|Motto||Vita Lux Hominum (Life, The Light of Humankind)|
|Type||Private coeducational liberal arts college|
|Location||Richmond, IN, USA|
800 acres (3.2 km2)
16 Division III NCAA teams
|Colors||maroon and white|
|Nickname||The Hustlin' Quakers|
In keeping with Friends' belief in equality, everyone addresses each other at Earlham by his or her first name, without the use of titles such as "doctor" or "professor"; likewise, "freshmen" are referred to as "first year (students)".
While Earlham is primarily a residential undergraduate college, it also has two graduate programs — the master of arts in teaching and the master of education — which provide a route for teacher licensure to students with liberal arts undergraduate degrees; there is also an affiliated graduate seminary, the Earlham School of Religion. Earlham College is listed in Loren Pope's book, Colleges That Change Lives, and has produced two Nobel laureates (both in chemistry).
Earlham was founded in 1847 as a boarding high school for the religious education of Quaker adolescents. In 1859, Earlham became Earlham College, upon the addition of collegiate academics. At this time, Earlham was the third Quaker college in the United States (Haverford College was first, Guilford College the second), and the second to be coeducational (Oberlin College was first). Though the college initially only admitted students who belonged to the Religious Society of Friends, Earlham began admitting non-Quakers in 1865. The college was named for Earlham Hall, home of the Gurneys, an important English Quaker family.
Over time, as Quakerism in America became more progressive, Earlham's practices changed with them, though the college has remained faithful to its Quaker roots. In 1942 Earlham enrolled several dozen Japanese-American students to prevent their internment during World War II, a decision that was very controversial in Richmond. 1960 marked the establishment of the Earlham School of Religion, then the only Friends seminary in the world.
Earlham's 800-acre (3.2 km2) campus lies at the southwestern edge of Richmond, Indiana, a city of 36,812 (2010 census). The main quadrangle of the campus is called "the Heart." It is surrounded by Earlham Hall (with the Runyan Center student union directly behind it), Olvey-Andis Hall, Lilly Library, Carpenter Hall, Landrum Bolling Center, the science buildings (Stanley Hall, Noyes Hall and Dennis Hall), Tyler Hall, Bundy Hall and Barrett Hall. Ninety-four percent of Earlham students live on campus in a variety of settings. The campus includes eight residence halls (Barrett Hall, Bundy Hall, Earlham Hall, Mills Hall, Hoerner Hall, Olvey-Andis Hall, Warren Hall and Wilson Hall) and 28 theme and friendship houses, which border the North and East edges of the campus. U.S. Route 40 runs along the edge of the campus.
The Joseph Moore Museum is a natural history museum located on campus and run by students and biology department faculty, focusing on Indiana's natural history. It is open to the public (free of charge) and tours are available upon request. The majority of Earlham College's campus is undeveloped forest and meadow, including the undeveloped "back campus" area, which serves as an outdoor classroom.
The school has recently embarked on major campus improvement projects which cost a combined $62.3 million. The science complex (Stanley, Dennis, and Noyes Halls) is undergoing a complete renovation which is expected to receive LEED Silver certification. Stanley Hall was completed by Fall 2013, whereas the other buildings' renovation has yet to begun and is likely to finish in 2015. Tyler Hall, originally built thanks to a Andrew Carnegie Grant, fell into a mild state of disrepair over the last several decades and has been renovated to a LEED Silver standard. Tyler Hall now houses Earlham's Admissions department. A new Fine Arts building was recently constructed and opened in August 2014. A new baseball stadium was recently completed (Fall 2013), and major renovations to the football field were completed prior to the 2012 season.
Earlham College has been singled out in the National Wildlife Federation's national report card on sustainability in higher education as having exemplary programs. Earlham's Environmental Plan (approved 2005) is an assessment of how Earlham impacts the environment, what steps have been or can be taken to reduce impacts.
Curriculum and community
Earlham ranks ninth in the nation (out of 1,306 colleges and universities) in its percentage of graduates who go on to receive a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and twenty-ninth in the percentage of students going on to Ph.D. programs in all fields. Roughly 70% of Earlham students go on a semester-length off-campus program to such destinations as Mexico, the U.S./ Mexican border, Vienna, Martinique, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, Japan and Tanzania. This high rate is possible because a student's financial aid helps to offset the full cost of one semester on any Earlham-approved program. In addition, there are a number of shorter off-campus May terms, with destinations both within the U.S. and abroad (Australia, Galapagos, Senegal, Menorca, and Turkey, as recent examples). Earlham has an exchange program with Waseda University in Japan, which has existed since 1963. In addition, Earlham College offers the SICE program in Morioka, Japan, a program in which about twelve to fourteen students teach English in middle schools in Morioka.
