Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 9%
Asian American: 6%
Native American: 0%
The GLBT theme house, Teetor, is home to Spectrum, a College club with roots going back to the 1970s. Spectrum holds weekly meetings, plans events, and organizes an annual Pride Week. While there have been some hate-related incidents which are not to be ignored, for the most part, Earlham is a safe and welcoming place to people of all genders and sexual orientations.
Most students at Earlham identify themselves as liberal, and because the College is largely oriented towards motivating students to be socially conscious and globally responsible, many students are attracted to political activity. Some students, however, can be frustrated by their limited access to large urban centers and see this as a barrier to becoming involved with social-justice movements. Earlham is a really great place to come if you’re interested in critically questioning and evaluating mechanisms of social change.
The simple fact that Earlham is a small, private liberal arts college keeps tuition high and socioeconomic diversity low compared to an urban, public institution with comparatively cheaper rates. Because many members of the Earlham community are dedicated to diversifying the student body, the College is willing to put a lot of money into need-based assistance. Thus, Earlham outpaces many colleges in the GLCA and comparable colleges across the nation by reaching out to lower-income students with substantial financial aid packages.
Most Common Religions
Quakerism plays a large role in campus ideals (equality, simplicity, so forth) and has a long tradition of promoting religious freedom. Earlham students represent a great range of religions, and even reach out quite a bit to share their customs and beliefs with others. Every Friday, Beit Kehillah (the Jewish Cultural Center) hosts a pot-luck Sabbat dinner. Fry, the interfaith theme house, also offers a place for students interested in religion and spritiuality.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs exist at Earlham, but they don't have an overwhelming presence. Earlham's small size means that the activity of student clubs will vary year to year, depending on student interest and commitment. Minority clubs most often host cultural and educational speakers, events, and films. Some minority clubs include the Asian Student Union, the Black Student Union, the International Club, Black Men United, Pan African Society at Earlham, Black Ladies at Earlham, La Sociedad de Estudiantes Latinos, Spectrum, and the Womyn's Center.
Did You Know?
- A Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement was approved by the College in 2002. It describes Earlham's mission to promote diversity throughout its campus and curriculum. To read more, visit www.earlham.edu/~diversity/index.html.
- Amidst slipping international enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities, Earlham registered its largest international class ever in 2004, with nearly twice as many incoming international first-years as the previous year