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EC lands on selective ‘Best Buy’ list in national college guide

July 18, 2017

New recognition for Earlham’s strong graduate outcomes and commitment to affordability comes from the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018’s list.

Earlham is featured alongside some of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges in the annual guide’s list of 38 colleges and universities.

“We appreciate Fiske’s recognition of our commitment to making an Earlham education as affordable as possible,” President Alan Price says. “Our strong graduate outcomes demonstrate that the investment our students are making delivers considerable payoffs for our students long after they graduate.”

Strong outcomes are made possible by Earlham’s distinctive approach to the liberal arts, which makes purposeful connections between classroom learning and experiential opportunities like off-campus study, internships, externships and research. A major new initiative called EPIC is doing even more to enhance this approach by linking what students love with what they want to do with their life, including one guaranteed funded research or internship experience for all students.

Earlham has produced Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Golden Globe Award. Last fall, four Earlhamites became winners of the Hult Prize, a $1 million start-up accelerator billed as the world’s largest student competition for social good.

The Fiske guide is just the latest resource for families that recognizes Earlham’s commitment to affordability. Last fall, MONEY ranked Earlham in the Top 30 in the nation among all colleges and universities for value, and the No. 1 institution in Indiana. Earlham has also been consistently featured by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in recognition of Earlhamites’ success in earning advanced degrees and finding satisfaction in their careers.

Edward Fiske, a former education editor at the New York Times, is the author of the annual guide. In a national report on the guide by CNBC, Fiske says parents and students are becoming increasingly cost-conscious.

“At the same time, parents know if they’re going to pour lots of money into higher education, they want the best education possible for their child, within their financial limits,” Fiske says.

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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. 

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and


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