In the sciences, Earlham places a large emphasis on integrating research into the undergraduate curriculum. Through Ford/Knight grants, most science faculty have been or are currently involved with students in research. Earlham has good representation in the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, held each year in the spring. The pre-medicine program is particularly distinguished, in that over the last ten years all but one of its graduates have been accepted into medical school. Earlham's biology and chemistry departments have a long history of producing distinguished graduates, such as Warder Clyde Allee, Jim Fowler, Larry E. Overman, Harold Urey, and Wendell Stanley, the latter two of which won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (in 1934 and 1946, respectively).
The choir department organizes regional and national tours every year for its ensembles. In January 2012, the concert choir performed in Indianapolis, IN, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and Chicago, IL. The choral and instrumental music departments collaborate on a biennial basis, performing works such as Carmina Burana and Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time. The College has a full Gamelan ensemble, which performs concerts in the Spring. Earlham has an entirely student-managed public radio station, WECI 91.5FM.
Earlham has students from 77 countries, the most out of any liberal arts college in the United States. This equates to roughly 200 students, which is the highest total number of international students for any co-educational liberal arts college in the country (Mount Holyoke College has more, but is a female-only institution). This high diversity is due in part to a strong relationship with the United World College network of international boarding high schools. Since 2004, Earlham College has been a part of the Davis United World Scholars program, which offers need-based scholarships for UWC graduates to continue their education at select institutions in the United States  The Davis Cup, which is awarded to the college with the most current students from this program, has been awarded to Earlham several times in recent memory, though as of 2011 Brown University regained the title by a margin of five students. The college also draws from all regions of the United States, with students from 42 states. Domestic minorities represent 15% of the student body.
In keeping with Quaker tradition, Earlham students voluntarily invest many hours of community service into the Richmond community. Students report an average of 23,000 hours of volunteering work every year, and Earlham's Bonner program offers financial aid in exchange for volunteering work for students with high financial need.
Earlham College is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
There are two institutions located adjacent to the Earlham College undergraduate campus: Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker theological graduate school and Bethany Theological Seminary, an independent Church of the Brethren institution offering graduate and non-degree programs. Earlham College students can take courses at these institutions (which share facilities with the college).
Earlham competes in NCAA Division III. The women's sports are basketball, cross country, field hockey, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The men's sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, and tennis. Earlham College was a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and as of 2010 is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Earlham has won championships in men's cross country. The athletics teams are known as the Quakers. They originally had been the Fightin' Quakers; although the name was meant tongue-in-cheek, it was changed in the 1980s to the Hustlin' Quakers after the college's board of regents decided that it was inappropriate for Quakers to fight. In the 1990s, the name was changed again to simply Quakers.
The football team was organized in 1888 and been playing games since the 1889 season. As one of the earliest college programs, Earlham has competed against larger foes such as Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Kentucky, Ball State University, and Butler University. Perhaps the Quakers' most notable football game was an exhibition game against Japan's Doshisha University Hamburgers in 1989. The win-loss record of the football team can be found at Earlham College Football win loss history
Indiana Legend and long-time NBA coach Del Harris was the Head Coach at Earlham for 9 years (1965-1974). He twice led the Quakers to a Top 10 ranking in the NAIA final poll and won a school-record 175 games and three Hoosier Collegiate Conference championships. He led them to the NAIA National Tournament in 1971 with a record of 24-5.
Earlham was an NAIA member in all sports until 19xx; they won the NAIA Men's Soccer National title in 1963. In the 2010-11 season, the Earlham College Men's Tennis team became the first squad in Earlham history to qualify for the NCAA Div. III Championships by winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title. Earlham College Men's Tennis Team Website. Since the 2011 conference championship, the men's tennis team has won the conference title in 2012 and 2013. In February 2013 the men's tennis team earned its first national ranking in NCAA Division III athletics at no. 30, the first Earlham team to do so since 1999 when the men's soccer team was ranked no. 16.
