Students Say

A “community founded on Quaker principles and practices,” Earlham College is a unique liberal arts institution, dedicated to shaping students into “globally engaged citizens.” Many undergraduates choose Earlham for its more unusual academic offerings, including majors in peace and global studies or Japanese studies. However, the school also excels in traditional academic areas, including the “extraordinary” biology program (for future doctors, Earlham also has a “great med school placement rating”). An Earlham education focuses on “strengthening critical thinking skills” and encouraging students to approach “the world in new ways and from different viewpoints.”

Overview

Applicants
2,001
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 690
SAT Math
580 - 680
SAT Writing
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

A “community founded on Quaker principles and practices,” Earlham College is a unique liberal arts institution, dedicated to shaping students into “globally engaged citizens.” Many undergraduates choose Earlham for its more unusual academic offerings, including majors in peace and global studies or Japanese studies. However, the school also excels in traditional academic areas, including the “extraordinary” biology program (for future doctors, Earlham also has a “great med school placement rating”). An Earlham education focuses on “strengthening critical thinking skills” and encouraging students to approach “the world in new ways and from different viewpoints.” In achieving that goal, the school offers myriad special programs, including “amazing study abroad opportunities,” the chance to participate in “great student-professor collaborative research,” and field-based outdoor education through the beloved “Center for Environmental Action.” Back in the classroom, courses are generally “discussion-based,” led by a “dynamic and inspiring” faculty. While academics are time-consuming and often challenging, “Assignments make sense and are relevant,” and professors take the time to give students individual feedback on their work. An undergrad tells us, “I always get a novel back in response to my papers.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
120
with Terminal Degree
110

61
Women
59
Men
22
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Loose
Retired CEO/Chairman of Corning

David Shear
US Ambassador to Vietnam

Andrea Seabrook
Nat'l Public Radio Reporter, Capitol Hill

Michael C. Hall
Golden Globe winning star of Dexter

Liza Donnelly
Cartoonists for the New Yorker

Frances Moore Lappe
Author of Diet for a Small Planet

Wendall M. Stanley
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1946

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,972

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,350

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,147

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,421

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,972

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,500
Required Fees
$890
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,035
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Earlham’s unique curricular programs attract “aware, academically focused, open-minded, and self-assured individuals.” “Most students are passionate about social justice issues” and “looking to better themselves in all aspects of their lives.” Though many say the school maintains “high cultural, socioeconomic and racial diversity,” there are some predominant demographic groups on campus, including lots of “athletes from Indiana and Ohio, international students, and middle class liberals from the coasts.” Students praise the “inclusiveness of the community,” while also noting that “Students tend to hang out with others of their same major, club, or country of origin.” Whether you’d call them hippies or hipsters, Earlham definitely attracts students outside the cultural mainstream. At this alternative school, you can comfortably “not shave your armpits, walk to class with bare feet, [and] blast progressive rock in your dorm all while reading the latest news on environmental sustainability.” Despite its affiliation with Quakerism, many students are not religious, as Earlham maintains “the balance between integrating Quaker values on campus while respecting the diversity of different students, faculty and staff.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
993
Out of State
77%

International
24%
Foreign Countries Represented
76

Demographics

1.16%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
7.19%
Asian
15.92%
African-American
7.83%
Hispanic
64.96%
Caucasian
2.82%
Unknown
24.01%
International

55% female
45% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Most Earlham undergrads aptly “balance work with socializing,” though they admit there isn’t always a separation between the two. A current undergrad tells us, “You’ll be chillin’ in your dorm, someone will walk in to ask you a question on an assignment, and somehow, every time, you will end up having an incredible discussion ranging from existential questions on life to identifying societal constructions to personal experiences.” Beyond philosophical discussion, “There is a lot of variety in how people spend their time,” including a range of student-run clubs, varsity and intramural sports, and “passionate activism.” “There’s no Greek life, but there are still parties” at Earlham, despite the school’s “strict” no-alcohol policy. In addition to house parties, many students mention popular events hosted by “The Hash, a student run drinking club with a running problem.” For a quieter evening, students “opt for hanging out with movies, card games, or [at] other college-sponsored events,” which often include “speakers, musicians, and other acts.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

35% participate in intramural sports
24% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Quakers)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Quakers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: earlham.edu/studentcenter/content/handbook/#Spectrum

Minority Support Groups: www.earlham.edu/studentcenter/content/handbook

Sustainability

Earlham College was founded on the Quaker belief in equality—by custom each person addresses each other by his or her first name—so it’s no surprise that this sense of justice has been extended to the environment and its sustainability. When the Sustainability Advisory Committee approved a Comprehensive Sustainability Plan in 2012, it set a precedent for an exceptional attitude toward accountability. The Sustainability Plan calls for bold action to reduce resource usage across the campus, and matches changes in operations with changes in the curriculum and co-curriculum as well. The college was one of the first to participate in the AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). And it’s followed through, completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory using Clean Air, Cool Planet’s Carbon Calculator, to be used as a guide in reducing the school’s carbon footprint. The whole college plays a part. In 2011, a cooperative effort from faculty, staff, and students in the Computer Science Department resulted in a real-time energy monitoring project that “measures energy usage of entire campus in sixty-second snapshots.” This led to the first Earlham Energy Wars competition to reduce energy use in dorms. The Earlham Environmental Action Coalition networks with national and local environmental groups, especially those with an environmental justice theme and has been leading a campus endowment divestment campaign dubbed “Earlham Reinvestment” for over two years. Students also have the chance to apply for prestigious internships on campus in the Earlham Student Sustainability Corps where they gain real world valuable skills and knowledge by working on projects in areas such as waste reduction, sustainable agriculture, energy reduction, and running the campus donation-based Free Store. Environmental education is fairly represented, in part, by Earlham’s environmental studies and science majors, the outdoor education program, and an off-campus environmentally focused program in New Zealand, so it’s easy to see why the institution received a Mellon Grant designed to fund environmental studies.

Green Rating
89
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
11

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Erin Miller
Administrative Assistant Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
801 National Rd. W., Drawer #192
Richmond, IN 47374

Phone
800-327-5426

Email
visit@earlham.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Athletics and Wellness Center
Landrum Bolling Center - Social Sciences
Natural History Museum
Runyan Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
El Rodeo, Richmond, IN
Depot District, Richmond, IN
Cope Environmental Center
Little Sheba's, Richmond, IN
Center City Richmond

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 6 tour times daily during academic year
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
An interview is available during campus visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office and/or Coach

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@earlham.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sunday through Thursday evenings

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Car, van or taxi from Dayton, OH, airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
Approaching Richmond from I-70, take exit 149A. Follow Williamsburg Pike/NW 5th Street south until the road ends at a stoplight at U.S. Route 40 West, approximately three miles from the I-70 exit. Turn right at this stoplight onto National Road West (U.S. 40 West) and drive two blocks to the main entrance of campus on the left (at a flashing yellow light). Turn left into the main drive.

Local Accommodations
For current information about lodging while visiting Earlham, please visit http://www.visitrichmond.org/lodging.cfm
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Key Stats

2,001
Applicants
993
Size
65%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

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