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US News' rankings highlight Earlham’s value, commitment to teaching

September 13, 2016

Earlham College once again stands side-by-side with the nation’s top-tier liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings, released today.

U.S. News also gives special recognition to Earlham as one “40 Schools at a Great Price,” and as one of the top liberal arts colleges for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

“We appreciate U.S. News’ continued recognition of our exceptional faculty and commitment to college access, value and student outcomes,” Earlham President David Dawson says. “We also appreciate the external validation of the strategic investments that have been recently made in further enhancing the student experience and in amplifying the career trajectories of our graduates.”

For the eighth straight year, Earlham is included in U.S. News’ top institutions for having an “unusually strong” commitment to undergraduate teaching. This year, Earlham is tied at 22nd nationally. Other leading liberal arts institutions on the list include Carleton, Oberlin, Pomona, Haverford, and Davidson.

Mentored undergraduate research and faculty-led off-campus study continue to be a hallmark of an Earlham education. So is access to a growing number of both domestic and international sponsored internships and social enterprise experiences.

Earlham is also a national model for integrated education in the liberal arts. As part of the new Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration (EPIC), the College’s commitment to teach collaboration, communication, creativity and flexibility offers students the kind of professional skills most valued in the 21st century, according to a survey of CEOs conducted by IBM.

Earlham also ranks 17th in U.S. News’ list of the “40 Great Schools at a Great Price,” up from 26th in last year’s guide.  Other leading liberal arts colleges on this list include Amherst, Grinnell, Macalester and Swarthmore.

In addition to recognition from U.S. News, Earlham has also been identified as one of the nation’s top values by Money magazine and Forbes. In Money’s list of the “Top Colleges for your Money,” Earlham ranked 1st in Indiana and 28th nationally. Forbes’ list of the top 650 colleges includes Earlham in the top 25 institutions in the Midwest and was the only school in Indiana recognized for return on investment, or  “what students are getting out of college.” 

Earlham also ranks 6th by U.S. News for the percentage of international students on campus. About 21 percent of Earlham’s student body is international and come from nearly 70 different countries.

“Earlham routinely attracts talented students from all backgrounds,” says Jonathan Stroud, vice president for enrollment and communications. “We are doing more than ever to create financial access for qualified students. We believe it makes Earlham a better and more interesting community.”

Overall, Earlham ranks 68th among the select 232 liberal arts colleges featured by U.S. News.

The rankings are based on several key measures of quality and assessments from peer institutions. Measures include graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), assessment of excellence (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent) student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

The full rankings are available online at

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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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