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Application Instructions for First-Year Students

Use these instructions if you are applying as a first-year student and are a U.S. citizen.

In assessing applications, the Admissions Office conducts a holistic review of the items listed in the Requirements chart. If you have had a personal interview with one of our admissions counselors, a report of that interview also is considered. 

Requirements
Basic Application Included in the Common Application.
Secondary School Report and Counselor Recommendation Available on the Common Application website. To be completed by your guidance counselor.
High School Transcript Request an official copy be sent from your guidance office. Earlham expects applicants to have completed at least 15 academic high school units or the equivalent: four in English, three in mathematics, and two or more in a second language, in science, and in history or social studies. Experience in the area of studio or performing arts is very desirable.

All enrolled students are required to submit a final high school transcript that includes the date of high school completion or a GED.
Teacher's Recommendation Available on the Common Application website. To be completed by the teacher of your choice.
Application Essay The Common Application includes an essay section. Your essay should be an original piece of writing that demonstrates your thinking process and writing style.
Standardized Test Scores (Optional) Earlham has a "test-optional" policy which means applicants are not required to submit any standardized test scores (Home-schooled and international students are required to submit standardized testing. Please see policy). Should you choose to submit your scores, our SAT code is 1195 and our ACT code is 1186. Read our policy.

Deadlines

Early Decision
Application materials due no later than: November 15
Find out if you are admitted no later than: December 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: January 15
You must sign an Early Decision Agreement and agree to withdraw applications to other colleges if admitted. You can calculate an estimate of your cost by using the Net Price Calculator. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information
Early Action
Application materials due no later than: December 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: January 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
 If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information
Regular Decision
Application materials due no later than: February 15
Find out if you are admitted no later than: April 1
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information
Transfer Students

Earlham welcomes applications from students who have successfully completed courses while enrolled at another postsecondary institution, but have not yet earned a four-year degree. Most transfer candidates are admitted for Fall Semester, but transfer students may also begin their studies at Earlham in the Spring Semester. Transfer students must spend a minimum of four semesters at Earlham in order to receive an Earlham degree.

Application Instructions for Transfer Students

Requirements
Basic Application Form Included in the Common Application.
Transcripts Please submit an official high school transcript and official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended.
College Report Available on the Common Application website. The College Report collects information about your standing at your current institution. You may need to gather this information from more than one official at your institution, such as advisor, dean, or registrar.
Academic Evaluator Form Available on the Common Application website. To be completed by the faculty member of your choice.
Application Essay/
Transfer Statement
The Common Application includes an essay about your reasons for transferring. In some cases, we may require an additional writing sample.
Standardized Test Scores (Optional) Earlham has a "test-optional" policy which means applicants are not required to submit any standardized test scores. Should you choose to submit your scores, our SAT code is 1195 and our ACT code is 1186.

Deadlines

Fall Semester
Application materials due by: April 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit by: May 15

 

Spring Semester
Application materials due by: November 1
Find out if you are admitted by: December 1
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit by: December 15
International Students

International students are admitted in the Fall Semester so they can participate in New Student Orientation, which includes special sessions specifically for international students. In addition to a regular academic adviser, a special adviser works closely with international students on matters of immigration issues, cultural adaptation and practical concerns.

Application Instructions for International Students

Requirements
Application Form Complete the Common Application online, in English.
Official Secondary School Records and Exam Results Ask your school to forward these official documents to Earlham.
Two Recommendations Available on the Common Application website.
To be completed by your school counselor and the teacher of your choice.
Standardized Test Scores TOEFL/IELTS and/or SAT/ACT as appropriate.
Your school official may submit certified photocopies.
The SAT I and TOEFL code for Earlham is 1195.
International Financial Aid Application Download and complete the International Financial Aid Application (PDF). Return the completed form to Susan Hillmann de Castaneda (intl-admissions@earlham.edu), Director of International Recruitment.

Deadlines

Early Decision
Application materials due no later than: November 15
Find out if you are admitted no later than: December 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: January 15
You must sign an Early Decision Agreement and agree to withdraw applications to other colleges if admitted. 
You must submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (PDF) or, if your family is able to pay all of the costs of attendance, the Certification of Finances (PDF). Please do NOT send both forms with your application. All financial aid decisions for international students are made by Admissions, therefore, you do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office during the application process.
Early Action
Application materials due no later than: December 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: January 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
You must submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (PDF) or, if your family is able to pay all of the costs of attendance, the Certification of Finances (PDF). Please do NOT send both forms with your application. All financial aid decisions for international students are made by Admissions, therefore, you do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office during the application process.
Regular Decision
Application materials due no later than: February 15
Find out if you are admitted no later than: April 1
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
You must submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (PDF) or, if your family is able to pay all of the costs of attendance, the Certification of Finances (PDF). Please do NOT send both forms with your application. All financial aid decisions for international students are made by Admissions, therefore, you do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office during the application process.

Contact International Admissions

Susan Hillmann de Castaneda, Director of International Recruitment

Email: intl-admissions@earlham.edu

Phone: 800-327-5426 (toll-free with the U.S. and Canada) or 765-983-1600

Fax: 765-983-1560

Test Optional Policy

Earlham College, joining nearly 800 other institutions of higher education in the U.S., no longer requires students to submit standardized test scores (either SAT or ACT) with other materials in support of their application for admission (*see below for exceptions).

For many students, standardized test results are not an optimal predictor of the ability to succeed in college. Furthermore, Earlham has always taken a wholistic approach in its review of students' applications for admission, giving consideration to academic achievement, writing ability (the essay is very important), and letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors. In determining academic ability and college readiness, the College gives particular weight to a student's performance in high school courses and the quality of their chosen college preparatory academic program. Earlham also recognizes applicants' commitments, accomplishments and contributions beyond the classroom.

Under Earlham's test-optional policy, applicants can submit their scores and choose to have them considered or ask that the scores not be taken into account during review for admission. Students indicate their preference for use of test results on the Earlham section of the Common Application and may elect to consult with the Earlham Admissions Staff about their decision.

Test score results are also not required by Earlham for review of admitted students for merit scholarships. Due to the competitiveness for the College's top scholarships, it is recommended that students wishing to be considered submit their SAT or ACT scores. For your information, the middle 50% of enrolled applicants who chose to submit a standardized test score ranged between a SAT (critical reading and math) total score of 1200 to 1360, or an ACT composite score between 26 and 31.

*Home-schooled students are required to submit either a SAT or an ACT score with their required application materials.  This decision was made because it is more difficult to assess academic readiness when a student's record of academic performance cannot be compared to those of peers.  A home-schooled student may appeal this policy if she or he is able to submit an academic transcript with at least one year of senior-level work from an accredited high school or at least one year of academic preparation from an accredited college.

*International students must continue to submit either the TOEFL or IELTS, or SAT or ACT results with their admission application.