Earlham College

Students walk across the Earlham College campus

“If every college and university sharpened young minds and consciences as effectively as Earlham does, this country would approach utopia.
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Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374
765.983.1600 / 1.800.EARLHAM
⋅ Approximately 1,100 students
⋅ 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 15
⋅ 79% of Earlham classes have fewer than 20 students
⋅ 21.5% of Earlham’s students are from outside the U.S.; 15% are from the state of Indiana; 25.1% are U.S. students of color.
⋅ Students come from 40+ states and 54+ countries.
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $56,850
⋅ More than 90% of Earlham students receive some form of financial aid from College-based sources.
⋅ About $30 million budgeted in financial aid each year.
⋅ Earlham is committed to providing an exceptional education to talented students from Indiana and around the world.

Earlham College students sit on the campus lawn

Earlham College students and professors meet over coffee

Earlham College students working together on the Day of Service

Earlham College professor talks with students in a science lab

Earlham College varsity soccer team plays in a match

  • 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 60 countries.
  • Earlham is a national liberal arts college with a reputation for excellent teaching and preparing students to make a profound positive difference in the world.
  • Earlhamites are looking to be intellectually challenged, globally engaged, socially concerned, and future directed.

Worth Noting
  • Earlham ranks within the top two percent of the nation for the percentage of graduates who earn the Ph.D., according to the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Within the overall group of 1,592 institutions, Earlham ranks 12th in the Life Sciences, 46th in the Social Sciences, 51st in Business, and 58th in Humanities in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.Ds.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Earlham as 4th in the nation among all liberal arts colleges for the percentage of international students on campus.
  • 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’s libraries are nationally recognized for integrating curricular research and bibliographic instruction.

Faculty & Academics
  • 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.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

African and African American Studies
Ancient and Classical Studies
Comparative Languages and Linguistics
Computer Science
Environmental Sustainability
French and Francophone Studies
German Language and Literature
Global Management
Human Development and Social Relations
International Studies
Japanese Language and Linguistics
Latin American Studies
Peace and Global Studies
Physics and Astronomy
Public Policy
Sociology / Anthropology
Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Theatre Arts
Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Campus Life
  • 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.

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program:

Baseball (Men)
Basketball (Men, Women)
Cross Country (Men, Women)
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Golf (Men, Women)
Indoor Track (Men, Women)
Lacrosse (Men, Women)
Outdoor Track (Men, Women)
Soccer (Men, Women)
Tennis (Men, Women)
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • 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.
Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 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.