Earlham has many Club teams: some of the more successful ones are Ultimate Frisbee, Women's and Men's rugby. Other clubs include the Bike Co-Op, Cheerleaders, Earthquakers (Competitive Dance), Equestrian Program, martial arts groups, Men's Volleyball, and Outdoors Club. A $13-million Athletics and Wellness Center opened at the beginning of the Fall 1999 semester. Students are not charged to use the facility, which features an energy center for cardiovascular and strength training, a group fitness studio for aerobics and yoga, Weber Pool (25 meters by six lanes), racquetball courts, tennis courts, a running track, a climbing wall and Schuckman Court (a performance gymnasium with seating for 1,800). In 2007, Earlham opened its new 2,000 seat Darrell Beane Stadium, with a football field and running track.
Earlham was one of the first colleges in the country to initiate student and faculty led wilderness programs, back in 1970. These programs were designed for incoming first-year and transfer students who received credit for them. The program is divided into the Water August Wilderness and the Mountain August Wilderness and lasts for approximately three weeks; the former canoes in Wabakimi Provincial park in Ontario and the latter hikes in the Uinta Mountains in Utah. Students have taken ice climbing, dog sledding, caving, white water kayaking, rock climbing, trail construction and canoeing courses for credit. The program in the past has led spring break canoeing trips to Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas, a semester course to New Zealand and a May Term (a condensed three-week term after the spring semester) instructor training course for its August Wilderness program. Challenge/experiential education courses on the college's own high and low ropes is offered as well as the chance to be certified as Wilderness First Responders in an intensive spring break course. In the past students have also had the opportunity to rappel of the College's three story science building.
Earlham College has recently become a campus where students over the age of 21 can consume beer under 6% and wine under 12% for personal consumption only. Drinking is fairly commonplace. In August 2007, as part of New Student Orientation for the incoming class of 2011, the Earlham faculty revealed their new approach to dealing with alcohol issues. Although the official alcohol policy remains the same, the primary focus is now on education and personal responsibility, as opposed to enforcement.
Tension sometimes arises between students and the Quaker Indiana and Western Yearly Meetings over issues of sexuality. Western and, to an even greater degree, Indiana Yearly Meeting tend to be more conservative on issues such as condom distribution, pregnancy, and homosexuality. Tension over the issue of homosexuality led to a decision in 2011 to split Indiana Yearly Meeting.
In 2005, the Committee on Campus Life approved a new pregnancy policy, stating that pregnant women may reside in on-campus housing, but are also offered a housing exemption if they so desire.
Most students stay on-campus during the weekends. The Student Activities Board, Earlham Film Series, student bands, theater productions, etc. offer a variety of activities on the weekends.
In March 2005, William Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, was hit in the face with an ice cream pie by a student during a lecture he gave on campus. This event made national and international news and was carried by many leading news outlets. Some students and faculty at the lecture showed strong disapproval of the act. The event sharply divided students and faculty, with some showing support for the act of pieing and some showing strong disapproval. Many, however, felt that the act was unjustly punished by the President (who was also indirectly hit by the pie). The student was subsequently suspended for the rest of the semester and dropped out the following year. Additionally, President Doug Bennett overturned a College Judiciary Council ruling that found the students who knew about the pieing ahead of time not guilty; this act further divided the campus. Shortly after the incident, conservative commentators Pat Buchanan and David Horowitz were 'attacked' (with salad dressing and a pie, respectively) and a 'teach-in' at Earlham was conducted which featured three faculty members sharing their views. Several years ex post facto, the pieing, the punishment, and whether William Kristol should have even been invited to speak at Earlham all continue to be issues of contention amongst the faculty and student body.
Earlham has the only student-run Hash House Harriers running group, founded in 1989. While only loosely connected with national organizations, the student group maintains weekly runs and has been described by visitors as the "Galapagos of Hashes" for the creativity and development of hashing practices. Open to all students who wish to inundate themselves on Earlham's dry campus, the EC3H (Earlham College Hash House Harriers) is an inclusive and musical bunch who uphold Quaker values. The Hash run takes place on the "back campus," which may include the back property of the neighboring cemetery, during all seasons. The Campus Safety and Security office and Student Development office share concern about the event and do not condone its happening. The Campus Safety and Security team has requested that the event be brought to an end via an article in the student-run newspaper, The Earlham Word.
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