College Houses

Theme House Communities

Theme houses are elements of our residential life program that have special connections to our educational program. Many are supported by an academic department and advised by a member of the teaching faculty. These communities provide special experiences that extend various aspects of our educational program. Theme houses enable both majors and non-majors with an active interest in a field to live together and explore a theme in a more indepedent residential setting. Please read our Theme House Policy Statement.

The Campus Life Advisory Committee reviews Theme House communities every four years, and will begin the process this fall.  For the 2015-16 year, no new Theme House proposals are being accepted, in order to allow the Committee to establish standards and begin their work.

Students interested in living in a Theme House for the 2015-16 academic year can begin their application process through the Theme House Common Application.  The link to the online form is below, along with application information and deadlines for each Theme House in the Application Summary Sheet.


Friendship House Communities

Friendship Houses provide students with the opportunity to establish an intentional community, within the larger Earlham community, based on shared social, academic, or service-based interests. Unlike the Theme communities, Friendship Communities need not be connected with an academic department. Proposals that promote service, shared responsibility for house activities, and academic success are strongly preferred. Friendship communities should bear in mind the College's priorities on sustainability, wellness and living respectfully with our greater community.

The next round of Friendship Community proposals are now available!  Please submit your Friendship House application by Friday, February 6, 2015.  To apply, please complete the Community Application form and Individual Statement forms for each member applying to live in the Friendship House.  Students who are named as a convener on the application also should complete the Convener Agreement form.  To review and download the forms, see below.


Contact person

Matt Juba

House Coordinator

Phone: (765) 973-1576
E-mail Matt

Related Links

Cunningham Cultural Center - African/African American Cultural Center

Cunninghamcenter _1Address: 420 College Avenue
Occupancy: 3 beds




Foster House - Outdoor Education


FosterhouseAddress: 712 National Road West
Occupancy: 9 beds




Gurney House - Environmental House


GurneyhouseAddress: 326 College Avenue
Occupancy: 5 beds




Hicks House - Buddhist House


HickshouseAddress: 531 National Road West
Occupancy: 5 beds




Hobbs House - Deutsches Haus (German House)


HobbshouseAddress: 414 College Avenue
Occupancy: 4 beds




Hole House - Sustainable Agriculture


HolehouseAddress: 310 College Avenue
Occupancy: 5 beds




Jay House - LGBT House


Jay -tourAddress: 535 National Road West
Occupancy: 7 beds




Marshall House - Quaker House


MarshallhouseAddress: 301 College Avenue
Occupancy: 7 beds

About This Community:  Quaker Living Learning House provides an environment for Quaker students and students interested in Quakerism. The house provides an atmosphere and a space where residents explore what Quakerism means to students, community members and others. House sponsored events to make the Quaker presence on campus more visible include workshops, worship and fellowship.

Penn House - Casa Hispana (Spanish House)


PennhouseAddress: 620 National Road West
Occupancy: 8 beds




Rowntree House - Beit Kehillah (Jewish Cultural Center)


RowntreeAddress: 527 National Road West
Occupancy: 5 beds

About This Community: The residents of JCC sponsor weekly Shabbat dinners, maintain a library of resources on Jewish life and faith, and provide special events on holidays and other occasions.


Russell House - Japan House


RussellAddress: 610 National Road West
Occupancy: 7 beds




Thornburg House - Interfaith House


ThornburghouseAddress: 400 College Avenue
Occupancy: 7 beds




Wildman House - Maison Française (French House)


WildmanhouseAddress: 416 College Avenue
Occupancy: 6 beds




Woodman House - Literary Arts House


WoodmanhouseAddress: 240 College Avenue
Occupancy: 8 beds



Cutter House - Positive Sexuality

Cutterhouse _1

Address: 440 College Avenue
Occupancy: 11 beds

About This Community: This community envisions their community as a welcoming and safe space in which issues surrounding sexuality are freely discussed in a positive and non-judgemental manner. This community engages and educates their greater community about healthy, positive sexuality by holding open events and community discussions throughout the year, promoting the practice of positive sexuality.

Doan House - Music House


Address: 306 College Avenue
Occupancy: 10 beds

About This Community: This community strives for a communal sapce geared towards musical expression and appreciation.  The community uses music as a means of connecting more deeply with each other and the community around them.  Students living in this community are involved in many music-related activities around campus, such as their academic majors and student- and college-run ensembles.

Edwards House - Middle East House


Address: 410 College Avenue
Occupancy: 7 beds

About This Community: The Middle East friendship community has a shared interest in Middle Eastern culture, society, and language, and a shared commitment to learning more as a community.  Several members of the community are native Arabic speakers, which provides an immersive educational experience, and all members bring unique perspectives of Middle East culture to the learning process.

Mott House - Tea House


Address: 900 National Road West
Occupancy: 5 beds

About This Community: This friendship community aims to celebrate and promote friendship and open conversation through the medium of tea.  Tea is a beverage tied to customs, histories, and traditions from all over the world and Tea House seeks to use this as a vehicle for learning more about their world and generating dialogue with others in their greater community.

Reece House - Food Education House


Address: 624 National Road West
Occupancy: 6 beds

About This Community: The goal of the Food Education friendship community is to foster a positive place to share their vision of food education.  This community has a strong focus on food awareness, such as dietary restrictions, and how to cook creatively without common food allergen ingredients like dairy, gluten, and egg products.  Ultimately, the community hopes to encourage healthy eating habits through nutrition and education.

Wilbur House - Ultimate Frisbee House


Address: 126 SW 7th Street
Occupancy: 8 beds

About This Community: As a competitive sport, the Ultimate Frisbee House sees their community as a way in which to develop and display values taught within Earlham College classrooms, relying on a system of mutual respect and fair play.  Competitive play is encouraged but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to agreed rules, or the basic joy of play.

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