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Earlham is proud to be among the 40 colleges chosen by Loren Pope for inclusion in his book Colleges That Change Lives, first published in 1996.

Colleges -that -change -lives -cover -13-14Pope, now deceased, was a former journalist and education editor at The New York Times; he devoted over 30 years to counseling parents and students about making college choices.

In his widely acclaimed college guide, Pope focused on liberal arts colleges that "not only equip youths to live full lives but they work their magic on a variety of aptitudes, academic and others as important…. Every one of these catalytic places will push and stretch you beyond what you think possible, but they won't let you fall."

Pope emphasizes the learning that takes place in these colleges: "Learning is collaborative rather than competitive; values are central; there is a strong sense of community. They are places of great synergy…."

Beyond the Book

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc., (CTCL) is a non-profit organization that promotes a student-centered college search process. In 1998 the CTCL colleges began working together to extend Pope's approach to helping students find the right college fit. They developed a website and began a nationwide series of college fairs and individual information sessions that continues today.

Watch CTCL's calendar to find out when representatives will be in your area.

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Forbes LogoEarlham ranks is in the top 20 percent of the nation’s 650 colleges and universities and in the Top 25 of all institutions in the midwest, according to Forbes’ 10th annual America's Top Colleges rankings. The College also earned an A for financial health, which considers factors like the amount of endowment spending per student.

According to Forbes, these rankings measure return on investment. Consequently, schools with impressive “outputs” rank well. “Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?”

Colleges are scored on measures of post-graduate success, student satisfaction, graduation rates, student debt levels and national recognition. The rankings are calculated for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity and are highlighted in the August issue of Forbes magazine and online at

Earham’s strong graduate outcomes are made possible by the College’s distinctive approach to the liberal arts, which makes purposeful connections between classroom learning and experiential opportunities like off-campus study, social entrepreneurship, and service. A major new initiative called EPIC is doing even more to enhance this approach by linking what students love with what they want to do with their life, including one guaranteed funded research or internship experience for all students before graduation.

Earlham has produced Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Golden Globe Award. Last fall, four Earlhamites became winners of the Hult Prize, a $1 million start-up accelerator billed as the world’s largest student competition for social good.

Deibel -Chemistry _0_0U.S. News and World Report ranks Earlham College among top national liberal arts colleges in a variety of categories. U.S. News ranks 178 national liberal arts colleges.

Earlham ranks 68th overall and Earlham ranks 4th in the nation among all liberal arts colleges for the percentage of international students on campus.

“Earlham is an educational community where distinctive perspectives and extraordinary creativity come together in remarkable ways,” Earlham President Alan Price says. “At Earlham, we are committed to maintaining an environment where students from all backgrounds thrive and grow in ways they never thought existed.”

Kiplinger LogoEarlham College has once again been recognized as one of the country’s best values for a private liberal arts education. In its annual rankings published in December 2017, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance includes Earlham in an exclusive list of just 300 institutions that offer high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

According to Kiplinger’s, Earlham exemplifies the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.

Kiplinger’s criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation.

“Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic quality, are a great resource for students and their parents when sorting through college choices,” said Mark Solheim, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools and trim the list using measures of academic quality. We then rank the schools based on cost and financial aid data. All 300 schools on our list are worth a look.”

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