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What will your EPIC journey be?

The world demands courage, creativity and fresh ways forward. Our answer? EPIC.

Earlham offers a student-centered approach to the liberal arts — known as EPIC — that takes each student on a journey of meaning and significance. EPIC is a series of transformative educational experiences like study abroad, summer research experiences, team-based projects, internships and extracurricular activities that form a cohesive and coherent whole.

The EPIC Advantage

The EPIC Advantage provides at least one funded internship, student-faculty research experience or project to every student. Earlham helps students find opportunities that link their academic and personal interests with possible career paths. The College has established relationships with internship sponsors and research sites across the United States and around the world.

EPIC Centers

Collaboration is embedded in everything we do. No matter what major you choose, our multidisciplinary academic centers dedicated to career and community engagement, entrepreneurship and innovation, global education, global health, and social justice can help focus your EPIC journey.

By sponsoring events, providing mentors, and offering a variety of student internship and research experiences, the EPIC Centers support you in planning your individual Earlham EPIC— a powerful combination of the knowledge, skills, and experiences you need to create a positive change in the world.

EPIC Stories

Earlham has a long history of encouraging collaboration between students and faculty and of helping students leverage success in the classroom with hands-on experience and research. It’s an approach that not only benefits individual students but also better prepares them to make a practical and meaningful difference in the world.

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Playground with a Purpose

“This has been the culmination of everything I have learned at Earlham. From making presentations, to utilizing knowledge from my science and economics classes, to bringing people together to accomplish a shared goal, this has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”

— Caleb Smith '17

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Magic Bus

"For millions of people, reliable transportation is often the first test toward accessing goods, services, jobs and education," she said. "We shouldn't overlook improving transportation because it can have meaningful impact on society."

— Iman Cooper ’16, Magic Bus Team Member


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Tiny House

“I have a connection to this space that I will never have with a dorm room. I know every inch of it, and we understand every aspect. Having our basic needs met in a space of only 250 feet that we built, for me is incredibly humbling.”

— Abby McCullough ’17

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Bean Voyage

“While at Earlham, we had numerous opportunities to be involved in student leadership and activism, but we wanted to channel the energy towards doing something that can lead to sustainable development, while working in collaboration with local communities.”

— Sohrab Amiri ’16, co-founder Bean Voyage

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Researching Blindness

“The best science is collaborative and Earlham really taught me to embrace situations where others know more than me and to use that as an opportunity to learn something in a new way."

— Will Vincent ’10

The CoLab

The “CoLab” is short for “CoLaboratory”— a new EPIC space that houses the three interdisciplinary academic Centers. The CoLab is designed to highlight collaborative inquiry on significant national and global challenges of the 21st century.

The CoLab has several collaborative research and learning spaces perfectly suited for small group learning. This space is perfect for a range of special events including workshops, roundtable discussions, and other formal and informal gatherings.

EPIC Expo — April 17-18, 2018

This all-campus event is in its second year and will integrate with Earlham Day in collaboration with Institutional Advancement and Alumni Development. The 2-day event will feature student, faculty, and staff exhibitions, posters, performances and presentations that highlight some of the best of our intellectual, artistic, professional and co-curricular engagement over the past year. The deadline for presentation proposals is March 19.

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August EPIC Terms

August EPIC Terms are exciting, pre-semester programs ranging in topic and location, ensuring you find a program you will love.

Programs in 2018 are: