Create your future. Shape your world.
Links for Current Students
Academic Dean's Office
Center for Career Education
U.S. News and World Report released its annual college rankings on Sept. 12, 2012, and once again Earlham College finds itself at the top of the list of national liberal arts colleges.
Of particular interest is Earlham's sixth place ranking for commitment to undergraduate teaching, up from eighth last year. U.S. News ranks 178 national liberal arts colleges.
"While acknowledging the inherent challenge in ranking college characteristics we are delighted that Earlham's emphasis on innovative, high quality teaching has been consistently recognized," says Jonathan Stroud, vice president for enrollment and communications. "Talented, motivated students are drawn to the opportunity to learn with this caliber of faculty."
Earlham's national peers in this category include other exceptional colleges such as Davidson, Carleton, Grinnell, Oberlin, and Centre. Beloit College and St. Olaf College both tied with Earlham for sixth place.
"Earlham is a remarkable place, with a remarkable faculty," said Academic Dean Greg Mahler in his address to the incoming first-year class last month. "The faculty here are the real Earlham College, and their commitment to teaching, to teaching all of you, is what is special about Earlham. They have chosen to come to Earlham, rather than go to other small colleges or larger universities, for a reason. You are that reason."
Read Academic Dean Greg Mahler's complete remarks
In a new category this year, Earlham ranked fifth in the largest percentage of international students on campus.
"Our international diversity is an integral part of our identity," continues Stroud. "Students who come to Earlham will be influenced by this intentional active engagement with the diversity of contemporary society. The College has a commitment to creating a diverse faculty, staff and student body and to provide a context for learning about and experiencing diversity in our pluralistic world."
In addition to creating a home for international students on campus, Earlham was also singled out in a list of top schools for study abroad opportunities. Last year, Earlham ranked fifth. In this year's pre-publication rankings, this category was unranked.
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.
Pope, 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…."
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.
Information for this selective guide of 300 institutions comes from questionnaires sent to administrators and a cross-section of students.
"Although Earlham students are based in the Midwest, they graduate ready to take on the world, thanks to the school's cooperative, can-do spirit, international perspective, and caring student/faculty community."
Visit the website for the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Working in college admissions for forty years, Peter Arango has counseled hundreds of students and families over his career. Earlham is honored to be among Peter's list of institutions considered to be hidden gems for their academic rigor and teaching excellence.