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Academics

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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
2,917
Acceptance Rate
58%
Average HS GPA
3.67

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 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 Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — January 15

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
106
with Terminal Degree
101

53
Women
53
Men
12
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

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

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
65%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,206

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,097

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,230

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,784

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,206

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,820
Required Fees
$930
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

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
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,031
Foreign Countries Represented
76

Demographics

5.73%
Asian
11.77%
African-American
6.94%
Hispanic
50.40%
Caucasian
1.61%
Unknown
22.64%
International

56% female
44% male
79% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban

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
60
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Quakers)
9 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
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.

90/99
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, 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: 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
98

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
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
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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