Hiram College, in the village of Hiram, Ohio, USA was founded by members of the Disciples of Christ in the year 1850. Originally called the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute the school’s first students were drawn from the surrounding farms. Since its earliest days the college has been non-sectarian and coeducational with a dedication to educating people from all backgrounds. The institute was officially recognised as college in 1867 and changed its name to Hiram College. One of the institute’s most influential principals was James A. Garfield who had been a student at the college and returned in 1856 first as a teacher then as principal. Garfield believed in the value of a broad education and widened the curriculum as well as insisting on the non-sectarian character the school. Garfield left Hiram College in 1861 to command a company of troops in the American Civil War, and in 1881 he was elected 20th President of the United States.
Today Hiram College has relatively small student body, and most students are engaged on undergraduate programs. The college offers bachelor’s degrees across 30 majors and around 40 minors as well as offering a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. Hiram is proud of its small class sizes and high faculty/student ratio which ensures each student receives individual guidance from the faculty.
The Hiram College campus is rural, part of the small village of Hiram. The campus is home to more than 80% of Hiram’s students and as well as the residential halls and academic buildings there are also sports fields and leisure facilities as well as dining halls and green spaces for students to meet up and relax.