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Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ gives high marks to faculty, classroom experience

September 05, 2017

The faculty at Earlham College are among the nation’s most effective at teaching and bringing their expertise to life, according to The Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges.

In its 2018 guide, The Princeton Review ranks Earlham 18th nationally for “Best Classroom Experience” and 20th for “Professors Get High Marks.” The guide, which bases its rankings on the results of surveys from students and administrators, is highly selective in recognizing just 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 colleges and universities.

“We’re thrilled that our faculty are receiving the recognition they deserve based on the experiences of our students who have directly benefitted from their coursework, research and experiences abroad,” says Welling Hall, vice president of academic affairs and academic dean.  “Year after year, our professors exhibit a tireless commitment to innovation in the classroom and student-faculty collaboration that makes the liberal arts experience at Earlham among the finest in the world.”

According to students surveyed by the guide, Earlham faculty “do not try to guide or lead discussions away from what the students want to talk about,” and “exude an extreme and passionate love for the subjects they teach.” Additionally, professors are “extremely available outside of the classroom” and “prepared to support their students to the fullest,” the guide says.

That commitment to undergraduate teaching is exemplified by the 85 percent of faculty who lead ambitious faculty-student research programs annually, experiences that often lead to published work and opportunities for students to present at conferences around the world. Faculty also lead most of Earlham’s popular off-campus study programs and assist students in finding internships or making other purposeful connections to advance their personal and future professional interests.

A major new initiative at Earlham called EPIC is doing even more link what students love with what they want to do with their life, including opportunities to launch entrepreneurial ventures, participate in public health campaigns, or serve the Peace Corps. The added benefit of the EPIC Advantage offers every student one funded internship or research experience before graduation.

In addition to exceptional teaching, the guide also lauds Earlham for its state-of-the-art scientific laboratories, widely available internships, generous financial aid, student-run radio station, environmentally aware students, and active minority and student-run political groups.

To see the full rankings, visit

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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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