From the School

Established in 1847, Earlham College is a selective, private liberal arts college. With its emphasis on experiential learning and profound inquiry, an Earlham education is excellent preparation not just for a first job, but a career and a lifetime of rewarding involvement.

Earlham has shaped its curriculum through an initiative called EPIC (Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration) in order to help its students connect their academic and personal passions with career preparation and opportunities. EPIC offers students multidisciplinary experiences that combine guided research opportunities, international education, and internships as well as academic centers devoted to entrepreneurship, global health, and social justice.

Among its distinctions, Earlham is committed to funding an internship, research experience, or community-based project for every student. Called the EPIC Advantage, the program offers these funded experiences to help students connect high-impact experiences with their traditional course work and even extracurricular activities.

Founded by Quakers, Earlham College has prepared students to contribute to the social good since its inception. Earlham embraces cultural and individual differences alike and offers unparalleled opportunities for leadership, friendship, and community.

Earlham sponsors 20 NCAA Division III sports teams; most compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The College also sponsors a hunt seat equestrian team, an Ultimate (Frisbee) team that competes on the club level, and numerous recreational sports.

Earlham is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


From The School

Earlham College offers application plans for early decision (application materials due Nov. 15), early action (application materials due Dec. 1), and regular decision (application materials due Feb. 15). More information about these plans is available online at

Earlham is selective, with six applicants for every seat in the first-year class. The College seeks students who are academically prepared, intellectually curious, and who possess a variety of special talents and interests. Earlham also looks for students who are comfortable in their own skin and embrace differences.

Earlham takes a holistic approach in its review of students' applications for admission, giving consideration to academic achievement, writing ability (the essay is important), and letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors. In determining academic ability and college readiness, the College gives particular weight to a student's performance in high school courses and the quality of their chosen college preparatory academic program. Earlham also recognizes applicants' commitments, accomplishments and contributions beyond the classroom.

Earlham uses the Common Application, which includes a guidance counselor recommendation and a teacher recommendation. Earlham expects high school applicants to have completed at least 15 academic high school units or the equivalent: 4 in English, 3 in mathematics, and 2 or more in a second language, science, and history or social studies. Experience in the area of studio or performing arts is very desirable. Earlham has a test-optional policy which means applicants are not required to submit any standardized test scores (Home-schooled and international students are required to submit standardized testing.)


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 670

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 730

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

Earlham is one of the only colleges in the United States to offer a funded summer internship, research experience, or community-based project to every student. Eligible experiences take place in the summer anytime between a student's first year and fourth year of enrollment. Earlham helps students create an opportunity to put their education into practice without having to worry about finances. Even if the opportunity is on another continent, EPIC Advantage will cover the travel expenses. Earlham's collaborative advising model, which includes a team of academic and career advisers, helps each student to consider the available opportunities and integrate their experiences into academic plans and career aspirations. There is also funding to support other high-impact learning experiences, including student-faculty research, so many Earlham students benefit from multiple opportunities.

