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Earlham Listed Among Top 100 Colleges in Forbes' 2014 Ranking of 'America's Best Colleges'

August 01, 2014

National recognition of Earlham as a liberal arts college that successfully prepares students for the future continues to grow. In Forbes’ newest ranking of “America’s Best Colleges,” Earlham moved into the top 100 colleges and universities in the country.

The College ranks No. 92 among the 650 private and public colleges and universities ranked by Forbes, up 54 spots from last year. Earlham joins the University of Notre Dame and DePauw University as Indiana’s only three institutions in the top 100.  

According to Forbes, postgraduate success is the most important measure of its 7th annual ranking. “Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?” Accordingly, schools that demonstrate outstanding “outputs” rank well.

Earlham College President David Dawson said he appreciates external recognition that is based on quantifiable data. “Our strong outcomes demonstrate that a rigorous liberal arts education holds the promise of rewarding futures for Earlham graduates. We are working hard to adapt to a changing world while holding fast to our core mission,” he says.

The current Strategic Plan stresses linking the power of the liberal arts with a strong sense of planning for graduate success. A major outgrowth is the new Center for Integrated Learning — a hub for experiential learning that offers students career advising, internship placement and a slate of activities to help students make connections between their academic work and real-world application.

According to the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium's annual alumni survey, more than 90 percent of Earlham College students landed their first paying job within a year of graduation. The College also is one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the U.S. for percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D.

Forbes rankings are calculated by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity and are highlighted in the August 2014 issue of Forbes magazine and online at www.forbes.com/top-colleges.

In all, the rankings are based on five general categories: postgraduate success (32.5%), which evaluates alumni pay and influence; student satisfaction (25%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; debt (25%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (7.5%); and academic success (11.25%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Fulbright and National Science Foundation or go on to earn a Ph.D. 

Read more about outcomes of Earlham graduates at www.earlham.edu/outcomes.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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