lunch, study, hold student organization meetings, and much more. 

A recently completed renovation of Runyan Center has created a dynamic student-centered space complete with a stage, computer station, multipurpose room, coffee shop, and lounge seating. There is also a student work area and student group meeting area on the building’s upper floor.

Role of the College Union

The college union advances a sense of community, unifying the institution by embracing the diversity of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We bolster the educational mission of the institution and the development of students as lifelong learners by delivering an array of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs, services, and facilities.  

Advancing Campus Community logo

By any form or name, we serve as the heart of the campus community and create a welcoming environment by:  

  • Operating as a student-centered organization that engages in shared decision-making and holistic development through employment and involvement.  
  • Advocating for inclusivity and equity, fostering respect, and affirming the identities of all individuals.  
  • Educating students in leadership and social responsibility and offering firsthand experiences in global citizenship. 
  • Providing gathering spaces to encourage formal and informal community interactions that build meaningful relationships.  

Traditionally considered the living room, the college union enhances the student experience and cultivates an enduring connection to the institution.

Main FloorLower Level
Box OfficeEarlham Student Government offices
Campus StorePride Room
Comstock RoomMail and Distribution Center
Dining options (including the Dining Hall, Cafe 1847 and Intermetzo)Office of Events
Huffman Japanese GardenStudent Activities Board office
Leeds GalleryVideo Game Room (Esports)
Multicultural Resource Center
Runyan Welcome Desk
Runyan Game Room
Wilkinson Theatre

Runyan Welcome Desk

The Runyan Welcome Desk is staffed from 10 am to 12 am during the academic year, excluding holidays and summer break. The Welcome Desk offers a variety of services to assist the College community and the general public during their time at Earlham College. In addition to general event information, some of the services offered are:

  • College ticket sales for nonathletic and non-theater events
  • On-campus phone numbers
  • General campus information including maps
  • Lost and found
  • Game room rentals

For general information or questions about any of our services, please call the Welcome Desk at 765-983-1316.

Fall and spring semester hours

Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Runyan Game Room

Located inside the May-Crossen Student Commons, the Game Room offers you a chance to compete with friends in a friendly game of table tennis, pool or foosball.

Fall and spring semester hours

Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 11:30 p.m.

Dowd Loft

The second floor of Runyan Center is also called Dowd Loft. This area provides a space for lounging as well as two study rooms.

Box Office

The Box Office is where you can get tickets to upcoming events. The Box Office Staff is available to answer any questions in regards to happenings on the campus.

The Box Office is closed until further notice.

Campus Store

The Earlham College Campus Store is your one-stop shop for textbooks, Earlham apparel, office supplies, grab-and-go snacks and more.

Visit the Campus Store website at

Mail and Distribution Center

All students have a personal mailbox that stays with them throughout their undergraduate experience. The post office in the basement of Runyan Center is where all mailboxes are located for students and faculty members. You can also pick up your UPS packages.

View more information about the Mail and Distribution Center.

Pride room front entrance

Pride Room

The Pride Room strives to create a thriving environment supporting the success of every student through the education, advancement, and championing of the broad spectrum of sexual, affectional, and gender identities in the spirit of Earlham College Principles and Practices. We provide educational programs, coordinate programs for the campus community, and provide a space for students to relax, study and just hang out.

Video Game Room

The Video Game Room is the premier gaming center on the Earlham College campus. Our high-tech environment features gaming PCs boosting high-end hardware, over more than 30 of today’s most popular games, and wall monitors for spectators to follow the action. The video game room is located in the basement of Runyan.

The video game room is located in the basement of Runyan.

Due to COVID-19, reservations and facemasks are required for all students at

Dining options

Metz Culinary Management, our on-campus food provider, offers a variety of dining experiences for the Earlham community. In the Dining Hall (sometimes referred to as Saga), you’ll find hot meals, salads, pizza, sandwiches, and vegetarian and vegan options at every meal. In Café 1847, students, faculty and community members can get grab and go snacks and other meal options. And Intermetzo, located within the May-Crossen Student Commons, offers a full line of espresso drinks and real fruit smoothies. Learn more about dining at Earlham on the Metz website.

Multicultural Resource Center

The Center was established in 2017 by the Student Diversity Committee. It is a multifunctional space that provides all Earlham students with the resources to participate in community building, educate themselves on cultural diversity topics, engage in critical dialogues with one another, and serve as a space to come together for events, celebrations, and more.

Huffman Japanese Garden

This traditional Japanese garden is for peaceful reflection and meditation.

Comstock Room

This sizeable multipurpose space is where anything can happen. Other activities happening in this room are square dancing, messy art projects, and large private and public dinners.

Leeds Gallery

Earlham’s very own art gallery displays the art of many different mediums throughout the year. It is open to the general public.

Wilkinson Theatre

The Runyan Center Wilkinson Theater provides a unique and classic environment for any occasion or event and includes a built-in stage, green room and ticket booth. This space has played host to numerous lectures and musical performances, and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual, lighting and sound capabilities.

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.