Earlham's unique approach to academic life, high-impact experiences, teaching, and mentoring has been uncommonly effective:
  • Recent graduates have earned such prestigious awards as the Rhodes Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, the Watson Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, and a Fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • Of all colleges and universities in the U.S., Earlham also ranks in the top 2 percent for its percentage of graduates who go on to earn research doctorates.
  • A team of Earlham students won the 2016 Hult Prize, beating out 25,000 entrants in the world's largest student competition for the social good. They are using $1 million in prize money to launch a business that is already revolutionizing public transportation in several cities in Kenya.
Earlham's off-campus study programs send students all over the globe to explore new places and experience new cultures.
  • Semester-long programs include: Border Studies (Tucson), Ecuador, England, France/Senegal, Germany/Austria, Greece, Japan, Middle East/Jordan, New Zealand, Spain, or Tibetan Studies (India).
  • May Term programs include: Bahamas, Benin, Berlin, Borneo, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cura?ao, England, Gal?pagos Islands, Greece, Hawaii, Iceland, Italy, Martinique, Spain, or Turkey.
  • Internship, research, and project locations funded by Earlham's EPIC Advantage include local, regional, U.S. and international sites.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Earlham offers programs of study leading to bachelor degrees, including: African and African American Studies; ancient and classical studies; Arabic language and literature*; archaeology*; art; biochemistry; biology; chemistry; Chinese languages*; comparative languages and linguistics; computer science; economics; English; environmental sustainability; film studies*; French and Francophone studies; geology; German language and literature; global management (with tracks in finance, international business, leadership and change, marketing, social entrepreneurship and social change, and supply chain and operations/management information technology); history; human development and social relations; international studies; Japanese language and linguistics*; Japanese studies; Jewish studies*; mathematics; museum studies*; music; neuroscience; peace and global studies; philosophy; physics and astronomy; politics; pre-engineering; pre-health; pre-law; psychology; public policy; Quaker studies*; religion; sociology/anthropology; Spanish and Hispanic studies; TESOL*; theatre arts; and women's, gender, sexuality studies. (*Indicates programs that are available as minors only.)

In addition to more than 40 undergraduate majors, Earlham offers two dual-degree programs: a 3+2 degree for engineering and a 3+1 degree programs that allows students to earn both a B.A. and a M.A.T. in just four years.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



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


  • Business/Commerce, General.


  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.


  • English Language and Literature, General.


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


  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.


  • History, General.


  • Mathematics, General.


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


  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.


  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.


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


  • Psychology, General.


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


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

Students Say

Earlham College is a tiny residential college in Indiana dedicated to liberal arts education and founded under the guiding principles of the Quaker faith. Today students of all faiths are welcome, and the school works to create environments in which students are "comfortable, engaged, and [have] room to offer suggestions." The school offers around forty majors and stresses the connection between what students learn in the classroom to the real world, all while "building a strong sense of community among all people associated with the college." Students and faculty "form supportive, vibrant networks" and many go on to doctorate work at major universities. There are "a stellar amount of study abroad options," and generous scholarships make Earlham "even more affordable than a state school for those who have relatively strong academics."

Classes are typically very small, and students are always taught directly by professors (nearly all of whom have PhDs). The students' relationship with the faculty "is extremely chill (first name basis, open-door policy)", and professors are not only very invested in academic growth, but "also express an interest in the personal growth and well-being of the students." Most "do not try to guide or lead discussions away from what the students want to talk about," and instead simply facilitate and make sure discussion continues. All teachers here "exude an extreme and passionate love for the subjects they teach," and students say "that energy is infectious." They are "extremely available outside of the classroom" and "prepared to support their students to the fullest."


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

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Students Say

At Earlham, students start thinking about their lifelong career and learning goals—not to mention how they will make a difference in the world—from the moment they matriculate. The Center for Career and Community Engagement (CCCE) is the school's hub for experiential education, and it helps to arrange scholarly research, internships, community service, and on-campus jobs for students, as well as providing a variety of career education services, including personality assessments, mock interviews, and presentations by alumni. Currently, the CCCE coordinates over fifty internships around the United States and the world, all funded by grants and donors.


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Earlham College tuition, room and board, and fees for the 2018-19 academic year are $56,850.

Financial Aid

Earlham believes that paying for college should not be a barrier to going to college and is committed to creating financial access to qualified students from all backgrounds. The College offers scholarships to high academic achievers (up to full tuition), to those who demonstrate a financial need and a commitment to volunteer service, to Quakers, and to highly qualified members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Financial aid can also include loans and student employment.


Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With a long and varied list of active, student-led organizations to choose from, Earlham students have every chance to get involved outside of the classroom. Some of the more popular organizations include dance teams, Frisbee golf, Ultimate, cultural clubs, and political clubs. In addition, there are numerous co-ops on campus, including the Barn Co-op, home to Earlham's equestrian team horses and other horses boarded by students.

