Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Earlham College

"If every college and university sharpened young minds and consciences as effectively as Earlham does, this country would approach utopia."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • Earlham encourages students to be fully present in their education — thoroughly immersed in their learning, intentionally direct in their actions, completely invested in the campus community and comfortable with themselves as the explore their place in the world.
  • Selective, private liberal arts college offering a challenging intellectual experience in a collaborative and cooperative atmosphere.
  • Established in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Earlham welcomes students of all faiths and offers an education is rooted such Quaker values as integrity, a commitment to peace and social justice, mutual respect and community decision-making.
  • Earlham is an attractively diverse campus with students from more than 40 states and nearly 80 countries.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Earlham is ranked 30th (98th percentile) among 1,533 U.S. institutions of higher learning in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s, and is 10th (99th percentile) in producing Ph.D.s in the biological sciences and 14th (99th percentile) in the life sciences.
  • Nationally recognized for its commitment to global engagement, more than two-thirds of Earlham students study off campus in more than 20 countries and throughout the United States.Earlham is ranked 29rd (98th percentile) among 1,533 U.S. institutions of higher learning in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s, and is 10th (99th percentile) in producing Ph.D.s in the biological sciences and 14th (99th percentile) in the life sciences.
  • Earlham helps students to develop a "10-year mindset," as they benefit from experiential learning, immersive educational experiences and proactive advising to help them to make the most of their education and prepare for the years immediately following graduation.
  • Earlham's libraries are nationally recognized for integrating curricular research and bibliographic instruction.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • Earlham is nationally recognized for its commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • 96% of full-time professors hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • Earlham's professors are fully invested in undergraduate teaching and highly accessible to their students.
  • Faculty members are active professionals who regularly publish research and scholarly works, often in collaboration with students.
  • Curriculum features more than 40 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, and includes a new General Education program devised to prepare students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • Instead of fraternity and sorority houses, we have friendship houses: 20 themed residences where groups of like-minded students form their own communities around shared interests.
  • Over the last year, Earlham students have report more than 23,000 hours of community service each year [many more hours go unreported].
  • Students participate in numerous performing arts groups and over 60 student-run organizations.
  • NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program with more than 20 intercollegiate and intramural sports.
  • Campus governance stresses the value of the individual and includes students in campus decision-making.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • Earlham alumni are well prepared for meaningful careers and post-baccalaureate education. They seek out additional education on a large scale, with one in every 10 Earlhamites completing doctoral studies. Nearly half of Earlham alumni graduating in the last 10 years enrolled in graduate or professional school, including at such prestigious institutions as Harvard Medical School, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Washington University of St. Louis and the University of Oxford in England.
  • Graduates from the past five years have earned such major post-baccalaureate awards as the National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship and the Rotary Peace Fellowship. In addition, alumni have entered an extensive range of career areas with three of the most frequently chosen areas being education, medicine/public health, and non-profit organizations. Earlham alumni include Pulitzer Prize winning writers, an Emmy Award-winning actor and a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Earlham students have performed well in challenging high school coursework, achieving an average G.P.A. better than 3.5
  • The majority of Earlham students ranked at least in the top 25% of their high school graduating classes.
  • Earlham is test-score optional. For applicants who submitted a test score, the middle 50% range was 1180-1370 on the SAT and 26-30 on the ACT.