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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.

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Overview

Applicants
2,540
Acceptance Rate
54%
Average HS GPA
3.73

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
115
with Terminal Degree
105

60
Men
55
Women
22
Minority
11
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering Design.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • 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.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Students Say

A small school with Quaker roots, Earlham College offers “small class sizes [that allow] faculty to easily connect with students.” This is a result of a low student faculty ratio which means students have plenty of opportunity to “have a strong and close connection with professors.” Additionally, faculty are “extremely available and willing to connect” to help their students really understand the subjects they “are passionate in teaching.” Those professors are “amazing to work with,” says a student. Another gushes, “They are like incredibly knowledgeable friends who have [a] strong interest in your future and helping you succeed.” Overall, their courses are described as “rigorous,” “interesting,” and “engaging,” and students also find they can “get the help [they] need” without much trouble. Students here cite the unique academic programs which include Peace and Global Studies as well as a program called EPIC, “which [allots] students funds to … research [or intern] in any place or country of their liking.” One student sums up the academic experience at Earlham: “Each professor … has made me care about the subject of their class in a way I never would have expected—whether that’s opening up a field I already love or finding ways to connect new material to the subjects that are close to me.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Andrew Ginther
Mayor of Columbus, OH

David Shear
US Ambassador to Vietnam

Andrea Seabrook
Nat'l Public Radio Reporter, Capitol Hill

Michael C. Hall
Golden Globe winning star of Dexter

Josh Penn
Film Producer

Jim Fowler
Zoologist, Emmy Award Winner of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Wendall M. Stanley
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1946

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$48,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$85,600

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$48,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$94,600

Percent High Job Meaning
62%

Percent STEM
31%


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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Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,312

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,021

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,123

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,133

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,892

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,410
Required Fees
$970
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,885
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

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

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,050
Foreign Countries Represented
63

Demographics

4.29%
Asian
8.78%
African-American
7.41%
Hispanic
52.29%
Caucasian
3.22%
Unknown
21.85%
International

54% female
46% male
80% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Despite being a small school, Earlham manages to yield a “diverse population.” Indeed, you can find students “from all over the world” who enrich the campus with their “interesting stories and backgrounds.” Undergrads seem to mesh well as everyone treats each other “with kindness and compassion.” Moreover, many students here are “concerned about social issues and justice” and a large number “seem to be inclined to left-wing policies.” Or, as another undergrad puts it, “Earlham is hippies. Earlham is bare feet and climbing trees. Earlhamites are activists. They are earth lovers, peace lovers, and lovers of learning.” Therefore, it’s not too shocking to learn that many students also describe their peers as “collaborative and encouraging” because of the “close-knit bonds [they have] to the people around them.” They “care a lot about [their] community” and “make sure everyone feels welcomed.” As one undergrad concludes, “After being on campus for so long, it is easy to realize that everyone here is weird in their own ways, and the great part is that the community is very accepting and less judgmental than most other places.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Students Say

Many undergrads proudly proclaim that the “possibilities are endless” at Earlham when it comes to campus activities. Indeed, it’s “a wonderful environment for passionate and self-driven students” who thrive on having “back-to-back commitments.” As one enthusiastic individual explains, “I run a club, direct and act in plays, sing in the choir, go to the gym, and still take nineteen credits.” It’s hard to resist the many school-sponsored activities “such as concerts, bowling, movie night, [and] roller skating.” Another popular activity is Dance Alloy, which is a “bi-yearly student choreographed dance performance” that many students join and “spend multiple nights a week practicing and preparing” to get just right. Moreover, “every other Friday night there is an open mic event … [where] everyone is welcome to perform.” And when the weekend fully rolls around, you can “usually [find some] house parties or people just [hanging] out with their friends.” Those hang-out sessions can include “talking about literature, playing cards, [or having] occasional nights of drinking and video games.” And a good number simply love exploring the “large chunk of undeveloped woods behind [the] campus.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Enrichment Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Donna Keesling

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

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


Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

30% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Quakers)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Quakers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
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.

82/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
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 March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
98

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell (PC), HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Yvonne Washington
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
Center for Science and Technology
Runyan Center
Natural History Museum

Most Popular Places Off Campus
El Rodeo, Richmond, IN
Depot District, Richmond, IN
Cope Environmental Center
Little Sheba's, Richmond, IN
Center City Richmond
Gulzar's Indian Cuisine Richmond Art Museum Cardinal Greenway Trail

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Saturday
8 to 5 p.m. and 8 to noon
800-327-5426

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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