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Hiram College is a small, private liberal arts college located in village of Hiram, in northeast Ohio, about 50 minutes from Cleveland, Ohio and a little over two hours from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Hiram College was founded in 1850 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). There are currently about 900 students enrolled. The Hiram Terriers, the Division III football team, consistently do badly, but are still enjoyable to watch.

Hiram has a good academic reputation (see Pope Colleges that Change Lives), and is known for its biology program. It is also located in the middle of nowhere (relatively speaking), which many students (or their worried parents) see as a good thing, as they feel that it is safer, and less likely for them to get into trouble (I disagree).

In Hiram there is little to do on the weekend. There is a bar, a post office, and a mediocre coffee shop that is never open. Thus many people drive into Cleveland or go home on the weekends. Others prefer to stay on campus and be bored. Hiram is like that, nice, good school, good people, but boring.


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There are a few other things that require mentioning when one tries to describe Hiram.

First of all, the school is on a unique academic calendar, called (rather egotistically) the Hiram Plan. The school year consists of two semesters, fall and spring, each of which is broken into a twelve week session and a three week session. During the twelve week, students typically take three classes which meet two-to-three times a week. During the infamous three week, however, each student takes a single class that meets four times a week for three hours a day. The buzzword associated with this is intensive and faculty typically despise it, though students find themselves with more free time, on average.

Secondly, perhaps due to existing in a relative void in terms of local entertainment in addition to its miniscule size, the student body tends to be fairly clique-oriented. You know more or less everyone on campus, at least by sight, and you can at least more-or-less guess where they live by the way they carry themselves -- there are exceptions of course, but jocks live in the Quad and in Miller and select floors of Whitcomb, international students live in Bowler, socialites live in BC, geeks live in Henry, etc.

Hiram College has a low level node contested by the traditions, but not actively fought over. The consensus opinion is that it is enough that its not in the hands of the local garou.

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