Besides the 20 varsity sports the College sponsors, there are numerous club teams and opportunities to participate in intramural sports. For those desiring a workout, Earlham has extensive wellness facilities, including a field house, swimming pool, weight room, climbing wall, exercise classes, and a walking track.

The activity calendar at Earlham is packed with speakers, theatre productions, art exhibits and much more. The campus also kicks off each school year with Sunsplash, an annual festival that includes live music from major bands, and wraps up each year with SpringFest, an outdoor event with inflatable games and other excuses to let loose.

Student Body

Earlham is a residential college of about 1,100 students. A global perspective comes naturally to the campus community. Earlham is ranked fifth by U.S. News & World Report among liberal arts colleges in the U.S. for the percentage of international students enrolled. With such a variety of students, campus life at Earlham is both lively and welcoming.

Besides traditional residence halls, Earlham has friendship and theme housing for those who share like interests. Yet one kind of housing isn't found at Earlham--sororities and fraternities. Earlham's inclusive community has never had them.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



55% female
45% male
82% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

The majority of the 1,000 students at Earlham College are "people who care about what is happening in the world around them in an unabashed manner." Students are "social-justice oriented; they want to do the right things for the right reasons." There is a strong sense of community on campus, with students "breaking down traditional ideas of cliques and social norms." "People are free, as well as encouraged, to express themselves," says a student. There is "very much a hippie vibe" here, and "many people wear free trade clothes, use reusable bags/water bottles, and are vegan/vegetarian." The school also has "a very high population of international students," and the administration works with students "to have better intentionality in their diversity."


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The Earlham campus is located on 800 acres in the city of Richmond, Indiana. It is situated along the Indiana-Ohio border, about an hour's drive from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or Dayton.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Earlham's academic facilities are state-of-the-art and designed to foster collaboration. In recent years the College has invested more than $70 million in its campus, including new and renovated student center, science facilities, and a center for visual and performing arts.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Richmond, named the No. 1 small city in Indiana by Cities Journal, has a population of 36,000 and a rich heritage of music, culture, and architecture. Shopping opportunities are plentiful and numerous restaurants have become student favorites. With the cities of Cincinnati and Indianapolis nearby, students are also within reach of the largest music tours in the nation.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Earlham College has "a small campus where everybody knows almost everybody," and people are "largely polite and friendly to everyone." Earlham College students are "notorious for overworking themselves and overbooking their schedules because they have so many passions," and there are many extracurricular activities and clubs on campus. "If there is a certain injustice in the world, then, you better believe Earlham has a club which advocates for justice in that area," says a student. Some examples are: "AASV (Action Against Sexual Violence), Spectrum (LGBTQ+ support community), BLUE (Black Ladies United at Earlham), and Students for Free Tibet." On the weekdays, students spend the majority of their time "studying, going to classes, and going to jobs, practice, or club meetings," and "there are many students who volunteer in the Richmond community." On weekends, students cut loose a little; the party scene on campus is "very relaxed": students "have plenty of fun, but they are usually smart about their decisions and there is no pressure to be involved." Many here enjoy hiking on back campus, since "Earlham is situated on 800 acres with trails and a barn with horses [and] a plot for growing vegetables (Miller Farm)." Students also congregate at the recently built student center or Katmandu, which is "an open mic at Music House where many people play instruments, sing, or do stand-up comedy."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Enrichment Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Donna Keesling

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required for LD

If an IEP or 504 form is available, that information is useful, however, generally, documentation required is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Documentation Required for ADHD

If an IEP or 504 form is available, that information is useful, however, generally, documentation required is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

30% participate in intramural sports
21% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Quakers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Quakers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups:

Minority Support Groups:


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

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

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell (PC), HP

Campus Visits Contact

Yvonne Washington
Administrative Assistant Admissions

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



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 Visiting Center
Monday through Saturday
8 to 5 p.m. and 8 to noon

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

Information Sessions

An interview is available during campus visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office and/or Coach

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Sunday through Thursday evenings


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
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