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National analysis ranks Earlham 15th for diversity; highlights campus' unusually strong diversity among midwestern peers

July 28, 2016

The Earlham student body is among the nation’s most diverse, according to a new national ranking by

Earlham is 15th among the 100 liberal arts colleges that were ranked using data from the Department of Education. Earlham joins leading liberal arts colleges like Pitzer, Pomona, Amherst and Swarthmore in the top 15. With an index score of .365, Earlham ranks higher for diversity than most institutions in’s top 100 public universities.

“Earlham is proud of its longstanding reputation as one of the leading institutions in the nation for diversity. Every year, we attract passionate thinkers from nearly 70 countries and almost all 50 states,” says Jonathan Stroud, vice president of enrollment and communications. “We continuously strive to be an institution where all students, regardless of background, can thrive.”

In partnership with Priceconomics, ranked institutions using the five racial/ethnic categories identified in the government’s College Scorecard data: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian and other. The schools are then sorted into an index with a lower index number reflecting a more diverse student body.

“We found that universities in California, like Stanford, UCLA and UC-Berkeley have particularly diverse student bodies, while schools in the Midwest are typically less diverse,”’s report says.

Not at Earlham. Of Earham’s student body, 28 percent of domestic students are persons of color and 21 percent are international. Even though international students are not factored into the rankings, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Earlham as high as sixth nationally for the percentage of international students on campus.

Topics of diversity, inclusion and equity play a significant role in campus life at Earlham. As part of Earlham’s core value of “respect for persons,” diversity has been selected as a theme of the College’s future reaccreditation efforts through the Higher Learning Commission.

Diversity, inclusion and equity are also a theme of a two-day symposium on campus this fall as part of the launch of a new Earlham Plan for Integrative Education. The event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions and roundtables, and opportunities for all who attend to participant in the arts and around issues of social justice. 

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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



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