People come to Earlham for the academics, the Quaker principles, and the community. And, for the most part, they fall in love with the off-beat professors and student body. Earlham students are mostly fun, interesting, self-motivated, and incredibly involved on campus. Classes are compelling, and professors have a real love for their subjects and an investment in the students they teach. Quaker beliefs have mostly a positive and constructive presence on campus, helping remind staff and students to be mindful, open, and respectful. The opportunities are endless, and if Earlham's right for you, you're going to have an incredible four years. Surviving the crummy weather and the dismal off-campus dining scene will all be worth it.
Most people really love it here, and the positive attitude is contagious. However, be aware that all good things come at a price. If you get claustrophobic in small social scenes or small towns, look elsewhere. The small size is responsible for the best and the worst of Earlham life. Richmond can be quaint and grounding, but after four years, most Earlham students are excited to be off to more exciting destinations. The campus is safe, with decent campus food and more than decent campus housing. The nightlife is hit-or-miss, though, and students have mixed feelings about diversity and dating options. However, without Greek life, students agree that a wide array of social options are available without heavy drug use or overly strict security. As you move about, you won't have to hike from a faraway parking lot, but you might have to do a bit of hunting to find a car to borrow to get around town. Indiana weather is a strange bag, but you can always find refuge from a random thunderstorm in the lovely Wellness Center. If you're the Earlham type, by this point in the guidebook you'll know it, and you'll realize this school and everything that comes with it has amazing things to offer you.