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Popular study abroad programs land EC on national 'Best Colleges' list

August 04, 2015

Earlham College is ranked 9th in the nation for its “popular study abroad programs” as part of Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 edition.”

The rankings that comprise the guide are based on survey responses from 136,000 students who attended the institutions included in the guide.

"Every college in our book has outstanding academics. While our purpose is not to crown one college academically 'best' overall or to rank the schools 1 to 380 on any single topic, our lists provide direct student feedback on the schools' campus culture, program offerings and cost,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. “Our goal is to help applicants choose and get into their dream college — the college best for them."

Nearly 70 percent of Earlham graduates study off campus at least once during their four years on campus giving the College the distinction of having one of the highest percentages of students who study abroad in the country.

Unlike other study abroad programs, Earlham’s faculty lead students on semester-long and May Terms excursions at more than 20 sites around the world every year. Popular sites include Japan Study, Tibetan Studies (India), Border Studies (United States/Mexico), Northern Ireland, France and New Zealand. These programs combine coursework with career preparation, internships, homestay experiences and community projects.

The guide also ranks Earlham fifth nationally for “the most liberal students” while highlighting the College’s exceptionally diverse student body and highly competitive admissions process.

“Earlham undergrads quite happily report that their peers are ‘passionate, involved, friendly, self-possessed, and generally very liberal,’” the guide says. “They also love that the college seems to yield a ‘very diverse’ student body.”

Earlham’s 1,100 students come from nearly 80 different countries. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the College in the Top 10 nationally for the percentage of international students on campus.

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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. Contact him at (765) 983-1256 or zimmebr@earlham.edu.

 

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